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And Industrials looking for ten years of having experienced. Today's discussion is a talent Gap in m&a. Everyone mentions and sells on the high failure rate having a at the end of the day doing deals is all about people the right strategies key, but more important is having the right people to execute I've seen a myself is a lot of m&a teams that aren't built out to do the deals. Well today, I'm bringing in experts with experience to wait on this so to kick things off was changing. The market wage is requiring a different need and talent you want to kick that often. Yeah, absolutely. So as I always say the business has changed drastically over the last ten fifteen years. I think I found particularly has remained the same as the same rigid playback same rigid process up front. Let's go back to Union and was changed. There's a number of different trends that are impacting. How a minute. True too wet. There is a delineation between the M&M process and value creation when I see how many process it's all the usual stuff integration management even planning check out. As Pearson energies and things like that. I think that has got his own place structure rigorous discipline. The value really comes in from creating value from the functions or creating value from a foundation of Destruction and functions. So the value Creations is really created by strategy and operations while the remote turns the correct. So that's one big Trend second many people sort of fall off the Chevrolet place in the choir, right? So the definition of a ceramic wire was doing consolidation Burgers back in the first part of this Century, right and now you have consolidation murders you imagine dragons you back wires. You come out Integrations and you name it if the people will cost around this, you know, occasional serial frequent. So I think there's no serial acquirer you a Serial acquirer of a certain age are given point in time. So you're a universal blame doesn't really apply right you live emerging disciplines like technology diligence and Commercial diligence in wargaming. I mean, lots of people are dead. Digital stuff now so bringing the technology is where the value is locked. You need to understand the stability the interoperability performance scalability all of that. There's that wage happening execution under uncertainty is a big deal. Right? I mean the market environment is changing does a whole bunch of structural changes take a look at go with great. You can run a play with now because you're off these are modeled in for a deal that was in flight. And now it's kind of, Parts. What are you going to do? If you run your mercy real flavor? I don't think that's going to create value bother to more friends. One of them is that I think synergies starting to mean less now, it's really about shareholder value traditionally people thought about costs energy Revenue Synergy. Now, you're talking about sequence of reciprocal structural beta synergies and all of that rates. There's a lot of the stuff going on the biggest change in my mind and how to create values the breakdown of functional integration and dividend destruction integration. Also integration was when you sort of Rome, Companies together combined the functions groups and combination of value to cut costs created a secret skill but you can't take that approach and move it into the structural part of it off industry structure and destruction is altering the landscape altogether, but the thing is about structural synergies and revenue synergies very you need to get the whole Machinery cross-functionally firings. You can figure your I move value everything is changing. The Advent of platforms is the new thing for Punk of the values outside the firm right? Think about an Uber or Airbnb your community management is the new HR rate. Your marketing is Dave roles and all these things know how do you contain functional integration approach moving to structural to a platform life has evolved a little bit right? So that's sort of where I see many of these Trends and deviating from the best one of the changes you see in the market Reba. I would just say very simply that I think the financial engineering element in deals has been optimized so dead. Really individuals have to look harder to have to think harder and they have to really think about what is the Strategic value of what it is though that we have to do in terms of a deal structure and I think a lot of times what happens is that people, you know think of a deal is just making a widget and it's not making a widget you really have to think about how does this fit into the organization? What's the optimal structure for the organization to take advantage of the initial investment Theses that actually brought the deal forward. I also think another important thing. I want to pull out the Newtons folks who was a need for operational leadership. They really need to be in stride with your m&a team group lead. Whomever. If you don't have that kind of operational by in fact, I'm not going to see any of the results that sold the deal in the first place and if you don't have that, you're really setting yourself up for failure and I think a lot of times people think oh, you know, it's Jeff. Great deals a great multiple and it's going to be but really to me I didn't have to take a step back and think about how does it fit into the bigger picture? I really gets to one of the core competencies. I think you know, it's a nice to have quite frankly in an individual was running anime. M&a excuse me is really the ability to zoom in and then Zoom act so long. You gotta know the nuts-and-bolts of deal itself, right? And there's a hbr study that's based on this but I will apply it to M&T here is the ability to zoom. In fact the mechanics the innards of the deal, but then be able to zoom out and say well this is how it fits into the bigger story and you gotta be aligned to the bigger story and every organization has a story and if you don't know it then I thought that's an issue in onto itself because that's why you should be doing the m&a. So there you have it. That's what's changing. So, where is he a lot of different things happening with the deal's off? Which is around the deals. I think this is a good segue into what are the specific skills that are required for this current changed Market, you know absolutely can take a start for that. So as the deals of moved from a consolidation into the stuff that I just talked about right across industry has kind a countdown image degrees of freedom. If you think about the world functional expertise, if you are doing Finance ideas are real estate and supply-chain to an extent largely get across Industries and understand the Emily process and the process is very similar right A lot of these things are now being done in a front office where the product is fundamentally different. You cannot go to a company or some executive and say hey, I'm a product development expert type across Industries the chemical formula of a drag off the manufacturing process of refrigerated building software very different. So because those are different the configuration of the front of his altars very drastically, right yourselves is different in marketing is different you prod Customer experience pretty much everything becomes different and you use this model has emerged around that to the industry is produced which was really important at the top is now kind of sinking to the boss not saying something with industry expertise, but that's becoming more and more important at the moment in terms of the skillset. Also, the center specific stuff is emerging because business models are song even even inside if you take high-tech largely played in a hardware model or semiconductor model in a software model or very different so that it really need to understand the business model on how the deal is cattle-raising a go-to-market motion and a product and able to scale that to take the structural forces and create the revolutionaries is.

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