WorkOut is a large-scale transformation event focusing 20-60+ people across businesses, functions, and levels on an ambitious, cross-boundary business objective.
For over 25 years, Schaffer Consulting has helped clients apply WorkOut to transform culture and performance for their organizations in a way that builds their capability to deliver measurable, business results in 100 days or less.
Schaffer Consulting helped Jack Welch develop the original GE WorkOut Process during the mid-1980s. Since then, we’ve helped dozens of organizations successfully implement WorkOut to deliver billions in cost savings and revenue enhancements while developing the leadership capability and process skills to apply WorkOut on their own.
Business leaders are using WorkOut to tackle a variety of critical business and performance issues. What can WorkOut do for you?
Accelerating Sales Growth
Driving Operational Excellence
Improving Business Performance
Schaffer Consulting's WorkOut Toolkit is a valuable set of materials that will allow your organization to use WorkOut more productively. You'll be able to determine if your situation is appropriate for WorkOut . And you'll have greater success designing events, conducting them, and monitoring post-event activities with the right tools, designed by the Schaffer Consulting consultants who helped to develop WorkOut with GE.
The Toolkit contains proven and practical materials, field tested by our consultants. Some of the many items included in the kit are:
Every organization that is serious about WorkOut should purchase today's best WorkOut aid , the Schaffer Consulting WorkOut Toolkit.
Here is a list of publications, focusing on the WorkOut process, written by our consultants.
The first guide to General Electric’s famous "Work-Out" change management tool was written by GE insiders. GE’s legendary Work-Out program played a key role in the organization's phenomenal success over the past decade and has been implemented in many other companies. Now, three members of the team, including Ron Ashkenas of Schaffer Consulting, discuss the inner workings of Work-Out and their experiences at successfully implementing the program at GE. They explain how Work-Outs can be used in other organizations, making necessary adaptations while protecting the overall integrity of the process. Filled with effective assessment and decision-making tools, GE Work-Out provides concrete and realistic guidance for anyone who wants to implement Work-Out and break down bureaucracy and hierarchy within their organization.
Also published in Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese.
This publication shows how to make large-scale changes succeed by using 100-day results-producing projects to develop vital implementation capability. Written by leaders in the field of change management, Rapid Results! describes an approach that has been field-tested by real organizations of every size and industry to improve performance and accelerate the pace of change.
The new CEO of a struggling, 100 year old European financial services firm saw the writing on the wall for the venerable but under-performing company. The organization had to achieve nothing less than a complete transformation of its financial performance and corporate culture if it was to survive... Over the first four years of this transformation, WorkOuts generated over $75 million ... learn more...
A major manufacturer was faced with a daunting challenge. It needed to break through to profitability after several years of losses. With a majority of business coming from commodity products, much of the turnaround in performance had to occur in the production lines for these products in the company's four plants. In initial discussions, company leadership set a goal of making an improvement of an additional $1.5 million in profit in that fiscal year ... learn more...
This major electric utility company was confronting the need to increase labor productivity. Specifically, the utilization of the line crews that maintain its electrical distribution network was averaging less than four hours per day. The pattern of low output meant that planners assigned the crews primarily to quick repair jobs in their local areas. Expensive, and more complex, construction jobs ... learn more...
WorkOut helped launch a broad transformation of ways of working in this Department of Transportation – including a major focus on quality, on new ways of involving the public, and on new ways of interacting with major suppliers and contractors. learn more...
The commercial property division of this major insurance company recognized that it urgently needed to increase the rates on renewing commercial property business. For years the market for property insurance had been soft, with brokers and customers essentially dictating rates. The business was losing money... learn more...
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