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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.

04.23.14  Ron Ashkenas

Succession Planning Is Every Leader's Job

Though most companies conduct some sort of succession planning process, few executives feel that they have adequate bench strength. As a result, according to a 2009 study, only a little more than 60% of first level managerial positions and 52% of senior positions a…

04.03.14  Ron Ashkenas

Why Managers Lose Their Best And Brightest

To retain high-potential employees, the conventional wisdom is deceptively simple: Identify, develop, and nurture them. By paying special attention to the very best people, they will stay with the firm and eventually emerge as key leaders. But translating this into…

03.31.14  Ron Ashkenas

Senior Managers Won’t Always Get Along

It’s virtually impossible to like everyone you meet. It’s even more unlikely that you will get along with everyone at work. People have different personalities, biases, values, ambitions, and interests, all of which affect the chemistry of their relationships.

03.17.14  Ron Ashkenas

Don't Move Up The Hierarchy – Move Across It

Like it or not, most of us think about career success in terms of moving up the hierarchy. Let me illustrate with a story: I once worked with the new CEO of a well-known global firm that was barely breaking even. The CEO’s mandate from the board was to improve prof…

02.28.14  Ron Ashkenas

Stop Pretending That You Can’t Give Candid Feedback

We’ve all heard the famous bromide that “honesty is the best policy.” But when it comes to performance feedback, honesty often falls by the wayside.

01.24.14  Ron Ashkenas

If You’ve Just Taken Over a Team, Quickly Let Underperformers Go

The best way for a manager to be successful is to build a top-notch team. But when most managers take on new positions, they hesitate to act quickly in replacing poor performing incumbents.

01.10.14  Robert Schaffer

Messages from Our Interviews with Healthcare Leaders

There is a perfect storm of challenges forming in healthcare – from the regulatory and reimbursement changes being driven by the Affordable Care Act, to the aging of the population, to the consistent increase in costs over the last few decades.

12.10.13  Patrice Murphy

Creating Physician Leaders for 21st Century Healthcare

To get leaders’ attention you need to set them to work on real challenges that come with real struggle, real learning, and real results. In short, on-the-job development happens when leaders are challenged to work at the edge of their capability on an issue that re…

12.10.13  Ron Ashkenas

When It’s Hard to Celebrate Your Colleague’s Success

How do you feel when one of your sales colleagues closes a big deal? Or when a fellow manager is recognized for leading one of the best projects in the company? Or when a co-worker is selected for a special assignment or training program?

11.27.13  Ron Ashkenas

For Thanksgiving – Make It A Habit To Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a good reminder that “thankfulness” and “appreciation” are important managerial behaviors in effective organizations – behaviors that need to be fostered throughout the year, not just when there’s a holiday.

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