Rhythm Blog | Rockefeller Habits

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!!! (Let’s Celebrate)

Alan Gehringer Fri, Oct 3, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

This is one of those songs that sticks in your head and you can’t get rid of it, right?  However, you have to admit, it really sets the tone for a celebration, which brings me to the topic of this blog.  How much time do you spend celebrating the good times and accomplishments in your company?  Part of the Rockefeller Habits methodology is to develop a theme each quarter and plan a celebration and reward when your team hits their targets.

This is an area where I see a lot of room for improvement.  Verne uses the analogy of celebrating the last class on the last day of school.  I have often used quarterly rewards to boost morale and encourage performance. Celebrating only once a year is just too long for most people to relate to.

So, let me tell you about a recent celebration we had at Rhythm Systems.  We just recently re-branded the company from Gazelles Systems to Rhythm Systems.  This was a natural evolution as the software we use is called Rhythm and Patrick Thean’s recent book is titled Rhythm.  There has been a lot of work behind the scenes the past few months to accomplish this, particularly from a content and marketing standpoint.  The good news is, our customers are very happy with the transition, and we have heard nothing but positive feedback.  So, after the heavy lifting was done, a celebration was planned.

Do You Have 2-3 Winning Moves on Your Rockefeller Habits One-Page Strategic Plan?

Patrick Thean Fri, Oct 4, 2013 @ 08:50 AM

I was facilitating a Rockefeller Habits mid-year planning session. As part of their regular Think Rhythm, the executive team was working on developing Winning Moves to ensure continued growth for the next 3 years. These Winning Moves would be top line revenue generating strategies to drive revenue growth over the next 3 years. Every company needs a couple of Winning Moves to drive growth. Two to 3 would be best to focus the company. You don't want too many, otherwise the team will not be able to focus as resources get allocated across too many projects, causing teams to inadvertently compete for some of the same resources. Competition for resources can cause negative stress and reduce team effectiveness.

Practice the Rockefeller Habits to Drive Accountability and Response-Ability

Barry Pruitt Mon, Sep 16, 2013 @ 09:22 AM

Are you fostering an accountability-based team, department, or organization? Accountability takes a step beyond responsibility. Responsibility is a felt obligation to act within an organization's values, whereas accountability adds that you can be called to answer for your own actions.

Build a Healthy Foundation by Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: 4 Key Decisions

Chris Cosper Tue, Sep 3, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

By now, most of us are familiar with Verne Harnish’s book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do To Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm.  And, synonymous with the book is Verne’s One Page Strategic Plan.  There are so many great concepts and solid theory captured in this material, all boiled down to simple, actionable steps that each of us can apply in our businesses.  But it’s all so good, you may be wondering where in the world to start.  

Have Holes in your Rockefeller Habits Implementation & One-Page Strategic Plan?

Alan Gehringer Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:12 PM
If you are like a lot of companies that adopt a new methodology, you want to do it all at once.  The problem is that it's just not feasible, especially if you want to do things well.  Patrick Thean often says, “Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.” The typical approach is to begin working on the One-Page Strategic Plan left to right filling in what you have or working through each piece as part of your Annual Planning Session.  There are elements of the plan that you cannot push aside like your targets, goals and annual and quarterly priorities.  But there may be areas of the plan that require more thought, research and time to develop effectively for the long run.   Spending more time on these areas will help you as you develop your Quarterly Plan and Annual Plan each year.  Some companies are in business for years, but have not documented their Core Values, Core Purpose, Brand Promise or BHAG.  These may be alive and well, but not written down on paper or communicated throughout the organization.

Tips for Building and Using Your KPI Dashboard

Alan Gehringer Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

“Today’s managers recognize the impact that measures have on performance.  But rarely think of measurement as an essential part of their strategy” - Kaplan and Norton

Your Mid-year Check Up

Nancy Sacani Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Are you on track to hit all of your annual goals and finish the year strong?  You built a great plan during your Annual Planning session and you have two quarters of execution behind you now. It’s the middle of the year and you are running hard, but it's rare for a team to know everything they need to know at the beginning of the year to create a business plan that will succeed without any changes or adjustments after implementation begins.

Three Questions to Change Tracks Rather than Changing Trains

Barry Pruitt Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Implementing change on a company level can feel insurmountable.  As a matter of fact, the more successful companies become, the more difficult I find it is for them to change.  But growth requires change.  The business ideologies that have driven organizations to success over time often contain specific ideas about organizational structure, performance measures, and hiring habits.  But as you grow, you will find that what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.  And even in gazelle-like companies, we often find the "that's the way we do things here" mentality. 

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits' One Page Strategic Plan: "Where do I start?"

Alan Gehringer Sun, Jul 7, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

I have recently been involved in a few conversations with clients that are new to the Rockefeller Habits or to long-range planning.  The questions that keep coming up are "Where do I start?" and "Should I first establish my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), 3-5 year Winning Moves/Key Thrusts, Core Values, etc.?"  

Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing the Rockefeller Habits: Priorities

Jessica Wishart Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 06:56 AM

Of the three Rockefeller Habits (Meetings, Metrics, and Priorities), the one I most commonly hear clients struggle to implement effectively is Priorities. When I am talking with a client about setting goals for the quarter, I run into the same common mistakes over and over again. Here are some things to avoid when you are setting up your personal priorities dashboard:

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