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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 …

11.26.14  Ron Ashkenas

How Do You Determine If A Company Is 'Socially Responsible'?

Most of us want to work for organizations that we feel good about and can be proud of. However, the reality is that few companies are completely pure, either in what they do or how they do it.

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.

11.10.14  Ron Ashkenas

Why Managers Hesitate To Bring People Together

Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is what I call “convening authority”: the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems.

10.29.14  Ron Ashkenas

How To Survive A Bad Boss

What happens when you end up with a really bad boss – someone who not only lacks positive characteristics, but is also a negative force? There are a couple of solutions. They come with no guarantees, but they may be worth considering.

10.23.14  Ron Ashkenas

Help Your Team Spend Time on the Right Things

What is the most common resource that’s always in short supply? The answer, of course, is time. This applies not only to your time, but to your team’s. Therefore, making sure that time is spent in ways that will have the biggest impact is a critical determinant of …

10.07.14  Ron Ashkenas

Don't Delay Tough Talent Decisions

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 incumbents that may not have ability to perform as needed.

10.02.14  Ron Ashkenas

How Thomson Reuters Is Creating a Culture of Innovation

It’s not easy for big companies to innovate. As Steve Blank, Clay Christensen, and many others have pointed out, once firms reach a certain size, most of their resources (and investment dollars) are rightly devoted to executing and defending their existing business…

09.22.14  Ron Ashkenas

Getting Past a Career Setback: An Example and a Test

Managers often think about their careers in terms of winning and losing. Winners ascend the corporate ladder and get the praise, recognition, bonuses, and top jobs. But what about those whose careers are sidetracked or derailed when passed over for a promotion?

09.11.14  Ron Ashkenas

Why We're All Deluged With Too Much Work - And What To Do About It

One of the most persistent challenges that managers face these days is “initiative overload” – having too many projects on the plate and not enough time to get them done.

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