M+A Integration

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Mergers + Acquisitions that Accelerate Real Value

We know that organizations undergoing a merger or acquisition can have amplified value at a much faster pace than expected. Our approach starts by ensuring the “what” and the “how” of M+A integration are equally prioritized from day one. This dual focus puts front-and-center the deep relationship between the integration of culture and the desired business outcome by engaging the diverse many of the organization, those who possess the capability to accelerate real value.

This creates conditions to surface unheard ideas and involves those underseen employees in the execution of those ideas to achieve breakthrough growth at unprecedented speeds. Kotter works with visionary leaders spanning diverse industries to mobilize their greatest asset, their people, to drive meaningful change.

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M+A Integration Focus Areas

We work with our clients to accelerate the realization of their M+A Integration goals including:

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Cultural Due Diligence

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Cultural Alignment

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Organizational Design & Effectiveness

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M&A Playbook Design and Execution

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Post-Deal Risk Mitigation

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Post-Merger Integration

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Focusing on integrating people and culture – from Day 0

Expanding beyond systems and processes, conducting cultural due diligence to assess the fit of the legacy organizations, identifying non-negotiables of each culture, and engineering out recognized risk factors.

Accelerating speed-to-value realization

Engineering early opportunities for the pursuit of fast-paced, collaborative cost and growth synergies while identifying and removing barriers that may slow integration.

Involving as many people as possible

Expanding beyond the usual suspects to provide as many people as possible opportunities to contribute to integration success.

Defining a clear and inspiring end-state

Aligning leaders around a case for change that articulates why the combined organizations will create greater value: what the combined entity will be able to do that the disparate entities could not, why now is the optimal time to integrate, and what success will look like post-merger.

Identifying and amplifying wins

Ensuring the integration strategy makes space for the celebration of early successes – tied to both culture and value initiatives – creating momentum for the new unified organization to accelerate value realization.

Enabling the desired ways of working

Bringing the compelling future-state into action starts with leadership alignment around desired behaviors and actions, role modeling these new cultural traits, and aligning formal structures to the desired integration outcome.

Areas of Expertise

While not an all-inclusive list, the strategies below represent the most common situations our clients face.

01. Strategy Execution

Mobilize people throughout the organization to break down barriers, solve problems, and inspire innovation.

02. Leadership Development

Provide the breadth and depth necessary to advance change capabilities up, down, and across organizations in a sustainable and scalable way.

03. CULTURE CHANGE

Drive intentional culture change that starts with new actions, generates better results, and eventually produces an evolved culture.

04. OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

Engage employees to uncover new ideas and the capacity to lead, innovate, and drive value for the customer and the business as a whole.

05. Digital Technology Transformation

Increase engagement, transparency, and excitement for the new technology to deliver the desired business impact.