Zoe Bogan is an organized, creative M&A integration professional with expertise in project management, integration planning, issue resolution, cultural assessment, finance & budgeting, stakeholder management and relationship building. Zoe is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and has led numerous D&I initiatives and served on leadership councils (developing and executing strategies) that have positively impacted company culture. In addition she provides mentorship to peers and staff to maximize their success, and is skilled in mobilizing teams of varying strengths to accomplish business goals.
When integration practices and past integrations are not closely examined and learned from, it can be easy to revert back to old ways and/or rely on standardized playbooks in the midst of the chaos of a deal. Integration is a delicate art that must value people and culture, and more and more practitioners are realizing this, yet still making mistakes and falling victim to common, incorrect assumptions. Today, we examine six incorrect approaches to integration and attempt to learn from them.