6 Keys to Save Communication Time: Gain a Following Like a Great Preacher

By: Barry PruittSun, Apr 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

No matter your spiritual beliefs, there is no denying that great preachers have a large number of followers. I’ve found that the same is true for great leaders. You know, the ones that leave a lasting legacy. They may not enjoy standing in front of an audience or speaking in front of people, but there is no doubt that they influence when they speak.

As a consultant to CEOs and leadership teams, and based on my previous experience coaching professional speakers across the US, I’ve discovered that (nearly) everyone would like to develop their speaking skills. The question then becomes, what makes a communicator popular and influential?

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Topics: Leadership, Communication

10 Ways to Combat Workplace Burnout

By: Alicia CrokeThu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Millennial women are burning out fast in the corporate world, and it is not just due to childcare. According to Fast Company, "As only 11% of women choose to leave the workplace permanently to have children, the other reason for this gap can be traced to high expectations that companies place on their employees in always-connected work environments."

As a millennial woman who works with other millennial women, I have seen this play out across industries and lifestyles. And it's not just millennial women that are burning out. "And while it's true that women tend to be more stressed than men, burnout is something that affects millennial overall—the most stressed out generation ever, according to the American Psychological Association," according to Fortune. 

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Topics: Execution, Employee Engagement

This Habit Results in More Greens and Lightning-Fast Execution

By: Tiffany ChepulThu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I love sharing patterns. This one comes from our clients who have the fastest execution and the highest level of achieved Greens. When I tell you how simple it is, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it.

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KPIs: We Know WHAT to Measure…Now, HOW Do We Measure It?

By: Tiffany ChepulThu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Lately, I've been working with clients who are just getting started on their KPIs. They are deciding what to measure and who owns the results. They are also making sure they have a good mix of leading indicators and results indicators across all 4 categories (employees, customers, revenue, and processes). That's the easy part. The "how" to measure is where it gets tricky and where lots of teams get stuck. As they set out to figure out how they will measure these areas, there are a few principles that everyone has to agree to for consistency.

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Topics: KPI, Rhythm, Dashboards

Roll Down Your Sleeves: 5 Tips to Being a Productive Leader

By: Liz McBrideTue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Leaders can plan their day meticulously, but then fires erupt or a team member reaches out and all focus is lost. When the true response to “Do you have a few minutes? Did I catch you at a good time?” is a resounding “No,” we push our agenda aside and answer, “Of course!”

At planning sessions with my clients, I hear notes of productivity killers with these familiar phrases:

“I just ended up taking it over and doing it myself.”

“It takes too much of my time to coach my team. It’s easier to just do it myself.”

“I need to make sure it’s done right so I need to own the project.”

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Topics: Leadership

How to Run a Meeting: A Complete Beginner's Guide

By: Jessica WishartMon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

One of the best practices we recommend to all of our clients is rotating facilitation duties for your team’s weekly adjustment meeting. There are a few reasons for this: having different styles and facilitators keeps the team engaged in the meeting week after week, and giving everyone on the team a chance to facilitate builds leadership skills and encourages taking ownership of the team meeting. With a more engaged team, you’ll have a better meeting and be more likely to solve problems rather than waste time on status updates. But, meeting facilitation is a skill - and one that everyone on the team might not be comfortable with at first.

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Topics: Weekly Meeting, Meeting Facilitation

4 Tips to Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Your One-Page Strategic Plan

By: Patrick TheanSat, Apr 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

If you are a Mastering the Rockefeller Habits fan, here are four tips to make your One-Page Strategic Plan work for you. Used correctly, it can accelerate your progress. Used incorrectly, it can quickly become a bureaucratic anchor around your neck.

1. Use your strategic foundation - Your core strategy to drive execution:

Your core strategy is made up of your core purpose, core values, and BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Don't allow your core values to be merely a poster on the wall. Use them purposefully every day. Don't be tempted to hire that great resource who does not demonstrate your core values. Allow your core values to be your veto tool. Hire and fire by your core values. Here's a tip to live your core values: Choose words that you use daily. Don't switch into "corporate speak" when you bring up your core values. To make it stick, it's got to be the way you talk with each other. Do people in your company understand how their daily work helps to achieve the company’s overall mission or purpose? Are they on an exciting journey towards the promised land? Your BHAG is a 10+ year goal that can create excitement and inspiration for the entire team. Too often, I see BHAGs and purpose statements just being cute posters decorating corporate walls with people not understanding how they are part of the exciting journey to achieve the BHAG and purpose.

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Topics: One-Page Strategic Plan

Scrum and Rhythm Work Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

By: Ted SkinnerThu, Apr 13, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

What is Scrum, and why do I care? Scrum is a term that has moved from the discussion in the server rooms and development area of organizations and is slowly making its way to the boardrooms. This has caused some confusion on a few executive teams that I work with that are unfamiliar with the Scrum Agile methodology and wonder how it ties in with Rhythm. I hope to clear up some of that confusion with this post and inform you on how these methods can work together to achieve breakthrough execution.

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Topics: Rhythm

Zen Your Inbox: Email Spring Cleaning

By: Jessica WishartWed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We all have that one annoyingly perfect coworker who keeps an empty inbox (ah-hem, Tiffany). And, we're ashamed by the 43 unread messages in our own inbox. According to the latest stats from the Radicati Group, by 2019, the number of emails sent and received daily will total over 246 billion. They project that in 2017, 120.4 billion business emails are sent and received every single day. The average number of emails sent and received by each business email user is 124 per day. The numbers are staggering - no wonder getting your email under control makes just about every list of productivity tips out there. It’s easy to see how this can be a huge time suck for most workers.

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Topics: Execution

5 Employee Engagement Blunders to Avoid

By: Alicia CrokeTue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In the past year, employee engagement has been a hot topic: how to encourage employees, how to measure it, and why it's important. Not so much has been mentioned about what not to do. How do you avoid decreasing employee engagement? I did some research on common employee engagement blunders and pulled them together for you.

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Topics: Employee Engagement