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Ron Ashkenas

Steal This Idea: How to Solve our Wicked Health Care Challenge

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

Imagine a scenario in which teams from different hospitals within a single region competed to achieve the best health outcomes at the lowest cost, shared their experiences in virtual roundtables, and earned rewards for applying peer tested best practices.

Why Leaders Play Chicken

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

It would be nice to think that the game of chicken was just a childhood phenomenon. But everywhere we look these days we see adults in suits playing highly-public versions of the same game.

Get Your Piece of the Merger Dividend

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Post-merger/acquisition integration is like a change project on steroids. There is an overwhelming amount of work to be done with insufficient time and resources available to do it.

Teams That Only Think They Collaborate

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Like death and taxes, one of the inevitable realities of organizational life is the periodic "team challenge."

Job Available: No Experience Preferred

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If you are looking to dramatically transform your organization then you might want to consider the idea of bringing in managers who don't fit the traditional mold.

Let's Talk About Culture Change

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The most daunting change in an organization is a change in its culture. It's hard enough to change one person's behavior -- how can you change the behavior of an entire organization?

Solving the Rubik's Cube of Organizational Structure

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Dysfunctional or outdated organizational designs can make it difficult for managers to operate effectively. Here are some steps that managers can take towards simplifying their own structure.

Turn Down the Volume on Yelling!

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Organizations are made up of flawed human beings -- and all of us struggle with effective communication. So what can you do to deal with a loss of volume control either in yourself or others? Let me suggest two simple steps.