How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

By: Chris CosperTue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are an executive team member, a department leader, or a member of the team, the role you play in the company is unique and important. You are there for a reason and you want to be successful. In order to be successful, you have to understand your purpose, what you are responsible for, how success will be measured, the skills you might need to develop, and the values you must uphold. Role clarity is key to your success, and Job Scorecards are a great way to achieve role clarity.

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Topics: High Performance Teams

5 Things That Make Your Weekly Meetings Suck

By: Patrick TheanSun, Mar 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Did you know that $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings? I will let that sink in for a minute. If you are wasting even a fraction of that, you need to de-suck your meetings and get productive! How do you know that your weekly meetings are time wasters instead of time savers?

Here are five reasons why meetings suck, and a couple of tips to de-suck them.

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Topics: Weekly Meeting

3 Situations When You Wish You Had Done Job Scorecards

By: Tiffany ChepulThu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The purpose of having Job Scorecards in place at your company is to help avoid costly pitfalls. Inevitably, when I speak with CEOs who are feeling the pain of a wrong hire or a missed number, they realize a simple Job Scorecard might have helped them avoid their situation altogether.

Here are three common scenarios where CEOs think, if only...

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Topics: Leadership, High Performance Teams

3 Examples of Using Core Competencies to Innovate

By: Jessica WishartWed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In our fast moving world of innovation and disruption, some leaders may wonder if it is no longer beneficial to hone core competencies over time. Are core competencies - those unique combinations of capabilities and resources that make your business operationally different and give you a competitive edge - a strategic tool of the past? It takes years and a lot of focused energy to hone these diverse skills, activities, and technologies to near perfection, or to the point that they would be too difficult to replicate by competitors. So, is it still worth it to play the long game in our rapidly changing marketplace? 

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Topics: Core Competencies

10 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Your Manufacturing Company

By: Alan GehringerTue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I grew up in a manufacturing family. My grandmother had her own manufacturing company, and my father was a partner in a local manufacturing company. I still have very fond memories working in and running the business. It was like one big happy family - most of the time, that is. We had employees that stayed with us pretty much from the beginning and that would be close to forty years in some cases. How do you get employees to stay with you for the long term and contribute to the best of their ability? One of the answers is to ensure they are treated with respect, appreciated, and given the opportunity to be fully engaged. Being fully engaged means different things to different people, but here are some key approaches to consider. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Employee Engagement

Fast Growth Causes Far Too Many Problems

By: Jenn LeVineSun, Mar 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

This is exactly why Rhythm was created! Fast growth causes far too many problems.

I was reading the news on my lunch break today, and I was shocked to find out that Nasty Gal, formerly a vintage store on eBay transformed into a multi-million dollar online retailer, was bankrupt! WHAT?? What could have happened? I was intrigued because the founder, Sophia Amoruso, was a Spotlight Speaker at HubSpot’s Inbound15 that I attended. At the time, she was the fastest growing online retailer in the country! Her whole story is just so interesting. She came from nothing. She had a creative vision and built a brand that was popular with millennials. She caught the attention of Silicon Valley, Forbes named her “Fashion’s New Phenom,” and she even wrote a book, #GIRLBOSS.

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Topics: Strategic Planning, Execution, Rhythm, Execution Planning

8 Steps to Engage Employees with an Incentive Compensation Plan

By: Guest BloggerThu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our guest blogger today is Howard Cox, CPA, CMA, CIA. Launching his career with a Big Four firm in 1983, Howard established his own practice just four years later—and, in late 2001, merged his independent CPA firm into Somerset CPAs and Advisors' operations. Currently, Howard focuses on general Business Advisory, Mergers and Acquisitions and PPACA Compliance engagements, and also conducts informative presentations for clients, as well as outside events.

Position Scorecards help maximize the return on investment from your players by creating a culture of discipline and accountability. You can further increase engagement by ensuring that your compensation system aligns your players’ best interests with overall team goals. This is accomplished through integrating Position Scorecard results into an overall performance based incentive compensation system.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

5 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About KPIs (Video)

By: Alicia CrokeWed, Mar 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

So you just started your new job, and your boss sits you down to talk about your KPIs. He says, "Yeah, we are gonna measure your performance based on these, so hopefully you do a great job!"

After your busy first day, you realize you are completely lost when it comes to your KPIs.

He gave you a plan all laid out, but you still need some guidance as you start your new job.

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Topics: KPI

Do's and Don'ts of Coordinating Cross-Functional Teams

By: Jessica WishartTue, Mar 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting cross-functional projects to help our company move forward. I’ve been part of the team that built our Certification program, part of a team that evaluated, selected and implemented a new CRM, part of the team that’s writing our new book, Predictable Results, to name just a few. While juggling these growth priorities with my day job can be challenging, these projects typically bear amazing fruit and deepen my relationships with coworkers in other departments. I view them as a way to challenge myself, improve my current skills, and develop in new areas. Based on my own positive experiences with cross-functional work, I was surprised to read the results of Behnam Tarbrizi’s study in the Harvard Business Review: “75% of Cross-Functional Teams are Dysfunctional.” 

According to the research, there are some pretty specific conditions to avoid if you want to have a healthy cross-functional team.

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Topics: High Performance Teams

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

By: Liz McBrideSun, Mar 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

What do you hear at work? Talking? Laughter? What do you see? Is your team bouncing from desk to desk, chatting in the hallway, smiling at their peers? Do you see your team leaning into deep discussions around a conference table?

In some company cultures, hearing laughter and seeing employees huddled in a discussion could leave one feeling as though the team is slacking off. When World Emblem, a manufacturer of apparel decorations, transformed the Miami office to an open working area, it created a new vibe. Hearing talking and belly laughter was music to the CEO, Randy Carr’s ears. There were no walls to separate teams from one another and the buzz of employee engagement was brewing.

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Topics: Employee Engagement