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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.

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…

12.23.13  Ron Ashkenas

To Use Technology Effectively, Ask the Tough Questions

Over the years I’ve talked with hundreds of managers about the reasons for complexity in their organizations – and in almost all cases they cite “technology” as one of the main culprits. But in the next breath, they also acknowledge that technology has revolutioniz…

12.17.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why Accountability Is So Muddled – And How To Un-Muddle It

One of the most sacred tenets of management is the need for clear accountability. As such, organizations spend enormous amounts of time and energy defining jobs, roles, and goals – and then figure out who to reward or punish when things go well or poorly.

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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