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Entries by Ron Ashkenas from 05/2012

Managers Don't Really Want to Innovate

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

Companies, like 3M and Google, that allow employees to carve off a certain percentage of their paid time for innovation are rare. Most other firms want their people to stay focused on today's business -- and only work on innovation in their spare time.

Why Strategies Go Off the Rails

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Business

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone seemingly agrees on a particular strategy, but somehow it never happens?

It's Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Business

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 suggests that it's time to question these methods.

Breaking Into a New Company

| Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

For most of us, starting at a new company brings up those same anxieties we felt when starting in a new school as a child. All of a sudden you don't have any friends, you're not sure what you're supposed to do, and it's hard to find the bathroom.