In this episode of RadEO, Ross chats to Lesley Waterkeyn, founder of Coulourworks and now Group CEO of CDWi. They talk merging businesses and staying relevant after two decades in the industry. Lesley shares her experience in integrating two companies and how they got even more clients with the merge.
About Lesley –
Lesley built Colourworks from the ground-up and now heads up the CWDi Group. She is driven by her curiosity and her entrepreneurial mind spearheads the agency’s innovation and relevance. As Group CEO, she is responsible for the continuous growth of the business. She does this by setting the company’s vision and seeing it come to fruition in the company culture, procuring the right resources, monitoring performance and leading CSI initiatives. She won the IWEC award (International Women Entrepreneurs Challenge) in 2017 in recognition of her impact as a female business leader.
Lesley’s business –
Show notes –
00:35 – Lesley’s elevator pitch
00:58 – What does a business challenge mean in your world?
01:45 – What path does one take to end up where you ended up?
03:05 – What are your favourite parts of your business, and which part do you wish you don’t have to deal with?
05:00 – Do you still support digital systems?
05:40 – How do you keep yourself engage after two decades?
06:35 – Have you kept the same staff as the business changes?
07:20 – How have you kept your skills relevant as things change?
08:33 – The Stay in Your Lane Document
09:20 – How does accountability look like your team?
10:00 – The Big Merge
12:22 – How do you navigate the minefield of a big merge?
13:55 – Negotiating the merge
14:57 – Lesley’s tips on a merge
16:28 – Matching culture and values by finding the right partner
17:00 – How did your clients respond to the merge?
19:10 – What role did BEE play in the merge?
20:05 – The 67 Logos Project
25:00 – Making the loudest noise
27:00 – How do you manage EO, merging companies and designing 67 logos?
29:40 – How do you connect back the EO experiences to your business?
31:30 – 2IC Forum
32:32 – What’s next for Lesley Waterkeyn?
33:30 – A strategy for growth through acquisition
36:26 – Are you the one running around sharing the values?
Ross listen to this podcast (implementation strategies) –
John Hagel | Moving From Pressure To Opportunity | SingularityU Greece Summit 2018
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