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Below is a link to an article two of our colleagues recently published in Leader to Leader.  Titled "Making the Match: Senior Executives and Management Consultants," it suggests that many leaders make the mistake of seeking to hire the “best consultant” – instead of the one best suited to their needs.  And it offers some suggestions for how to do the latter.  The stakes are high for getting it right.  Read the article to learn how to determine whether a consultant is the best for you.
A "buyer's guide" for any organization leader who needs to engage consultants. Learn how to determine exactly how a consultant will work with you, whether you would like that, and whether or not you will end up with the desired results. Make sure you choose the right consultant for YOU.
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There's a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration - Ron Ashkenas' blog post on Harvard Business Review
Despite training about collaboration and teamwork, many managers still confuse pleasant, cooperative behavior with collaboration. Learn how to align your goals and resources with others in real time.
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In Ron Ashkenas' latest blog for Forbes he argues innovation should not be complex. "We need to simplify how we approach innovation – by better defining what it is (and isn’t), what it takes to carry it out, and what is needed to enable truly new thinking to thrive."
Return to the basics of innovation. Three ways to simplify innovation practices to reap the rewards innovation can bring.
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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 Harvard Business Review online: If Your Boss Tells You to Get a Coach, Don’t Panic.
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In "Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them," his latest post on Harvard Business Review Online, Ron Ashkenas gives examples of what can happen if you are inundated with suggestions. He offers ideas on how to be prepared before you open the floodgates and how to categorize and implement the best ideas.
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A new blog in Forbes from Ron Ashkenas and Markus Spiegel
For a mature company to innovate successfully, leaders must actively engage to create these four, specific conditions. Having these four conditions for innovation in place and actively managed can foster innovation success with almost any type of project or team.
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From Robert Schaffer and Harry Hutson in OD Practitioner: Turning action learning into achievement learning will turn management learning into a profit center
Action Learning has made a huge contribution to management education, but we believe it can do more. Learn how Achievement Learning has been used in diverse industries to create real success on measurable goals, change culture without trying to, and produce bottom-line results.
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In Ron Ashkenas' latest blog for Forbes he argues innovation should not be complex. "We need to simplify how we approach innovation – by better defining what it is (and isn’t), what it takes to carry it out, and what is needed to enable truly new thinking to thrive."
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Finding the right balance between the need to deal with conflict and the instinct to avoid it is one of the toughest challenges that most managers face. In the latest Forbes blog, Attention Managers: Stop Being So Nice, Ron Ashkenas and Lisa Bodell outline four best practices to help managers improve performance of their teams while maintaining "nice" relationships with their people.
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Learning how not to burn your bridges when you change jobs may help you in your future. Learn how to leave a job -- and your colleagues -- in good stead when you move on in Ron Ashkenas' latest blog post on Forbes online: How To Leave A Job Gracefully: Last Impressions Can Influence Your Career
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The world is getting smaller and faster, but does everything need to be immediate? In his latest Forbes blog, How To Avoid the Trap of 'Hurry Up and Wait', Ron Ashkenas discusses the reasons managers seem to need all work done quickly. He also offers some ideas about how to prioritize and what to do if you are falling into the "everything now" trap – whether as the perpetrator or the victim.
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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.