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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.

05.13.13  Ron Ashkenas

It's Time to Bring Back the General Manager

Have you noticed that general managers are scarce these days? These are the executives who run discrete businesses and control all of the resources associated with them. But in many large companies, the only true general manager is the CEO.

05.03.13  Ron Ashkenas

Three Steps for Getting Started in a New Company

For most of us, starting at a new company brings up those same anxieties we felt when starting in a new school as a child. All of a sudden you don’t have any friends, you’re not sure what you’re supposed to do, and it’s hard to find the bathroom.

04.19.13  Daniel Dworkin

Gun Control and Leadership

Americans' perceptions of their elected officials are at a record low. Only 28 percent view the federal government favorably. That was before the Senate voted down a bi-partisan agreement on universal background checks for gun buyers.

04.08.13  Ron Ashkenas

For Career Decisions: Maximize Risks Instead of Managing Them

While risk management is critical for business decisions, it may not be healthy for making decisions about your career. In fact, if you want your career to take off, you may need to do the opposite of what risk managers try to do: Instead of focusing on how to redu…

04.04.13  Ron Ashkenas

Break Through Your Mental Bureaucracy

To what extent do you compartmentalize? Or rather, do you ever put things into categories to understand them? Psychologists define compartmentalization as a defense mechanism that we use to avoid the anxiety that arises from the clash of contradictory values or emo…

01.28.13  Evan Smith

To Reinvent the Business, Can Your Leaders Have the Right Conversations? (Lessons from HP and Autonomy)

In November of 2012, HP announced a write down of more than $8B amounting to approximately 80% of the purchase price it paid for Autonomy, the "big data" software-search company acquired in 2011. Autonomy was supposed to help HP reinvent itself – from a last-genera…

12.17.12  Ron Ashkenas

Three Steps for Overcoming Passive Resistance

People can be extremely indirect in how they resist change. Not long ago I observed the executive team of a global media company reviewing strategic projects that had been initiated by a new CEO. The projects were intended to better leverage the corporate “center” …

12.07.12 

Our Favorite Publicaitons

How to Design Leadership Development for Immediate Gains, Nadim Matta, Markus Spiegel, and David Whitehead, Chief Learning Officer, May 2012. Lessons of Scale: Large Deals by Large Companies, Suzanne Francis and Andrew Shapiro, OD Practitioner, Summer 2012. Streaml…

12.06.12  Robert Schaffer

To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"

Sweeping, large-scale culture change efforts rarely cure those aspects of organizational culture that were so frustrating in the first place. Senior management must help change happen incrementally and then knit together individual strands of progress.

10.11.12  John Pancoast

Is Your Team Aligned?

How often do we hear about the importance of executive “alignment” these days? When I was in business school, alignment wasn’t even in the business lexicon. Is it just another 21st century buzzword, offering a new name for established wisdom, or does it capture new…

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