Rhythm Blog | Strategy Execution

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Knowledge Is Power

Paige Wilcox Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

How can you use a methodology and platform like Rhythm if you’re not fully in the know on all of the tips, features and functions offered? There’s bound to be something left on the table that could make your life easier, and you may not even know you need it yet.  

A great way to get more value out of Rhythm is by moving through our certification program. To start, we offer a comprehensive Fan Certification that provides an understanding of our core methodology and themes (keep in mind, we also have a Fast Track version of this if you’re short on time. Email certification@rhythmsystems.com for the details).

Goal Setting 101: How to Write an Effective Priority [Infographic]

Jessica Wishart Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Goal setting is an essential skill for both personal and professional success. If you aren’t setting goals, you’re likely not making progress. However, research by the University of Scranton found that 92% of people who set New Year's resolutions never achieve them.

Business goals don't fare much better; 67% of great strategies fail due to poor execution. Writing an effective goal will increase your chances of successfully achieving that goal. Fortunately, goal-setting is a skill that you can learn and improve.

Here are 6 Easy Steps to Writing an Effective Priority:

How to Set Clear Goals for Your Priorities

Paige Wilcox Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Priorities—not to be mistaken for KPIs —outline the work you plan on doing in a given amount of time in order to achieve your desired results. A key component in achieving those desired results is clearly defining them.

You need to specify what success looks like first so you can effectively plan for  meeting —and exceeding—those measures of success.

All Success Criteria Are Not Created Equal


How to Implement a New Process Company-Wide

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

As companies grow, the need to establish processes to help you scale becomes inevitable. We've all reached a place in our role when the way we used to do things no longer works and we have to innovate. Necessity becomes the mother of invention - there's really no way to avoid it in a healthy growing company.

The truth remains, however: establishing new processes and habits is hard. It's some of the most difficult work that teams do. Some teams struggle with change itself - it pushes people out of their comfort zone and sometimes there is resistance. Other teams struggle to develop the processes themselves - they can't agree on the best way to proceed. Even if you can define a new process and make some headway on changing people's mindsets, there is still the uphill battle for adoption. 

5 Simple Steps to Create Useful KPIs (Video)

Patrick Thean Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:47 PM

The common mistake many companies make is to start designing a bunch of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for their company. They start with a burst of energy, gather together the team and work on KPIs in a quarterly planning session. They ask, "What do we need to measure in each department?" This produces 18 to 25 KPIs, a couple for each key executive to work on. Convinced they have changed the company, they dash off excited to see what results they will generate in the upcoming quarter. A quarter later, many are demoralized and not much progress has been made measuring these KPIs. They lose steam and by the 3rd quarter, it's back to business as usual.

Download our free KPI Guide to help you drive results with KPIs.

The 4 Most Common Reasons Revenue Initiatives Fail [Video]

Alan Gehringer Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

You worked hard with your team to develop a winning annual plan. Everyone is optimistic going into the year that this plan is going to produce 20-30 percent annual revenue growth. Unfortunately, 67 percent of plans created fail due to poor execution. It’s a fact that the right strategy is important, but it’s even more important to execute that strategy or it’s all for nothing. Too many well-developed plans fail for 4 common reasons. You don’t need to fail if you avoid these pitfalls.

Download our free Annual Planning Guide to learn how to determine the right  annual initiatives to grow your business.

Here are the 4 most common reasons revenue initiatives fail:

The Power of SMART Goals Made Simple [Video]

Patrick Thean Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

SMART goals provide clarity and can accelerate your success. Conversely, poorly written goals will waste time and resources and frustrate and demotivate teams. SMART goals are critical to achieving execution success. They allow you to begin with the end in mind and have clarity about your goals. They also allow you to communicate in such a way that quickly aligns other team members to help you achieve the these goals. So why are there so many goals not written to be SMART? Could it be because it is difficult and hard to remember what SMART means, let alone how to write a goal that is SMART? SMART goals are powerful tools to help you achieve your dreams and goals.

I recorded a short 5 minute video to help make it simpler to write SMART goals. 

How the Best Companies Get Started with Rhythm [Customer Stories]

Liz McBride Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

When rolling out a new process, it’s best to start with a core group of champions who will help integrate the system into existing processes and authentically evangelize it to the rest of the organization. At Rhythm Systems, we start with the CEO and the executive team and then help to cascade Rhythm through virtual or onsite training, help and tutorials, and certification. Our goal is to make cascading Rhythm down into the organization scalable yet seamless.

I’m not a fan of “no pain, no gain,” especially as it relates to introducing a new program. We should make the change pain-free with ample support systems. Hey, maybe it could even be fun! Whether it’s safe or fun, getting started with Rhythm can revisit and inspire the culture you want to create. It’s a good thing my like-minded clients feel the same way and have wowed us with some creative ways to get their teams started with Rhythm. Here’s How:

Rhythm: So Simple a 14-year-old Can Explain It (Video)

Patrick Thean Tue, Feb 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Last summer, Nicole, my 14-year-old daughter, walked into my home office and asked “Daddy, can I intern with you this summer?” I replied “Sure!” She continued, “OK, what would you like me to do for Rhythm Systems this summer?” I laughed and said “I don’t know. You just popped the question. You are the one who wants to intern with me, so how about you think about what you would like to learn, come back, and we can discuss further and decide. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure it gives me and our company value.” Nicole makes a face “OK, Daddy. I'll think about it and come back with some ideas.”

How Healthy is Your Business in 2018?

Jessica Wishart Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In January, most of us are thinking about our health and making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or practice meditation. Taking stock of your personal health is important, and so is taking stock of your business health. As the year kicks off, consider taking our Company Health Check to determine if there are any areas of improvement you should be focusing on for your company in 2018. 

Just as your personal health can be measured and improved in four key areas (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), so can the health of your business.