the ceo magazine, mergers and acquisitions,

We’ve all heard the doom and gloom statistics about mergers and acquisition. Even those that don’t move the financials to the wrong side of zero often fail to delight shareholders and stakeholders. Poor evaluation procedures take part of the blame—but only part. A failure to carefully plan for the integration has some culpability too. In the heat of finalizing the deal, integration is often left until the last minute or ignored entirely. To avoid the traps of integration, start by analyzing the Five Essential Traits for Successful M & A: vision, financial synergy, operations, talent, and culture.

BRAND

~~I was recently asked a common question during a Q&A. “What is a brand?” Believe it or not, I get asked this question all the time, simply because the word “brand” carries with it many different definitions. Depending on what one does for a living, what they’ve heard, what they’ve learned, or how they perceive their own “brand” the word has different meanings to different people. Some common definitions of brand are: a logo; a company; a product; a jingle; a trademark. Others think branding is advertising and marketing.

~~Getting Great People and Keeping Them are Two Very Different Things

Part of the formula for a vibrant and sustainable culture is hiring inspired and talented people. But, it’s not enough for you to bring people on board who share your values and your purpose. You need to keep these people on board. In most cases, if you’re charismatic, passionate and compelling enough, you’ll usually be able to sell something to someone, whether it’s a product, service or a position within your company. The real challenge however is holding onto the client, or the talented employee. So what’s the formula?

Across the corporate world these days, many companies have the walls of their respective locations plastered with various positive statements regarding how upstanding their values are, that their employees matter, etc.  In particular, many companies now claim to have an “Open Door” policy when it comes to issue resolution and/or the presentation of ideas.  However, in many cases this policy truly exists on a superficial level only, with the sad truth being that these so-called “empowering” programs are merely an exercise of smoke & mirrors to make operations appear better to the outside

the ceo magazine, tax saving tips,
Gary C. Smith, President & CEO, NAEIR

If yours is like many companies, you’ve got pallets of excess inventory taking up valuable warehouse space and putting a drag on your bottom line.  

The good news is, there’s a smart, easy way to turn that slow moving inventory into a hefty asset. One that doesn’t involve profit-devouring discounts or liquidation hassles. It’s called product philanthropy. And for C Corporations, it’s one of the best kept secrets of the IRS tax code.   

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