Mergers & Acquisitions Resources

Accountability in Leadership: Build Leadership Accountability with the 5 C's Framework

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various questions that linger over the concept of building team accountability to help them achieve their strategic plans while creating high performing teams:

“How do I build accountability in teams?

"How do I increase accountability in leadership?"

What else can I do to get people to do what we need them to do?”

“How can I hold a team member to be held accountable and still be seen as a good leader?”

"How do I balance leadership accountability and personal accountability when building a team?"

"Creating a culture of accountability is hard, how do I provide constructive feedback without being the bad guy?"

Building team accountability requires that we understand a few dynamics because it’s more complicated than we might recognize.  It goes beyond the responsibility for the outcomes, which is obviously important, but effective leaders know that they need a culture of accountability in their teams that provide the inputs needed to achieve the expected team performance.  Holding people accountable is one of the most important things that a successful leader does, but it is also one of the hardest.

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

M&A KPIs: The Right Merger and Acquisition KPIs and Metrics to Prevent Failure

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are not for the faint of heart. Any CEO who has navigated those waters will tell you it is a tremendous challenge to blend cultures, systems, processes and teams successfully. The statistic is 70-90% of M&A's fail -- that's a scary number! Instead of focusing on that metric, let's talk about numbers we should be measuring around M&A.

Every acquisition deal starts with an incredible amount of due diligence. Are the cultures and values compatible? Do the product lines and customer bases support each other? Do the numbers work and take us down a path of growth? Ultimately, if the deal goes through, benefits have been seen by both parties. Now, it's up to the newly-merged company to both preserve the current value of the organization and meet growth projections. It's a delicate balance.  

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Mergers & Acquisitions

How Middle Market CEOs Execute on Strategy for Success (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

Most Companies Fail Due to Poor Strategic Execution

As a fan of Blue Ocean strategy, you already know how important it is to have the right strategy. But, a great strategy executed poorly produces lackluster results and missed targets. Unfortunately, most companies and top executives focus their efforts on developing a strong strategy but spend very little time converting those strategies into “execution ready” plans that clearly define the actual work team members need to do to bring the 3-5 year strategic plan as determined in your planning process to fruition.

 

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Mergers & Acquisitions

How CEOs Can Avoid High-Cost Mistakes in Annual Planning

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

We are coming into that time of year where a lot of companies are gearing up or doing their annual planning to prepare for next year. In preparation for that, we are presenting a webinar in conjunction with the Association for Corporate Growth, ACG, to highlight some of the mistakes companies make and three very important lessons that can help you avoid those mistakes and the failure that accompanies them. Did you know that on average, only 50-60% of companies actually hit their annual performance targets?  The stats are not very good, and even worse if you have just participated in a merger or acquisition. Team members involved in a merger or acquisition want to know two primary things: where is the company going, and what do you need me to do today?

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions

Communicating a Merger to Employees: 4 Ways to Tell Your Team About a Merger or Acquisition

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

An acquaintance of mine has recently undergone a merger at her corporation. As a mid-level employee, she knew it was coming; her company had announced a few months ago, but she hadn't heard any specific details other than it was going to happen.

When the time came for the companies to merge, there was confusion, misalignment, and miscommunication. Unfortunately when merging companies, often preparing employees for coming change has been left off the agenda or is an afterthought.  Trust me that it is just as important, if not more so, to make the teams are prepared for the merger as it is to worry about day to day operations. The long term success of the merged company depends on the communication strategy to communicate with employees.

