3 Easy Ways to Add Videos Into Your Marketing Strategy

By: Deb ColsonFri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our marketing team agreed that we needed more videos on our website at our Q3 planning session in 2016. As you know, being Red or Yellow on a priority is not an option. So, we needed to find the best solutions for our decision to get this done. 

After reading the blog “Why you need to focus on Video Marketing in 2017” – I knew we had made the right strategic decision. So, I thought I would share 3 different ways we were able to get excellent videos.

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Topics: Strategic Planning

Top 5 Mistakes People Make in Planning

By: Patrick TheanThu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently facilitated an annual planning session for a client. During our debrief after the session, the team shared that it was one of their most productive annual planning sessions. I asked them to share with me what we did differently that worked so well. “Well, first, the outcome is awesome. We all know what we are supposed to do and are totally aligned about what we want to get done this year.” They shared with me that having an outside facilitator made a world of difference as I helped them avoid a number of pitfalls they encountered when they ran their own planning meetings. These pitfalls cost them dearly in time and money, two very precious resources! I distilled our debrief into five pitfalls that having a facilitator helped them avoid.

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Topics: Annual Planning

What I Learned about Leadership from Parenting a Toddler

By: Jessica WishartTue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I will never forget this moment. I leave work a few minutes early to rush to daycare and pick up my then 13-month-old daughter to take her home where my mother is eagerly waiting for her. Because of massive flooding in their hometown, my parents (who desperately tried everything to get here) missed her first birthday party the month before. My mom quickly scheduled this visit to make up for the missed birthday, and even this trip she had trouble getting here. She was supposed to arrive Sunday, but due to mechanical issues with her flight, she didn’t get to my house until Monday afternoon. So, I had a bit of urgency to get my Lena home to see her KayKay. And this is the moment she chooses to exercise her newly found toddler independence for the first time. She’s happy enough to come with me to the car, but when the time comes to get in her car seat, she stands, arches her back, clenches her fists, and holds her breath to build up the scream - her face is bright red, she’s shaking her head frantically - “NO!” She will not get in the car seat.

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Topics: Leadership

7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

By: Liz McBrideSun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the carb-loaded goodies brought in, yet, hopeful about what lies ahead. The plan is incredibly clear in your minds, and you are all on the same page with Winning Moves to test, the theme, targets, and plan. So, how do you get your next level of leadership engaged? Especially, if you anticipate some pushback?

Your next level of leadership wasn’t privy to the data shared, the discussions weighed or the tray of chocolate chunk cookies. If your plan to gain alignment with your next level is limited to an hour long presentation, the only thing that will stick from your planning session is your puffier exterior from the above-mentioned cookies.

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Topics: Execution Planning, Employee Engagement

The Five C's of Team Accountability

By: Cathy McCulloughThu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing accountability. Leaders have recently asked me various questions that linger over the concept of building accountability:

“How do I do that?”

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

“How can I hold people accountable and still be seen as a good leader?”

Building team accountability requires that we understand a few dynamics because it’s more complicated than we might recognize.

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Topics: Accountability

How to Kill Workplace Drama (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartWed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a recent post, Cindy outlined the shocking statistics on workplace silence that we learned in a recent webinar we co-hosted with VitalSmarts. Chase McMillan shared that most of us choose silence when faced with a potentially difficult conversation at work. While it might seem better in the moment to avoid a conversation that could be heated or uncomfortable, withholding our views from the discussion means that the team has less information to make good decisions; "The group IQ shrinks" as Chase put it.

In addition to this vast cost of silence, not speaking up about common workplace issues can have damaging effects on employee engagement, relationships, deadlines, budgets and culture - a hefty price tag for any company.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

The 10 Best Employee Engagement KPIs (Video)

By: Tiffany ChepulTue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

After recently reviewing hundreds of 2017 Annual and Q1 plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement seems to be top of mind for everyone this year. How on earth do you keep today's dynamic and diverse employees happy, engaged and productive? It's the million dollar question.

According to Gallup, companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147%. Gallup also concluded that 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged. So, how do you know if your company is on the right side of those statistics?

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Topics: KPI, Employee Engagement

What is an Intrapreneur?

By: Alicia CrokeSun, Feb 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, I have been running into the term intrapreneur over and over again on LinkedIn. So, I decided to educate myself and see what all the fuss was about.

The proper definition of an intrapreneur is "an employee of a large corporation who is given freedom and financial support to create new products, services, systems, etc., and does not have to follow the corporation's usual routines or protocols." Intrapreneurs are different from your typical employees.

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Topics: Leadership

Got Rhythm? Rhythm Methodology Top 10 List (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartThu, Feb 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve helped hundreds of mid-market companies achieve breakthroughs and get more initiatives done successfully. We've developed supporting software and lots of tools, and our consultants love to dive deep with clients and work on business challenges using multiple weapons. It can get pretty complex. Patrick Thean wrote a book about it, and we even designed a Certification program to teach the world. But, truthfully, what we do is simple. We've boiled it down to 10 simple statements.

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Topics: Rhythm

7 Ways You Can Become a Best Place to Work with Employee Engagement

By: Barry PruittTue, Feb 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As a consultant, I get the chance to walk into many offices just like yours. I meet team members just like your team members. And sometimes, I can’t wait to leave that company’s office, just like some of the employees. Does that describe where you’re working now? Only you can say.

So, why care about your team members and employees? Simple. If you’re growing a business, it will be built on those you employ. That requires two things: first, find the best team members, and second, keep them. It sounds easy yet every company I’ve worked with has struggled with people, and very few have had consistent success in hiring and keeping the best players.

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Topics: Employee Engagement