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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.

08.21.15  Ron Ashkenas

Give constructive feedback to make real change happen

When giving feedback to a client, you must gauge a client’s readiness to hear your message – and his or her openness to change, but also your own anxiety.

04.03.14  Ron Ashkenas

Why Managers Lose Their Best And Brightest

To retain high-potential employees, the conventional wisdom is deceptively simple: Identify, develop, and nurture them. By paying special attention to the very best people, they will stay with the firm and eventually emerge as key leaders. But translating this into…

12.10.13  Patrice Murphy

Creating Physician Leaders for 21st Century Healthcare

To get leaders’ attention you need to set them to work on real challenges that come with real struggle, real learning, and real results. In short, on-the-job development happens when leaders are challenged to work at the edge of their capability on an issue that re…

10.28.13  Wes Siegal

Align, Convene, and Organize: Facilitating Behavior Change is the Key to Success in Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are healthcare systems that the government incentivizes to improve the health outcomes and costs for treating Medicare patients. The approach is being widely adopted, and is being copied and adapted by private insurers, too.

05.14.13  Ron Ashkenas

What Educational Disruption Means for Your Company

With graduation season upon us, it's important to remember that as a manager you must often be a teacher too. A major part of your role is instruction – which means that you need to pay attention to the massive disruption going on in higher education and what it me…

12.06.12  Robert Schaffer

To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"

Sweeping, large-scale culture change efforts rarely cure those aspects of organizational culture that were so frustrating in the first place. Senior management must help change happen incrementally and then knit together individual strands of progress.

10.30.12  Ron Ashkenas

The Case for Growing Your Own Senior Leaders

Though most companies conduct some sort of succession planning process, few executives feel that they have adequate bench strength. As a result, according to a 2009 study, only a little more than 60% of first level managerial positions and 52% of senior positions a…

08.29.12  Daniel Dworkin

The End of Leadership Development?

We’ve all heard the saying “what got us here, won’t get us there”. Well, it’s certainly true of developing the next generation of leaders. It’s a constantly evolving business landscape out there, and the pace of change is only accelerating. Today’s organizations ar…

08.28.12 

Wanted: Leaders Like We Used to Have

Leaders of the past almost always seem more effective than those of today. It’s a perceptual bias: We long for what we don’t have, and mythologize what we used to have. But even taking this bias into consideration, many of today’s leaders don’t seem to measure up t…

09.12.11  Evan Smith

Develop Talent That Delivers Business Results

Evan Smith's latest article, "Develop Talent That Delivers Business Results", describes why talent development is precisely what many organizations need most during times of crisis -- with urgency to perform, difficult economic circumstances, and short time horizon…

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