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5 Questions Leaders Should Ask When A Project Fails

Tiffany Chepul Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

It’s happened to all of us. We start a new project or set a new goal with the best intentions. Everyone’s excited to get started working, the team has visualized success, we’re all pumped. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, deadlines are missed, numbers aren’t hit and you’ve got two departmental leaders not speaking to each other.

Unfortunately, it can happen to the best of teams. And, once the dust settles, it’s important to pause and reflect on where things went wrong. CEOs and leaders who ask these 5 questions of themselves first (and then of their teams) are more likely to avoid future failures.

The CEO's Strategy Execution Gap... And How To Fix It

Cindy Praeger Sat, Nov 30, 2019 @ 10:44 PM

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

A fairly significant body of research now clearly shows that the reason why a number of mid-to-large companies face is not that their strategies were not sound, but because they were unable to create a culture of strategy execution to perform well on those otherwise sound strategies.  Successful teams bridge the strategy to execution gap through Intelligent Work.  

The Five C's of Leadership and Team Accountability (Updated for 2020)

Cathy McCullough Sat, Nov 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various questions that linger over the concept of building team accountability to help them achieve their strategic plans while creating high performing teams:

“How do I build accountability in teams?

What else can I do to get people to do what we need them to do?”

“How can I hold a team member to be held accountable and still be seen as a good leader?”

"How do I balance leadership accountability and personal accountability when building a team?"

Building team accountability requires that we understand a few dynamics because it’s more complicated than we might recognize.  It goes above and beyond the responsibility for the outcomes, which is obviously important, but effective leaders know that they need a culture of accountability in their teams that provide the inputs needed to achieve the expected team performance.

Monthly Meetings: Align Your Leadership Team Engage Your Employees

Jessica Wishart Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

For many companies, the idea of the monthly meeting can feel like a burden in an already overly scheduled calendar. Why is this leadership meeting, in the midst of so many other meetings, important?

This monthly leadership meeting with employees is your key to building the team, learning together, solving problems, working on specific issues, and reinforcing your company’s culture, initiatives and goals. 

Process Implementation: How to Implement a New Process at Work in 2020

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As companies grow, the need to strategic establish implementation processes to help you scale to meet your business goals 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: implementing new processes at work 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 to improve the business process. Even if you can define a new process and make some headway on changing people's mindsets, there is still the uphill battle for implementing the key processes that turn plans into action. Management teams can help their employees to implement a new business process in five simple ways to maximize their implementation efforts.

Four Steps to Effective Listening

Alan Gehringer Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

One of the things I have to do as a business consultant is to be a great listener. This is a key leadership and communication skill for anyone. Sometimes effective listening can be a challenge because, like most people, I can fall into the trap of thinking about my response and how I would like to help the individual with whom I am communicating. One of my pet peeves has always been that many people begin developing their response as soon as the other person starts speaking rather than truly listening to the message spoken to them. As I was going through some information this weekend, I came across a great one-page paper on four steps to effective listening, a key tenet of developing accountable leaders and teams. Permission was given to use the information as freely as possible and so I am sharing the main points with you.

At Our Core

Paige Wilcox Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

One of the biggest draws to being part of the Rhythm Systems team is the way our Core Values are ingrained in each team member and incorporated into our work. They're not just a few cliché words thrown on a poster in the break room that go ignored—they are a living representation of our DNA, how we lead our lives and how we conduct business.

How to Engage Remote Employees

Ted Skinner Mon, Nov 25, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

It is difficult enough to engage employees that are in the same office as you, let alone keeping a geographically dispersed group of employees engaged. In today’s hectic and fast-paced work environment, organizations need to do everything they can do to create an engaging workplace that helps find, attract and develop A-players no matter where they are located.

MBOs, OKRs, KPIs and What the Best Goals Have in Common

Jessica Wishart Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Businesses looking to implement goal setting best practices are often drowning in a sea of acronyms that can be hard to navigate. What’s better - MBOs or OKRs? Where do KPIs fit in? Should I have SMART goals or stretch goals or something else? There are lots of tools and frameworks and different acronyms out there, but there are some key elements of effective goal-setting that underlie all of the most effective business goals.

First, let’s clarify the terminology a little bit. I’ll give a brief explanation of what MBOs, OKRs, and KPIs are and what the pros and cons may be for each.

Your Core Purpose - Why You Should Start With Asking Why?

Guest Blogger Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

This blog was written by guest blogger, Jonathan Herps