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

5 Steps to Integrate Your Employee Culture After a Business Acquisition

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 7, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

You just completed an acquisition in business, time to celebrate and break out the champagne. For some companies, acquiring businesses is their top growth strategy. Unfortunately for most companies, acquisitions fail to meet their objectives in the first year if at all. This can also be one of the most difficult ways to grow your business. That said, failure is not imminent if you do the right things to make the acquisition a success. One of these things is to focus on integrating the culture of the new company with the mothership. It sounds easy and straightforward, although integrating cultures is one of the biggest challenges and failure points after an acquisition. It takes a lot of time and effort to do it right. This is one reason that you should do your best to acquire companies that have good alignment with your Core Purpose and Core Values already to make the merger integration of the target company happen more smoothly.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Middle Market M&A: 3 Ways Top Executives Make the Most of it (SlideShare)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It was my pleasure to present a webinar last week with our partners, ACG, SunTrust, and the National Center for the Middle Market, on a topic that keeps many of our clients up at night - how to maximize M&A as a growth strategy. As the exclusive research report provided by the National Center for the Middle Market shows, for many executives, M&A feels like a big risk. Few have experience acquiring a business or selling off part of their business, and the statistics are against them - depending on which study you read, somewhere between 50-90% of acquisitions fail. So, if you are considering mergers and acquisitions as part of your growth strategy, you have good reason to be cautious.  

However, there are some proven ways to increase your chances of success. We’ve seen these patterns play out several times with our clients over the last decade, and we want to share the National Center for Middle Market’s research and our insights into how you can beat the odds and succeed with your acquisition.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Mid Market Companies: The Top Business Challenges Survey

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

At our annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, we had the opportunity to survey our audience of over 150 mid-market executives and ask the question, “What are the top 8 business challenges for mid-market companies?” The term “mid-market” refers to the size of a company based on its annual revenue, usually between $10 - $500 million. It may seem like a big swing to go from $10 million to $500 million, but not so big when you consider that only 3% of all companies ever make it past the $10 million mark.

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

5 Integration Mistakes that Could Sink Your Business Acquisition and Integration

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Depending on which study you read, somewhere between 50-90% of acquisitions fail to meet their objectives. According to Bain & Company, “many acquirers - perhaps most - leave huge amounts of value on the table in every deal.” They fail to successfully integrate the acquisition in three main areas: missed targets, loss of key people, and poor performance in the base business.

Failure to successfully integrate the deal you just spent months negotiating can impact more than your bottom line; the productivity, retention, and engagement costs can be significant to your company as well.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Welcome to Charlotte!

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

We are thrilled to host our 5th Annual Breakthrough Conference once again in Charlotte, NC, this October 24th and 25th, at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Charlotte is Rhythm Systems' home base, and we want you to enjoy it as much as we do. Here are some recommendations to enhance your stay once the conference is wrapped!

Food:

  1. Dine at 5Church, in walking distance of the Charlotte Marriott City Center, for sophisticated southern cuisine.
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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Why You Can't Miss the 2019 Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

"Spectacular keynote speeches, incredibly, relevant, informative breakout sessions. Thank you!"

“Loved the human element of business that these sessions brought to the conference”

“Very powerful speakers on Breakthroughs… keep it up!”

“Just kudos. I really enjoyed the speakers. Great insights!”

"The registration/check in process was fantastic! Easiest and friendliest group of people. Thank you!”

The secret’s out - our attendees love our Breakthrough Conference. We have some clients who have attended and brought their teams every single year. Want to know what you’ve been missing? 

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Culture is Key to Breakthrough Execution with Mergers and Acquisitions

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

How do you define success when buying a company? People buy companies for a number of reasons: to increase revenue growth, to acquire new customer accounts, or to gain access to special technologies or patents. These are all reasons that support the common goal: to grow the company. The goal is simple, but why do over 70% of mergers fail to improve share holder value?

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Mergers & Acquisitions

4 Questions That Keep CEOs and Executive Teams Up at Night

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

In working with many leading mid-market CEOs and their executive leadership teams on their growth strategies, I often ask these leaders what keeps them up at night. It turns out the answer is less varied and simpler than you might think. While they all say it a little differently, the answer almost always boils down to a variation of “How can I execute my strategic plan?” Turns out CEOs know that making plans is easy while executing them is hard. I’ve included the most common four questions I hear.

