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Good afternoon, all. Today, we’re reading about the importance of leaders thinking like each member of the team. Harvard Business Review discusses the benefits: fluency across fields, perspective built on breadth of experience, and heightened self-awareness. Mastering the art of thinking from a different point of view spells success in leading a diverse team.

Meanwhile, PE Hub argues the controversial position that private equity operating partners don’t make sense. The private equity operating partner is currently trending in the industry as a source of hands-on guidance and value creation for acquired companies, but PE Hub decides they often don’t pass the cost-benefit analysis.

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Middle Market Move of the Week:

Many middle market companies are being sold to private equity firms as add-ons to strengthen the position of a fund’s platform investments. Last week, Ariad Communications, a strategic marketing agency specializing in Canadian clients was added to High Road Capital-owned Bluespire. As both companies serve clients that are often specifically regulated, streamlining the expertise should bring efficiency to the process.

In an interesting twist, the President of Ariad was named CEO of the combined company. The CEO commented he was excited for the combination to help  Bluespire’s market-leading position to expand in Canada and Ariad’s consumer marketing experience to gain presence in the US. Read the full press release here.

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