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Navigating Uncertainty: Top Strategies for CEOs in the Lower Middle Market

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jun 25, 2024 @ 12:00 PM
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

KPI Examples for Employees in 2024: Key Performance Indicator Examples for Employees

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 24, 2024 @ 11:50 AM

It is no secret that your people are instrumental in the The success of your business. To have a great company, you have to hire the right..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leading KPI Indicators: How to Create a Leading KPI with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 24, 2024 @ 07:50 AM

When thinking about the most important numbers to measure in your business, most of our clients have no trouble coming up with a list of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Christine Rutherford Brings Strategy, Mentorship, and High Standards  to Rhythm and Beyond

Posted by Katie Schmarr on Thu, Jun 20, 2024 @ 02:00 PM
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm Employee Spotlight

Employee Engagement in 2024: The 6 Best Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 20, 2024 @ 01:21 PM

Financial rewards are just the beginning of keeping employees active in their roles. Another, more An overlooked factor is job..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Demolish Team Dysfunction: How DiSC Assessments Boost Team Health

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Wed, Jun 19, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

The Power of DiSC Assessments

Experts agree that team health is essential to a thriving company culture. Imagine a team where frustration..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Accountability Examples: How to Use the 5 Cs of Team Accountability

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 18, 2024 @ 01:26 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we are all about helping companies and teams achieve their dreams and goals. 

We have the suitable systems and skills to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Mastering Growth Opportunities with EOS Traction Rocks and The Rhythm System

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jun 13, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

Understanding EOS Traction Rocks

Every successful climb begins with finding suitable footholds—strategic points that support your upward..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Rhythm System Software

How to Overcome Stuck Goals: Collaborate, Brainstorm, and Take Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 11, 2024 @ 07:00 AM

What Should You Do When You Receive The Gift Of Red?

We’ve all been there, it’s a few weeks into our quarter or year and either that..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

Unlocking Your Team's Potential with DISC Profiles and Coaching

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jun 6, 2024 @ 07:00 AM

Creating a high-performing team is crucial to achieving success. However, managing a diverse group of individuals with different..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Ways DiSC Improves Strategy Execution

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, Jun 3, 2024 @ 03:08 PM

Strategic plans often turn into dust-collecting documents. To bridge the gap between planning and execution, leaders need to understand..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Strategic Planning Tips: 17 Expert Tips for Effective Planning

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jun 3, 2024 @ 01:30 PM

Strategic planning is a critical part of running a successful company or organization. Yet, too often, companies don’t take enough time to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Mastering CEO Excellence: Key Strategies for Effective Leadership

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, May 30, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

Mastering CEO excellence has become a vital pursuit of executives with a growth mindset, and for good reason. The role of a CEO is..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Year Strategic Plan Example PDF: A 3 Year Plan for Business Growth in 2024 and Beyond

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 29, 2024 @ 09:29 AM

Many companies I work with have an Annual Plan and some foundational strategic elements, like Core Values, Core Purpose, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session [2024 Strategic Planning Workshop]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, May 28, 2024 @ 02:55 PM

As strategy planning experts, we often get asked how to run a strategic planning meeting, as great strategic meetings don't happen by..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Beyond Skillsets: Embracing Curiosity as a Strategic Leadership Imperative

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 28, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

In his upcoming book, The Journey to CEO Success: 7 Practices for High-Growth Leadership, our CEO Patrick Thean shares how critical it is..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Win and Retain your Core Customers (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, May 28, 2024 @ 07:35 AM

Customer retention is a routine where you rinse, repeat, and rise to perfection over time. In the last year, Winning new customers and..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Mastering the Art of Strategy Execution

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, May 23, 2024 @ 02:29 PM

Even the most brilliant strategy is futile if it sits gathering dust on a shelf, untouched and unexecuted. Execution is where your vision..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Goal Planning

Core Customer Value: 3 Steps to Identify and Define Your Core Customers

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, May 20, 2024 @ 04:06 PM

Philip Kotler implores us to do a better job of understanding “who” our valuable customers are and then to deeply please them, rather than..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

The Impact of Coaching on Your Annual Planning and Paving the Way for a Successful Year

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 14, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

Enhancing your annual planning session with the combined strength of human and AI coaching

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

CEOs: Use an Early Warning System to Become a Proactive Leader

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 8, 2024 @ 07:37 PM

Only 50% of CEO departures are voluntary. This is not encouraging information to receive, especially for those of us who are already under..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Exploring the Relationship Between DiSC Styles and Effective Leadership

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, May 1, 2024 @ 05:21 PM

Have you ever wondered:

  • How do different personality types influence effective leadership?

