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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…

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.

08.12.13  Ron Ashkenas

Portfolio Management Is Not Just For Finance

Because so much organizational work is done in silos, we sometimes forget the common skills and approaches that can be leveraged across the enterprise. One such skill is portfolio management, the application of systematic tools for reducing risks and maximizing the…

08.01.13  Ron Ashkenas

Kill Your Business Model Before It Kills You

A few years ago, the U.S. Postal Service ran an ad campaign warning about the dangers of email and proposed paper-mail as a safer and more reliable alternative. When I saw this ad, I thought that I had accidentally switched to a comedy station. But it wasn’t a joke…

07.24.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why Continuous Improvement May Need To Be Discontinued

Is it possible to suggest that Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health? While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it’s time to question t…

07.18.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why Your Manager Doesn't Want You To Innovate

Innovation may be an organization’s lifeblood, but still its success rate in most companies hovers at just 17%. Even innovation leader P&G succeeds less than 50% of the time. What prevents companies from innovating better?

How Cleveland Clinic Tackles EHR Implementation

Cleveland Clinic is internationally recognized as a leader in research, education and health information. They’ve been using EHRs for over a decade. As Director of Implementation for the Clinic’s My Practice Community and My Practice Healthcare Solutions teams, Kel…

06.06.13  Ron Ashkenas

Why Successful Companies Stop Growing

We've all seen examples of unstoppable companies that suddenly hit the wall. Growth slows down, stock prices start to decline, shareholders get nervous, and the press starts to speculate that something is wrong.

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