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Many of us are familiar with the concept of "Getting to Yes", but the more difficult challenge is “getting to no”. In his latest Harvard Business Review post, co-authored with Matthew McCreight, Ron Ashkenas discusses how to set priorities -- without alienating anyone -- when there are conflicting demands on your time or the time of your team. Read "Stop Trying to Please Everyone."
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Many of us are familiar with the concept of "Getting to Yes", but the more difficult challenge is “getting to no”. Learn how to set priorities when there are conflicting demands on your time or on the time of your team.
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Read Jonathan Stearn's latest HBR blog to learn how to design live business projects that accelerate management skill development and deliver bottom-line gains - a “twofer” every leader can embrace.
Learn how to design projects that develop skills and deliver bottom-line gains - a “twofer” every leader can embrace.
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Innovators in established organizations need many allies to bring their ideas to life. Few are as powerful as customers when it comes to getting the sponsorship and resources necessary to be successful. Learn how to engage your customers as innovation allies in this Harvard Business Review blog post by Ron Ashkenas and Daniel Dworkin: "Win Over Executives by Proving Customers Support Your Idea."
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Corporate innovation still presents a big challenge. On one hand, senior executives encourage employees to develop new products and services. On the other, they don’t want to throw money at concepts with limited market potential.
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"The Rapid Results Initiatives should become ‘the new normal’, a regular way of life." This commentary discusses how The World Bank is using the Rapid Results Approach in their Collaborative Leadership for Development initiative.
Opinion and Analysis. June 17, 2015. By Mike Eldon. It's hard to get things done in today's world, never mind in large organisations such as governments. Long-entrenched bureaucracies have added mile upon mile of red tape, with past excesses leading to more ways (often fruitless) of ensuring ...
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A company discovers its entrepreneurial spirit – in less than 16 weeks.
AN AMBITIOUS INNOVATION AGENDA. Barbara ran the consumer care division of a global healthcare company with a sterling reputation for high-quality, brand name products. One day, she met with corporate leadership who told her that despite strong performance, Barbara needed to “up the ante” and ...
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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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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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Does your company create conditions that allow innovation to thrive? Markus Spiegel will be presenting on the topic July 31 at Forbes School of Business® Mentor Week. Join him for this free online event and a Q&A afterward with Ron Ashkenas: http://www.ashford.edu/mentorweek
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In his latest Forbes  blog, "De-Clutter Your Office -- And Your Organization," Ron Ashkenas discusses how an organization can simplify by examining what it should stop doing, how it could streamline work, how to improve collaboration, and more. With a little hard work organizations can make work life a bit easier -- and more effective. We hope you can put his suggestions to good use.
Moving offices was an obligatory catalyst for cleaning house and simplifying. I tackled the clutter with one rule: if I haven’t looked at this material in the past ten years, then I probably won’t need it for the next ten years.
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What should you do when hit with a career setback? Some executives fear that identity work leads to self-doubt and paralysis, especially when the situation calls for action. But survey results by HBR.org readers prove the opposite. Learn how to navigate a career setback in a Harvard Business Review blog post by Philip Mirvis, Mitchell Lee Marks and Schaffer Consulting's Ron Ashkenas, authors of the HBR article "Rebounding from Career Setbacks"
What should you do when hit with a career setback? Some executives fear that identity work leads to self-doubt and paralysis, especially when the situation calls for action. But survey results by HBR.org readers prove the opposite.
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Honest feedback provides real value to everyone. Read Ron Ashkenas' latest blog post for Forbes.
Honest performance feedback can produce enormous value. Here is how to give it well.
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Are you fanning your company's innovation flames... or smothering them?

Large companies often have the greatest need and significant resources to drive innovation. But tapping into that potential demands reevaluating current processes and developing new ways of working. The core of Schaffer’s practice is helping clients build innovation capabilities by generating breakthrough results in accelerated time frames. Our latest ebook, composed of Schaffer's Harvard Business Review blog posts, shares insights about innovation based on our experience helping established organizations discover their entrepreneurial spirit.
Mature companies have both the greatest need and most significant resources to innovate. But tapping into that potential demands reevaluating current processes and developing new ways of working. This ebook shares insights about smart innovation based on Schaffer's experience helping established ...
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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.