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On the Brink

On the Brink

Easy-to-Use Anthropology Toolkit to Grow Your Business

On Jan 4, 2017 12:20:00 PM

/ Andrea Simon

, Corporate Anthropology, business growth strategies, business, anthropology tool kit

 

At Simon Associates Management Consultants, we have the privilege of working with business leaders across industries, and I hear the same questions over and over:

  • How do I make my company culture better?
  • Sales have stalled – how to increase sales?
  • How do I keep growing my business in a tough economy?
  • And boy, the speed of change is just "killing us!" What do we do?

When I see that look of desperation in their eyes, I start talking about the benefits of anthropology for businesses. If you’re asking yourself those questions and feel that tinge of anxiety, you’re in the right place.

Maybe corporate anthropology can help you sustain your business's growth in these rapidly changing times.

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5 Attributes of Business Leaders Who Drive Innovation

On Aug 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

, Andrea Simon, Igniting Change, small business, business

The human brain resists change, which in evolutionary terms, is a good thing. Resisting change is a reasonable survival tactic for individuals: repeating tasks we’re familiar with takes less brain energy and has known outcomes, while making changes to one's routine creates a higher short-term risk of mistakes. But for a business, resistance to change can easily mean extinction.

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Can Corporate Anthropology Make Mergers & Acquisitions More Successful?

On Aug 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

, Culture Change, Managing change, business

 

Last December, The Wall Street Journal officially declared 2015 the “Biggest M&A Year Ever," consisting of numerous mega-deals worth over $5 billionUSA Today reported that $4.85 trillion in “corporate wedding vows” were exchanged. And The Atlantic’s review of what it calls the “Merger Bonanza” points out that we may very well be in the middle of the 7th major wave of rapid merger activity over the last century—other notable periods being the early 1900s during the consolidation of steel and oil, the diversification wave in the 1960s, and the shifts caused by deregulation and globalization in the 1990s. 

Yet lying behind those big numbers is an equally big fact: big groups of people are now coming together to work in new teams, navigate new corporate cultures and establish new roles and responsibilities. Even though M&A is down in Q1 this year, the corporate world will be navigating the cultural implications of the 2015 frenzy for years to come.

Mergers and acquisitions = corporate culture shifts = friction, fear of change and new expectations

Long-term, a host of workplace cultural shifts threaten any company that is absorbing another, that is being absorbed, or that is combining with another large, successful company on a global scale.

So, what can be done to make the chances of success and long-term profitability better?

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3 Ways Corporate Anthropology Can Improve M&A Success

On May 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

/ Andrea Simon

, Andrea Simon, Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, business

 

Last December, the Wall Street Journal officially declared 2015 the “Biggest M&A Year Ever.” USA Today reported that $4.85 trillion in “corporate wedding vows” were exchanged. The Atlantic’s review of what it calls the “Merger Bonanza” points out that we may very well be in the middle of the 7th biggest wave of rapid merger activity over the last century (other notable periods being the consolidation of steel and oil in the early 1900s, the diversification surge of the 1960s and the changes from deregulation and globalization in the 1990s).

Those gigantic numbers (trillions?!!) mean that large groups of people are coming together to work in new teams, navigating new corporate cultures and establishing new roles and responsibilities. (Interestingly, when a company's culture starts changing, all of a sudden employees seem love the old one that before, they barely even noticed.) 

In almost every situation, mergers and acquisitions mean corporate culture shifts, which then of course means friction, fear of change and new expectations. Long-term, shifts in workplace culture threaten any company that is absorbing another, being absorbed, or joining another large, successful company on a global scale. 

What can be done to make the chances of success and long-term profitability better?

Could a little Corporate Anthropology make M&As really hum?

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