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Just in time for your New Year's resolution, Harvard Business Review Press – in conjunction with Audible.com – has released an audio version of Ron Ashkenas' book, Simply Effective:  How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done. So, if one of your goals for 2016 is to help your organization to "simplify", this might be an easy way to learn about some well-tested tools and frameworks for how to proceed.
This book is a must-read resource for managers looking to improve performance by simplifying structures, processes, products, and leadership behaviors. Complexity is a key issue for most organizations around the world in today's economy. "This book offers profound, insightful, ...
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As executives try to keep up with new competitors or business trends, employees often feel pulled in different directions. In his latest Harvard Business Review blog, "To Lead Change, Explain the Context,"  Ron Ashkenas explains how to keep people energized and willing to adjust by explaining how the current focus connects with or builds upon the last set of strategic directions and imperatives.
Don't risk resistance and burnout in your employees – to keep people energized and willing to adjust, help them understand how the current focus connects with or builds upon the last set of strategic directions and imperatives. People need to know how to connect the dots, not because they don’t want to follow the next new program, but because they want to make sure that their energy expenditure will be worthwhile and that it will lead somewhere p...
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Should your innovation team work more like an ant colony? Ron Ashkenas and Markus Spiegel think so. In their latest Harvard Business Review blog post, "Your Innovation Team Shouldn’t Run Like a Well-Oiled Machine," they explain why ants are a successful model and how leaders can create the conditions to help their innovation teams thrive.
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Should your innovation team work more like an ant colony? Latest research by Ron Ashkenas and Markus Spiegel says yes. Learn why ants are a successful innovation model and how leaders can create the conditions to help their innovation teams thrive.
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How does it feel when you’re told that you need a coach, whether it’s your boss or someone else? For many managers it feels like a kick in the gut, but it is really an endorsement that the company is willing to invest in you. Work through your feelings in order to have a positive experience with your new coach. Learn how in Ron Ashkenas' new post on Forbes online: How To Overcome Your Resistance To Coaching.
Everyone has something to learn, no matter how successful they’ve been in the past and how much potential they have for the future. Coaching is an investment, not a punishment.
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Learn how Rapid Results Initiatives were used in one Connecticut hospital to gain a 31% improvement in Asthma Control Test (ACT) scores, and to reduce emergency room visits due to asthma to zero.
Using the Rapid Results Approach, one Connecticut Hospital tackled the complex population health challenge of asthma -- reducing Asthma Control Test (ACT) scores by 31% and reducing asthma emergency room visits to zero.
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Is it worth it to incentivize people to develop and implement new ideas? The debate rages. Ron Ashkenas believes financial incentives may not be all bad. However, in his latest Forbes blog article, "To Create an Innovation Company: Focus On Culture Instead Of Cash," he advocates creating an innovation-friendly culture and offers three ways to get started. We hope you find his advice helpful in your organization.
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Is it worth it to incentivize people to develop and implement new ideas? The debate rages. Financial incentives many not be all bad; however, creating an innovation-friendly culture gets better results.
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In Ron Ashkenas' latest Harvard Business Review blog, "A Consultant’s Guide to Difficult Client Feedback," he explores the importance of gauging a client’s readiness to hear your message – and his or her openness to change. He also discusses anxiety-driven behaviors that can impair your judgment and prevent you from doing what’s in the best interests of the client. No matter the approach, giving feedback requires thought, preparation, and learning over time.
When giving feedback of any kind, it is important to gauge a client’s readiness to hear your message – and his or her openness to change. You must also be aware of anxiety-driven behaviors that can impair your judgment and prevent you from doing what’s in the best interests of the client. No matter the approach, giving feedback requires thought, preparation, and learning over time.
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Schaffer Consulting Webinar Brought Real-World Insights on Driving Innovation Results. Schaffer's "Going for Gold" Webinar, now available for replay online, delivered new insights into how companies innovate - PR12519885
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A new article from Robert Schaffer and Jonathan Stearn, published in Business Horizons
Using the Rapid Results Approach for management development is successful because the fun of evolving new approaches and the reinforcement of success produce managers who are in turn more ready to try their hands at additional, even tougher goals.
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Please join us at our interactive webinar on November 17.
Schaffer Consulting invites you to be part of an interactive webinar on November 17 at 11:00 ET to discuss the results of our recent innovation survey and implications for innovation leaders. Learn about the four conditions that power innovation; Discover what innovation leaders do differently ...
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If your most trusted people are spread too thin, they won’t accomplish all that much. Learn how to expand your talent pool to get the actual results you want by reading the latest Forbes blog by Ron Ashkenas: To Get Things Done Look Beyond 'The Usual Suspects'. 
If your most trusted people are spread too thin, they won’t accomplish all that much. Learn how to expand your talent pool to get the actual results you want.
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 For many new managers, making the transition to training and coaching isn’t easy. Though it seems faster to do everything yourself, you can become quickly overwhelmed by an unmanageable workload. In this Harvard Business Review blog post, "First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them" Ron Ashkenas says that learning to set boundaries is an essential part of learning how to manage. It requires courage at first, but without it, you’re trapped into taking on far more than is realistic, which will limit success.
For many new managers, making the transition to training and coaching isn’t easy. Though it seems faster to do everything yourself, you can become quickly overwhelmed by an unmanageable workload. Learning to set boundaries – with your team, your peers, and your boss – is an essential part of learning how to manage. It requires courage at first, but without it, you’re trapped into taking on far more than is realistic, which will limit your own suc...
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Schaffer Consulting has been a leader in the development and practice of organizational and cultural change for 50 years. Here are a few of the many Schaffer Consulting pioneering innovations:

  • We created the "Rapid Results" approach in which short-term, results-producing "Breakthrough projects" serve as the vehicles for accelerating change.
  • As a member of the original team, we helped General Electric develop the WorkOut methodology and co-authored the authoritative text on WorkOut.
  • We pioneered in making the integration of acquired companies an organized process rather than an improvisation.
  • Working with the World Bank and other global aid organizations, we have introduced the Rapid Results Approach in developing countries to achieve vital tasks and empower community participants.
  • To advance this breakthrough approach in international development we created the Rapid Results Institute, a non-profit corporation, and support it with time and funds.