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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.

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.

04.07.17  Ron Ashkenas

Didn't Get That Promotion? Three Reasons Why You Should Thank Your Boss

Sometimes disappointment offers new opportunities. Learn three ways to overcome losing that promotion.

03.24.17  Jonathan Stearn

How to Achieve Sustainable Organic Growth and Overcome Complex Challenges

When tackling complex business challenges it is often impossible to know at the beginning what solutions will work. These require a “project management plus” approach. Learn how to create expectations, drive accountability, and monitor performance in a different wa…

03.13.17  Markus Spiegel

Three Ways To Strengthen Your Firm’s Innovation Capacity: Allow for rapid trial and error

Many leaders blame the economic environment for inhibiting innovation. The real problem is that both large and small firms struggle to make innovation happen because they tend to apply too narrow a perspective on innovation, which self-limits their opportunity spac…

02.21.17  Ron Ashkenas

Warning To The White House: Lack Of Dissent Usually Leads To Dysfunction

We know from years of research that diversity, both in background and thought, leads to better problem solving and creativity. What are the repercussions if criticism and constructive conflict is not valued, and is actually punished?

02.08.17  Daniel Dworkin

A Valentine’s Day Love/Work Manifesto

Conscious companies know the power of love in the workplace. Love based on virtues like compassion, honesty, and respect. These companies demand that organizations relinquish the notion that business is a zero sum game, and instead seek to create win-win scenarios…

02.02.17  Ron Ashkenas

How to Overcome Executive Isolation

Being isolated at the top can compromise your decision making and leadership effectiveness, both of which require having as much firsthand information about a situation as possible. Learn how to clear the air and get real information.

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.

Leadership May Not Be the Problem with Your Innovation Team

Harvard Business Review readers rated their organizations on the four conditions required for innovation to thrive. 80% thought their companies were under-performing on this front. They pointed out many opportunities for improvement.

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