Rhythm Blog

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

A CEO's Guide to Finding Hidden Disease in Your Organization

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

You go to your doctor every year for a physical, but you rarely do this for your business. As you prepare your team for Annual Planning, it’s a great time for your annual check-up!

Do you feel like there might be some underlying issues as to why your team consistently falls short on execution? Or, that holes in your strategy might be contributing to things just feeling “off” at your company?

We work with hundreds of companies to help them find and address gaps in their strategy and execution using the Think-Plan-Do methodology.

Leadership is Key for Breakthrough Results

Patrick Thean Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Leadership is critical to achieving breakthroughs. Breaking this down into something tangible, that means having strong managers who can lead and inspire team members to perform well and deliver results. If you want strong performance and profitable results, focus on developing all your managers into “A” managers. Your managers are the main levers to delivering strong and predictable results. 

The Impact of Education on a CEO's Career [Infographic]

Guest Blogger Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Written by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Fundera

As the CEO, you’ve either started and cultivated your own company, or worked hard to climb the ranks. Maybe you’re not the CEO, but another chief-level executive. Regardless, you’re held partly accountable for the success of the company. Looking back, can you distinguish a single action that led you to this position?

It’s possible that you took the traditional route: graduated high school, attended college, received an undergraduate degree, landed a full-time job, and even pursued another degree or two. Maybe you drew inspiration from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, deciding that dropping out of school was the only way to pursue your passion. You might even have a degree from a prestigious Ivy League university.

Mastering a CEO's Most Important Skill: Listening

Jessica Wishart Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

If you are a CEO or founder, you’ve likely gotten where you are today because of your ideas - you are probably passionate about your company or industry and have gained a lot of experience and wisdom that make your insights incredibly valuable. Which is why what I am about to suggest can be so difficult for many top executives - as the CEO, your most important job may be to stop talking and just listen. I’m not suggesting that you should sit on your best ideas forever or that your contributions aren’t the most important ones in the meeting. Perhaps they are… but that’s missing the point.

7 Steps to Scale Up and Launch Your Next Market-Creating Move

Guest Blogger Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Written by the Blue Ocean Team

As a middle market firm, don’t fall into the trap of going up against the biggest established players in your industry. Instead, you should be focusing on creating new markets.

Plenty of successful middle market companies grow fast without going head to head with the competition at all. To take your middle market company to the next level, learn to shift from competing to creating, and grow your business by offering unprecedented value to your buyers. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne show you precisely how to achieve this in their recent New York Times bestseller Blue Ocean Shift. Here we provide a quick snapshot to get you started.

How to Manage Your Time Effectively as a CEO [Infographic]

Jessica Wishart Thu, Sep 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are being pulled in a million different directions by several important constituencies. They have to answer to direct reports, employees, investors, customers, partners, vendors, industry groups, community stakeholders, and in some cases politicians and the media as well. And, that's not including family, friends, and significant others.

Even the most extraverted CEO will come to find the job exhausting, especially since so much of it involves the need for the CEO to have carefully thought through strategy and people decisions. When are you supposed to have the time to think about the future of the business when you're in meetings all day? Not to mention, when are you supposed to sleep?

Recently, Harvard researchers conducted a detailed study of how CEOs are spending their time, both at home and at work. The results are interesting.

F.R. Drake Featured in OEM Magazine [Client Spotlight]

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Sep 4, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Hearty congratulations are in order for Rhythm client F.R. Drake!

F.R. Drake is a leader in the food equipment industry. They have consistently grown through acquisitions and market expansion. Today, they hold the largest global market share in the frankfurter loading system space.

10 Tips for a Successful Quarterly Planning Session (Video)

Melissa Enriquez Mon, Sep 3, 2018 @ 01:10 PM

Quarterly Planning is just around the corner, are you prepared to create a winning plan this quarter with your team?

Here are 10 tips to get you started:

Are Employee Motivation and Engagement the Same? (Infographic)

Alicia Croke Mon, Sep 3, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I started on a journey to be healthier and more active. As I was running on the treadmill last week, I thought to myself, "Are motivation and engagement the same?" There are quite a few times when I am at the gym motivated but not necessarily engaged with what I am doing. I am motivated to run a mile, but my mind could be engaged a million miles away. 

As an employer, you want your workforce to be both engaged and motivated. With employee engagement at around 32.6%, it is important to know the difference between engagement and motivation.

Have You Defined Your Core Purpose? (Video)

Alan Gehringer Mon, Sep 3, 2018 @ 08:48 AM

Peter Drucker stated that ”the best and most dedicated people are ultimately volunteers, for they have the opportunity to do something else with their lives.

One of the best articles I have read on Core Purpose is Collins and Porras article titled “Building Your Company’s Vision.”  The authors explain that a well-developed vision consists of two parts, core ideology and an envisioned future.  The core ideology consists of two components, Core Values and Core Purpose.  The envisioned future has two elements, The Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and a vivid description of what it will look like when you achieve your BHAG.  The former should never change, while the latter may, once you have accomplished your 10-20 year goal.