Rhythm Blog | Cascading

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Bringing Your Annual Plan to Life

Cathy McCullough Sun, Oct 8, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

When we hear of silos, our minds drift to a beautiful landscape where we find tall grain bins built on finely manicured and plowed fields. However, when the word ‘silo’ is used in an organizational context, it isn’t such a beautiful sight. 

When there’s an organizational attitude where one department purposefully or from a lack of will refuses to share information with other departments, you’ll find an overall decrease in organizational efficiency on multiple levels. 

Top 3 Things to Decide Before Cascading to Teams

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Implementing a new methodology for your team that requires people to be more focused, aligned and accountable doesn't always have everyone dancing in the aisles.

The best practice is for Rhythm implementation to begin with the executive team first. The executive team will build new habits around Think Plan Do®. They will learn how to have more effective Weekly Adjustment Meetings. They will become masters at Red-Yellow-Green.

Once the executive team is very comfortable with Rhythm, then it's time to cascade to departments. It's a big step, no doubt about it, and it's not uncommon for some to have trepidation about cascading Rhythm to their teams. Some teams actually get stuck here. However, it's nothing a little advanced planning can't help you overcome. 

How to Cascade Your Plan Rhythm (Infographic)

Jessica Wishart Sun, Oct 2, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do rhythm is essential to growing your business with purpose. And, we think this rhythm is key for departments and individuals at every level of the organization, not just for the executive team. Think about how powerful it would be if each and every person in your company could tell you what the top priority for the company was for the year and for the quarter, how success is measured on those priorities, what their team is doing to support achieving those goals, and how they personally are contributing to the company's success. That's why we think cascading the Think Plan Do rhythm to departments is a key step for your company's success.

How Managers Support the Executive Team

Tiffany Chepul Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Having been with Rhythm Systems since 2010, I have had the privilege of consulting with some teams for over 5 years. I love seeing teams achieve their dreams!

One of the most interesting developments over the years is that teams are taking Rhythm deeper and deeper into their organizations. In some cases, we are four management levels deep with cascade planning and weekly execution. Imagine what you and your team could accomplish with that level of alignment and laser-focus across that many teams!

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.  

Sharing Quarterly Plans Across Departments

Tiffany Chepul Sun, Feb 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

There are many different characteristics and habits of High Performance Teams, but one that has a big impact on execution is sharing quarterly plans across departments. Does your company do this crucial final step of planning?

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.

5 Telltale Signs of Trouble and How to Prevent Silos

Alison Brown Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

No one wants to have silos in their company, but even in my short career I’ve seen many companies that do. You need organization and structure, but at what point does structure turn to silos? It’s hard to tell when silos are forming and many times it happens right under your nose. What signs can you look for, and what can you do to help prevent silos from forming in your company?

Calculate Your Team’s Bandwidth Before Quarterly Planning

Deb Colson Tue, May 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever been in your departmental quarterly planning session, and you feel resistance from a team member about taking on another priority? You may hear things like, “I’m too busy - I have too much on my plate.” In the meantime, some team members are wondering why they are saying this. From their perspective, they don’t seem to have more to do than everyone else. I mean, what do they do anyway? This can fuel some resentment between two people or the whole team.

Or, maybe you have team members that want to take on a lot of new priorities. They are the ones who say, “I got it” - “I want to be on that team” – “Add more priorities for all of us.” This can make some team members uneasy because they feel that last quarter some members overcommitted and did not complete a project on time. Someone may suggest they do not volunteer and hand it to another team member – hmmm. How is the team feeling now?

The Value of Cascade Planning

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Looking back at the most recent quarter turnover from Q3 to Q4, I realize that I introduced 14 new cascade teams to the power of Rhythm!   It’s been a busy quarter with lots of learning along the way. Many light bulbs went off and these teams are already seeing the benefit of faster, more aligned execution.