Thinking about… collaboration
Will this completely overwhelm my time?
We asked the leaders of three organisations that we have supported with merger to share their thoughts:
Former Chair of the Independent Adoption Service (IAS)
‘Making the decision on merger as a sustainable way forwards for our adoption service was very time consuming.
However, the Board engaged a facilitator to ensure that time would be effectively managed through a staged process, which meant that I, as a relatively inexperienced Chair, would not have an overwhelming time commitment.’
Chief Executive of Barton Hill Settlement
‘There is a lot to do but some of it is very administrative, especially the due diligence work, and HR focussed if you are transferring staff.
So it depends if you have someone to delegate the bulk of this work to. It is also important to follow a good process and it’s possible to bring in someone to help manage this as there are experienced consultants who do this. I think as CEO it’s important to keep a clear overview and to be very alive to relevant developments and this is harder if you are also doing the bulk of the detailed work. So the short answer is that it need not be overwhelming but it is an important piece of work and takes months not weeks.’
Laurie Rackind and Neil Taylor
Chief Executive and Trustee of Jami UK
‘Yes. It will overwhelm you and you will almost certainly underestimate the time and energy required to make it happen.’
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