Three Priorities in Ensuring a Smooth M&A Deal

AMN Healthcare Services CEO Susan Salka says its most recent acquisition of Medfinders is going “exceptionally well.” She believes the acquisition has strengthened its position as the country’s largest health care staffing company, leading to a doubling of fill rates, keeping more services “in-house”, and helping win more business. She’s pleased because AMN’s customers, leadership […]

How Kenexa CEO Rudy Karsan is Making the Acquisition Work

Rudy Karsan

Rudy Karsan knew that he had to put effective leadership in place in to engage his new employees.  In this week's New Leader's Playbook article on he discusses four jobs: Job #1 is building trust Job #2 is recognizing people and making them feel appreciated Job #3 is acknowledging you’re not perfect Job […]

Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre on Inspiring and Enabling Others


When the more experienced speakers at CEO Connection’s CEO Boot Camps are asked to look back on their executive training and careers and reflect on what they most regret, every single one of them has talked about not moving faster on people. As Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre told me in a recent interview: I’m a […]

Transition Management Requires Depth

  There was moment in the waning moments of Saturday evening's NCAA Basketball semi-final between UConn and Kentucky when the Kentucky team ran out of gas.  It was just a moment; and during the ensuing time out, their coach, John Calipari, re-energized them.  We'll never know if that was the moment that cost them the […]

The New Leader’s Playbook for Mergers and Acquisitions

While any leadership transition is challenging for some, the disruption surrounding an acquisition or merger (which is generally an acquisition by a different name) creates a challenges for everybody on all sides of the transaction.  Handled well, acquisitions create real value.  Handled poorly, value can be dissipated overnight.  This is why it’s so important to […]