As part of a merger and acquisition process, management positions are to be filled. For the respective positions, several candidates are available. The selection of the best candidate is made based on performance, strategic and leadership skills. A management audit takes place considering performance and motivation, best-fit-assessment, employee survey results, 360° feedback, as well as the candidates’ willingness to change and its corporate cultural compatibility. The restlessness and increased attrition often arising during such phases, is counteracted with a flanking retention model. This retention model shall avoid that the good employees leaving while others staying.