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065: Haytham Kaddoura, CEO of Smartstream on Company Turnaround

For today’s episode, we want to repurpose one of the best episodes of the last 12 months. My interview with Haytham Kaddoura, CEO of SmartStream Technologies, a global company leader in financial transaction management solutions. In this episode, we discussed how you could drive a successful turnaround by covering some interesting topics like:   Regardless of […]

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How to create alignment with your leadership team

Only 20% of CEOs are able of driving change in their organizations. According to the latest CEO study from Egon Zehnder, a poor alignment between the CEO and the leadership team is one of the main reasons. In the research, the authors confirm that one of the major issues for CEOs right now is “building

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054: Lorenzo Simonelli, CEO of Baker Hughes on Driving Change Through Uncertainty

Lessons from the C-Suite All successful CEOs possess several critical skills and attributes. Chief among them is the ability to build a diverse team that complements the CEO’s capabilities and expertise and provides both support and challenge as needed.  A CEO must be able to decisively manage ambiguity and constant change, while focusing on strategic

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Three drivers to make M&A integration successful

Too many M&As fail due to poor integration.  And this is not something new. Back in 2011, Harvard Business Review published some staggering data that showed 70% of mergers failed to deliver value. Almost 10 years later, another survey from PwC shows that the failure rate is still the same.  Let’s put these numbers into

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049: Three Drivers to Make M&A Integration Successful with Branka Dessens

49,600 M&A deals failed last year.  Here’s the logic: According to Pwc, we hit a new record of M&A deals globally in 2021: 62,000. But according to many experts, the average failure rate is 80%.  If this is true, it’s too easy to fail. But it’s never about strategy, commercial, or finance alone. It’s also

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043: Why Employees Resist to Change and How to Turn them into Advocates

Change doesn’t happen if you don’t understand first why people resist. I’ve seen too many great change initiatives fail just because leaders struggle to understand the causes of resistance and its effect on the implementation. They often underestimate its impact until they realize it when it’s too late. The good news is that resistance can

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