We had a wonderful Breakthrough Conference this year that helped hundreds of middle market managers and CEOs achieve breakthrough execution. In my keynote, I shared that ImageFIRST achieved consistent growth every year for the last 12 years. Many attendees asked me to share more about how they were able to build a high-performance culture to produce great business results and impact the bottom line.
Leadership is complex. There are countless books and decades of research on the topic, and you can work for a whole lifetime and never perfect the art of good leadership. While there is definitely no “easy button” for effective leadership, we do have some simple tools you can implement to improve your accountable leadership skills.
At some point, paper tools, spreadsheets, and even simple software solutions are not enough to run your enterprise. When you reach that inflection point, you need to manage your business growth with a more sophisticated solution. That’s not to say that many of the habits that got you where you are today aren’t still relevant; in fact, the 3 Rockefeller Habits (the Quarterly Rock, the Right Data, and the Right Meeting Rhythms) are important for companies of any size. As your company grows, you just need a better way to track and standardize those habits across the enterprise.
As you lead your team through strategic planning, one of the hardest discussions can be around strategy. Sometimes, your team has more ideas than you know what to do with, and other times, it can feel like the well is dry. Often, it’s easiest to come up with strategic ideas when things are going well, and when you really need to pull a rabbit out of a hat, it can be hard to be creative when the pressure is on.
At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm is essential to growing your business with purpose. And, we think this rhythm is key for departments and individuals at every level of the organization, not just for the executive team. Think about how powerful it would be if each and every person in your company could tell you what the top priority for the company was for the year and for the quarter, how success is measured on those priorities, what their team is doing to support achieving those goals, and how they personally are contributing to the company's success. That's why we think cascading the Think Plan Do rhythm to departments is a key step for your company's success.