Forbes: Create Certainty During Mergers And Acquisitions With One Exercise

While M&A deal volume normalized and progressively improved throughout 2023, for CEOs and boards, considerable uncertainty remains in today’s market….. There is a simple exercise I employ with companies pursuing a deal to address these questions and bring more certainty to the deal’s unknowns: a premortem analysis.

Click here to learn how to implement my premortem exercise and its benefits for leadership before heading into an M&A conversation.

Podcast: Relationships at Work with Russel Lolacher

Jennifer joined Russel Lolacher to talk about how to ease the pain of mergers and acquisitions. See the full transcript here.


  • Mergers and acquisition complexities and challenges.
  • First hand employee experience during a M&A.
  • The importance of effective and adaptive leadership during M&A.
  • The critical role of communication.
  • How early involvement of frontline leaders is crucial.
  • Steps to overcome an “us vs them’ mentality.

“Leaders need to be better prepared for what happens to people in times of change and uncertainty… You need to allow people to adapt to that, but you also need to prepare your leaders for how to lead people when they’re dealing with a whole new process, potentially.”

Jennifer Fondrevay

Podcast: Mindset Zone

Jennifer recently spoke with Ana Melikian, Ph.D., of Mindset Zone. They discuss the importance of drawing upon unique talents, directing effort wisely, and adopting an appropriate attitude. Ana emphasizes the need for mental fitness, and Jennifer reinforces how crucial it is to identify what one can control in uncertain environments. 

See the full piece at Mindset Zone.

* [00:00] Introduction and Personal Struggles with Burnout

* [00:42] Meet the Host: Ana Melikian

* [01:24] Introducing Special Guest: Jennifer Fondrevay

* [02:53] Jennifer’s Expertise: Embracing Uncertainty

* [03:18] Jennifer’s Journey: From Certainty to Uncertainty

* [05:02] The Role of Control in Embracing Uncertainty

* [05:57] Jennifer’s TEA Framework: Talent, Effort, Attitude

* [06:54] The Importance of Data and Information

* [08:02] The Human Factor in Business Transformation

* [09:05] The Power of Choosing Our Response

* [09:51] Learning from Mistakes: Jennifer’s Personal Experience

* [11:48] The TEA Framework in Detail: Talent

* [16:48] The TEA Framework in Detail: Effort

* [25:03] The TEA Framework in Detail: Attitude

* [31:40] Conclusion and Contact Information

Podcast: Thriving Through M&A: It Starts at the Top (with Growth Igniters® Radio)

It’s tempting to focus primarily on the transactional side of the deal; but there’s also an emotional journey post-acquisition that can impact success of the deal. Knowing what to look for can help you and your organization thrive despite the uncertainty and challenges of the transition.  Thriving Through M&A starts at the top.

Jennifer joins Growth Igniters Radio with Pam Harper & Scott Harper® to discuss the emotional journey of thriving through M&A. This episode dives into:

  • How Jennifer’s experiences led her to write her book
  • Exploring some of the tongue-in-cheek “Personas” that Jennifer says can emerge at any level of an organization during an M&A transformation, and how they can affect success
  • The importance of top leaders’ awareness of these dynamics in successfully leading others through integration
  • Immediately useful ideas for leading to thrive through M&A, starting at the top

The people you thought you knew can show a different side of themselves when they’re uncertain of the future. (Jennifer J Fondrevay)

Podcast: Death of a Workaholic | Know Your Worth

Jennifer joined Jenny Lynne to talk about being valued and recognized at work, what is your own personal value, and how serving others is part of her journey. Hear the full podcast here.

Key Takeaways

  • You do have to work hard to achieve success, but you also have to find a balance that works for you.
  • Finding purpose and value in your own work requires a willingness to let go of distractions and noise.
  • If you’re feeling unsure of how to make a change in your life, focus on the mark you want to leave behind. What is your purpose in your work?

Key Moments
{03:51} “I think I just got into my head at that point. You gotta always be working at this, like you can never let up.”

{05:53} “But it came from that really painful moment of realizing I was exhausting myself and no one was caring.”

{10:05} “You become less fixated on holding onto the past because you’re okay with the future, you know your value. So anything that comes your way, you got it. You’re good.”

{21:28} “I remember just saying to my husband,  I don’t want my obituary to say, you know, ‘oh, she was a great chief marketing officer,’ right? I thought, man, if my legacy was about helping businesses do better by their people and to improve the success rate, that could be something I’d be proud of.”

Fox4 Jacksonville: How to Impress the Boss

How to impress the boss without looking like you’re sucking up

Everyone wants to create a good image at work, but your efforts can come across as disingenuous if you’re not careful. It can be difficult to promote yourself more without looking like a suck up.

Jennifer was the featured expert in this piece, noting that “Your goal is to exhibit what you are capable of, the contributions and value add that you bring.”