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Jennifer Fondrevay: How to Navigate The Personas That Emerge During Mergers and Acquisitions

Episode 84

About Jennifer Fondrevay: Jennifer J. Fondrevay is the Founder of Day1 Ready™, a consultancy that advises forward-thinking business leaders, owners, and C-Suite executives on how to prepare for the human capital challenges of M&A. As a Fortune 500 C-Suite “survivor” of three multibillion-dollar acquisitions, Jennifer has been on all sides of the deal equation. She saw countless growth strategies fail due to a workforce that couldn’t pivot and adapt as quickly as leadership anticipated.


In this episode, Jordan and Jennifer discuss:

  • The personas that emerge during mergers and acquisitions

  • The Dominatrix and Black Widow personas

  • What does not get discussed in mergers and acquisitions

  • Why you should be truthful to your team about threats Key Takeaways

  • If you are not truthful with your team, they will see through you and lose their trust. Don’t say lies to calm and placate people in an uncertain environment.

  • Leaders need to be warriors during times of significant change

  • Not every abrasive person in the workplace is a sociopath or a bully. Many are that way because of their cultural background and their self-esteem being tied to their ability to achieve great things.

  • Black widow personas often act like your friend while slowly positioning themselves to take your role or ascend past you. Watch out for their signals and red flags so that you won’t be blindsided.

  • Leaders need to be familiar with the emotions and personas that emerge so they are able to calm the underlying fear and increase empathy and collaboration

“Let go of your title. What you need to focus on is showing your skill set and your expertise. And that is how quickly you learn about industries: distill that information into actionable, executable tasks.” — Jennifer Fondrevay

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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