Rhythm Blog | Strategy Execution

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

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. 

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.

5 Podcasts CEOs Should Listen to in 2018

Jessica Wishart Fri, Jan 5, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is Keep Smart; we are a team of voracious learners. But, it can be difficult to keep up with everything we want to learn, especially since there is so much great content out there for leaders to consume. I think it is safe to bet that I'm not the only one with good intentions and a "pile of guilt" (also known as the stack of business books I meant to read last year and never got around to.) It is nearly impossible to keep up with all the great articles and books promising to share the latest business growth hacks, reveal industry trends, and make you a better leader. In our crazy, busy days, sometimes we don’t have time to read a blog post, much less a whole book.  

If you are trying to grow your skills and stay informed in the new year, try listening to a few podcasts instead of staring down the “pile of guilt" for yet another year.

A Better Way to Manage Team Performance

Jessica Wishart Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

For many team leaders, it can be hard to keep a pulse on what’s happening in your team, especially if your company has remote workers or offers flexible schedules so the whole team isn’t always in the office together every day. And, as Gallup’s research on millennials and women in the workplace reveal, the needs of your team members are changing as well. As a manager, you now need to be able to give feedback more frequently, not just in annual reviews, and provide more opportunities for development and collaboration. 

With these challenges and opportunities in mind, we’ve designed some tools specifically for team leaders in the Rhythm software. We wanted to give team leaders a better way to manage team performance with quick, visual dashboards that let you see how the work is going on your team, a fast way to know who may be overloaded and needs help, and a better way to have effective, collaborative meetings with your team.  

Eliminating Waste: How to Conduct a Meeting Audit

Jessica Wishart Fri, Dec 8, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most executives, you’re booked up with meetings weeks in advance. As we all know, meetings can sometimes be a real waste of time. At Rhythm Systems, we help our clients establish the right rhythm or cadence of meetings and use best practices to ensure the time spent in meetings is valuable. We believe that our Daily Huddles, Weekly Adjustment Meetings, Monthly Meetings, Quarterly Planning, Annual Planning, and ongoing think rhythms help your company (and each of you) work more effectively, solve problems more proactively, and make critical adjustments so you can achieve success. That being said, you probably have some meetings on your calendar that you wonder, “What’s the point?"

5 Productivity Best Practices to Get More Done with Less Stress

Jessica Wishart Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

 We are rapidly approaching the most wonderful - and busy - time of year. With the holidays and end of year deadlines looming around the corner, many of us are gearing up for a stressful season. Do you wish you and your team could be more productive and simultaneously experience less stress? Does it sound too good to be true? I recently listened to a Vital Smarts webinar on “Getting Things Done: How You and Your Team can Become More Productive and Valuable at Work” that cited research proving there are a few key habits that you can implement to accomplish just that. The research is based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done. According to the research study, people who practice these habits “outperform low performers by 68% and experience less than half the stress."