Specialized consulting for corporations, private equity firms and venture capital groups desiring to accelerate the

optimization, realignment or assimilation of their workforces.

HR & Org Effectiveness ServicesExamine Our Picklist Below

Our high-caliber, in-demand consultants are ready to help execute HR strategic priorities, including but not limited to:

One of the most common derailers of merger, acquisition, realignment or change management  projects is the lack of ideal execution of critical People-related initiatives.  Fail to get it right, and it will destroy your bottom line.

More often than not, M&A deals or major organizational effectiveness efforts destroy company value; more than half of mergers and acquisitions fail or underperform. While the transactions still go through, they never unlock their full potential of the newly formed company. That’s because the challenge of bringing together two organizations, each with its own processes, structure, culture, and management—is profoundly complex.

SDL has a pool of high-caliber executive and specialty consultants who are extremely experienced in the human capital needs of private equity, venture capital and corporate venture integration teams.  We are uniquely positioned to help you maximize and accelerate synergies and value creation.

We work closely with private equity/venture capital boards and/or company executive stakeholders to lead major HR workstreams such as:


We help develop and implement organizational effectiveness interventions both pre- and post- deal close.  We also are skilled in conducting HR due diligence, as well as empowering leaders to lead their people through the transaction, enabling managers to support employees, and creating an environment that reduces anxiety, minimizes disruptions and fosters enthusiasm for the future.


Our staff can function as interim CHROs or HR integration generalists, to build a comprehensive HR infrastructure and/or  lead the integration of HR Functions including Employee Relations, HR Systems, Service Delivery, Total Rewards, Payroll, Benefits, Learning & Development, and Talent Acquisition Strategies.


Understanding and assessing legacy cultures, defining a future-state culture, and developing plans for how to cultivate that culture.

Developing and implementing organizational culture transformation strategies that affect lasting change.


Assisting in the development of organizational design to enable future-state strategy. This includes supporting the design of combined or separated operating models and the accompanying organizational structures.


Articulating shared purpose, values, mindsets, and behaviors and inspiring team commitment.  Delivering solutions within each workforce area of concentration: Branding & Acquisition; Rewards & Well-being; Performance, Learning & Career Mobility; Leadership & Teaming; Diversity & Inclusion.


Ideating and transforming the composition and capabilities of the workforce to match the needs of the future of work for the company.

This includes organizational change and impact assessments, creating holistic change management programs, managing stakeholder and employee engagement and delivering effective internal and external communications. Communicating project timelines and updates on deliverables, using dashboards, presentations and status reports via SDL’s HR M&A playbook.

Because no two initiatives are alike, we don’t advocate a cookie-cutter approach to such engagements. We take pride in co-creating with our clients to:

  • prepare senior leaders for the pending activity and be a strategic confidante for them
  • set the direction and define basic objectives
  • create a project plan with milestones and deliverables
  • execute objectives as quickly as is reasonable and legal
  • aggressively identify and manage synergies
  • strategize how to attract, develop and retain key employee talent
  • source and manage vendors, as needed
  • communicate updates constantly  
  • work to keep business strong during the transition
  • adjust to unforeseen changes

Working with SDL will be a competitive differentiator for your organization!

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Fees and Payment Options

After we go through the Discovery process to scope your needs in more detail, SDL will provide you a comprehensive Statement of Work.  Upon signed contract or Statement of Work, payments for services rendered may be made by:

  1. Credit Card: Both corporate and personal credit cards accepted.
  2. Purchase Order/Invoice: SDL will send an invoice directly to you or your company representative. If a purchase order or registration in your company’s vendor system is required, please contact us at 770-384-1103 or via email.

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