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.