Integrating Cultures During Merger

Organizational Effectiveness, Mergers & Acquisitions

The Challenge

A $10 billion merger required an assessment of two cultures and a way to prepare leaders to integrate the companies to achieve success. The parent company had rigorous management systems, processes, and structures that allowed them to deliver high-quality work products. The acquired company had a speedy entrepreneurial approach that was unencumbered by heavy processes and standard procedures. For the new, integrated company to be successful, executives needed to harness the synergies of both companies.

The Solution

Working closely with HR teams from both companies, they assessed each company’s cultural norms and leadership practices, comparing them to the desired future state. The outcome was a custom manager integration guide to support leaders across both company teams. The guide provided insight into cultural differences and clarity on leadership expectations in the new company. Leaders used the guide to navigate through a self-assessment, tools, and worksheets to prepare for personal, team, and organizational success.

The Results

  • A self-paced, customized manager integration guide.
  • Cultural assessment of cultural norms and leadership practices.
  • Cultural roadmap that outlined steps to bring the best of each culture to the newly formed company.
  • Informed and prepared leaders in both companies of the cultural and business synergies to accelerate performance.
Judy partners with executives and leadership teams to engage and inspire employees in a way that delivers sustainable strategic results. She brings deep expertise and creative ideas to solve organizational effectiveness issues and closely collaborates in a way that builds internal capabilities. Judy has spent over 25 years consulting in a variety of industries, bringing her expertise in behavior to a wide range of organizational issues including organizational behavior change, leadership, change management, culture and engagement.

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