  • Why do particular leadership styles click..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

2024 Annual Planning Meeting Agenda: 5 Step Process to Create an Annual Plan

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, May 1, 2024 @ 09:15 AM

Did you know that nearly half of all companies fail to meet financial targets? This lack of success can be traced back to poor annual..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Employee Engagement Metrics and Employee KPIs for HR Leaders [Updated for 2024]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Apr 30, 2024 @ 03:16 PM

After recently reviewing thousands of Annual Plans and Quarterly Plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement seems..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

AI Goal Setting: Harness the Power of SMART AI-Goal Writing Software

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Apr 30, 2024 @ 01:57 PM

Goal setting is a vital part of success, from the board room, the executive team, the team leader, and most importantly, the team member,..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The 5 Product Manager KPIs Everyone Should be Measuring

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Apr 29, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Guest Post by Sara Estes, Content Marketing Manager at Pendo

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Job Scorecard vs. Job Description vs Employee Scorecard: What's the Difference in 2024? (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Apr 29, 2024 @ 11:42 AM

Job Scorecards (or employee scorecards) have been a hot topic recently. Many companies are looking for a way. to provide more constant and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Win the Talent War in 2024: 10 Expert Tips for Today's Job Market

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Apr 26, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, the competition for recruiting and retaining top talent has never been tougher. Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Training for Leaders: Build Accountability Leadership in your Team

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 25, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mastering the Seven Practices for Exceptional Leadership and Business Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 22, 2024 @ 02:46 PM

In the journey to achieve exceptional leadership and business growth, Patrick Thean and Michael Praeger, in the upcoming book "The Journey..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Balanced Scorecard KPI Examples Including a 2024 KPI Scorecard Template

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 22, 2024 @ 07:34 AM

As middle market strategy execution experts, we get asked many questions about KPI scorecards for firms to manage the metrics that matter...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Skip Level Meeting Questions and Agenda Updated for 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Apr 19, 2024 @ 08:18 AM

What is a skip-level meeting?

As defined in an article by Jared Lewis, "In a skip-level meeting, upper-level management bypasses mid-level..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Weekly Strategy Meeting: 8 Ways to Make Strategic Weekly Meetings vs. Tactical

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Apr 15, 2024 @ 03:21 PM

I hear this all the time: “Our Weekly Meetings are just routine report-outs about who’s doing what; they’re so tactical!” If this is your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, High-Performance Solutions

Bridge the Strategy Execution Gap by Visualizing Your HOW

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Apr 15, 2024 @ 10:39 AM

I have facilitated countless two-day planning sessions for my clients. People ask me: “Patrick, do we really need to spend that much time..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leveraging Core Values to Drive Revenue and Increase Profit

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 15, 2024 @ 07:55 AM

If you’ve gone through the exercise of determining your company’s core values, you’ve spent a lot of time (and many meetings) thinking and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Transitioning from EOS to the Next Stage of Business Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Apr 11, 2024 @ 01:19 PM

As executive team members of growing mid-market firms, you constantly seek ways to streamline operations, enhance strategic planning, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Innovative Solutions For Your Trickiest People Problems

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 9, 2024 @ 01:41 PM

Talent management - or simply put, dealing with people problems - is one of the top challenges facing CEOs today. These issues can pop up..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

M.R. Asks 3 Questions: CEO and Co-Founder of Rhythm Systems, Patrick Thean

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 4, 2024 @ 08:46 AM

Patrick Thean isn’t a boxer, but he loves to quote Mike Tyson in saying, “Everyone has a strategy until I punch them in the mouth.” Through..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Set Great Goals, Execute Correctly, And Win – with Patrick Thean

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 4, 2024 @ 08:36 AM
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Topics: Videos

CEO Planning for 2024 and Beyond: How to Avoid High-Cost CEO Mistakes

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Apr 2, 2024 @ 10:03 AM

We are coming into that time of year when many companies are gearing up or doing their annual planning to prepare for next year. In..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions

How Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Engine Running?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Apr 1, 2024 @ 11:44 PM

I have spent most of my life working in the manufacturing sector. My first experience began as a young boy in my Grandmother’s sewing..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Decoding Your Dream Team: Unlocking the Power of DiSC for Executive Teams

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, Apr 1, 2024 @ 03:51 PM
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Topics: Strategy Execution, High-Performance Solutions

How Top CEOs are Preparing for 2024 and Beyond: What You Need to Know

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 1, 2024 @ 10:06 AM

As the world rapidly evolves, business leaders must stay ahead of the curve and plan for success in uncertain times. After all, companies..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Run a Meeting in 2024: 6 Steps for Great Meeting Execution

