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How to make another organisation’s best practices work for your company

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Best practices are hard to practice, says Ron Ashkenas on his HBR.org blog, and he explains why, offering some examples.

He recalls: "Not long ago a senior HR executive confessed to me that her company's succession planning and talent management processes didn't work very well. She also expressed frustration that her team had spent countless hours studying other well-known companies and had copied most of the best features, but somehow what worked elsewhere didn't work for her company."

The situation isn't uncommon and Ashkenas admits that it would be easy to conclude that processes and tools cannot be picked up and moved between organisations.

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