Rhythm Blog | Organizational Alignment

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

A Better System to Successfully Integrate Business Acquisitions

Alan Gehringer Sun, Oct 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I recently wrote a blog highlighting the first differentiator for the webinar I presented for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

To recap, the 3 differentiators are:

  1. Set expectations and eliminate the drama
  2. Align the companies so that you have one team and one system to integrate and scale your acquisition
  3. Avoid the cultural chaos that creates confusion and paralyzes the organization

People Are Confused - What Should I Do?

Liz McBride Sun, May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I’m a fly on the wall during a client’s departmental quarterly planning meeting when someone completely unsolicited said, “I love Rhythm. I finally know what my job is.”

It’s fair to say we’ve all had times when we weren’t crystal clear about what our job really was. Whether we were starting a new role, getting used to the latest reorganization, or, navigating our path with a vague job description as our map, we were moving forward with a ‘fake it till you make it’ mantra.

Silos Can Sneak Up on You: Get Your Departments Aligned

Jessica Wishart Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping mid-market companies grow with purpose. However, our team is still relatively small. We’re right around twenty people, and we have four departments - a Sales & Marketing Team, a Consulting & Client Services Team, an R&D Team, and a Finance “Team.” I say “team” because we have one person who handles all of our payroll, budgeting, AP, AR, financial modeling - everything. (On a side note, she also does our employee benefits, and she only works part time. She’s pretty amazing.) 

Nostradamus Predicts Steve Jobs Was a Bad Model for Startups

Barry Pruitt Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 08:43 PM

Since the publication of Les Propheties, Nostradamus has attracted loyal followers that, along with much of the press, give him credit for predicting major world events.

Had Nostradamus been into business prophecy, he would have predicted that Steve Jobs was a bad model for a startup business. I know, if you’re familiar with my CEO, I’m in danger just by writing that opening line. Nostradamus’ predictions have always been controversial, but I would like to share some points for you to think about.

Leadership Team Alignment: When Less Truly Is More!

Alan Gehringer Thu, Aug 6, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business Challenge in our forms. In response to your feedback, we are featuring a blog series on your biggest business challenges! This post is a response to the challenge “aligning senior team around clear goals."

How much can your leadership team really take on this quarter and accomplish well?

We have all heard the saying, “Less is More.” I try to exercise this concept in my personal life when it comes to toys, although my wife would tell you I am more successful some years than others. I do like the acid test of “will it make my family’s or my life better” when contemplating a new purchase. 

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?

Alignment: Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Jessica Wishart Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Sounds like a simple concept: Alignment.  What makes this so hard to achieve?  The fact is, if you are hiring the right people, you will have a lot of smart people on your team who disagree with each other.  This is a good thing.  Alignment doesn’t mean that everyone starts on the same page; if that were true, then you’d just have a bunch of robots running around who all think the same way and who never challenge your ideas or come up with anything creative, interesting, or groundbreaking.

Difference of opinion among your team members is a key ingredient in developing the right strategies for your team, the ones that have been analyzed from different angles and debated in your planning sessions. However, when the dust settles and the decision has been made, this is where alignment takes over from diversity of viewpoints as the key to your strategy’s success or failure.  

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.

The "Balance" of Strategic Thinking, Part I: Walking the Tightrope…

Cathy McCullough Mon, Jun 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever heard, "We can't do that! We're already bursting at the seams!" If so, you're not alone. I hear it all the time as I work with growth companies to achieve their dream of building an incredible, smoothly operating, mean, lean machine. I'd love to just tell executive teams that it's all about “balance.” But does work balance (or life balance, for that matter) really exist? 

In reality, balance is a frequently misunderstood term. It's not that it can't be achieved. But what’s needed first is to define what “balance” is.

In reality, balance isn't equalization. Even the best of the best don't walk a tight-rope without swaying to one side or the other. The acrobat will frequently be just slightly slanted to one side or the other. 

Becoming a Trusted Leader

Barry Pruitt Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Polling data indicates that the public (in general) doesn’t trust those in elected leadership positions – and this mistrust sometimes (unreasonably) spills into the workplace. Becoming a trusted leader doesn't happen by accident often. Instead, it's a decision made during your think time that will still be an accident unless you plan – and, then execute on becoming a trusted leader.