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Michigan Association of CPAsBusiness Edge
March 28, 2014
Volume 11, No. 4
 
In this issue...
 -  Three Simple Steps to Create Urgency and Change Minds
 -  Make Evaluation Continuous in Mergers and Acquisitions
 -  “Change Management” Changes With a Visionary and Innovative Culture
 -  Three Steps to Be Observant…Not Obsessed
 -  Seven Ways to Become a People Person
Words from the Wise

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”

- Tom Peters

Three Simple Steps to Create Urgency and Change Minds

To master the art of influence, you must master the art of urgency. In creating urgency, you must ask a sequence of probing questions that will guide others to arrive at their own conclusions, not yours. This will result in you influencing others, not manipulating them.
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Make Evaluation Continuous in Mergers and Acquisitions

The evaluation process of whether to engage in a merger or acquisition has no fixed start date or end date. Rather, it is a continuous cycle, because as more information becomes available and a reassessment of existing data is made, more things become apparent. The parent company may decide after all that what was once a promising target company may result in an unexpected clash with its strategic objective.
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“Change Management” Changes With a Visionary and Innovative Culture

In order for change management to be effective, it must involve a clear and well-communicated vision, innovative culture and an engaged workforce. A crucial element of effective change management frequently missing is when an organization fails to look backward at its original vision and then work forward.
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Three Steps to Be Observant…Not Obsessed

In order to protect your company or personal brand, being observant is a must. This does not mean you must be painstaking—or obsessed—in your efforts to view details. Instead, it involves a healthy dose of observation skills so you can pick up on little messages or hints by understanding verbal and visual signs around you, embracing uncertainty and avoiding being judgmental.
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Seven Ways to Become a People Person

It is often said that it is not what you know but who you know that makes all the difference. However, there is an equally important concept to embrace: It is not a matter of how talented you are, but how effective you are as a “people person.” There are seven skills that can be easily employed to help you navigate challenges and position you on an upward career trajectory.
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