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Banish Complexity: Attend This Webinar

October 2014  – On November 4, Ron Ashkenas will conduct a webinar through the OD Network showing you how to diagnose self-generated complexity, and will also give you the skills to overcome it and create a more nimble, more effective organization. Read more...

Dallas Ebola case shows even sound plans can fail spectacularly

October 2014 – Ron Ashkenas and Nadim Matta offer comments on why the best laid plans to recognize the Ebola virus were unsuccessful at Dallas... Read more...

Andrew Shapiro to Lecture at Columbia University

August 2014 – Andrew Shapiro will be lecturing on strategy execution at Columbia University's Information and Knowledge Strategy program (a Master of Science program). Read more...

Congratulations to the Rapid Results Institute for Helping Bring an End to Chronic Homelessness

May 2014 – In 2012, the 100,000 Homes Campaign partnered with the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) – a nonprofit Schaffer Consulting helped to create. Rapid Results is Schaffer's methodology which asks people to establish bold goals they commit to achieving within 100 days.


RRI works with 100,000 Homes and their community partners across the US to increase the rate at which chronically homeless people and veterans are moved into permanent supportive housing. With RRI's help, 100,000 Homes is currently on track to reach it's goal of 100,000 people in homes by the end of June. In true Rapid Results fashion, they have set another audacious goal as a follow-up.


Read excerpts from the New York Times article or download the full article.

Big Data: The Savior of Enterprises or a False Prophet?

May 2014 – A new white paper, written by a trio of industry experts with many decades of experience between them, gets to the heart of the challenges enterprises are encountering as they work to successfully implement big data initiatives. The document explains how big data can be a turning point for many; however, it can also lead many to economic and career-ending failures if not used correctly. Read more...

How to Avoid Getting Tangled Up in Our Innovation Underwear ... Or Why It's Important to Simplify Innovation

April 2014 – Ron Ashkenas will lead this webinar on April 25. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the challenge of simplifying innovation and to allow members of the Results Collaborative to share their views about how best to simplify innovation and accelerate results. learn more...

Suzanne Francis to discuss the "Merger Dividend" at Innovations in Making M&A Work workshop on April 22-23.

March 2014 – The San Francisco State University’s program on Innovations in Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work brings attendees up close and personal with the thought leaders and best practices in M&A execution. This program highlights the key strategic, organizational, human, cultural... Read more...

Ron Ashkenas discusses the Rapid Results Approach and Simplicity-Minded Management on "Critical Mass"

March 2014 – The Critical Mass Radio Show Series is the brainchild of host Richard (Ric) Franzi. Richard has conducted over 800 interviews since its inception in March of 2009. He has gained access to some of the most innovative minds ... Read more and listen ...

Ron Ashkenas to speak at AMCF Global Leadership Forum

2014 Top Global Game-Changers: Our Clients' Greatest Opportunities, Challenges and Risks...What Lies Ahead?

March 2014 – Ron will lead a discussion around the topic of Complexity Reduction: Back to Basics, one of the key areas of focus of the eight game-changers identified. Read more...

Yale SOM - Schaffer Consulting Panel on Contemporary Healthcare Issues
March 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

March 2014 – As part of Schaffer Consulting's work with health care leaders around the country, we are co-sponsoring a panel on Contemporary Healthcare Issues with the Yale School of Management and the Connecticut SOM Alumni Chapter.

Our first panel will focus on the challenges and benefits of physician-hospital system alignment. Read more...

Schaffer's Rapid Results Approach Helps 100,000 Homes House Over 80,000 Homeless So Far

February 2014 – After years of witnessing Schaffer's Rapid Results Approach transform businesses, it was enormously satisfying to watch "60 Minutes" this past Sunday when it featured a segment on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, called "Housing the Homeless". Watch the segment and read more about the program.

Robert Schaffer Keynote Speaker at International Maintenance Conference

December 2013 – Robert Schaffer will make a keynote speech at the International Maintenance Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, on December 10. Entitled, "Making Something out of Nothing," the talk will describe how maintenance groups can contribute to major productivity gains which often require disruptive change – when the aim of maintenance is... Read more...

Patrice Murphy Quoted in "Talent Management"

Put Success Back in Succession Planning

by Ladan Nikravan

November 2013 – Patrice Murphy, a senior partner at global management consulting firm Schaffer Consulting, said tying succession or employee advancement to compensation and talent management processes is a start, but the key will be talent managers making this a prominent business issue. Read more...

Evan Smith works with Rapid Results Institute to House Homeless Veterans

Tax Watch: Patriot Housing gets swift results for vets in Westchester

by David McKay Wilson

November 2013 – In 2009, Bruce Frazier, a U.S. Army veteran who busted up his knee and back when his parachute didn’t open fully in a training exercise, became homeless. On Wednesday, Frazier, 60, moved into a one-bedroom apartment on Bruce Avenue in south Yonkers – a most welcome relief after bouncing among shelters throughout the metropolitan region over the past four years. Read more...