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 1, 2024 @ 09:58 AM

It’s a fact in today’s business world that meetings typically take up a large part of your day. In fact, some days are spent running from..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Team Accountability Begins with a Personal Accountability Model

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sat, Mar 30, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

I love what I do for a living. I meet the most incredible people who are building amazing companies. Most recently, I shared this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Zoom Icebreakers: Comprehensive List of 5 Minute Ice Breakers for Meetings in 2024

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 28, 2024 @ 01:29 PM

As I was scrolling through my social media feeds this week, I noticed a trend that more tech companies are announcing a permanent move to..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

EOS® Rock Examples: Using Quarterly Rocks to Align Your Company in 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Mar 28, 2024 @ 09:15 AM

It is that time again. I am working with my clients to help create quarterly execution plans with their top Company quarterly rocks so they..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Monthly Meeting Agenda: Updated 2024 Template

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 27, 2024 @ 01:03 PM

One of the many things I get to do in my role here at Rhythm Systems is working with our CEO Patrick Thean to coordinate and run our..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Why are KPIs Important? The Importance of KPIs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 27, 2024 @ 10:39 AM

Measuring the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is vital to the health and success of your business. However, when we onboard new..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Employee Engagement Ideas for Manufacturing Industry: 11 Actionable Tips from our Experts

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Mar 27, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

I grew up in a manufacturing family. My grandmother had her own manufacturing company, and my father. was a partner in a local..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2024 Strategic Planning: A Comprehensive Guide from Industry Professionals for 2024 planning

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 26, 2024 @ 03:37 PM

Planning for the future is essential for any organization to thrive and succeed. But with the ever-evolving business landscape, how can you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to be a Good Facilitator: Qualities of the Best Facilitators [Recently Updated for May 2024]

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Mar 26, 2024 @ 02:49 PM

Are your meetings the butt of work-related jokes? Why is it that we roll our eyes with disdain when our calendar is loaded with meetings,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Want to Keep Your A-Players? Coach and Develop Them for a Great Future!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 25, 2024 @ 11:27 AM

Think about one of your top A-Players. This is a person who not only performs well but also embodies your core values with their behavior...

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Topics: Employee Health and Retention, High-Performance Solutions

Daily Huddle Template and Team Huddle Examples in 2024

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 25, 2024 @ 01:16 AM

What is a huddle meeting? The daily huddle meeting has been a common practice for many companies for ages. No matter your industry..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Best KPI Examples for Technology Companies in 2024

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Mar 22, 2024 @ 01:35 AM

It can be intimidating to sit down to a blank slate and begin working on your company’s first official KPI dashboard! Over the years, I’ve..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Setting Red Yellow Green Goal Performance Indicator Examples That Are SMART

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Mar 20, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

Each KPI and Priority should have clearly defined success criteria. What is success? What is failure?  Discuss, debate, and agree as a team.

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How to Prepare for An Effective 2024 Strategic Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 19, 2024 @ 05:06 PM

At this point in the year, many companies are gearing up to plan for the next year as part of their strategic planning process. Before you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, CEOs

The Proven Framework for Sweat Free Board Meetings

Posted by Jarret Vaughn on Tue, Mar 19, 2024 @ 01:35 PM

Watch to learn how Rhythm Systems can provide you the tools and methods other successful technology companies use to stop fighting fires..

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Topics: Webinars

2025 Annual Planning Proccess: It's a Process, Not an Event

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Mar 19, 2024 @ 10:33 AM

A CEO has many responsibilities, and among the top is ensuring the company has a sound plan and budget going into each new year. Seasoned..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

What Can The World’s Best CEOs Teach Us About Leadership?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Mar 18, 2024 @ 12:25 PM

I read an interesting article entitled "Leadership Lessons from the World’s Best CEOs" from McKinsey, which provides insights from the book..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

COVID 19 SWOT Analysis: SWOT Analysis in a Pandemic (Template)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Mar 14, 2024 @ 11:03 AM

Many planning tools are used on an annual basis—yet they are often overlooked in the middle of a pandemic like COVID-19. There is an..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Strategy Execution Explained: Transforming Vision into Action

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 12, 2024 @ 09:44 AM

Strategy execution refers to the process of implementing and operationalizing an organization's strategic plans. It involves translating..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Organizational Alignment: Aligning Organizational Structure with Strategy

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Mar 11, 2024 @ 10:13 AM

Verne Harnish notes in his book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits that the difference between organizational vision and organizational..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Steps To Fine-Tune Your Core Values

