Mergers and acquisitions are complicated business transactions that are occurring more frequently in today’s business world. These types of business events are disruptive and impact employee productivity. Many books and articles have been written on the process of mergers and acquisitions. However, only a few of these specifically articulate the employee experience during these events. Even fewer describe what an actual merger or acquisition is like for employees and the steps an executive or business owner can take to manage and engage them through all of the phases of a merger or acquisition.
This book was written for business owners, executive teams, and HR professionals who are in the planning stages of a merger or acquisition and want to realize and position the long-term value of an effective business transformation. The end goal of a merger or acquisition is to increase profitability, market share, opportunities, and growth—in essence, to transform. Planning ahead to properly engage your employees so they can help the organization achieve the desired transformation is the missing link in creating a successful merger or acquisition outcome.
A Grand Dinner Party is a metaphor for the steps to create the employee engagement that underpins and drives corporate alignment and sustainable business results.