About Dr Robin ML Johnson
AN AUTHORITY ON POST M&A INTEGRATION CHANGE LEADERSHIP
I've spent more than 15 years working with organizational leaders in a leadership development capacity and managing post merger & acquisition integrations.
The skills required to lead post M&A integrations come from being thrown into the fire during time spent at a Fortune 500, who had acquired another popular brand. The result of the acquisition was costly and chaotic. Employees and union leadership were not happy and it showed when this "new" business unit begin losing $800K/month.
The environment was very combative, an "us vs them" environment at its worst. Employees from the acquired company didn't trust the leadership and the leadership didn't do much to build relationships either. As a result, employees didn't come to work and when they did show up they refused to work. Union leadership was uncooperative, and therefore, rarely were past practices, that contradicted best practices and new ways of working, given up.
It took 18 longs months but we were able to turn the business around. What made the difference? The leadership.
Since leading that project I've learned that most integrations are chaotic, and are usually more work than leadership expects. Bringing two groups of employees together with two different cultures, and managers who aren't prepared to lead employees through change, is difficult. So I've made it my business to work with newly merged companies, and more specifically, coaching managers to help them lead through these uncertain times.
If your company is currently working to bring two companies together post M&A, or the company is in distress, I'd love to partner with you to help you with your change management work.
For more information contact us at 630-274-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.