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Articles by David Shaffer

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    Interim Executives Can Create Value

    The Right Interim for the Job

    As businesses work daily to align their products and services to fulfill the needs and expectations of its customers, frequently circumstances surface that initiate corrective or “interim” actions. In most instances, these actions are directed at a specific issue and generally drawn from past experiences. In any event, interim solutions are meant to address, fix and enhance overall customer service thereby creating value for the customer and ultimately the company.   However, when the...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 22, 2015

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    Coaching for Success-A Guide for Leaders, Managers & HR Professionals

    Three Phases of Effective Coaching Within Organizations

    Frequently in the business environment we assess managerial capabilities based upon that individual’s ability to be a successful coach. The definition of being a coach can take on many meanings. However all can be summarized as simply; coaching is a set of practices, means and methods, designed to unlock a person’s potential to maximize their own performance.    The purpose of this article is to expand on this definition and explore several fundamentals and approaches to coaching,...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Management on October 1, 2013

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    Managing Risk Through Effective Project Management

    The Service Industry’s Approach to Managing Risk

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Over the past 20 plus years of working with clients in multiple industries, a common concern at the executive level repeatedly finds its way into discussions. How do we manage risk while striving to push our organization to maximize its performance and at the same time assure there is no significant impact in customer service and quality? Interestingly, this is a similar question that is addressed by the investment...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 5, 2013

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    David Shaffer

    Senior Consultant, David Shaffer Consulting, LLC

    David Shaffer Partner and Director Consulting Services David Shaffer Consulting, LLC   Biography   David Shaffer has served as a trusted business advisor for multiple companies both for and not for profit industries. He has worked with companies that include manufacturing, construction, health and elder care, legal services, distribution, services and information technology helping them to maximize performance through effective strategy, organizational efficiency and the use and integration...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Business Management on July 21, 2013

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    4 Steps to Effective Strategic Planning & Implementation

    Learn to “Charter” Strategic Initiatives, Manage Accountability & Achieve Results

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Most companies schedule their management retreat to develop and establish the strategic direction for the remainder of the year, as well as a 3-5 year outlook. The process, although it can contribute to team building by “getting away” from the daily grind, frequently does not result in strategy. That’s because what starts as a noble intention or cause ends with little to no accountability, letting...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 6, 2013

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    Defining the Best Organizational Structure for Your Business

    A roadmap to your Target Operating Model where growth is controlled, measured and profitable.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Over many years of working with small to medium size businesses, particularly those looking for, or experiencing growth, a common theme has frequently emerged; one of assuring that the infrastructure of old is robust enough to match the demands of today. A misaligned organization can result in declining customer service, quality, profitability and employee satisfaction levels. It can destroy a company’s...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 14, 2013

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    Taking The Mystery Out Of Acquisitions

    Understanding Due Diligence: the impact it has on decision-making, and on employees.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC When word surfaces that your company is a potential target for acquisition, or that you are targeting another company for acquisition, rumors typically start to fly. For many employees the unknown leads to fear, concern, and the inevitable question of what will happen both to the company and more importantly to “Me”.  Fear stems from employees believing that acquisitions are synonymous with a...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on October 24, 2012

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    Effective Time Management Strategies

    A guide to making each and every day the best it can be.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC The time management dilemma many of us face on a daily basis is that there is far too much to do and not enough time or resources to meet the demands. Having any form of personal life-not a subject for discussion. And with the economy in such turmoil and the expectation of performance equating 'do more with less'-there simply is not enough time to go around.   If this sounds all too familiar, then hopefully...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Professional Development on January 29, 2013

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    How To Use Lean Principles To Drive & Grow Your Business

    Is building a lean culture right for your organization?

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Building a lean culture requires a companywide commitment to efficient & consistent products and services that customers’ want and trust. There are three Lean Principles outlined in this article: Managing Lead Time, Standard Operating Procedures & 5 S’s.  Together they can set the stage to drive and grow your business. Although generally assumed to be associated with manufacturing,...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 3, 2013

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    How True Leaders Demonstrate Unwavering Integrity

    Checklist & Action Plan for Making Decisions With Integrity

    The dictionary defines integrity as a firm adherence to a code of especially moral and ethical principles demonstrating a soundness of character and honesty. The question: are these the first words that come to mind when thinking of corporate, business or political leaders? Ken Stinson, former CEO, private equity principal and member of multiple corporate boards had the following to say at a corporate meeting several years ago,   “Real life temptations are not always so clear-cut. They more...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 9, 2013

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