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5 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Sale

It is difficult to quantify the value of the effort that you have put in to build your business over the years. And if you are preparing for a sale,…

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Fallacies of Cost Synergies

Unless you are pursuing a consolidation, acquiring a competitor, or are involved in adjacency acquisition, chances are that a fair amount of synergies for your acquisition are new-value generating synergies.…

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8 Dimensions of Organizational Culture

Industry experts define the culture of an organization as the “way we do things here”. In other words, practices, interactions, behaviors, rituals, politics, performance management, career development, rewards and recognition…

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Epic Myth about Creating Competitive Advantage through M&A

“Wise men say, only fools rush in, But I can’t help falling in love with you” These are the lines from the famous song by Elvis Presley. People who know…

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5 Leadership Qualities that Kill an M&A Deal

I was just listening to the Built-to-sell podcast by John Warrillow. His guest was Robert Glazer, a seasoned acquirer and a top-notch thought leader in the space of M&A. Robert…

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Competing Values of S.C.O.R.E.

For any business that wants to embark on a transformation journey, we have developed a comprehensive framework called S.C.O.R.E. based on five critical elements (Strategic Thinking, Competing Values, Operating Model,…

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How robust is your M&A Integration Planning process?

Unlike some of the large companies like Cisco, GE, Philips, Google, and others that acquire companies with constant regularity, most other companies pursue M&A as a strategy either as opportunistic…

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Are you a High-Performance Shared Services Leader? Fill out this scorecard to find out.

There is a massive chasm between an average shared services leader vis-a-vis a high-performance shared services leader. A high-performance leader is: Industry recognized Well respected Pioneering Has opinions Bold And…

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Traditional Shared Services will be Dead in the Coming Decade

Most of the shared services over the past couple of decades have survived primarily on incremental rather than transformational strategies. These strategies have mainly focused on increasing efficiencies, timeliness and…

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How to develop talent through skip-level management

It was a typical grey Dutch day. Nothing exciting for most people. But I was excited. I was going to meet my boss’s boss for the first time in my…

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Transformations in Shared Services

Most of the functional and shared services leaders in mid-to-large corporates across the globe are facing an existential problem. On one side, most of the organizations have a sub-optimized shared…

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New Future Roles in Shared Services Organizational Architecture

We are living in unprecedented times. The world is rapidly changing around us. What was considered impossible even a couple of decades back is now a big part of our…

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How to design a highly effective M&A integration in 6 easy steps

M&A is a complex strategy. If done right, then it can give an overnight competitive advantage. Most companies, however, do get it wrong. As per the Harvard Business Review articles,…

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HR Leaders do not get trained in Heaven on M&A Integration

While most HR leaders tend to be highly competent on people and leadership aspects, they do not exude the same level of confidence when it comes to managing the same…

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Maneuvering Culture During M&A Integration

It is important to learn to maneuvering culture during M&A Integration. Cultural integration has been highlighted as one of the key reasons why many M&A integrations fail. Alongside insufficient or…

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Acquisition Of Entrepreneurial Companies: Top Realities Why They Fail

There are multiple reasons why acquisition of entrepreneurial companies fail. Close to 80% of all transactions involve acquiring a company that is much smaller than your organization. These acquisitions tend…

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What is the difference between the roles of Integration Leader and Integration Management Office?

M&A integrations are complex and require specific roles. The difference between Integration Leader and Integration Management Office is fundamental to understand. The role of an M&A Integration leadership is a…

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Internal And External Resources In M&A Integration Teams

5 Proven Reasons why M&A Integration Teams should be a blend of internal and external resources The challenge for many organizations relates to the adequate skills left in their organizations,…

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When Is The Right Time For Your M&A Employee Surveys

How To Right Time Your M&A Employee Surveys Most M&A employee surveys fail during the process of integration. This failure takes place due to incorrect timing more than anything else,…

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7 Biggest Mobilization Hurdles For Your M&A Integration

Mobilization is defined as “the act of assembling and readying military troops and supplies for war” as per Wikipedia. This exercise is usually done in quick time and in a…

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Digital innovation ebook launched by Fifth Chrome

✨ Our 1st digital innovation ebook has been published today ✨ ? It is one of the biggest milestones in our business in recent times. ? What started out as…

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Digital Tax Webcast – In partnership with C-DEP India, Grant Thornton & Fifth Chrome

? Digital Tax Virtual Session ? But what is digital tax? This is the question many businesses don’t have a good answer to or awareness about. Not just that, if…

