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See our experts’ latest contributions on consulting, execution, growth, simplification and other key topics in today’s industry-leading blog posts.

02.21.17  Ron Ashkenas

Warning To The White House: Lack Of Dissent Usually Leads To Dysfunction

We know from years of research that diversity, both in background and thought, leads to better problem solving and creativity. What are the repercussions if criticism and constructive conflict is not valued, and is actually punished?

02.02.17  Ron Ashkenas

How to Overcome Executive Isolation

Being isolated at the top can compromise your decision making and leadership effectiveness, both of which require having as much firsthand information about a situation as possible. Learn how to clear the air and get real information.

09.23.16  Ron Ashkenas

You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Having great talent is a strategic imperative. Unfortunately, centralized talent management is not always the best option. Learn how leaders at Cognizant stay involved in the process to make it work.

06.23.16  Wes Siegal

Results In 100 Days: No Honeymoon For New Executives

The most important challenge in a new leadership job is to build a leadership strategy and set the tone for the future. However, new executives are vulnerable during their first 100 days on the job as it is all too easy to make missteps in the organization that on…

05.09.16  Ron Ashkenas

Before Starting a Project, Get Your Sponsor On Board

An executive-level sponsor can be crucial for the success of major projects -- but only if he/she understands the role.

04.12.16  Ron Ashkenas

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Without real results, leadership development is a leap of faith. In order to succeed and provide value to the organization, managers must act. By focusing on constant experimentation, leadership development can be a driver for strengthening organizational capabilit…

04.07.16  Ron Ashkenas

Leaders Are Getting Better At Change Management – But Not At Transformation

Real transformation is not simply a portfolio of change management projects. Transformation is a process of discovery and experimentation with disciplines completely different from those of change management.

03.10.16  Ron Ashkenas

Even Experienced Executives Avoid Conflict

Don't kid yourself. Learn how to deal with emotionally difficult situations and difficult conversations more openly and easily to improve your leadership and your relationships.

03.08.16  Ron Ashkenas

Three Reasons Why Managers And HR Don't Get Along

Human Resources (HR) people have four roles: administrative expert, employee advocate, strategic business partner, and change agent. In some cases, an HR person specializes in just one of these roles, but others may switch back and forth. When it isn’t clear which …

11.24.15  Ron Ashkenas

To Lead Change, Explain the Context

Don't risk resistance and burnout in your employees – to keep people energized and willing to adjust, help them understand how the current focus connects with or builds upon the last set of strategic directions and imperatives. People need to know how to connect th…

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