Getting it together: What UK politicians can learn from business

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OLD BOND STREET — It still doesn’t feel like business is in any great position to be lecturing politicians. There’s never been much patience for it. And I think if more bankers has made it to civics class we wouldn’t be in this mess.

But business certainly knows more about M&A (mergers and acquisitions) than the political classes do.

We’ve been communicating M&A over two centuries now (did you see what I did there?) and businesses do not dare say things that our politicians seem happy to say.

Like:

  • Our approach is sound the other guy’s is not
  • There’s nothing we can learn from our future colleagues
  • No need to explain anything, people will understand when it happens
  • If this doesn’t work out we can just try something else
  • Etc.

There is a lot of work that goes into making partnerships succeed. Regardless of how many people may want them to fail, or be resistant to them, sometimes partnerships are the only way to move forward and grow. Sometimes we don’t get to choose. Sometimes we have to just get on with it.

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