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

Leader as Capacity Builder

How successful leaders not only drive for results, but also build into everything they do steps to strengthen the organization’s change capability at every level.


Rapid Results!: A Chapter from "The Change Handbook"

Learn how companies and governments used Rapid Results projects to build confidence as well as the capacity to manage change.


WorkOut: A Chapter from "The Change Handbook"

A chapter from The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems.


Aprender de los resultados rapidos (English Translation)

English translation of Learning from Rapid Results, the original HBR article written in Spanish for the Harvard Business Review Latin American Edition, December 2006.


10.02.06  Robert Schaffer

Rapid Results: Easier to Achieve Than the Gurus Will Tell You

If you have to improve productivity significantly, lower costs, shift market focus or make other major changes in your company, cheer up: it can be done much more easily than you probably believe it can.


The Nuts and Bolts of Execution: Putting Ideas to Work

Robert Schaffer is quoted extensively in this article which describes the real work involved in achieving measurable results. It offers real-world examples of results achieved by Avery Dennison, United Aluminum and others.


Off-Sites That Work

Of all the meetings top executives attend in a year, none is more important than the strategy off-site. From their two decades of experience designing and facilitating strategy off-sites around the world, the authors have distilled a set of best practices that busi…


04.03.06  Wes Siegal, Evan Smith

From Pilot Projects to Business Strategy: How to Turn Innovation Into Growth

Many significant organizational endeavors begin with pilot projects. In this article, you'll learn how to maximize the success of pilot projects across the entire organization.


01.09.06  Robert Schaffer

Leadership Excellence - Development is a full-time job

This article describes how Avery Dennison yielded over $50 million in new revenues in their first year of using rapid-cycle projects to develop leadership capabilities.


01.02.06  Katie Beavan

Stand and Deliver

Everyone expects you to make a difference from your first day on the job. This article describes how to make that happen.