4 Ways to Fix Obamacare

November 2013 – As clumsy as the launch of the Affordable Care Act has been, the law is here to stay. But its numerous provisions aren’t written in stone and President Obama himself has said he’s willing to change the law in the future in order to make it better.

It goes without saying that the rickety website at the heart of the ACA, Healthcare.gov, must be overhauled, and the White House has vowed to fix all major bugs by Nov. 30. Beyond that, there are several other changes that might make the program more appealing... Read more...

Ron Ashkenas speaks at UnleashWD: Transforming the Distribution Industry One Business at a Time

October 2013 – Ron Ashkenas literally wrote the book on rethinking organizations. Business models expire faster than ever before and traditional business plans crumble and fall in the face of change makers. On day 2, Ashkenas will show Wholesale Distributors how to simplify their organizations and improve efficiency. In his discussion "Let's Release Stale Business Models" with Saul Kaplan and Brant Cooper, Ashkenas will show ... Read more...

Ron Ashkenas Discusses Simplification on "Thought Grenades"

September 2013 – Is it possible to eliminate complexity or even reduce it in organizations today? What are some strategies for tackling SKU proliferation or process simplification? Are all managers capable of reducing complexity? Should removing complexity be a part of the manager’s job? Read more...

Ouch! Why a public firing is so awful for everyone involved

August 2013 – Ron Ashkenas comments on Tim Armstrong, the chairman and chief executive of AOL, apparently firing the company creative director in the midst of a conference call. Read more...

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Mastering Organizational Complexity: A Core Competence for 21st Century Leaders

August 2013 – On Monday, August 12, Wes Siegal and Markus Spiegel will participate in a seminar of authors from the 21st edition of Research in Organizational Change and Development, presenting highlilghts from our chapter in that volume, Mastering Organizational Complexity: A Core Competence for 21st Century Leaders. Read the abstract and register.

Making International Management Research Practically Relevant: Robert H. Schaffer Award for Applied International Management Research

August 2013 – At the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on Saturday, August 10, Markus Spiegel and Wes Siegal will host presentations from the finalists for the Robert H. Schaffer Award for the Best Paper in Applied International Management. They will also be leading an interactive educational discussion to help academics identify how to design, conduct...Learn more...


Free Webinar: Managing and Mastering Organizational Change

If your organization is not adept at managing change, you’re at risk of losing top talent, disappointing key clients, and falling behind the competition. While most organizations realize this, normative data suggests that many struggle when it comes to managing organizational change efforts. Read more and register for the webinar...

I'm Sorry to Have to Say This...

May 2013 – In this article by Claire Suddath, Ron Ashkenas comments on the best way for a CEO to deliver bad news. Read more...

Keep it simple, like the house Jack built at GE: Unnecessary complexity can easily cut more than 10% off profits

April 2013 – When Jack Welch was boss of GE, the giant American conglomerate, he extolled the virtues of “speed, simplicity and self-confidence”. Businesses are now realizing why he put such an emphasis on encouraging simplicity. Read more...

Innovating Like a Startup – How to Build a Lean LaunchPad for New Ventures

April 2013 – Enabling innovation within corporate environments is one of today’s key OD challenges. By mixing best practices from the lean startup movement with change stewardship and results-oriented execution, OD practitioners can help their organizations crack the innovation code. Read more...

M&A Best Practices Dinner Discussion

April 2013 – Corporate executives responsible for strategic acquisitions will learn six actionable M&A integration steps as well as how to turn a culture clash into an integration advantage... Learn more...

Leading Change 100 Days At a Time

March 2013 – Patrice Murphy will be speaking at the MD Anderson Cancer Center's Healthcare Leadership Series in Houston on March 27. The title of her talk is "Leading Change 100 Days At a Time". Read more...

Highlights from Our Evening with Steve Blank

Early in 2013, Schaffer Consulting hosted an event in New York City focused on the topic of how to create successful start-up businesses within established companies. Our featured speaker was Steve Blank,one of the pioneers of the "lean startup" movement and the author of the year's best selling book, "The Start-Up Owners Manual".   Listen to some audio excerpts from Steve's discussion that evening. (Each audio is about 2 minutes.) Learn more...

"Why Change Management Needs to Change" at HRPS Global Conference

March 2013 – On April 17, Ron Ashkenas and Justin Wasserman will be presenting at the HR People and Strategy Global Conference in Denver, CO. The title of their presentation/workshop is "Why Change Management Needs to Change."  It will focus on how HR and OD professionals can ... Read more...

Innovate Like a Start-Up – Even If You're Not

January 2013 – "Innovate or die" is the rule for Fortune 500 companies, just as for start-ups.

On Tuesday, January 15, Schaffer Consulting will be holding their next Leadership Roundtable in New York City. The session will explore how high-performing, well-established companies can drive innovation by borrowing from the start-up playbook ... Read more...

