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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.

10.29.13  Ron Ashkenas

The Dangers of Denial

Great leaders tell it like it is. In other words, they focus on reality, no matter how painful or unpleasant it might be, and then figure out what to do about it. In contrast, less effective leaders sometimes avoid hard truths, argue with the data, and delay tough …

10.28.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why Good Strategies Often Fall Apart

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone seemingly agrees on a particular strategy, but somehow it never happens?

10.17.13  Ron Ashkenas

Nice Managers Embrace Conflict, Too

Most people want to be liked: It’s one of the fundamental tenets of human behavior. Because of that motivation, many of us have an unconscious desire to avoid conflict.

10.16.13  Ron Ashkenas

How To Avoid The Post-Merger Blues -- Before You Sign The Deal

Are mergers and acquisitions part of your company’s growth plan? Odds are the answer is yes. In 2012, thousands of merger and acquisition deals were announced globally, worth more than $2.73 trillion. And this was a slow year.

10.07.13  Ron Ashkenas

Make the Most of Rejection

There are few experiences more painful than being rejected. We vividly remember the hurt of not being picked for a sports team, not being invited to a social event, or not being accepted to university. Our basic human need to belong causes these incidents to stick …

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

No great strategy was born without careful thought. That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans.

09.24.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why More Direct Reports Make Life Easier

Although it may be counter-intuitive, one of the most powerful changes you can make in your organization is to increase spans of control – a simple shift that can liberate employees, streamline the hierarchy, simplify processes, and reduce costs.

09.17.13  Ron Ashkenas

Let’s Hold Consultants Accountable for Results

When I recently asked a group of MBA students to define what it meant to them to be a consultant, they quickly rattled off phrases such as “trusted advisor,” “problem-solver,” “objective 3rd party,” and “subject matter expert.” What was interesting was that none of…

09.11.13  Ron Ashkenas

Think Twice Before You Ask for Feedback

Have you ever been asked for feedback — but had the feeling that it wasn’t a genuine request?

09.04.13  Ron Ashkenas

Let Your Customers Streamline Your Business

Customers appreciate simplicity. In fact, a number of recent studies have shown that it's key to their loyalty and satisfaction. CEB reported in HBR last year that the most important factor in creating customer "stickiness" was "decision simplicity," i.e. the ease …

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