Right after an acquisition, our consultants were contacted to assess executives from both entities against the business imperatives of the new organization. We quickly conducted interviews, personality assessments, and business simulations for a robust assessment of competencies, capabilities, and likelihood of contributing to the success of the business imperatives. This full talent audit was presented to the stakeholders as a vital component of their decision-making. Both retained and exited executives received full feedback on results and coaching to help with the transition to either their new role or exit process. An exiting executive remarked, “this is what happens in business. We all know it. But this process was different– thorough and fair and provided me with something of value, even though ultimately I’m not staying in the company.” The executive sponsor of the talent assessment remarked that he was “a believer” and wouldn’t assess talent any other way in others of his holdings ever again.