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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.

01.19.17  Jonathan Stearn

Forget About Best Practices: Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

It may seem logical to undertake a major initiative by doing what other people have successfully done before, and consultants and analysts make an excellent living compiling 'best practice' documents for every industry to follow. But if you’re banking your success …

 

Breaking the Pattern of Innovation Stagnation

Speed is, of course, only one element of success in new product innovation, but it is vital. Waiting until everything is perfect, and every possible stakeholder is 100% satisfied, will result in the market passing you by.

 

10.10.16  Daniel Dworkin

Why Conscious Businesses are More Innovative

These major success stories show how conscious business drives innovation – and profit.

 

10.01.15  Matthew McCreight

100-Days to Asthma Management Results – A Population Health Management Case Study

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.

 

09.04.15  Wes Siegal

How Complex Problems Can Be Used To Stimulate Transformative Change

When leaders view problems as catalysts to transformation, they access a deeper level of commitment and innovation than does a typical problem-resolution mind set. One way to do this is to recreate the conditions of a crisis which naturally allow for deploying a bo…

 

Looking for Innovation? Focus On Your Existing Business First

Startups get the headlines for big ideas and innovation, but they don’t own the concept. To innovate and to stimulate the entrepreneurial energy that can drive long-term and sustainable growth, large organizations must create four interrelated conditions in which t…

 

Who Says Population Health Is a Long-Term Game?

Population health is perceived as a long-term, complex problem. Learn how Schaffer's tried-and-true Rapid Results Approach allows communities to collaborate and innovate to help make the systemic challenge of population health improvement a reality.

 

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.

 

Are You Really Ready for Disruptive Innovation?

We all know innovation is a powerful competitive advantage. But disruptive innovation actually changes the existing business model. To succeed, a leader must really let go and allow the process to flow. Find out if you and your organization are ready.

 

Results-Driven Innovation

This paper introduces the process of ‘Results-Driven Innovation’ as a complement to existing innovation management methods. The process is illustrated with six cases targeting different types of innovation.

 

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