Ron Ashkenas

Ron is a Partner Emeritus with Schaffer Consulting. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Rapid Results Institute, which stemmed from his decade of consulting for the World Bank and his involvement as a leadership coach to then-president James Wolfensohn.

Over the past thirty years he has worked with senior leaders of both private and public enterprises to accelerate short-term results while building more effective organizations for the long-term. He was part of the team that worked with then-CEO Jack Welch to transform GE in the 1990’s, and has played an instrumental role in dozens of other large-scale change projects around the world.

Ron is the co-author with Nadim Matta of the HBR article “Why Good Projects Fail Anyway” which was the first publication on the use of the Rapid Results Approach in development projects. He is also the author or co-author of five books and six other HBR articles.

Ron received his BA from Wesleyan, a masters in education from Harvard, and a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.