Rhythm Blog | Breakthrough Conference

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Your Blueprint to Get Your Message Moving

Barry Pruitt Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve been busy preparing for our Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, working on keynotes, topics, and materials that would help leaders to break through to a great 2018. So it was no surprise that my mind drifted to reliving lessons learned the hard way - and successes - in delivering a message. Having experience with sales, webinars, classroom facilitation, workshops, and keynotes, I first want to share that each is different in unique ways. However, there are consistent approaches and best practices for each that will help you to be heard above a noisy world of communication. I shared best approaches in previous blogs like 6 Keys to Save Communication Time, Stand Up, Speak Up, and Shut Up, and my 3-Step Process to a Great Standup.

My focus in this blog has to do with being stuck in your message. Whether you're a salesperson, a marketer, a consultant, or a training professional who needs to effectively engage an audience, you can improve by asking yourself what do you want your audience to think, say, or do differently? What action do you want them to take?

Are You Making These 3 Leadership Mistakes?

Alicia Croke Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As Annual Planning approaches for many companies, leadership teams are sitting down to develop their goals for 2018. How was your 2017? Did you get everything accomplished that you had hoped? Are you closer or farther away from your BHAG?

To develop a stronger leadership team in 2018, start with Annual Planning. Watch out for the three leadership mistakes below during your Annual Planning meeting to have a constructive session!

Ideal Work Culture for Women?

Jessica Wishart Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The topic of women in the workplace can be a bit controversial, and sometimes emotional. While there is undoubtedly a pay gap in the American workforce, with women making about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job, and a gap in women in leadership roles compared to men in those senior positions, people disagree over the reasons for those gaps. Is it that women don’t put in as many hours because they are also primary caretakers at home? Is it because they don’t want to be at work, or because they don’t have the desire to take on more leadership roles? Or is it because of unconscious bias in the workplace that doesn’t allow for as many opportunities for their advancement? Just about anyone you’d ask would have a different answer. 

From Your Heart To Feet To Changing the World

Barry Pruitt Sun, Sep 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Michael was a beautiful boy. I guessed that he was about 9 years old and although his shirt was worn out, his jeans torn, and his shoes and hands were dirty, he had a charming smile that was warm enough to melt a crusty heart.

As I pulled off his mismatched shoes, I could hardly believe his rough little feet. Unlike the soft feet of most children I have known, his were calloused and rough, neglected even – a direct reflection of a life lived hard. Michael was there in 2011 at First Baptist Church in Clover, SC, with about 600 other children who shared a common story, one of poverty. It's rampant in York County with over 50% of public school children on some type of food assistance program.

4 Ways to Fight Gender Bias and Promote Women in Leadership

Jessica Wishart Wed, Aug 30, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

While women have been making huge strides in the workplace, we still have a long way to go before women are well-represented at the highest levels of most organizations. "According to a survey of top leaders from mid-market businesses throughout the U.S., only 22% of senior managers in 2014 were women” (Pew Research Center). I’ve been excited to learn that many of our clients are actively pursuing strategies to promote women in leadership in their organizations; some have formed lunch groups for women throughout the organization to network and mentor one another, and others have HR initiatives aimed at developing leadership programs specifically for women.  

5 Ways a CEO Should Think About HR

Alicia Croke Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The Human Resource budget is one of the biggest budgets a CEO sees on his desk every day. Gallup "estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year." 

As a CEO, you are constantly under pressure to meet shareholders' needs and stay under budget. Your human capital is one way to keep a healthy chunk of your budget in check. Our CEO, Patrick Thean, shared with me some ways a successful CEO should think about Human Capital Management.

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!

Take Your Core Values Outside

Liz McBride Sun, Aug 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

First thing’s first. I should get personal travel and/or injury insurance the next time I visit the Cannon team.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with this work hard, play hard team for the past few years and, it’s safe to say, we push each other to the edge, way out of our comfort zone, while living to tell the tale.

The Cannon Safe and Gun Vault teams allow me to join in on their team building while we’re tackling their strategy and annual or quarterly planning. They’ve taken me ziplining across canyons in 115-degree temperatures in Las Vegas. 

5 Books that Will Get You Ready for Change Management

Alicia Croke Wed, Aug 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

Whether you or an external force initiated the changes that are about to take place, preparation is essential for you and your organization. Change management can be the catalyst for immense success or supreme failure.

Early on in the process, develop a think rhythm about the future adjustments, the impacts of change management, and an employee focus.

5 Tips on Time Management From Busy Leaders

Alicia Croke Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our team sat down with our some of our panelists for our Women In Leadership breakfast at the upcoming Breakthrough Conference. I was happy to sit back and soak up all the knowledge I could from these inspiring ladies and men. One thing rang through crystal clear from our calls with them: how to manage time effectively with life and business.