Day 1 Integration

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    Rochelle Ramos

    A few years back I worked for a company that was acquiring a small “family” company of about 17 employees. We were a start up from a more metropolitan area and the company we purchased was in a smaller rural area. I remember walking in with our CEO and CFO both in expensive suits and noticing the office was more laid back in their appearance, casual clothing and modest decor. I recall their reactions being slightly negative as we were “big corporate” here to change their world. Having done this again, I would have added to our checklist to have an understanding of the office culture to determine if a more business casual approach with a simple collared shirt and pants would have been better.

    What other “lessons learned” have others gathered over the years that aren’t necessarily something you would think of adding to a Day 1 Integration strategy?


    I feel it’s important in Day 1 to communicate not just “next steps” and talking about “the big corporate company”, but making it clear that they are looking forward to getting to know each of the new team members and what has made them successful so everyone can learn from each other. Setting the tone, that the buying company “doesn’t know all”, and is able and willing to learn and grow together is an important message to communicate quickly in the process.

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