Watch Demo

Rhythm Blog

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Jessica Wishart Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

“It’s like Christmas!” Our Head of Consulting, Chris Cosper, practically gushed as our team gathered on the day before our 5th annual Breakthrough Conference. She was right - we look forward to this event all year. It’s our time to bring the whole “family” together - our clients, partners, friends and team. We also work hard to prepare a celebration packed with gifts of exceptional content, meaningful connections, and a memorable experience.

This year’s sold-out Breakthrough Conference had many magic moments, and here are a few highlights I wanted to share:

Does Your Organization Have The Right Rhythm of Work To Achieve Your Growth Goals?

Cindy Praeger Fri, Nov 8, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

What Does It Mean To Be a High-Performance Organization?

Guest Blogger Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

Why CEOs Find it Hard to Align Teams When Scaling their Companies

Guest Blogger Wed, Nov 6, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

One of the toughest challenges CEOs face is finding effective ways to align teams and keep them aligned as their company grows. High-growth companies must have teams that are continuously aligned and work cohesively on what matters most.

Misalignment is Practically the Norm

When Rebecca Homkes, strategy expert and teaching fellow at London Business School, and MIT Sloan School senior lecturer Don Sull set out to study how strategy plays out in more than 400 companies, they got a surprise. The research team started off by asking more than 11,000 senior managers what was supposed to be an easy question: What are your company’s top three to five priorities?

How CEOs Use Rhythm to Eliminate Multi-System Chaos

Ryan Walcott Tue, Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Your company is growing fast and managing projects and tracking metrics across teams is complex and difficult. You now have multiple systems in different teams adding to the complexity and difficulty. The result of this complexity and difficulty is being blindsided by missed goals. You don't want to be blindsided anymore. It stresses everyone out. Opportunities vanish and aren't realized. This costs you and your company millions of dollars. It may cost you and your executive team your jobs.

Annual Planning: 2 Lessons from Elephant and Piggie

Jessica Wishart Fri, Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:03 PM

As a parent with young kids, I read a lot of children’s books (many of the same ones over and over again to the point of having them memorized). One of my two-year-old’s favorites at the moment is called Let’s Go for a Drive!, and I was struck as I was reading it for the hundredth time last night that it has an important lesson for business leaders as well as toddlers. It’s about an overly-anxious elephant who likes to make plans and his carefree friend, Piggie. Elephant suggests they go for a drive, recommends they make a plan and thinks through various things they may need for the drive—the plan includes bringing a map, sunglasses, an umbrella, and bags to put all the stuff in. The last piece of the plan is where things start to break down; Elephant and Piggie realize rather late in the planning process that neither of them has a car. Obviously, this changes the plan significantly.

Are Employee Motivation and Engagement the Same? (Infographic)

Ted Skinner Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In working with middle market CEOs and their employees and they often wonder about their employee productivity and professional development.  I often find that they are overlooking one of the biggest components of productivity, are your employees engaged or are they motivated?  The team members may be motivated by a bonus and they will be productive, but if a team member is also engaged with their work - and its purpose - they are almost a third more productive.  Let's talk about employee motivation and engagement, as they aren't the same thing.

As an employer, you want your workforce to be both engaged and motivated. With employee engagement at around  15% worldwide and 34% in the United States according to Gallup, it is important to know the difference between employee engagement and motivation.  Engaged employees will decrease your employee turnover rate and you'll have much happier and longer tenured employees!  This reduces training and recruiting costs to help the bottom line over the long term

2020 Annual Planning Meeting - 5 Steps to Create a Winning Annual Plan

Ted Skinner Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Did you know that nearly half of all companies fail to meet their financial targets? Much of this lack of success can be traced back to poor annual planning sessions. Perhaps you talked about the targets and set them, but you failed to create an action plan to get there. I understand - there is an amazing amount of work that goes into facilitating a winning planning session. We know how hard it is, as our Rhythm experts have facilitated thousands of successful planning sessions to set our customers up for success. This blog will give a high-level overview of the five keys to creating a winning annual plan for 2020.  To have an effective planning meeting make sure you and your leadership team follow the five steps highlighted in this article to have an effective planning meeting.

How to Conduct an Effective Annual Planning Meeting for 2020

Jessica Wishart Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

You can make an argument that your company’s annual planning meeting is the most important thing you do all year. Each of your quarterly execution plans will anchor off of the decisions you make during the yearly planning meeting, and those quarterly plans are what drive the focus of your team’s weekly and daily execution. Plus, your Annual Plan has to move your company’s long-term strategic goals forward and be aligned to your core foundational strategy. Not to mention that you usually have your company’s most expensive leadership team in the room for one or two days - the cost is high and there’s a lot riding on this important business planning meeting.  Don't worry, we have over a dozen years of experience in strategic planning meetings, and we can help get you on the right track.

Is Your Company Culture Execution-Ready?

Jessica Wishart Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping organizations and individuals achieve their dreams and goals. We have a software platform and expert consultants, and we’ve spent a lot of time developing best practices around the right habits to achieve success. However, over the years we’ve learned something critical: you can have all the right strategies, goals, and meeting rhythms to do the work, but if you have the wrong people—or a culture that rewards the wrong behaviors—you will still not reach your potential as a company.