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Mar 8, 2024 @ 05:55 PM

Great companies live and die by their core values because core values drive behavior. Unfortunately, many companies define their core..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What CEOs need to know about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 5, 2024 @ 03:15 PM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a Artificial intelligence has been a buzzword for decades, but it's only become a reality in recent..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Goal Planning

Level 5 Leadership Examples- How Level 5 Leaders Master Leadership

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Mar 4, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

The Level 5 Leadership Stage is Set…

Have you ever had this "strange" feeling that you just couldn’t shake? I recently went through that...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Team Leader's Guide to Implementing Powerful KPIs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Mar 3, 2024 @ 10:22 AM

As a team leader, having clear visibility into what works well and needs improvement is crucial for guiding your team's performance. While..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Rhythm System Software

Effective Team Meetings: How to Run a Team Meeting in 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Feb 28, 2024 @ 02:14 PM

Team meetings are a vital component of any business. It's essential that the employees know and understand what’s going on with the company..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Power SWOT: Harness the Power of a SWOT Analysis in 2024

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Feb 28, 2024 @ 12:31 PM

A common tool used in planning sessions is the SWOT analysis. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

What Should a CEO Focus on?  How A CEO Should Spend Their Time in 2024

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

“Time is an inelastic resource. No matter how high the demand, we cannot rent, hire, or buy more of it.”-Peter Drucker

A Quick Note: This..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

New Rhythm Systems Miro App: Bring Brainstorming & Strategy Execution Together

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 26, 2024 @ 12:33 PM

If you love the flexibility of an unlimited canvas full of stickies but need some more discipline to achieve your goals, this new app is..

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Topics: Goal Planning, Rhythm System Software

OPSP Template: One Page Strategic Plan for Scaling Up and Rockefeller Habits

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 23, 2024 @ 05:52 PM

I have recently been involved in a few conversations with clients that are new to the Rockefeller Habits or to long-range planning. The..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Vision Casting: The Secret to Effective Leadership and Business Growth (with Examples)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 21, 2024 @ 04:33 PM

Max DePree noted, “Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions, The first question for a leader is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Manufacturing KPIs to Improve Production KPI Performance (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 20, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to grow the top line of your business on an annual basis, but you also need to make sure the bottom line is healthy which..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

A Strategic Approach to Performance Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 20, 2024 @ 10:55 AM

As a CEO, you want to know that everyone in your business is performing well, working on the right things, and staying engaged along the..

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Topics: Employee Health and Retention, High-Performance Solutions

Biggest Business Challenges: Insights and Solutions New Research Data for 2024

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 15, 2024 @ 10:30 AM
Over the last few years, we've been collecting data from our Rhythm community - including YPO members, entrepreneurs of the year, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, White Papers

“Yes” People Will Kill Your Business

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Feb 14, 2024 @ 10:13 AM

When we overeat from the buffet of opportunities, we experience indigestion. The only way to avoid this is to learn how to say “no” to the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Employee Health and Retention

Measure The Return On Your Payroll  (or Return on Employee Payroll) - Your Largest Expense

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Feb 12, 2024 @ 12:09 PM

Payroll is not just a mere expense for businesses; it is a strategic investment that can drive growth and success. It serves as the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Enhancing Conservation Efforts: The Role of Strategy Execution Platforms and Rhythm System Methodology in your Net Zero Plan

Posted by Christine Rutherford on Mon, Feb 5, 2024 @ 12:16 PM

Conservation efforts have become increasingly vital, as we face various environmental challenges. To make a meaningful impact,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Accountable Leaders and Teams: How Great CEOs Grow Them

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 30, 2024 @ 01:32 PM

The question of how to grow an environment of accountability is a common one. 

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Driving Executive Team Accountability and Strategic Execution with Our Innovative Software

Posted by Christine Rutherford on Mon, Jan 29, 2024 @ 02:34 PM

In today's changing business environment, staying aligned with your strategic plan while ensuring team accountability is essential for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mastering Goal Execution in 2024: A Proven Rhythm Systems Approach

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 25, 2024 @ 11:21 AM

This time of year, businesses and individuals alike are setting aside time to think about the future and set goals. If you’ve done this in..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Goal Planning

CEO KPIs: 23 Critical KPIs Every CEO Should Have on Their KPI Dashboard

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jan 25, 2024 @ 10:57 AM

Having the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on your CEO dashboard is very important to ensure you drive the right behaviors in your..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Strategy Validation: Have You Validated Your 3-5 Year Strategic Plan?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 24, 2024 @ 03:06 PM

You had a great annual planning session.  You worked hard developing your 3-year strategic plan for revenue growth and profit (scaling up)..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Danger of Not Having Spicy Conversations

