There is an old saying that says: 'we judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.' Well, it's been over a year (or has it been 2) since I last wrote on this blog and somewhere along the way, my actions and my intentions have grown like a bad marriage, incredibly apart. They have got lost in translation.
We recently ran a leadership/cultural workshop for a company that had been acquired by a larger company but which surprisingly was structurally left intact by the new parent. The only change being the new parent wanted our client to be more aggressive in the market with the product portfolio which had now doubled in size.
The most common phrase throughout the 2 days of workshop was:'Nothing has changed. We are still the same team. We just have more products to sell.' Somewhere along the line, something got lost in translation. Which begs the question: After acquiring a company, is it better to make changes that shake up the acquired company or is it better to make as little disruption as possible? (Assuming of course, the acquired company is not too much of a basket case.)
What are your thoughts?