The integration of a small, well-run company often requires a light touch strategy. In those situations, follow these 10 rules to achieve the best results:
1. Turn off "integration autopilot"
Over time, serial acquirers develop detailed procedures and checklists for running efficient integrations. That can work very nicely, just as long as the same tactics are not blindly applied to all deals, no matter their size.
2. Don't "wing it"
A light touch integration strategy does not mean no touch. Processes always should be implemented even on little deals, to define goals and time frames, track progress, and hold people accountable …