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5 Strategies to Drive Successful Results in EHR Implementation

Successful and necessary transformation of US healthcare – from its unenviable “very-expensive, modest-quality” ranking – will rely on effective implementations of electronic health records (EHR). Many expect the advent of EHR to be a game-changer for our health sy…

06.03.13  Ron Ashkenas

Ten Ways Organizations Kill Innovation

Every company is looking for the magic formula that will produce breakthrough products and services. But a better starting point is to think about what gets in the way of innovation, especially in firms that already have lots of talented, creative, and motivated pe…

04.16.13  Evan Smith

How Persistence, Engagement, and Innovative Design Wins Customers

Innovation is a talked-about topic today; many companies in our limping economy are seeking a new line of business, a new stream of revenue, the next "big thing" to help spur growth. What can feel daunting is finding that next "blue ocean" where a major new busines…

04.03.13  Ron Ashkenas

Don't Wait for Change

You probably can think of something in your company that should change. We all can – but often look the other way. There are plenty of good reasons for inaction: It's not my responsibility, I have lots of other things to do, someone might get angry at me for steppi…

03.26.13  Evan Smith

Of Mice and Men: Those "Other" Cells

A fascinating new announcement from the brain scientists: We have – until very recently – IGNORED HALF OF THE BRAIN! I'm personally taken aback by this fact. Here's the story: You may know that the brain is made up of two main types of cells: neurons (which "transm…

03.19.13  Schaffer Consulting

Five Powerful Innovation Behaviors

To increase innovation in your organization, we recommend that you work with these five powerful innovation behaviors.

03.19.13  Ron Ashkenas

Conversation on Innovation with Steve Blank

Schaffer Consulting recently hosted a conversation on innovation with Steve Blank, entrepreneur, professor, and the father of the lean startup movement (The Startup Owner's Manual). Steve described how large, established organizations can leverage practices perfect…

02.19.13  Ron Ashkenas

Steve Blank on Why Big Companies Can't Innovate

What's striking about Fast Company's 2013 list of the world's 50 most innovative companies is the relative absence of large, established firms. Instead the list is dominated by the big technology winners of the past 20 years that have built innovation into their DN…

10.31.12  Ron Ashkenas

Innovation is Everyone's Job

To what extent are you responsible for innovation in your company? The reality is that unless they’re in research or product development, most people in organizations don’t think of themselves as innovators. In fact, many managers discourage their people from inven…

10.17.12 

The Girl with the 100,00 HOMES Tattoo

In the summer of 2011, the 100,000 Homes Campaign – a newly formed organization, dedicated to finding permanent housing for our nation’s most vulnerable and chronically homeless people – asked its employees, “What crazy thing will you do when we reach 10,000 housin…

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