OVER 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND RESULTS IN ADVISING ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR LEADERS
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Speeches, Presentations, and workshops

How can we get our people to become better able to lead, manage and contribute to desired change and transition?

Mitch Marks is a frequent speaker to business groups and professional organizations. His presentations are filled with real world "war stories" from actual cases and provide practical strategies and methods for implementing desired change. His energetic and interactive style is well received by executives and employees alike.

Here are a few of Mitch's speaking topics:

MAKING MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS WORK

Managing the Human, Cultural, and Organizational Issues

If 75% of mergers and acquisitions fail, what makes the other 25% succeed? This presentation looks at the factors that distinguish successful and failed combinations. It identifies sources of employee stress and culture clash, and provides specific methods for minimizing their unintended impact on corporate combinations. It also gives advice for building a "one team" mindset and finding and locking in true synergies that make one plus one equal three in a merger or acquisition.

AN EMPLOYEE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS AND TRANSITIONS

This fast paced and engaging workshop educates employees at all levels on the M&A and transition process. It offers insights into the human, cultural, organizational and strategic issues—and opportunities—that occur in all transitions. It is designed to help people understand what is going on within themselves and around them in the organization, so they can feel more like architects of change rather than victims of change. And, it provides practical tools for minimizing transition-related stress and maximizing opportunities to contribute to desired organizational change.

MAINTAINING PRODUCTIVITY DURING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

This presentation for team leaders explains the stages employees go through during times of intense organizational change and shows how to manage each stage to help employees let go of old ways of thinking about and doing things and then accepting new ones. It provides proven methods for maintaining productivity during transition and getting employees focused on new business realities and opportunities.

CULTURE MATTERS

This presentation provides empirical data showing that corporate culture does matter in achieving financial results. It offers a model for building a desired corporate culture. And, it shows the many ways executives and managers directly and indirectly influence employee behaviors and attitudes.

BUILDING YOUR DESIRED ORGANIZATION

Making Change Happen

Change is the only constant, but employees resist change. This presentation tells what goes wrong with failed organizational change efforts and what works in the successful cases. It shows executives and managers how to design and implement desired change by articulating their desired organization, overcoming employee resistance to change, understanding and addressing the rigors of transition, and refreezing the desired new organization. The presentation provides practical actions and insightful case examples for harnessing human, cultural, and strategic dynamics into a desired organization.

RECOVERING FROM DIFFICULT TIMES

Preparing Employees for Opportunities and Challenges

New economic realities have resulted in huge numbers of organizational restructurings and downsizings—layoffs due to factors beyond the control of employees and not their individual performance. Survivors experience tremendous loss following a downsizing: the loss of familiar co-workers, anticipated career paths, the sense of fair play at the work place and, most importantly, of control over their job security. Survivors also have to contend with taking on the work previously conducted by former colleagues and the prospects of more layoffs in the future. The good news is that people are highly resilient—after working through their losses, they can regain focus on both short-term goals and long-term opportunities. This presentation shows how to help organizations—and their people—recover from difficult downsizings and restructurings. It illustrates how to enhance employee morale, team performance, and overall organizational effectiveness following difficult economic times. And, it provides tactics to help people work smarter—and not just harder—following a downsizing.

DEVELOPING A LEADERSHIP STYLE IN TODAY’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Leading and Managing Your Organization to Excellence

The pressures on executives in today’s work organizations are substantial and varied, including increased globalization, rapid technological advances, changing market conditions and evolving customer expectations. Amidst all these forces, executives must produce short-term results to satisfy superiors and shareholders, while developing a long-term perspective to build customer loyalty and employee motivation. This presentation shows leaders how to balance competing pressures while producing desired business results. It helps participants distinguish between “managing” and “leading” and determine their own style and appropriate actions for moving themselves, their work teams, and their organizations forward.