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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.

Surviving M&A: How to Thrive Amid the Turmoil

The upheaval of mergers and acquisitions might cause anxiety. Don't be a victim! Learn to harness the opportunities of M&A to set your own career trajectory.

 

06.19.15  Ron Ashkenas

The Art of Keeping Things Simple

To combat complexity, organization leaders need to maintain their focus on a few key priorities for their organizations. Ron, an expert on simplicity, says executives must be open to periodically reexamining their value proposition, product portfolio, processes, an…

 

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.

 

Making the Most of Culture Clash in M&A

In this article, we show you not only how to minimize the downside of culture clashes, but also how cultural differences can be leveraged to build a stronger organization.

 

Rebounding from Career Setbacks

This article provides clear steps to follow after a setback. It will help you reframe losses into opportunities for change and will help you see a new path to career success.

 

09.02.13  Ron Ashkenas

The Hidden Side of Complexity

Many in the business world have a tendency to make things more complex than they need to be, when simple solutions are faster, less expensive and often more desirable. It is up to individuals to break the cycle of complexity.

 

02.04.13  Ron Ashkenas

Three Strategies Against Complexity

This article offers managers three strategies to help them avoid creating complexity in their organization.

 

Are Banks Too Big to Manage?

Smaller is not necessarily better when it comes to banks. What makes banks so difficult is not their size, but the level of complexity that envelops so many of them. This article offers three approaches to simplify processes, products, and services.

 

11.09.12  Ron Ashkenas

Mining Effeciency at Voorspoed Mine

Under the guidance of a South African consultant mentored by us, De Beers used Schaffer's Rapid Results approach at its Voorspoed mine to increase its mining efficiency by 12% over a 100-day period.

 

The Merger Dividend

Mergers present unique opportunities to develop leaders. Don't let the next deal slip through your fingers. This article describes how companies can maximize the growth opportunities inherent in a merger by developing three specific leadership areas.

 

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