Rapid Results!: How 100-Day Projects Build the Capacity for Large-Scale Change

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In the race to be more competitive, today's leaders know that the "right answer" is right only if the organization can make it work. Without implementation capacity at every level–from the grass roots on up–large-scale changes and innovations have little chance for success.

Rapid Results! shows how to make large-scale changes succeed by using 100-day results-producing projects to develop this vital implementation capability. Written by Robert H. Schaffer, Ronald N. Ashkenas, and...

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Overview

In the race to be more competitive, today's leaders know that the "right answer" is right only if the organization can make it work. Without implementation capacity at every level–from the grass roots on up–large-scale changes and innovations have little chance for success.

Rapid Results! shows how to make large-scale changes succeed by using 100-day results-producing projects to develop this vital implementation capability. Written by Robert H. Schaffer, Ronald N. Ashkenas, and their associates—leaders in the field of change management—Rapid Results! describes an approach that has been field-tested by real organizations of every size and description to improve performance and speed the pace of change.

Rapid results projects produce results quickly, introduce new work patterns, and enable participants to learn a variety of lessons about managing change. Step by step, the book describes how the use of rapid-cycle, or 100-day, projects will multiply your organization's power to succeed at large-scale change. Schaffer and Ashkenas specifically outline the concept behind 100-day projects and show you how to:

  • Set up the architecture to implement rapid results projects
  • Improve operational performance and also attain hard results in the soft areas of management
  • Build rapid results into major organizational change such as reorganization, acquisition integration, and international development
  • Use rapid results to drive leadership development and culture change

Each rapid result project tests innovations and builds the capability of individuals and the organization as a whole. Once in place, this process will help your organization develop the fundamental capacity to achieve the longest-term and most far-reaching gains. Imagine; with rapid results projects you can experience the immediate gratification of results while also opening the doors to long-term success!

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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Today, more large-scale changes are happening in the business environment than ever. To show leaders how to use short-term achievement projects to make large-scale changes happen, strategy experts Robert H. Schaffer and Ronald N. Ashkenas present the keys to these rapid-cycle projects. Using examples from a variety of companies and industries, including Georgia-Pacific and Avery Dennison, Rapid Results! shows how rapid-cycle projects capture untapped energy and creativity, and put them to work. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787977344
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/23/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 691,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Implementation Capability: Strengthening the Weakest Link
1 A Thousand Cures: Which One Is Right? 3
2 The Potential Is There to Respond 17
3 Start with Results, Not Preparations 31
Part 2 Rapid Results: Expanding Implementation Capability
4 Gain Rapid Results on Key Goals 51
5 Mobilize Large Numbers of People in Change 73
6 Build Your Own Unique Transformation Process 97
7 Georgia-Pacific Takes It All the Way 111
Part 3 Using Enhanced Implementation Capability to Execute Large-Scale Change
8 Make Acquisitions and Mergers Succeed 133
9 Unleash Implementation Capacity in Developing Countries 153
10 Spark Strategic Momentum with Rapid Results 173
11 Develop Leaders Through Results Achievement 193
Part 4 Conclusion
12 Challenge for Leaders: You Can Make It Happen! Will You? 213
Notes 231
Acknowledgments 237
The Authors 239
Index 243
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    Posted June 19, 2006

    How to make projects work, in 100 day increments

    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, we find that they offer solid, worthwhile information for CEOs, project managers and other executives.

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