Take a more in-depth look at key organizational improvement issues and challenges in articles and papers written by our experienced team.

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…

4 Ways for Investors to Spot Conscious Companies

Real differentiators between companies nowadays are culture, purpose, and mission. Understanding this new environment is critical for companies who want new investors. Conscious capitalism is the name of the game. This article shows investors where and how to deter…

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 Match: Senior Executives and Management Consultants

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 rig…

Achievement Learning: Taking Action Learning the Next Step Up

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-…

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.

10.28.14  Daniel Dworkin

Five Alignment Myths and Why Busting Them Matters

Most leaders want their teams to be aligned. The problem is that the term "alignment" means different things to different people. This article addresses each aspect of alignment and offers suggestions to help you ensure alignment in your organization.