Hopefully, you work for a company that cares about your career development and offers opportunities for you to grow and advance. But, the good new is - even if you don’t - you own your own career, and you are the one ultimately responsible for whether you advance or not. As the owner of your own destiny, what can you do to make sure you get where you want to go?
Rhythm Blog | Path of Progress
by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team
How many of us have ever been to a conference or read a new business book and felt like - "I want to do that!” But, you have no idea where to start, or there were simply too many ideas and changes gathered from the event that it seems overwhelming to go home and do everything at once. Many of our new Rhythm clients experience the same feeling. Once they get a sense of how powerful the Rhythm platform is and how it can help them with everything from their long term strategy to their day to day activities and make connections and build alignment and collaboration around everything in between, they are eager to do it all at once. But, it is important to remember that change is hard, and it is impossible to drink from a fire hose and bring about effective, lasting improvements in your organization. Change works best when you take it one step at a time. As they say, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
We are all busy people, especially CEOs and founders of growth companies. With the fast paced lives we lead, it can be nearly impossible to imagine setting aside time just to think. Think time sounds like such a luxury! But, according to Patrick Thean’s book Rhythm, establishing a regular rhythm of think time is exactly what you need to be doing to identify and hopefully avoid looming ceilings of complexity that could be disastrous for your business.
Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Sometimes the path to success can feel like a failure - and sometimes failure is a part of your success.
- Proper Quarterly Planning Rhythms. In order to achieve orgazinational alignment, there needs to be an established planning Rhythm that cascades to the next level of management. For example, the Executive Team has a planning session first, to determine the Company Priorities and execution plan. Next, each member of the Executive Team with direct reports goes back and has the same planning session with their Group to determine their Group Priorities and execution plan. The Company Plan is shared with the Groups during their individual sessions. It is the function of the Group Leader to ensure that the resulting Group Plan is aligned with the Company Plan.