Finish Strong® Podcast Series The journey to excellence is not a simple one, nor does it follow a straight line. This podcast series addresses issues important to manufactures worldwide. Becky's insights include commentary on global, strategic, and tactical issues, as well as observations on current challenges and opportunities in manufacturing businesses. Feel free to suggest topics of interest to you; no doubt Becky will have something to say that will make you think.

Rationalization: Successful Integration of Operations Requires It

M&A deals rarely accomplish the great financial success outlined in the agreements. Failures in integrating operations dominate those unsatisfactory transactions. About 2 years ago I developed a series of podcasts suggesting how to succeed in merging 8 key operational categories. This podcast helps you prepare for rationalization considerations described in one of those earlier podcasts before the ink is dry. Parts, customers and suppliers are just a few of the arenas to examine.

Knowledge and technology optimization in Mergers & Acquisitions

Sharing of knowledge and technology while merging operations will not happen automatically or well without a defined plan. This is true within an organization, and certainly when combining operations in an M&A deal. My earlier podcast on fully leveraging knowledge and technology in this series discussing effective operations integration recommended 4 steps to execute. In this podcast I expand those recommendations to include pre-merger activities, including when M&A is not on your radar.

Supply Chain Management in Mergers & Acquisitions

Success of any merger or acquisition depends on the effective integration of operations. My earlier series on that operations integration addressed 8 key factors, one of which is Supply Chain Management. Now I expand on my earlier podcast detailing 4 aspects of successful integration of SCM. The 2 additional factors addressed here are essential to actualization of intended benefits.

Follow This Process for Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations

Why do so many Mergers and Acquisitions fail to find promised success? These next several podcast expand on an earlier series in which I addressed that question. Follow this methodical process for understanding where the real potential lies, and then take advantage of it. Listen to the earlier podcast expanded on below.