Rhythm Blog | Execution Planning

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

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.

Fast Growth Causes Far Too Many Problems

Jenn LeVine Sun, Mar 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

This is exactly why Rhythm was created! Fast growth causes far too many problems.

I was reading the news on my lunch break today, and I was shocked to find out that Nasty Gal, formerly a vintage store on eBay transformed into a multi-million dollar online retailer, was bankrupt! WHAT?? What could have happened? I was intrigued because the founder, Sophia Amoruso, was a Spotlight Speaker at HubSpot’s Inbound15 that I attended. At the time, she was the fastest growing online retailer in the country! Her whole story is just so interesting. She came from nothing. She had a creative vision and built a brand that was popular with millennials. She caught the attention of Silicon Valley, Forbes named her “Fashion’s New Phenom,” and she even wrote a book, #GIRLBOSS.

7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

Liz McBride Sun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the carb-loaded goodies brought in, yet, hopeful about what lies ahead. The plan is incredibly clear in your minds, and you are all on the same page with Winning Moves to test, the theme, targets, and plan. So, how do you get your next level of leadership engaged? Especially, if you anticipate some pushback?

Your next level of leadership wasn’t privy to the data shared, the discussions weighed or the tray of chocolate chunk cookies. If your plan to gain alignment with your next level is limited to an hour long presentation, the only thing that will stick from your planning session is your puffier exterior from the above-mentioned cookies.

How to Close the Communication Gap (Infographic)

Jessica Wishart Sun, Aug 7, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

One of our manufacturing clients came to us originally with a very interesting problem. Everyone on the shop floor was doing a tremendous job - they were extremely productive, using Lean to eliminate waste, and producing high-quality work. The executive team was also doing a great job creating strategic plans and goals for the company. However, the two weren't communicating. While they were both doing what they thought they needed to do quite well, they ultimately were falling short of achieving their goals.

Ready, Set, Go! 8 Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Alan Gehringer Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Many companies I work with are on a calendar year and have completed their annual planning sessions and developed a new Q1 plan to start the year.  There is an old saying that a good plan executed well is more effective than a brilliant plan executed poorly.  I have always placed an 80% importance factor on execution and 20% on the plan.  You can decide what you think the ratio should be, but I think the point is valid regardless as long as you have the right strategy.

Don't Confuse Strategic Thinking And Execution Planning

Patrick Thean Tue, Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:42 AM

It is easy to confuse your strategy and your strategic plan.  I have seen so many leaders tell me that they have a strategy.   Yet, when asked specifically what their strategy is, they have difficulty sharing the key moves they are going to make - and when.  Strategy and strategic moves should not be as complicated as we sometimes make it.  It might be helpful to think about your strategy as having 2 parts:

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