According to an AT Kearney report, “only 15 % of mergers and acquisitions in the US achieve their objectives and in Europe only 17% created shareholder returns!”
While each organization and transition is unique, Professor Hayagreeva Rao, of the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, identified a common failing:
“In most mergers and acquisitions, decision-makers plan for the marriage and rather than the wedding!”
One of the greatest challenges organizational leaders face is guiding their organizations and leading their people through organizational changes and transitions. We know that change is very challenging—often downright frightening and threatening–to many employees. One of the contributing causes is that change and transitions often cut at the heart of the “culture” of an organization.
Far too often, merger, acquisition, and transition plans, ignore the cultural implications are singularly focused on “closing the deal.” This focus normally highlights the legal and financial considerations. Often overlooked are the human factors and considerations.
The Stonewall Group helps organizations include the human and leadership factors in their transition planning and execution. Core competencies that we offer include:
- Due diligence support
- Merger & acquisition support
- Organizational alignment
- Interim executive staffing
- Turnaround leadership & management support
- Organizational renewal
- Leader development & training
- Change management & leadership