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Webinar - January 23, 2013 – Creating Successful Change: Lessons from Healthcare Leaders

January 2013 – At noon EST on January 23, three healthcare executives shared their personal experiences driving successful transformation in their organizations, and offered a framework and specific insights for how you can help your organization achieve its objectives in 2013. Listen to the webinar

Schaffer Consulting Partner Named One Of 'Top 100 Global Thinkers'

November 2012 – The tremendous impact of Schaffer Consulting's Rapid Results approach reached another milestone as Nadim Matta, senior partner, was just named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012. Joining prestigious past awardees such as President Barack Obama and Bill Gates, Matta was honored for implementing Schaffer's Rapid Results to improve the world in which we work and live. Read more...

Nadim Matta Named Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow

November 2012 – Nadim was one of four distinguished alumni selected in this biennial event, along with the US Ambassdor to South Africa; a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Insititute for Ethics at Duke University; and the founder of Ascendent Capital Partners.  Read more...

Schaffer Consulting presents at American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

October 2012 – Evan Smith, Celia Kirwan, and affiliate Don Fallati presented at the recent American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention on the topic:  “Simply Effective: Using a  Rapid Results Approach to Manage Complexity and Achieve Your Goals.” Read more...

Sparkle of Hope

October 2012 – Schaffer Consulting is a proud sponsor of Community Hope New Jersey's Annual Benefit Dinner Auction, "Sparkle of Hope". This year, Sparkle of Hope will honor Mark Altmeyer, President and CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical and Bruce N. Kuhlik, Executive Vice President and General Council of Merck. Read more...

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Two Pathways to Learning and Development Impact

October 4, 2012 – How can Learning & Development be a central contributor to business results? Ron Ashkenas and Patrice Murphy revealed two pathways at an ASTD Learning Leader breakfast on October 4. Read more...

Teaming Up to End Homelessness

September 12, 2012 – Tina Rosenberg describes how 100,000 Homes used Rapid Results to vastly improve their rates of housing homeless veterans. This is a methodology that has had impact on an impenetrable problem. We could do the same for you. Read more...

SURVEY for Health Information Management Workers

Do you work with health information as part of your job? Do you manage others in coding, clinical, or other areas that rely on health information in your organization? If YES - Please take this poll!    Read more...

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Settle for Survival or Go for Growth?

August 2012 – Today's volatile marketplace requires transformational leaders who are willing to reset strategic direction, re-shape fundamental attitudes and assumptions, and test those quickly. Read more...

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From Regulator to Business Enabler: Use Employee Communications to Re-Position Your Compliance Function

August 15, 2012 – The importance of compliance communications for the pharmaceutical industry has increased significantly in recent years. By keeping... Read more...

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Lessons of Scale: Large Deals by Large Companies

August 2012 – This new article by Suzanne Francis and Andrew Shapiro illustrates the key lessons to be learned from major M&A activity in large companies. The article takes an organization development perspective and examines the role leaders can take... Read more...

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M&A Payback in 100 Days

July 2012 – Leaders play critical roles in ensuring that mergers and acquisitions deliver on their promise. In addition, the merger integration experience can be a powerful developer of ... Read more...

Robert H. Schaffer Award To Be Presented in August

July 30, 2012 – The Robert H. Schaffer Award for the Best Paper in Applied International Management will be presented to the best scholarly paper of the International Management (IM) Division focusing on applied international ... Read more...


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Justin Wasserman to Speak at Denver Change Professionals Network

July 18, 2012 – Traditional change initiatives start by helping clients diagnose and strengthen their organizations. The change professionals provide studies, reports, new strategies, recommendations and training programs. The promise is that once the improvements are ... Read more...

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Streamlining Pharmaceutical Portfolios: Cutting the Gordian Knot

May-June 2012 – In global pharmaceutical companies, supply-chain product proliferation and organizational complexity are a mutually reinforcing Gordian knot that manufacturing and commercial leaders struggle to cut. Read more...

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How to Design Leadership Development for Immediate Gains

May 2012 – Leadership development is generally seen as a long-term investment, but this doesn’t have to be the case. It can deliver short-term business performance improvements. Read more...

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Pleasing the In-Laws: Integrating M&A Across Cultures

Managing a merger across borders is not for the faint of heart. However, by learning how to avoid obstacles such as cultural myopia, differences in leadership styles and customer ... Read more...

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Schaffer Consulting Founder Honored By Teachers College, Columbia University

April 27, 2012 – Recognizing his unique contributions to the field of organizational change, leadership development and management consulting, Robert H. Schaffer ... Read more...

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Schaffer's Dino Mauricio judges M&A Advisor's 40 Under 40 Awards

APRIL 26, 2012 —The M&A Advisor today announced the winners and finalists of the 3rd Annual 40 UNDER 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Awards. Read more...

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Nadim Matta, Director of the Rapid Results Institute, spoke at the NextGen Charity conference in New York City.

It is easy to get discouraged or disconnected from the enormous challenges facing millions of people in Africa. If you want to hear examples of real improvements in nutrition... Read more...

Integrating R&D Within M&As

The CEO should be able to communicate the vision of a merger – strategically, financially, operationally, and with the entire organization in mind. Though this article deals with the pharmaceutical industry, the concepts apply across many industries. Read more...