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Payment Protection Payment – Keeping Track

๐Ÿ”ˆ The entire PPP Program has been at the top of everyoneโ€™s minds. If you are like me, youโ€™re likely asking โ€œWill it be forgiven?โ€ or โ€œCan I save my people?โ€ or โ€œCan I save my company?โ€ With the help of one of my Vistage colleagues, Sean Taylor, we have something that may be helpful. As a Partner in Charge for Smith & Howard, Sean shared with [...]

By |2020-06-19T03:57:06+05:00June 19th, 2020|General, PPP|Comments Off on Payment Protection Payment – Keeping Track

Become comfortable with uncertainty by building a team of trusting people that can mitigate risk

The proliferation of information technology and the unfiltered access to that technology has contributed to a confusing information environment full of misinformation and disinformation, which requires businesses to become comfortable with uncertainty. A business can achieve comfort despite uncertainty through organizing their team around trusting people and a process of deliberate risk mitigation. Who can you trust? A trusting person requires little direct guidance, takes action to solve problems on their [...]

By |2020-05-28T01:29:59+05:00May 28th, 2020|Culture, General|Comments Off on Become comfortable with uncertainty by building a team of trusting people that can mitigate risk

How Do You Plan For Both Parts of An Integration

Change is simple, but adapting to it is not easy. ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜†? Typically the period after the deal closes is filled with confusion and uncertainty. It just takes some time to process what has happened. Acquisitions necessarily focus on financial capital. Financial capital requires: 1. proper management 2. process & procedure 3. gaining efficiencies. Integrations are more focused on intellectual capital. Intellectual capital requires: 1. good leadership 2. purpose & passion 3. [...]

By |2020-07-22T01:42:45+05:00February 19th, 2020|General, Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on How Do You Plan For Both Parts of An Integration

So Your Acquisition Failed?

Acquisitions fail because they look only to one side โ€“ cost efficiency (a tactical approach), rather than business expansion (a strategic approach) โ€“ and fail because they ignore the effects of culture. ย  ย  KPMG interviewed 100 executives who had been involved in 700 deals over a two-year period. Of these, 83% mergers failed to produce any benefit and over half actually destroyed value. ย  Mercer-Kroll reported a 50-70% failure rate in [...]

By |2020-02-11T00:25:40+05:00February 17th, 2020|General, Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on So Your Acquisition Failed?

Culture and Why it Matters

Facilitating ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ก engagement improves cooperation and collaboration, trust inย management, and trust in each other. An Executive Culture Assessment (ECA) looks at the business culture, which is how we think of ourselves and treat each other.Culture is made up of:โœ… Values & beliefsโœ… Identitiesโœ… Unspoken rules of the gameโœ… How to deal with conflictโœ… Levels of respect ๐—จ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ปAn ideal use-case for an ECA is to leverage [...]

By |2020-07-22T01:03:34+05:00February 12th, 2020|Culture, General|Comments Off on Culture and Why it Matters

The Confessions of An Integration Advisor

It is critical to view an integration advisorย (post-acquisition) as a โ€œtrail guideโ€ or someone who knows the way and what to watch out for.ย  Here are my thoughts and the best tips for post-acquisition. Engage senior leaders from both sides early and often. The benefits of this are great. Not only will this process generate ideas and opportunities for value creation and revenue growth, but the Engagement will also make the integration [...]

By |2019-12-07T00:57:08+05:00December 7th, 2019|General, Merger & Acquisition|Comments Off on The Confessions of An Integration Advisor

Ready or not, here we come.

Blackstone+Cullen has something to say. As a matter of fact, we have a lot to say. So, here we go... Who we are. This blog may be new, but Blackstone+Cullen sure isnโ€™t. Since 1989 weโ€™ve been delivering the best in highly customized technology and consulting solutions to the worldโ€™s leading brands. This blog will have content from expert contributors from within Blackstone+Cullen and other experts in the latest technologies, business intelligence, [...]

By |2020-07-22T01:28:40+05:00April 22nd, 2015|Announcements, General|Comments Off on Ready or not, here we come.