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Companies around the globe are increasingly pursuing M&A as a growth strategy. Odds are, at some point in your career, your company will be one of them. Jennifer J. Fondrevay, an M&A expert who has led teams and brands through three separate multibillion dollar acquisitions, explores why these business transitions can be as stressful as the loss of a loved one or a move to another country. 

The normal human reactions of fear, anger, anxiety, and denial can make leading change overwhelming and keep you from capitalizing on opportunities. To help you navigate your emotions and see how M&A can, in fact, further your career, Jennifer has written and recorded Now What?, the guide she wished for years ago. 

Based on 60 interviews with M&A integration survivors and practitioners, alike Now What?:

  • Explains the drivers behind M&A so that you can anticipate what's coming and start to appreciate where the opportunities might be
  • Exposes the post-deal experience for what it is: a journey from denial to acceptance through the M&A stages of grief
  • Identifies the "cast of change" characters (e.g., the Former Rock Star, the Black Widow, etc.) and how to engage them
  • Helps you construct a total "survive and thrive" game plan for cultivating the right mind-set, collaborating with the "other side", and finding your niche to succeed

Now What? helps anybody in the middle of it all, from C-suite executives to frontline leaders, to navigate the stages of business transitions for business and personal success.

©2019 Jennifer J. Fondrevay (P)2021 Jennifer J. Fondrevay

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Useful Insight

Really good take on what it is like for the employees going thru an M&A transaction. It would be useful for an employee to read going into a deal. Having been on both sides of M&A deals early in my career, and eventually being one of the most senior leaders, again on both sides of deals, it was useful to have the book take me back to what it was like to be a “rank and file” employee thru the process, and consider again how I can make the process more effective, and less stressful, for all concerned, next time.

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  • 05-29-22

Excellent writing and narration.

Jennifer relays her experiences and insights of M&A in a relatable and visual way. Excellently written and narrated.

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  • tara
  • 09-03-21

Must read for those going through corporate change!

Entertaining, engaging, Now What is a must read for anyone going through corporate change, whether it be M&A or re-engineering or reduction in force. The mix of information, tips,insights on corporate culture and humour is perfect and the different personalities are spot on! I am recommending this to all my colleagues!