Avoiding Strategic Errors During an Acquisition

A seasoned executive, Jeff Quade possesses expertise in business renewal, team development, and mergers and acquisitions. While working with the LGE Execs consulting firm, Jeff Quade co-hosted a roundtable discussion for businesses with the potential of future acquisition or that were preparing for the process.

One of the major concerns during an acquisition must be the effect that the process will have on the culture and environment of both companies. Unfortunately, the senior management of the acquired company generally has a high turnover rate. If the acquiring company cannot retain the most talented minds of the acquired company, the whole transaction is largely rendered moot, as employees remain a company’s most valuable resource. The two firms should have similar or complementary cultures, otherwise the acquisition could potentially end poorly. In addition, companies must ensure that the acquisition does not become a distraction, especially for managers who may lose sight of their actual goals. Managers must consistently look back to the factors that led to the firm’s success and maintain them diligently.

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About jeffquade

Human resources expert Jeff Quade possesses over 20 years of international executive experience. Working closely with the CEO of LGE Execs as an Organizational Effectiveness Practice Leader, Jeff Quade was instrumental in helping clients increase their effectiveness through organizational restructuring. LGE (Leadership-Growth-Excellence)’s Organization Effectiveness Practice concentrates its efforts in four disciplines: human resources function excellence, senior team effectiveness, change of leadership facilitation, and mergers and acquisitions. The company effects international change from Europe, Asia, and the United States. Throughout his career, Jeffrey Quade has played a vital role in the acquisition of various companies in the diverse areas of business ranging from corporations worth over $700 million dollars to smaller, start-up organizations. He helped a company grow over 25 percent while revamping another’s organizational culture, doubling its earnings. While based in Austin, Texas, Mr. Quade worked in executive leadership positions for Dell Inc., GE Industrial Systems, NetSolve, Inc., Cornerstone Healthcare Group, and HealthTronics, Inc. As Vice President of Human Resources at NetSolve, Jeff Quade paved the way for the company’s acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. He also spent time in Durham, North Carolina, in the upper echelons of management for Bell & Howell. Drawing upon the skills he obtained as an entrepreneur and executive with Fortune 500 companies, Jeff Quade assists organizations undergoing high levels of change to survive not only intact, but stronger for it. Recognizing that a multi-generational personnel roster is crucial to a productive workplace, he is involved with many organizations that deal with the issues of human resources. Jeffrey Quade’s experience in helping others prepare for acquisition smoothly and seamlessly has benefited many corporations throughout his career. Jeff Quade possesses the ability to recognize and comprehend the small, important details of a company while examining its processes, technologies, and people. Jeff Quade earned his Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Western Kentucky University and his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. His specialties include cost containment, succession planning and retention, as well as executive recruitment and staffing.
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