Hi, my name is Ben de Haldevang and I’ve been a consultant for over 20 years….sounds a little like an AA opening and perhaps there is some similarity! Maybe it’s because I’ve never found anything sensible to do, or maybe because of my mixed heritage (German, Swiss, Scottish, Spanish, Czech, Russian), I seem to enjoy working in different environments and different countries…blame the parents!
Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked across 4 continents, on over 100 post merger integration projects and with 3 different companies. 2 of these I set up, and the other was as a result of a sale of my business where I was part of the sales ‘package’.
I cannot imagine doing anything else…which reflects my lack of imagination or the fact that I genuinely enjoy doing the job. Many of my friends come from my work…a sad indictment of my life.
What I’m trying to capture in my blog are the day to day experiences of a consultant operating in weird and wonderful client situations…they are observations and occasionally issues where I have a particular gripe. I’m not really sure what the purpose or benefit of reading it will be! Perhaps it will generate a laugh or a moment of recognition. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Ben, your comment in the FT (ExxonMobil article) led me to your blog.. and then recognised the name – perhaps you will remember. Hope you are well. My consulting life is a little different – Petroleum Reservoir Engineering – but the overlap into the world of change management always present.
Andy, great to hear from you. Sounds like an interesting challenge…send me your contact details, we should stay in touch.
Ben, thanks. My contact details are email@example.com and pleased to stay in touch.
Ben, excellent set of insights throughout your blog. As an international business consultant serving customers in Europe and the USA for over 15 years, I find your viewpoints both educational and entertaining. All the best to you.
Really pleased you’ve enjoyed them, John. If I may, I will send you an invite to receive them automatically when I publish something new. Any comments are welcome!
Found this site through a comment on FT. Really interesting. I am working on a large scale integration project right now and so many of your observations ring true.
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Glad you’re finding it useful, Greg…appreciate the feedback and feel free to share as necessary, Ben
Having worked on the inside of a few large bank mergers your posts are resonating (and bringing back some painful memories…). I am signing up to the blog to read more.
Glad you like them…all comments and suggestions are welcome, Will.
Love the site. Not only writing about innovation, but trying to live it. Well done!
Glad you’re enjoying my ramblings, Tom…share as you wish. Will be in touch soon
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