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Digital Business Reinvention [The Yellow Pages Story]

Is Your Business Prepared for Digital Reinvention?   Digital technology has changed the world. That is why digital business reinvention has become crucial. In this post, we will learn about…

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The Importance of Business Strategy in Transforming Business

  What do you think of when you hear someone emphasize the importance of business strategy?  A Three to Five year Plan? A cunning way to outsmart the competition and…

Leveraging Blockchain to create a competitive edge

What many companies don’t realize is that Blockchain is a “revolutionary” technology. Businesses and executives still link Blockchain with bitcoin and crypto currency. The fact that block chain can provide…

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6th Annual Global Process Improvement and Operational Excellence, 25-27th March 2020, Amsterdam

It’s our pleasure to announce Anirvan Sen, CEO of Fifth Chrome as our esteemed speaker and Chairman for the 6th Annual Global Process Improvement & Operational Excellence Summit. Join us…

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11 Reasons Why Every Business Needs a Digital Strategy

The proliferation of digital technologies over the last three decades have turned traditional business models on their heads. Globalization coupled with technological innovation and mass consumerization has compelled organizations to…

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Is Operational Excellence dying? 5 easy steps to revitalize your OPEX programs

Struggling with your operational excellence program? You seem to put all the required effort, but your continuous improvement program doesn’t seem to please the executive leadership team? Even worse, your…

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  ? We tend to spend enormous amounts of time pondering over details of a solution and yet, we seem to short-change the need to understand details of the problems…

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Secrets of right-staffing for an M&A Integration

This is one question that I repeatedly get asked at all my M&A training courses. And I can understand why my trainees ask this question.The reality is that there is…

10 reasons why corporates are averse to Blockchain

Here are 10 encumbering reasons why private Blockchain is only getting limited traction in the corporate/business world: Keeping up with the rapidly changing technology landscape Aversion to crypto-currency and token-based…

Wishing all our clients and well-wishers a very happy new year 2019

As we draw close to the end of the year, here are our top 5 challenges of M&A Integration: Granularity and level of sufficiency of integration planning Cultural alignment Inadequate…

Launching of M&A Readiness Assessment for Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SMEs)

After years of research, experience and input from various practitioners across the globe, we have now created an assessment on Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) readiness exclusively for Small and Medium…

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Mr CXO, Revisit "Habits" For M&A Integration

Change management in M&A integrations is a complex and widely defined subject. Practitioners use various interpretations of change management during an integration project. Here are a few examples of what…

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Why do HR Teams Still Remain Underdogs of M&A Integration?

Despite having a pivotal responsibility of managing human capital of an organization, HR leadership involvement in matters related to M&A remain quite limited. In many integrations, the involvement of HR…

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Confused between Capacity vs. Availability of resources in Projects?

“The devil is in the details” as the famous idiom goes, couldn’t more appropriate in the world of transformation and M&A integration projects. In fact, missing out crucial details can…

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Top 5 things to consider at the time of Mergers & Integration

M&A is one of the complexities of modern day corporate world. At the outset, it is required to gain competitive advantage and, therefore, should be part of any serious-play arsenal.…

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Lean Digital Metrics

LEAN Digital Metrics “It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire…

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Procure to Pay LEAN Workshop

Get high levels of efficiency in Procure to Pay process using LEAN Six Sigma methods in a 3-day workshop

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Data Analytics based LEAN Six-Sigma Improvements

Data Analytics based LEAN Six Sigma Improvements Data Analytics based LEAN Six Sigma Improvements approach is based on an innovative approach that combines the latest Data Analytics tools and LEAN…

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Process Governance: 5 tips to maximize Effectiveness

Process Governance: 5 tips to maximize Effectiveness In a large number of organizations, process governance remains ineffective and processes and functions are largely managed on personal interpretation or with a basic…

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Top Governance Focus Areas

Top Governance Focus Areas One of the most important aspects that differentiate successfully run organizations or functions is governance. We in Fifth Chrome have used our life experiences to identify…

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Is it time to shun vanity metrics in operational environment

Is it time to shun vanity metrics in operational environment If you’ve ever worked in a shared services environment, you’re likely to be familiar with ‘vanity metrics’. Vanity metrics can…

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5C returns after a successful trip to Africa

5C returns after a successful trip to Africa Fifth Chrome (5C) team members Anirvan Sen and LV had embarked on a 10-day trip to Africa. The trip included a study…