in power and show your ability to deliver results very quickly. Don’t be afraid to take the risk of knocking on doors, getting to know people, letting people know your intentions about your career. Many times after a merger we lay low and want to let the dust settle. All of the good opportunities are being divvied up while we’re laying low. It takes a long time even after a merger is announced for things to become integrated — almost two years. There’s a lot that you can deliver and produce during that period of time.
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