Take a more in-depth look at key organizational improvement issues and challenges in articles and papers written by our experienced team.

02.15.10  Ron Ashkenas

Simplicity as Strategy: There is one sure way of growing in a complex environment

One of the primary jobs of every chief executive is to figure out the most effective pathway to growth and profitability. In this article, you'll learn why simpler organizations outperform their more complex competitors.


01.11.10  Celia Kirwan, Wes Siegal

Active Facilitation: How to Help Groups Break Through Mutual Stalemates

In this revealing case study, Celia Kirwan and Wes Siegal document their experience in facilitating a two-day project in which four teams were brought together to focus on a market segment and develop plans to increase the sales pipeline. In this article, you will …


12.08.09  Ron Ashkenas

A New Role for the CIO: Reducing Complexity

Learn what questions to ask to find simplification opportunities in the four areas that CIOs can explore to reduce complexity and help the organization flourish.


11.03.09  Ron Ashkenas

Seven Sins of Delegating

Just because your CEO is uncomfortable making tough demands on you, it doesn't mean you shouldn't take the initiative on your own.


Best Foot Forward

There is a huge gap between the perceptions managers have and what their businesses are truly capable of accomplishing. Learn how our approach bridges that gap.


10.05.09  Robert Schaffer

Turning Giants

Creating change in a large organization can be easier than you think – if you concentrate on rapid gains.


Healthcare Rx: Start with Results Today

Learn how the Rapid Results Approach can look and feel. See how the process works in case examples from a major hospital system, a mental health facility, and local health clinics in a developing country. Discover how to get started using a Rapid Results approach i…


03.03.08  Keith Michaelson

Using CAIDI as a Leading Indicator

Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) was able to achieve significant improvement in outage response, as measured by CAIDI (Customer Average Interruption Duration Index), by shifting from solving technical problems to coordinating responses to outage events more effec…


12.17.07  Robert Schaffer

Make Results Part of Your Process

A major challenge for internal consultants is that while they are good at improving the systems within their areas of competence, they often do not make certain that these improvements mesh with other, interrelated systems. This disconnect causes many disappointmen…


12.03.07  Ron Ashkenas

Simplicity-Minded Management

This article details the elements of a simplicity-minded strategy: Streamline the structure; prune products, services, and features; build disciplined processes; and improve managerial habits.