March 15, 2018 – Webinar: Getting Culture Fit Right in Post-M&A Integration. I join JP Laqueur of Brand Foundations to discuss cultural integration with a few hypothetical examples. Note: The webinar recording is a download from JP’s web site, and the approimately 45 minute audio is occasionally difficult to hear.

September 15, 2017 – Do Compatible Values Predict M&A Success? In many M&A deals, assumed similarity in their value statements is an early sign to would-be acquirers of cultural compatibility. We offer a few questions that will help you delve beneath the surface statements.

April 4, 2017 – Telling Stories: The Antidote to Culture Clash in M&A. We believe that open conversations about culture help build bridges instead of barriers between merger partners. Here’s one way to do that better.

October 5, 2016 – The Missing Intent in M&A. Executives are routinely asked to identify or to more clearly define “deal intent” as part of the up-front planning. One element that is usually missing – cultural intent – limits the upside potential of any deal.

March 3, 2015 – Can’t We All Talk About Culture? – The title for this piece recalls Rodney King’s plaintive request, “Can we all just get along?” And in some ways the theme of cultural alignment isn’t far from King’s question. How do we get the discussion started? Begin with your own organization.

July 16, 2014 – Culture Block. Like culture shock we experience when we first venture overseas, Culture Block is a combination of sharply observed differences and the associated but unseen differences in basic assumptions about the world, or the world of work. Reduce the impact of cultural differences by seeking to understand the assumptions and beliefs they are based on.