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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.

The 3 Ways People React to Career Disasters

What should you do when hit with a career setback? Some executives fear that identity work leads to self-doubt and paralysis, especially when the situation calls for action. But survey results by HBR.org readers prove the opposite.

05.18.15  Ron Ashkenas

How to Be an Effective Executive Sponsor

An executive-level sponsor can be crucial for the success of major projects -- but only if he/she understands the role, is passionate about the project, and takes time to do it right. Learn how leaders can make the most of this role.

04.20.15  Ron Ashkenas

There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration

Despite training about collaboration and teamwork, many managers still confuse pleasant, cooperative behavior with collaboration. Learn how to align your goals and resources with others in real time.

03.03.15  Ron Ashkenas

It's Time to Simplify Innovation.

Return to the basics of innovation. Three ways to simplify innovation practices to reap the rewards innovation can bring.

02.26.15  Ron Ashkenas

If Your Boss Tells You to Get a Coach, Don’t Panic

How does it feel when you’re told that you need a coach, whether it’s your boss or someone else? For many managers it feels like a kick in the gut, but it is really an endorsement that the company is willing to invest in you.

02.02.15  Ron Ashkenas

Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them

What happens if you get too many suggestions? Here are ideas on how to be prepared before you open the floodgates and how to categorize and implement the best ideas.

01.15.15  Ron Ashkenas

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

It’s been almost 10 years since HBR published John Kotter’s classic article,”Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” And although his suggestions for how to improve the odds have been widely accepted, the success rate of major corporate change programs remains essentiall…

01.07.15  Ron Ashkenas

When a Public Mistake Requires an Old-Fashioned Apology

Everyone makes mistakes, but when senior executives do, word gets around fast. Public apologies are a good start to overcoming such gaffes, but more needs to be done.

12.11.14  Ron Ashkenas

When Not to Celebrate Failure

Most of us would accept that failure is just an inevitable part of success. For instance, when you learn how to ski, you have to fall a number of times before you’re able to make it down the mountain skillfully. There are times, however, when failure is not a good …

11.19.14  Ron Ashkenas

A Successful M&A Considers the Human Element

Some of the most popular stories in the business press are about mergers and acquisitions. And why not? Unlike standard financial reports with numbers, analyses, and projections, M&As include a sense of personal drama.

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