Acquired, What Now?

AQUIRED, NOW WHAT? ISBN: 9780692143384 Vigilant Press, an e-book Copyright and written by Keno Vigil.

Following the title, the author admonishes the reader to “Embrace the flux and uncertainty of M&A and become a savvy and bulletproof business professional. Your Journey Awaits.” The book then provides 30 chapters detailing a mass of material required for dealing with and successfully surviving a merger or acquisition of the company of which one is an employee. The first three chapters detail the need for such material because of the huge number of these transactions which occur yearly. Involved not only are small ‘start-ups’, but medium and large companies as well, each of which may be involved in friendly or unfriendly negotiations and may be of equal or unequal size. The next 6 chapters explain much about the circumstances and the learning process the author personally had endured when he had been involved in 6 such situations. The rest of the chapters present myriad suggestions of the many steps one can take before the event occurs, during the transition and beyond the immediate transition period. The almost countless differences that may exist between one’s former employer and the new one also are examined and certain chapters deal especially with such specifics as: “The Acid Test: Will You Survive or Not?; Pillow Talk that discusses discussion with family/partners; The New Culture that describes the often almost completely incomprehensible new usage/meanings of words/abbreviations; Does Your Boss Have Your Back; Taking Care of Your Group; and more.

Discussion: the author appears to have provided a treasure trove of thoroughly up-to-date suggestions for any individual facing a situation in which he/she is, or is about to be, involved in a M&A. Most prevalent throughout is emphasis on the vital need for adaptability, ability to regulate your emptions, and to employ your intelligence, integration and innovative abilities to their fullest. Proper interpretation of nuances also may be vital. Most helpfully included are a list of 10 factors that provide an “Acquisition Fitness Score” and 6 “Integration Strategies. Included at the end of the book are: Appendix A: Provides Further detail on “The Survival Fitness Analysis Worksheet and Score”; Appendix B: Key M&A Terms. There also are 20 specific References, another list of short references; and finally more short details “About the Author”.

5* Seemingly a must read for anyone subject to changes effected by M&A.

4D Strategies to Living Unstuck

4D Strategies to Living Unstuck ISBN: 9780692077177, an e-book published, copyright and written by John Polish.

Sub-titled “A Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Management Expectations” the author presents an Introduction followed by 10 chapters explaining the need for people to ‘get unstuck’ from their humdrum, often miserable life situation that is a constant mental drive toward what you believe is a ‘perfect life”. The first chapter explains “What it means to be stuck” and follows with chapters providing contributions made by Expectations, Emotions, Distractions, the ‘Drama’ involved, how to “Deal with your unmet expectations”., necessity to Define your ideals, Develop your faith, Drive on, and ultimately, Unstuck-Now what?

Discussion: The author, after experiencing horrendous road-blocks to his life’s expectations, believes he has devised a manner by which he believes individuals suffering from similar devastating experiences can deal with them in a satisfying manner. Fundamentally, the answer is that the person “must be able to process your emotions in a healthy manner” in way that will remove “an emotional attachment we have to our circumstances is what keeps us stuck.” The individual must learn to process his/her emotions and learn to stop focusing on the issue. Thus, introspective analyses must lead the person to defining which of their existing emotions are the more dominant contributors (e.g. fear, anger) and must successfully manage them especially, as well as the others, of course. He emphasizes the need to discover supportive groups, but admits they often may be a little difficult to find. He mentions the fact that technology has isolated and desensitized much of today’s population and quotes Les Brown speaking about sympathy seekers: “80% of people don’t care and 20% are glad it’s you.” Thus to reiterate, the need remains to concentrate on introspectively examining oneself because “The only way to experience real happiness is to learn how to process your emotions first.”

Conclusion: the author has presented another approach to the many books providing ways in which the increasing numbers of individuals are finding a need for help and turning to the expanding number of self-help books being offered. This one offers a worthwhile contribution in a friendly, homey manner that many will find most helpful. The one feature this reviewer regrettably finds somewhat lacking is more direct presentation of procedures effective in aiding the reader to effectively indulge in the introspective process.

3*    4* for worthwhile contribution; 3* or less for needed specifics.