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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?

05.27.16  Ron Ashkenas

Know When To Celebrate Failure – And When To Avoid It

Failure. A way to learn? The real challenge for leaders is not to either accept or reject failure, but rather to differentiate between whether they are in execution or innovation mode.

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.

To Succeed At Product Innovation, Turn Your Customers Into Allies

Corporate innovation still presents a big challenge. On one hand, senior executives encourage employees to develop new products and services. On the other, they don’t want to throw money at concepts with limited market potential. So how can internal innovators crea…

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.

How To Succeed By 'Getting To No'

Sure it’s easier to just say “yes” in the short-term; but taking on an assignment that you don’t have the bandwidth for, or ones that will compromise other key goals, won’t make anyone feel good about you in the long run – and it won’t help your organization achiev…

03.21.16  Ron Ashkenas

To Increase Innovation: Help Your Team Take Smarter Risks

Successful innovation is never guaranteed and it always entails a certain amount of risk.Centering innovation activities on the concept of “exploration” eases the tension associated with trying new things.

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 …

12.30.15  Ron Ashkenas

A New Year's Resolution: Let's Learn The Difference Between Cooperation And Collaboration

Everyone agrees that collaboration is critical for major projects and initiatives. The reality, however, is that meshing the skills and resources of different departments, each focused on their own distinct targets, to achieve a larger organizational goal, is much …

12.17.15  Ron Ashkenas

To Avoid Decision Spin, Managers Need To Embrace Conflict

Learn how to address indecision – from wherever you are in your organization – and work with your colleagues to develop some ground rules for constructive conflict.

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