• About the Author: Ronald J. Recardo

    Ronald J. Recardo is the Managing Partner of The Catalyst Consulting Group LLC, a Connecticut firm founded in the early 1990’s that helps its clients grow their business, improve their performan…

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16 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
People Matters: Tips for Post Merger Change Management
Effective leaders understand there is an art to post merger integration that cannot be conveyed in a spreadsheet. Even what is perceived as positive change has a tendency to give employees pause and encourage them to evaluate other opportunities.

15 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Commitment Planning: Rallying Support for Your Change
In our last blog, we detailed a process for conducting a Stakeholder Analysis. Having now identified the various parties that could help or hamper your change efforts, it is time to craft a plan to rally support.

25 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Stakeholder Analysis: Navigating the Impacts of Change
In our most recent blogs, we reviewed common reasons for change management failure as well as several best practices for getting change to stick. In this blog, we turn our attention to an often-mismanaged element of change programs – Stakeholder Analysis.

11 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Finding Your Footing - Change Management Best Practices
In our last blog, we outlined a number of reasons why change programs fail. In this entry, we provide four best practices that we’ve identified as an outgrowth of research we’ve sponsored, a review of literature, and our experience in leading over 100 successful change management projects.

23 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Is Your Change Initiative Running on Ice?
For many leaders, managing change is like running on ice. We expend an inordinate amount of energy, but without traction. With such a plethora of information available, why do so many organizations still struggle with an event that has become as commonplace as a daily commute?

05 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Role Profiles – A Tool to Get the Right Players in the Game
Job description (JD) documents may have developed into a policy-related necessity within most organizations, but in the eyes of the average line leader, they have little real-world influence on talent acquisition or career path management.

27 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
Making it Happen – Best Practices for Strategy Execution
In our previous blogs, we examined common mistakes that can derail development, and provided a scalable solution for completing the business planning process. We now turn our attention to implementation.

15 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
Your Strategic Planning Go-To Guide
In this entry, we provide a scalable framework for crafting plans that can gain traction with stakeholders. World-class companies, however, understand the value of strategic planning and appreciate that it is a PROCESS with inputs, outputs, and deliverables.

05 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
Don’t Let Your Business Plan Become A Dust Collector
Any leader who has any grey hair has been through the annual drill of business planning – either at an enterprise-wide, business unit, or functional level. In this blog, we will share with you several “derailers” for strategy assessment, design, and execution.

23 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
Best Practices for Acquisition Integration
In this, our final installment on M&A, we will detail must-have strategies for acquisition integration, including the development of a 100-day plan.

15 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Importance of Operational & Organizational Due Diligence
In our previous blogs, we shared several M&A best practices, and discussed the critical role HR can play in the process. In this post, we will focus on two critical aspects of due diligence that are commonly not done well or even at all: organizational and operational due diligence.

09 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
What to Do When You Get the Green Light: HR Involvement in M&A
In our last blog, we discussed why HR should contribute in the M&A process, and how to build a case for stronger HR involvement. Though constructing a business case for HR involvement is the right thing to do, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your staff is equipped to do the job.

02 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
HR’s Role in M&A: Building the Case for HR Involvement
HR is often overlooked or underutilized during M&A projects. This blog identifies reasons for the oversight, associated risks, and ways to change the paradigm

03 Dec. 2012 | Comments (0)
Getting M&A Right: The Science Behind the Art of Deal Making
We will share with you several M&A best practices that if implemented will reduce the amount of stakeholder resistance, increase the percentage of targeted synergies realized, and shorten the overall implementation cycle time.

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