Emergent : The Power of Systemic Intelligence to Navigate the Complexity of M&A

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Why do so many sensible M&A deals fail in the execution and integration phase?

How can leaders deliver on their commitments, not only in the short term, but in all financial, human and societal aspects?

Built on the foundations of systemic intelligence and organizational constellations, and illustrated with numerous real-life stories, EMERGENT sheds a light on what is really derailing the newly formed organization.

With their thought-provoking questions, the authors dare you to explore both the system and your relationship to it. While reading, you will find yourself reflecting on your own contribution to the challenges in front of you.

This book is a ground-breaking guide for leaders, consultants and facilitators who are eager to stop fighting symptoms and address the real underlying causes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 337g
  • Gorleston, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781334188
  • 9781781334188
  • 1,262,296

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"'This book calls for a new approach to M&A. It's an invitation to confront the unacknowledged questions that so often cripple M&A success. What is the M&A an excuse for? How do we mourn what is lost? Through their questions, Mieke and Paul surface what lies unspoken beneath every system. They name the huge identity shift M&A so often entails. This is a powerful guide to thinking more broadly and deeply about successful integration. Through it, the authors help us begin to identify and understand the constellations in our own organizations.'

Jill Ader, Chairwoman, Egon Zehnder

'A remarkably perceptive understanding of why sensible M&A deals go wrong, and how to get them back on track. This extraordinary work answers a burning question for leaders: "What on earth is happening here, and why?" In every chapter Mieke and Paul pose fascinating questions you haven't asked before, giving you new insights you haven't had before. You will finally understand how your organization really works, and how to help it flourish. Simply brilliant.'

Erica Ariel Fox, New York Times Bestselling Author of Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living and Lasting Change

'Paul and Mieke are two of the leading thinkers in the field of systemic intelligence and organizational constellations. In Emergent, they apply their experience and insights to mergers and acquisitions. Through their useful frameworks and real client stories, they provide a window into the underlying dynamics that derail these efforts and offer practical solutions to unleash the full integration potential. Having benefited personally and professionally from the power of their work, and having been touched by their sense of humanity, I will rely upon their wisdom for years to come. I encourage you to place their book at the top of your reading list.'

Alexander Caillet, CEO Corentus; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

'I wish I had read this book when I first started working on M&A due diligence and integrations twenty-five years ago. Thinking through the entire process in the systemic way that the authors share with us would have led to much better results.'

Jeff Schneider, Director Strategy Execution, Halyard Health"
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