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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.

10.26.17  Robert Schaffer

All Management Is Change Management

Managers have begun to view change as an extraordinary event that must be dealt with using change management techniques and special skills. However, the job of management has always involved defining what changes need to be made and seeing that those changes take p…

06.15.17  Ron Ashkenas

How to Handle Underperformers on a Team You Inherit

Creating the expectation for high performance and doing what’s necessary to help your team be successful is a critical skill for anyone managing others. Many new managers are concerned about the optics of handling underperforming team members.

04.17.17  Matthew McCreight

Reflections on "What Can Women Learn from Effective Male Leaders"

Participation of women in the labor force has increased over 27 percent since 1978, but women still fill only 4 percent of CEO positions among the S&P500.

09.23.16  Ron Ashkenas

You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Having great talent is a strategic imperative. Unfortunately, centralized talent management is not always the best option. Learn how leaders at Cognizant stay involved in the process to make it work.

04.12.16  Ron Ashkenas

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Without real results, leadership development is a leap of faith. In order to succeed and provide value to the organization, managers must act. By focusing on constant experimentation, leadership development can be a driver for strengthening organizational capabilit…

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.

11.24.15  Ron Ashkenas

To Lead Change, Explain the Context

Don't risk resistance and burnout in your employees – to keep people energized and willing to adjust, help them understand how the current focus connects with or builds upon the last set of strategic directions and imperatives. People need to know how to connect th…

08.21.15  Ron Ashkenas

Give constructive feedback to make real change happen

When giving feedback to a client, you must gauge a client’s readiness to hear your message – and his or her openness to change, but also your own anxiety.

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…

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…

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