Ron is a trusted advisor and coach to senior leaders
across industries. He has helped leading organizations achieve dramatic performance
improvements while also helping CEOs and senior executives to
strengthen their leadership capacity. Ron collaborates with staff
groups and internal consultants to improve the bottom-line impact of
their professional contributions. Ron's clients value his pragmatic
approach and insight into their challenges, as well as his ability to
help them navigate and overcome the political obstacles that so often
He is a leading voice on transformation, acquisition
integration, and simplification. The author/co-author of over 100
articles and five books, Ron blends thought leadership with extensive
experiences helping organizations achieve results.
Ron's clients have included many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as premier financial, governmental, and non-profit organizations such as J.P Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Pfizer, Merck, The World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, ArvinMeritor Automotive, Zurich Financial Services, ConAgra Foods, Applied Materials, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, and Stanford University Hospital.
Ron was part of the original team that collaborated with then-CEO
Jack Welch to develop GE's Work-Out approach for creating a faster,
simpler, and more nimble organization. The widely documented results
constituted one of the largest and most successful corporate
transformations in history. Since then, Ron has led Schaffer
Consulting's efforts to adapt and enhance the WorkOut methodology and
apply it to other organizations. He is the co-author (with Dave Ulrich
and Steve Kerr) of The GE Work-Out (McGraw-Hill, 2002).
Ron writes extensively on organizational change. Seven of his articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review including Rebounding from Career Setbacks, Simplicity-Minded Management, Making the Deal Real: How GE Capital Integrates Acquisitions, The Merger Dividend, and Why Good Projects Fail Anyway. His articles also have appeared in the National Productivity Review, the Human Resource Management Journal, Management Review, Leader to Leader, Chief Executive, and leading newspapers. In addition to The GE Work-Out, his books include Rapid Results!
(co-authored with Robert H. Schaffer and other members of the firm) published by Jossey-Bass in 2005; and The Boundaryless Organization
(co-authored with Dave Ulrich, Todd Jick, and Steve Kerr) which was
published by Jossey-Bass in 1995, and was named one of the best business
books of that year. The book was reissued in soft cover along with The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide
in 1999. A revised second edition was published in 2002.
Ron's latest book Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done
was published by Harvard Business Press in 2010. He writes a weekly blog on organizational simplification for the Harvard Business Review
and another for Forbes.com.
Ron lectures and conducts seminars on organizational
transformation, acquisition integration, and simplification around the
world. He has been on the faculty of executive education programs at
universities including Stanford Business School, the Kellogg School at
Northwestern, and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western
Reserve. Ron also holds an appointment as "executive-in-residence" at the Haas
Business School of UC Berkeley where he focuses on process innovation
Ron received his BA from Wesleyan
University, his EdM from Harvard University, and his PhD in
Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, where he
has also held several teaching assignments.