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

Making the Most of Culture Clash in M&A

In this article, we show you not only how to minimize the downside of culture clashes, but also how cultural differences can be leveraged to build a stronger organization.

10.28.14  Daniel Dworkin

Five Alignment Myths and Why Busting Them Matters

Most leaders want their teams to be aligned. The problem is that the term "alignment" means different things to different people. This article addresses each aspect of alignment and offers suggestions to help you ensure alignment in your organization.

Rebounding from Career Setbacks

This article provides clear steps to follow after a setback. It will help you reframe losses into opportunities for change and will help you see a new path to career success.

10.07.13  Ron Ashkenas

To De-Humdrumify Work Make the Job a Game!

Almost every job can be designed to be more exciting, challenging, and celebratory. Use a game strategy to make your organization more valuable -- and more fun. This article will help you get started.

09.08.13  Matthew McCreight

Hospitals Could Provide Better Care by Innovating Like Businesses

This article describes how hospitals can use the same methods as companies such as GE and Cisco to better pursue innovation opportunities and create a process for innovation that aligns with the hospital system's priorities and culture.

09.02.13  Ron Ashkenas

The Hidden Side of Complexity

Many in the business world have a tendency to make things more complex than they need to be, when simple solutions are faster, less expensive and often more desirable. It is up to individuals to break the cycle of complexity.

How to Spark Culture Change

Changing employees' behaviors can be hard without the proper guidance and incentives. To produce high-value and sustainable change, use a balanced pull-push strategy to drive cultural and behavioral shifts.

For Successful EHR Implementation Focus on the People, Not the Technology

Realizing the full value of electronic health records (EHR) is truly a people-centric mission. This article offers five instrumental strategies for making engagement a catalyst for EHR success.

You're Fired: An Interview with Ron Ashkenas

Companies cannot afford to keep underperforming employees around – but the firing process can be complicated and emotionally charged. Here is how to do it right.

Takeovers Don't Have to be Hostile: Reducing the Risk of Culture Clash in M&As

Despite the lessons of countless case studies, failure to consider the cultural compatibility of integrating companies remains a common pitfall.

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