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The Nuts and Bolts of Execution: Putting Ideas to Work

Robert Schaffer is quoted extensively in this article which describes the real work involved in achieving measurable results. It offers real-world examples of results achieved by Avery Dennison, United Aluminum and others.


Off-Sites That Work

Of all the meetings top executives attend in a year, none is more important than the strategy off-site. From their two decades of experience designing and facilitating strategy off-sites around the world, the authors have distilled a set of best practices that busi…


04.03.06  Wes Siegal, Evan Smith

From Pilot Projects to Business Strategy: How to Turn Innovation Into Growth

Many significant organizational endeavors begin with pilot projects. In this article, you'll learn how to maximize the success of pilot projects across the entire organization.


01.09.06  Robert Schaffer

Leadership Excellence - Development is a full-time job

This article describes how Avery Dennison yielded over $50 million in new revenues in their first year of using rapid-cycle projects to develop leadership capabilities.


01.02.06  Katie Beavan

Stand and Deliver

Everyone expects you to make a difference from your first day on the job. This article describes how to make that happen.


Rapid Results: Unlocking the Door to Major Change

Consultants frequently are the victims of this dilemma: the greater the potential value of their recommendations, the greater the changes that will be required by people in the client organization.


Unleashing Implementation Capacity in Developing Countries

Developmental goals in public health, education, agriculture, and economics can all be attacked via Rapid Results initiatives—which produce immediate results and build implementation capability. Through these initiatives, the “target population” ceases to be a targ…


Start with Results, Not Preparations

Rapid Results projects are not an alternative to longer-term vision and strategic management. Rather they are a necessary, complementary element in major strategic change efforts.


Make Acquisitions and Mergers Succeed

Few changes that managers have to carry out are as complex and challenging as mergers and acquisitions. If the master plan is linked to and supported by many small-scale, rapid-cycle projects, the weaknesses inherent in large-scale changes can be abated.


Build Your Own Unique Transformation Process

While organizations can certainly benefit from the accumulated experience of others, the most successful approach is for each organization to create a unique change process that works best for itself. In this chapter we will sketch a framework by which management t…