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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.

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…

09.10.12  Robert Schaffer

Make the Job a Game

Most working people can be highly enthusiastic about all sorts of things in their lives yet go to work with no sense of enthusiasm or fun. People love to play, but work for the most part isn't much fun. Learn how to help your employees come to life and get things d…

08.28.12 

Wanted: Leaders Like We Used to Have

Leaders of the past almost always seem more effective than those of today. It’s a perceptual bias: We long for what we don’t have, and mythologize what we used to have. But even taking this bias into consideration, many of today’s leaders don’t seem to measure up t…

07.10.12 

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. Everyone else, whether i…

06.12.12  Lorne Blackman

Can You Separate Coaching from Consulting?

While we are not all “consultants,” we often find ourselves playing an advisory role. Whether it is with a boss, a peer, or a subordinate, sometimes we are asked to think and act as the “expert.”  This raises an interesting question – that is, “can you separat…

03.20.12  Ron Ashkenas

Firing Someone the Right Way

Perhaps the most difficult part of any manager's job is telling a subordinate that he can no longer stay with the company — that he's been "fired," "let go," "dismissed," or otherwise taken off the payroll. It's a gut-wrenching conversation, knowing how this simple…

02.28.12 

The New Imperative for Leadership - Simplicity.

Matthew McCreight's blog post on President & CEO February 28, 2012 Did you start today vowing to make your organization more complex? To make it harder for customers to connect with your company? To create frustration among your employees? The answer, of course…

02.21.12  Ron Ashkenas

Why We Don't Always Tell the Truth

As we get older, the truth becomes more nuanced — and there are times when a little white lie or the absence of some key facts might be appropriate. The problem is that all of us have different standards for when, why, and how we shade the truth. These divergent '…

01.10.12  Ron Ashkenas

In Presentations, Learn to Say Less

Imagine that you had 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes at the next executive staff meeting to get your message across. Would you be able to focus your energy on the most compelling way to convey your most important thought?Honestly, many of us would be flustered by …

01.04.12 

Great Leaders Wear Big Hats

Do you remember the old American Western movies where the sheriff with the big white hat rode onto the scene to bring law and order to the frontier town? Having grown up with these movies, the image of the heroic leader with the big hat still sticks in my mind. ...

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