Rhythm Blog | Tiffany Chepul

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Don't Let Your Annual Plan Fail: Create a 4-Quarter Flyover

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Are you setting your team up to fail to deliver your Annual Initiatives? There’s only one way to know: create a 4-Quarter Flyover Plan. 

This is one of the most valuable and often overlooked steps in Annual Planning. This step helps the team shift from strategy to execution and create an action plan to achieve the goals you've set for your year. Fleshing out your year will ensure the work behind each of your Initiatives is spread out to make the best use of your team’s resources and bandwidth. After all, you don’t want all of the heavy lifting for each of your 5 Initiatives to hit in one quarter!

Download a free tool to help you complete your 4-Quarter Flyover Plan exercise, or if you have Rhythm software, you can build your plan right there.

Here are 4 simple steps to create your 4-Quarter Flyover Plan:

Use an Objective Statement to Begin with the End in Mind

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Nov 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

With this quarterly planning season coming to a close, I've discussed hundreds of priorities in the last few weeks with clients - you are a focused and busy bunch! So many of those priorities represented projects. You are designing new products, finalizing new employee & client programs and documenting processes. Each project has its own specific purpose and many times, it spans across multiple departments. So, when it comes time to execute, how do you all get aligned?

‘Tis the Season for Writing Effective Annual Initiatives

Tiffany Chepul Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year again – just about everyone on a traditional calendar year is gearing up for Annual Planning! You and your team will invest so much time, money and effort in finalizing your 2018 plan. If the outcome isn’t a clear, executable plan with well-written initiatives, those resources will have been wasted. 

When consulting with clients to review their Annual Plans, here are some things we look for to determine if their Annual Initiatives are set up to deliver success. All execution-ready Annual Initiatives share these characteristics:

Making Rhythm Part of Your Culture:  Three Certification Success Stories

Tiffany Chepul Wed, Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

At the recent Breakthrough Conference, I had the honor of recognizing three companies for their amazing successes using the Rhythm Certification Program. Each one of these companies found ways to really make Rhythm a part of their culture and help their teams master what they consider their companies’ operating system for strategy and execution.  

Plan Your Personal Quarter to Deliver Predictable Results

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

We talk a lot about plans - annual plans, quarterly plans, team plans, project plans. But what’s your plan for the next 90 days? What are you doing? 

We all know that Rhythm is about focus, alignment, and accountability. While most of the consulting I do is with teams, I love it when I get the opportunity to work with someone one-on-one. They are usually struggling with one question: How do I gain personal focus while still supporting my team’s plan?

Here are some great ways to center yourself, prioritize your own personal 13-week race, and set yourself up to deliver predictable results.

Staying Connected to Your Annual Plan All Year

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Sep 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s that time again – back-to-school, pumpkin everything, football, and Annual Planning season! You and your team are about to invest so much time, money, energy, and resources into determining the Annual Focus & Initiatives for the year ahead. After the session is when the real work begins, however. How do you stay connected to your plan throughout the year to make sure it finishes Green? It’s tough to not become distracted, especially if you are part of a fast-growing mid-market company. 

Here are a few tricks, from highly- successful Rhythm companies, for maintaining focus all year:

Learn the Secret to Breakthrough Growth

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Are you wondering what Rhythm is all about? Have you watched the aggressive growth and flawless execution of other Rhythm companies from the sidelines and thought, “I’d love to do that, too!” Here’s your chance to get started!

Join me at the 2017 Breakthrough Conference to learn the secret to breakthrough growth and getting more initiatives done, successfully!

New Rhythm User Certification Now Available

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Jun 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We are excited to announce the release of the new Rhythm User Certification, in support of the much-anticipated launch of the latest version of the Rhythm software tool!

There are so many exciting new ways to help organize your work and get more initiatives done successfully in Rhythm 4.0.

Getting & Keeping Teams Aligned Throughout the Quarter

Tiffany Chepul Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The things I'm most excited about in the new version of Rhythm are the features for cross-functional teams and departments. Achieving team alignment during the planning process is key, and most teams get really good at it once they get the hang of it. Where I have seen teams really struggle is in maintaining that alignment once execution begins and they are in the thick of their 13 Week Race.

Below are some tips and new ways to support cross-functional team alignment and execution in both the Plan and Do Rhythms.

Using Red-Yellow-Green Success Criteria: Real World Examples That Are SMART

Tiffany Chepul Mon, May 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Each KPI and Priority should have clearly defined success criteria. What is success? What is failure? Discuss, debate and agree as a team.