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Rhythm Systems' Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, we are very blessed to have almost 10,000 blog subscribers, 10+ regular contributors, and many amazing readers who comment on our posts (both online and in-person when we are lucky enough to see them). We started blogging back in 2011 before it seemed like everyone and their mother had a blog, and we’ve learned an awful lot and put a ton of time into delivering great content to you, our readers, over the last seven years. In fact, we recently tallied up the hours our team spends on creating, editing, optimizing, and publishing content for this blog, and it was about 385 hours in 2018. We appreciate all of you who read and enjoy the fruits of our hard work.

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Scaling Rhythm Software for Larger, Complex Companies

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

So many Rhythm companies start off as what we consider “simple” companies. They are experiencing steady, but not explosive growth. They might only have the executive team using Rhythm. Some have a relatively flat structure with few locations and departments.

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Mergers & Acquisitions

5 COO Insights to Manage the Human Factor after an Acquisition

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In my last blog, I shared Steve Hoffa from Alpha Guardian’s tips in 5 COO Insights to Keep Your Acquisitions Alive, which described a transition from two companies - Cannon and Stack-On  - as they evolved into one company with multiple brands: Alpha Guardian. During the interview process, a common theme emerged that deserves its own spotlight as it is the least predictive yet greatest weapon to bringing M&A to its glory or to its knees: the human factor.

When Cannon Safe started on this journey, they would attend M&A conferences with their proud plan in their fists. “What we learned from others who went before us was that they were really harping on the HR side of things - the people,” Steve explains. The executive team didn’t think it would be their story, however, Steve concurred that during the M&A:

“We learned the human aspect was the biggest concern and yielded the greatest focus. We had our comp plans in place but, that didn’t factor in the drama and emotions. The people component is everything! Especially when you’re keeping them.”

If I were a betting woman (only when Powerball is $500 million - I have standards), I would have wagered the people side of the M&A would have been then Cannon Safe’s greatest triumph. I learned that even companies with the strongest culture feel the impact as Steve explains:

“The M&A bent our tree.”

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

5 COO Insights to Keep Your Acquisition Alive

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

It’s no wonder that  70-90% of mergers and acquisitions fail when you consider the complexities of the deal coupled with the sheer change management needed to quell the human factor. In a recent HBR article, How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times, Amy Gallo shares “...employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive.”

There’s no room for distracted and unproductive employees if you’re trying to come out of the other end of an acquisition and hit a 30% growth goal. As you may have been able to gather from my previous blogs on Cannon Safe, I’ve never known them to back down from any challenge.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

A Better System to Successfully Integrate Business Acquisitions

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Oct 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I recently wrote a blog highlighting the first differentiator for the webinar I presented for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

To recap, the 3 differentiators are:

  1. Set expectations and eliminate the drama
  2. Align the companies so that you have one team and one system to integrate and scale your acquisition
  3. Avoid the cultural chaos that creates confusion and paralyzes the organization
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Acquire a Business Without the Drama

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I am very excited to share that I facilitated a webinar for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in July, and we had over 500 people attend! I think this is the biggest audience I've ever had. ACG has over 14,500 members nationwide and provides training and content to their members throughout the year. I recently joined the Pittsburgh chapter and attended one of their events which encouraged me to join the organization as 150 people attended the event, and I met a lot of great people while learning during the scheduled presentation. 

I am going to break down my presentation into a few blogs that you can read over the next couple of months. You can also watch the recording of the full webinar if you would like to hear it in its entirety.

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Managing Mergers & Acquisitions With Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In the last year, so many of our clients have been navigating the challenging waters of mergers and acquisitions. As part of your growth strategy, you may be considering an acquisition as a Winning Move, as well.

It can be a complicated and scary proposition, however. There are so many variables to consider - and that’s before anyone even signs anything. Does it make sense for us from a business perspective? Are we culturally a good fit? Can we agree on valuations? Is the timing right for both parties? Do we share Core Values? Can we afford it?

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

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