‘Succession Planning with Heart’ Supports Successful M&A

‘Succession Planning with Heart’ Supports Successful M&A

It was so fun to sit down with John Martinka of Martinka Consulting and his audience to share some of the biggest lessons I learned from my getting my own “deal” done and my passion for supporting others on a similar journey.

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John shares this passion for helping business owners and buyers through what can be a life-changing experience—the sale of a privately owned business.  I love their tagline:

We change lives through business transitions. Let us help you buy the right business the right way or exit with style, grace, and more money. ™

Succession planning is about so much more than “just” strategic planning and executing a deal. While both—planning and successful execution—are important, at its core M&A and internal succession is all about the psychology of change.  In particular, if you’re a founder/owner, it requires A LOT of intentional focus on managing your emotions and effectively engaging with your most essential stakeholders so that you can enjoy creating a mutually beneficial outcome for all.

John and I had an engaging conversation where I shared the lessons learned from my personal journey – from business owner to navigating the sale of my business – but also what, I believe, is the #1 derailer for many who aspire to do the same.

I also share

  • My definition of Succession Planning with Heart and how it supports doing succession planning the “right” way.
  • The value of creating true buy-in with your stakeholders by engaging in courageous conversations.

I hope you’ll gain some helpful insights and be inspired to begin having those courageous conversations regarding your aspirations for a successful succession event and creating a meaningful legacy.

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Together we’ll determine what you really want for your legacy so that you and your business thrive on this phase of your journey… starting right where you are.

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 Highlights of Laurie and John’s conversation:

  • Kicks off with the #1 derailer.
  • 2:45 Impact of the disconnect between owners and key NextGen successors/professionals (The antidote: Courageous conversations!)
  • 5:00 Value of successor development—requires commitment and investment of time to cultivate buy-in.
  • 6:00 Case study: Baby Boomer owner and MUCH younger successor.
  • 9:10 The Succession Success Formula—all about win-win-win.
  • 11:25 What can trip up an internal succession plan.
  • 12:50 The two most common undercurrents at cross purposes with your plans
  • 16:15 Surprises that came up during my own transition.
  • 21:15 Final thoughts… importance of self-awareness and emotions as you start and move through this journey.


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