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Organizational Psychologist and M&A Expert

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Keynote speaker Mitchell Lee Marks is an internationally recognized leader in mergers, acquisitions, leadership, corporate culture and executive teambuilding. As a motivating and engaging speaker, he has been invited to speak to a wide variety of audiences and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Economist, New York Times, and CNN. Furthermore, Mitchell is a frequent speaker to professional groups and has lectured at the Harvard Business School and Smithsonian Institution.

Keynote speaker Mitchell Lee Marks works with firms internationally, advising executives on issues of organizational change, organizational effectiveness, corporate culture, and the planning and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and other transitions. Mitchell’s clients range from small startups to large multinational corporations, as well as not-for-profit and government organizations. Mitch has advised in over 100 cases of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other major transitions.

Current or past clients include Pfizer, AOL, Intel, Lafarge/Holcim, Motorola, AT&T, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Unisys, Hewlett Packard, Lucent Technologies, Abbott Laboratories, BNP Paribas, Johnson & Johnson, Scios, KPMG, Imperial Oil of Canada, BP Amoco, Molson Breweries, Bank of America, Citibank, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, MCA, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Blue Shield of California, Los Angeles County, the March of Dimes, and others in the financial, manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, high technology, government, publishing, consumer products, and communications industries.

Our speaker Mitchell Lee Marks is the author of seven books – including Joining Forces: Making One Plus One Equal Three in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances which is highly regarded as the “bible” of integration management and now in its second edition. He has published scores of articles in practitioner and scholarly journals including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, and Human Organization.

Mitchell Lee Marks received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1981, where he conducted the first studies on human and cultural aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other major organizational transitions. His research on organizational change and transition, as well as on employee motivation and productivity, has been recognized in academia including the Outstanding Contribution to Organizational Behavior award from the Academy of Management.

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    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work: Managing the Human, Cultural, and Organizational Issues”

    • If 75% of mergers and acquisitions fail, what makes the other 25% succeed? This presentation looks at the factors that distinguish successful and failed combination. It identifies sources of employee stress and culture clash, and provides specific methods for minimizing their unintended impact on corporate combinations. It also gives advice for building a “one team” mindset and finding and locking in true synergies that make one plus one equal three in a merger or acquisition.


    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Culture Matters”

    • This presentation provides empirical data showing that corporate culture does matter in achieving financial results. It offers a model for building a desired corporate culture. And, it shows the many ways executives and managers directly and indirectly influence employee behaviors and attitudes.


    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Leading Effective, Productive, and Engaging Meetings”

    • Meetings, meetings, meetings…it seems like all business people do these days is go from one meeting to another. We’ve all been in meetings that seem like a lot more could get done in a lot less time or, worse, yet, that seem to accomplish nothing!
    • This workshop highlights the key complaints business people have about attending meetings and shows meeting planners and leaders how to design effective meetings. Attendees will learn what it takes to prepare for an effective meeting, how to conduct an engaging and productive meeting, and how to follow-up after a meeting to ensure its effectiveness.
    • Additional topics include identifying effective and ineffective meeting styles, knowing when and why to have meetings, understanding the roles of leaders and participants in engaging meetings, and learning how to salvage ineffective meetings.


    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Leading and Managing Your Organization to Excellence”

    • The pressures on executives in today’s work organizations are substantial and varied, including increased globalization, rapid technological advances, changing market conditions and evolving customer expectations. Amidst all these forces, executives must produce short-term results to satisfy superiors and shareholders, while developing a long-term perspective to build customer loyalty and employee motivation.
    • This presentation shows leaders how to balance competing pressures while producing desired business results. It helps participants distinguish between “managing” and “leading” and determine their own style and appropriate actions for moving themselves, their work teams, and their organizations forward.


    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Maintaining Productivity During Organizational Change”

    • This presentation for team leaders explains the stages employees go through during times of intense organizational change and shows how to manage each stage: letting go of the old, dealing with the neutral zone, and accepting the new.
    • It provides proven tactics for maintaining productivity during transition and getting employees focused on the realities and opportunities in the post-transition organization.


    Keynote by Speaker Mitchell Lee Marks

    “Building and Leading Your Desired Organization: Making Change Happen”

    • The only constant is change, but employees resist change. This workshop tells what goes wrong with failed organizational change efforts and what works in the successful cases. It presents a model for effective organizational change–letting go of the past, dealing with the neutral zone, and embracing the new.
    • It shows executives and managers how to design and implement desired change by articulating their desired organization, overcoming employee resistance to change, understanding and addressing the rigors of transition, and refreezing the desired new organization.
    • The workshop provides practical actions and case examples for harnessing human, cultural, and strategic dynamics into a desired organization.
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