CFO’s Top Deal Risk Factors and Underlying Leadership Factor

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Deal risk factors

Finance executives shared their perspective recently in a joint research survey between the Financial Executives Research Foundation and Crowe Horwath LLP titled “Navigating the Risks of the Contemporary M&A Market.” In the survey research, financial executives shared their top 15 M&A deal risk factors. You can see the full list below. As you look at… Read more »

Why Leadership Matters: The Nest-Dropcam M&A Failure

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Why leadership matters

Alphabet Has a Problem Alphabet’s acquisition of Nest is faltering as evidenced by Nests’ own purchase of Dropcam. The story behind both of these deals points to why leadership matters in successful M&As, and how quickly “bad” ones can destroy shareholder value. Alphabet–Google Acquires Nest Alphabet (then known as Google) closed on the Nest deal on Feb. 7,… Read more »

Yahoo and Tumblr Deal: Sales Integration Epic Fail Part 2

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Deal risk factors

In my last blog, I discussed the background of the Yahoo–Tumblr deal.and how it seemed to fall apart because of the failed sales integration. In today’s blog, I want to discuss the  leadership implications of the deal, and how Yahoo and Tumblr could have have changed the negative outcome by focusing on the foundational aspect of… Read more »

Busting Mergers and Acquisitions Leadership Myths to Hell

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mergers and acquisitions leadership myths exist

Myths as Facts When I was a boy, myths held a special place for me. Stories about Greek and Roman gods, like Hercules and Perseus (mye eefavorites), off on heroic quests fueled my imagination with stories of their leadership, heroism, and courage. Quite frankly,I believed these myths to be true. I wanted my heroes to be… Read more »

Application of Indications and Warning Intelligence to Mergers and Acquisitions

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indications and warning intelligence

Application of Indications and Warning Intelligence to Mergers and Acquisitions During my career in naval intelligence, I was always drawn to indications and warning intelligence (I&W) work. I&W attempts to predict threats to the U.S. Navy and/or the United States as explained in this definition: “Indications and warning intelligence (I&W) are those intelligence activities intended… Read more »

Leadership Communication – Key to Successful M&A?

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Leadership communication in M&As

Transformational Leadership and Communications We have all known transformational leaders–either directly or indirectly. These leaders can create and execute on a vision of a possible future, and make it digestible and attractive for all concerned. These leaders have existed throughout history–from Alexander the Great to Steve Jobs. While we obviously don’t have any videos of Alexander the Great, you… Read more »