Managing Diversity like Alexander the Great
Mergers are easier said than done. Making two diverse groups work together has been tough for more than 2,000 years.
Alexander conquests has been more than anyone before him. He tried various strategies to keep his conquest safe which was not very popular amongst his people. He adopted the clothing and customs of these “barbarians” and even married their women. Alexander insisted that his Macedonian troops accept Asians and Persians as equals, even as superiors. He arranged a mass wedding of some 10,000 Macedonians with barbarian wives and recruited Persian soldiers into his army. When he thought they Persians will rebel with his Macedonian troops to mutiny, he started to appoint Persian officers. His mutinous troops begged forgiveness.