Private Equity and Change Management

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LONDON  – Can we talk about money and business? In an honest way? Whether it is “activist investors” like Pershing Square, Third Point and the Blue Harbour Group or private equity firms like Blackstone, KKR and the Carlyle Group, our point of view is the same: It’s a good … Read More

OCtober – Organisational Change Management Month

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  Good morning from London.  It’s early in the morning on Saturday 01 October 2016 and time to start OCtober.  What is this all about? Why are we doing it? What do we hope to achieve? Read on. We’ve got explanations, details and a challenge for … Read More

A different approach to building leadership capability for change

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We all know that leadership is key to successful change, and organisations are increasingly paying attention to building leadership capability for this purpose. Most organisations develop this through general leadership programmes. These programmes can be effective in explaining the key theories and models and offering some … Read More

Harriet Green: sunshine after the rain at Thomas Cook

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The past few years have been no holiday for Thomas Cook, the UK-based travel company. Challenges have ranged from excessive debts to unrest in the Middle East (where the company has significant interest in Egyptian/Lebanese package holidays). Eighteen months ago, shares were trading at just 21p … Read More

Mega-mergers and the opportunities they provide

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LONDON — The merger of Omnicom and Publicis, announced yesterday, will undoubtedly be causing their combined 120,000 global employees some head-scratching today. These two great firms include such commonly known brands as Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and MSL Group (Publicis) and BBDO, DDB and Ketchum … Read More

“Google becomes GE”: The changing shape of businesses

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LONDON — This morning’s Financial Times asks whether Google has become our century’s GE. Is Google really “emerging as the dominant consumer technology company of the early 21st century”?  And if so, what does that mean for business in the 21st Century. 1. Transient megastars Although … Read More

Pope Francis: The opportunities of a new CEO

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LONDON — This past 10 days we saw the investiture of both a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury (the heads of the Catholic and Anglican Christian churches).  That doesn’t happen very often. In both instances they run traditional institutions facing substantial challenges and changes. … Read More

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