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Entries by Ron Ashkenas from 09/2011

The Problem With Perfection

| Posted 09.15.2011 | Business

The law of diminishing returns states that at a certain point adding more effort will not produce significantly more gains. The challenge is knowing when you've reached that point.

Learning Not to Compete

| Posted 09.15.2011 | Business

What if beating the competition was no longer the most significant key to success? How could we turn off our competitive nature, or use it only at the right times?

Great Leaders Wear Big Hats

| Posted 09.15.2011 | Business

What many leaders don't understand is that they have a responsibility to do what's best for people who did not elect or support them, but whom they represent anyway.

Speaking Up Takes Confidence, Candor and Courage

| Posted 09.16.2011 | Business

Whether you are a subordinate or a manager, the key is to take some sort of action to increase the candor and flow of dialogue in your organization.

The Art of Asking Questions

| Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

There are three areas where improved "questioning" can strengthen managerial effectiveness, and it might be worth considering how you can improve your skills in each one.