Summary of Rapid Results!
How 100-Day Projects Build the Capacity for Large-Scale Change
Short-term projects with fast results can give a shot of energy to morale, planning, process, productivity and strategy.
Authors and consultants Robert H. Schaffer and Ronald N. Ashkenas address their book to leaders who face the challenge of making rapid changes in their organizations - especially to those who know they need to move performance to a higher level, yet are too impatient to execute large-scale change. Schaffer and Ashkenas flatly deny that you need to make any trade-off between short-term gains and long-range organizational capabilities. They offer advice about such changes as new information systems, research and development, product innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and even the use of rapid-results projects in developing countries. Essentially, they take a step-by-step approach to building your organization’s ability to achieve short-term change with long-term impact. Despite the authors’ occasional self-promotional moments, getAbstract finds that they offer solid, worthwhile information for CEOs, project managers and other executives.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why short-term, rapid-results projects can help you immediately improve performance;
- How several companies have implemented rapid-results projects; and
- How 100-day, rapid-results projects can revitalize your strategic plan.
About the Authors
Robert H. Schaffer founded a consulting firm that has worked with numerous well-known corporations. He is the author of The Breakthrough Strategy and High-Impact Consulting. Ronald N. Ashkenas has written for The Harvard Business Review and is co-author of The Boundaryless Organization and The GE Work-Out.
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