Excerpts from Book

In the recently published book Surviving M&A: Make the most of your company being acquired there is a list of the ‘Top 50’ suggestions from one of the surveys conducted for the book on what you should do to improve your chances of staying with a company instead of being made redundant.  Most of these suggestions are discussed further in the book.

Below find the top 20 from that list:

 

Rank

 

Recommended actions to survive a merger

1

Find ways to add value

2

Be pro-active

3

Maintain a businesslike attitude

4

Position yourself so your skills will enhance the new organization

5

Become invaluable to the acquiring company

6

Impress the decision-makers at your company

7

Keep a positive attitude

8

Embrace what is happening

9

Look at the merger as a challenge and an opportunity for growth

10

View challenges as opportunities

11

Be patient – don’t make rash decisions about your role

12

Be helpful (both to senior and junior colleagues)

13

Be a problem solver for the new company

14

Promote your capabilities

15

Understand the new partner’s objectives

16

Determine the culture and your role in the merged entity – can you be comfortable there?

17

Ask questions

18

Assess carefully whether you want to stay

19

Expect change, don’t resist it

20

Take the opportunity to demonstrate your worth

The survey was conducted by MBA students Mark Dickenson and Gareth Wood.

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