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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.

02.28.14  Ron Ashkenas

Stop Pretending That You Can’t Give Candid Feedback

We’ve all heard the famous bromide that “honesty is the best policy.” But when it comes to performance feedback, honesty often falls by the wayside.

02.10.14  Ron Ashkenas

Basecamp’s Strategy Offers a Useful Reminder: Less Is More

Unless you follow tech companies, you might have missed the startling announcement by collaboration and communications software maker 37signals that it has decided to refocus the entire company on a single core product.“Refocusing” might be an understatement.

02.07.14  Ron Ashkenas

You Can't Outsource Change Management

As a recognized discipline, change management has been in existence for over half a century. Yet despite the huge investment that companies have made, most studies still show a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects.

01.29.14  Ron Ashkenas

You Don't Have to Be the CEO to Make a Difference

Human beings have an almost infinite capacity to rationalize failure. For example, many years ago I was working with a project team at what was then Chase Manhattan Bank when a once-in-a-decade snowstorm shut down New York City for several days.

01.24.14  Ron Ashkenas

If You’ve Just Taken Over a Team, Quickly Let Underperformers Go

The best way for a manager to be successful is to build a top-notch team. But when most managers take on new positions, they hesitate to act quickly in replacing poor performing incumbents.

01.14.14  Jonathan Stearn

“Why Are We Doing This?” How to Avoid Solving the Wrong Problem

In setting out to implement any major initiative, it is important to ask the right questions – in other words, to frame the problem correctly. This crucial first step lays the groundwork for the entire planning, preparation, and implementation of whatever the organ…

01.14.14  Ron Ashkenas

You Can Help Your Company Profit From Doing Good

It wasn’t too long ago that corporations were the villains – polluting the environment, exploiting workers, and consuming energy and other resources without concern for long term consequences to the planet.

01.10.14  Robert Schaffer

Messages from Our Interviews with Healthcare Leaders

There is a perfect storm of challenges forming in healthcare – from the regulatory and reimbursement changes being driven by the Affordable Care Act, to the aging of the population, to the consistent increase in costs over the last few decades.

01.06.14  Ron Ashkenas

Don’t Abandon Innovation – Simplify It

My fellow HBR blogger Bill Taylor recently made a pitch for all of us to stop using the word “innovation” in 2014. Despite his plea, I suspect this word isn’t going anywhere. It’s too important as a driver of growth and renewal.

01.02.14  Ron Ashkenas

Make The New Year A Springboard For Change

The turning of the calendar is a time for reflection and resolution – when we think about what we learned in the past year and want to do differently in the next. It’s a healthy process for each of us as individuals, and also as managers and stewards of organizatio…

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