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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.

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.

06.23.16  Wes Siegal

Results In 100 Days: No Honeymoon For New Executives

The most important challenge in a new leadership job is to build a leadership strategy and set the tone for the future. However, new executives are vulnerable during their first 100 days on the job as it is all too easy to make missteps in the organization that on…

06.10.16  Ron Ashkenas

The Go-to-Market Approach Startups Need to Adopt

Figuring out a go-to-market approach is no trivial exercise – it separates the companies that will be successful and sustainable from those that won’t. Learn how to ask the right questions from your customers' perspective.

05.27.16  Ron Ashkenas

Know When To Celebrate Failure – And When To Avoid It

Failure. A way to learn? The real challenge for leaders is not to either accept or reject failure, but rather to differentiate between whether they are in execution or innovation mode.

05.09.16  Ron Ashkenas

Before Starting a Project, Get Your Sponsor On Board

An executive-level sponsor can be crucial for the success of major projects -- but only if he/she understands the role.

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