What does a gunslinger/cowhand know about acquisition integration? At least one useful thing in the Merger Verger’s view. The following quote comes from the kids/adult classic western novel Shane by Jack Schaefer:
That’s a subtle concept in acquisition integration and one that trips up a lot of folks. “Quiet” may mean that troubles are over but – as Shane himself suggests – it may also mean that touchy issues are festering in silence.
Your choices are basically two:
- Praise the God of your understanding for a smooth and now-finished integration process; or
- Dig deeper and find out what is really going on.
For more thoughts on this important but oft-misunderstood topic in an earlier posting, Click here.
About the Art: Shane was first published in book form 1949. Cover illustration from the original Dell paperback edition (top) and album cover from the soundtrack of the 1953 Paramount movie (bottom).