Rhythm Blog | Execution

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Daily Routines of Successful CEOs (Infographic)

Jessica Wishart Sun, Jul 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our CEO, Patrick Thean, is fond of the saying, "The fish rots from the head down." When you are thinking about your team's productivity and employee engagement, realize that you lead by example. Gallup has found that employees working for engaged leadership are almost 60% more likely to be engaged than those who don't. As a CEO, you have a lot of demands on your time, but managing your day effectively so that you are productive and engaged has a huge ripple effect on your employees.

I did some research on how successful CEOs spend their days. Hopefully, these suggestions from other CEOs can help you plan your most effective daily routine.

Business Productivity: The Weak Link Between Intention & Implementation

Barry Pruitt Wed, Jul 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Despite best intentions, many of our dreams and goals go unfulfilled. One might think it’s because people are lazy, but I struggle with whether that’s really the case. I’ve known committed, hard-working people who have researched going to school at night - but never made it to class. I’ll wager that you’ve known someone who purchased a health club membership, only to find that they stopped attending after a few workout sessions. We’ve all promised ourselves to put a little extra cash aside towards our dream vacation but still haven’t left town.

How to Have a Productive Corporate Culture (Infographic)

Alicia Croke Sun, Jun 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Company culture is important. If disengaged workers were engaged, they would boost U.S. productivity by $79 billion a year

A boost like that to productivity could be a huge benefit to your company. Good culture and productivity go hand in hand. If your firm is weak in culture, productivity will suffer.

So how do you ensure the right ratio of fun and productivity?

6 Productivity Tips You May Have Never Thought Of

Alan Gehringer Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Business is all about getting as much done as possible because time is essentially money. In order to seize the day and pull ahead of the competition, productivity is an integral part of the entire process. Sometimes, though, being a productive person has its challenges. If you want to continue working on mastering the art of productivity, give these tips and tricks a try. 

Some of the tips might seem odd, but do not knock them until testing them out first!

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Productivity Every Day

Alan Gehringer Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The average worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes a day. It is hard to believe most people are productive for less than 3 hours a day, isn’t it? Think about the improvement on your return on payroll (ROP), if your people could double this.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 8.8 hours every day. Yet a study of nearly 2,000 full-time office workers revealed that most people aren't working for most of the time they're at work.

10 Ways to Combat Workplace Burnout

Alicia Croke Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Millennial women are burning out fast in the corporate world, and it is not just due to childcare. According to Fast Company, "As only 11% of women choose to leave the workplace permanently to have children, the other reason for this gap can be traced to high expectations that companies place on their employees in always-connected work environments."

As a millennial woman who works with other millennial women, I have seen this play out across industries and lifestyles. And it's not just millennial women that are burning out. "And while it's true that women tend to be more stressed than men, burnout is something that affects millennial overall—the most stressed out generation ever, according to the American Psychological Association," according to Fortune. 

Zen Your Inbox: Email Spring Cleaning

Jessica Wishart Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We all have that one annoyingly perfect coworker who keeps an empty inbox (ah-hem, Tiffany). And, we're ashamed by the 43 unread messages in our own inbox. According to the latest stats from the Radicati Group, by 2019, the number of emails sent and received daily will total over 246 billion. They project that in 2017, 120.4 billion business emails are sent and received every single day. The average number of emails sent and received by each business email user is 124 per day. The numbers are staggering - no wonder getting your email under control makes just about every list of productivity tips out there. It’s easy to see how this can be a huge time suck for most workers.

How to Have Your Most Productive Week (Checklist)

Jessica Wishart Tue, Apr 4, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As I shared in a previous post, I am always looking for the next productivity hack. Going into 2017, my inbox was full of articles about setting and achieving goals and getting more done. Just as I secretly loved back to school as a child (fresh notebooks, highlighters, binders, organizers… maybe I just loved school supplies), I also love this time of year. It feels like we have a fresh start to instill new habits and become better, perhaps more productive versions of ourselves. In this spirit, I watched a couple of Skillshare classes on productivity over the holiday break.

How to Improve Processes that Impact Multiple Departments

Jessica Wishart Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our team was stuck. We had a CRM (customer relationship management) system that was making our lives painful instead of making it easier to talk to clients and prospects. It was slowing us all down - every team from Sales & Marketing to Finance to Client Services. Nobody was happy with our tool, and everyone needed to use it for something.

As our company grew and we hired more people and got more clients and more sales leads in the pipeline, the problem only got worse. We didn’t need an expert to tell us that we had to make a change!

2 Ways to Gain Control of Your Free Time

Alicia Croke Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I felt like time has been getting away from me. I am sure many of us feel like that at the beginning of a new year after the lull of the holidays. Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert, knows all about how we feel we don't have enough time. I recently watched her Ted Talk, "How to Gain Control of Your Free Time."