Rhythm Blog | Chris Cosper

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Lean Quarterly Planning: How Complex Companies Plan & Drive Out Waste

Chris Cosper Tue, Mar 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The primary goal of any lean initiative is to drive out waste. Have you considered whether or not you have waste in your quarterly planning process? Many companies, especially complex organizations with multiple business units, locations, product lines, or divisions, struggle to find a way to get their teams focused and aligned around the right set of priorities every quarter. The synergy and momentum you’ll gain when you figure this out will increase productivity, improve employee morale, and help you achieve your goals faster.

The wrong planning process, one that’s not perfectly designed to match your company’s unique structure and needs, can cause waste in multiple ways. Here are a few to consider:

The Secret to Rhythm Systems Success

Chris Cosper Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

Over the past 10 years, we have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of companies around the world. Our observations and research, via coaching sessions, planning sessions, and the review of over 125,000 company, departmental, and individual priorities has provided unique insights into what specific habits, patterns, and actions helped these companies execute better and grow faster.

Are You Getting Good ROI on Your Planning Sessions?

Chris Cosper Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Your planning sessions are important and expensive. Whether they’re Quarterly Planning Sessions, Annual Planning Sessions, or Strategic Planning Sessions, you've invested the valuable time and energy of your most expensive employees – time away from the office,  travel  and meals, a rented meeting room, a professional facilitator, and who knows what else. That number can really add up, so it’s easy to see why this is a line item that sometimes gets cut when trimming the budget. But before you go there, like any other investment decision, you should consider the ROI of that planning session. The basic ROI formula is (Gain–Cost)/Gain. In order to calculate this, you have to really understand what the cost is and what’s at stake.

Daily Huddle: The Most Valuable 10 Minutes of Your Day

Chris Cosper Thu, Aug 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your Daily Huddle going? Over time, it’s easy for this habit to begin feeling a little stale, and you might even start wondering if anyone would miss it if you killed it. They would! And they probably don’t even realize it (so don’t bother polling the team to ask). Instead, be the leader and huddle on!

Sometimes the benefits of the Daily Huddle are so subtle they go uncelebrated, but the truth is, the habit of huddling daily with your team might be the most valuable 10 minutes of your day. The next time you feel like it’s an inconvenient interruption or someone tells you they’re too busy to huddle, keep these benefits in mind.

How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

Chris Cosper Tue, 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.

It’s Time For Your Company Health Check

Chris Cosper Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Is your company consistently getting the results you desire? By results, I mean both top line revenue results and bottom line profit results. It’s quite possible that you may be growing and doing well but still wonder if you’re reaching your full potential. If not, what’s holding you back? Chances are high that the answer to this question lies in one of four critical areas of your business.

OOPS!  Why Traditional Performance Appraisals Might Be A Big Mistake

Chris Cosper Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Aubrey Daniels is a clinical psychologist who has spent more than thirty years dedicated to helping people and organizations apply the scientifically proven laws of human behavior to improving workplace performance. I first heard him speak at a conference several years ago and remember his ideas as being the most insightful and practical of all the speakers.

3 Rhythms to Grow Your Business

Chris Cosper Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Growing a successful business is complicated, messy, and hard. Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, your customers are happy, your margins are okay, and your people seem to know what they’re doing, you wake up one morning and find that everything that seemed to be working so well yesterday doesn’t make any sense today. What on earth happened? Things were going so well! You hit a new ceiling of complexity, that’s what happened. We know these ceilings of complexity are out there, in theory, but in reality, they seem to always come as a surprise. You opened one more office, launched one more product, tried one new supplier, encountered one new competitor, had to deal with one more industry rule… and everything changed.

Annual Planning for Departmental Groups

Chris Cosper Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Annual Planning is a key component in any successful company's Plan Rhythm. It's the linchpin that connects strategy to execution. It's the guideline you will use for the next 365 days to determine what to say yes to and what to say no to. Every company needs alignment around the Main Thing they will be focused on this year and the top 3-5 Key Initiatives they are committed to accomplishing. This alignment, focus, and prioritization should always happen at the highest level in the company first so that all other departments and groups can rally around the same inspiring future you are creating.  

The Art of the Daily Huddle: Cascading Huddles

Chris Cosper Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your huddle? I’ve written about huddles before and honestly believe they can be a breakthrough component in building high-performance teams. A ten minute daily meeting with your team can dramatically increase the speed of your execution, improve communication, reduce time spent in all your other meetings, align people and resources, and build relationships.