By Monica E. Oss Most mergers fail to achieve their objectives. The failure numbers are high in any study you read—ranging from 70% to 90%. But lack of success didn't slow down the activity this year. There were 6,000 mergers and acquisitions in 2021. In a new Forbes article, Key Advice For Leaders Completing M&As In 2022, the author writes that factors responsible for low success rates "include incompatibilities in organizational systems, a lack of system or financial synergies, incongruent organizational cultures amongst others, and issues relating to people and culture being particularly problematic...." I would argue that most of the merger challenges are…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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