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jan 22, 2024 @ 11:14 AM

When I’m visiting Singapore, one of my favorite dishes to eat is called laksa. Laksa is a spicy curry dish. It’s so good, but it burns!..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Unlock the Full Potential of Your Coaching Business with Rhythm’s Coaching Portal

Posted by Erin Wilson on Thu, Jan 11, 2024 @ 11:13 AM

Are you a business coach or consultant looking to supercharge your practice and expand your earning potential? Are you looking for a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Rhythm Coaching Network Overview

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 10, 2024 @ 04:16 PM

Are you a new or existing business coach looking for new ways to attract clients? The Rhythm Coaching Network will supercharge your..

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Topics: Webinars

CEOs New Year 2024 Checklist: Building a Strong Team

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jan 8, 2024 @ 03:05 PM

As we embark on a new year, the business leadership landscape continues to evolve rapidly. 2024 presents unique challenges and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Employee Health and Retention

Manufacturing KPI Dashboard: 25 KPI Examples (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 5, 2024 @ 12:00 PM

Because Rhythm strategy execution software acts as a framework for pulling together into one single system many improvement initiatives and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

The Rhythm Systems Methodology: A Blueprint for Sustainable Business Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 4, 2024 @ 11:47 AM

Are you struggling to find a system that helps you effectively plan and execute your business strategies? Look no further. The Rhythm..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Executive Team Development: A Definitive Guide

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 2, 2024 @ 11:02 AM

Building an effective leadership dream team is crucial for middle-market executives who want to achieve their dreams and goals in the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Employee Health and Retention

Track Execution Through Leading Indicators and Dashboards

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Dec 28, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

How can you ensure the successful execution of your goals and objectives? The key lies in using leading indicators and dashboards to..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How to Write Goals for Work in 2024: Writing Goals 101 with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 26, 2023 @ 11:48 AM
Learn More About Strategy Planning With Rhythm

Writing goals for work using SMART goal setting is an essential skill for both personal goals and professional..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Listening Strategies - Expert Tips for Effective Listening Skills

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Dec 25, 2023 @ 08:46 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Journey to Great Strategic Execution in 2024 and Beyond

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Sun, Dec 24, 2023 @ 11:01 AM

How much did misalignment cost your organization last year? Misalignment results from poor planning and poor execution, which in turn..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Your KPI Dashboard Measure What Matters?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Dec 22, 2023 @ 10:41 AM

I have to admit that I am a data geek. I do know that I have a unique personality type and most people aren’t interested in digging deep..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Staffing OKR Examples: OKR Strategies for Recruitment Agencies

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Dec 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

What Are Objectives And Key Results (OKRs)?

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are a goal-setting framework used to set measurable..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs, Employee Health and Retention

Rhythm Software Year-End Feature Roundup: Unleashing a Year of Innovation

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 18, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

As we say goodbye to 2023, I can't help but marvel at the incredible journey we've had at Rhythm Systems. The past year has been a..

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Topics: Rhythm System Software

Benefits of a High Performance Culture at Work

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Dec 18, 2023 @ 10:17 AM

What is a High-Performance Culture?

Creating and maintaining a high-performance culture is the goal of many mid-market CEOs that work with..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, High-Performance Solutions

Rhythm: So Simple, a 14-Year-Old Can Explain It!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Dec 14, 2023 @ 11:58 AM

At Rhythm, we have a Core Value called “Family Is a Blessing.” We celebrate this core value by giving our team members two weeks off at the..

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Topics: Rhythm System Software

Mastering Accountability: Boost Your Team's Performance and Execution

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Dec 11, 2023 @ 02:25 PM

Are you struggling with executing your plans and achieving your goals? Do you often find yourself falling short of your expectations? The..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change Management Process: Expectation vs. Reality

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 11, 2023 @ 12:32 PM

You’ve done all the research. You’ve compiled a spreadsheet full of requirements, Googled until your eyes crossed, talked to sales reps,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Master the Art of Strategic Planning & Execution

Posted by Nick Delarm on Thu, Dec 7, 2023 @ 02:03 PM

Gain critical insights into strategic planning and execution with this webinar. Ideal for executives and business leaders, it offers..

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Topics: Webinars

Crafting an Inspiring Annual Plan

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Dec 7, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In Chapter 6 of Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth, New York Times bestselling author Patrick Thean dives..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

How the Rhythm System Does the Work for You and Accelerates People Performance

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Dec 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Grundens’ Growth Dilemma

As the leader of a growth firm, you have likely seen how a fast-growing company can outpace its people. Our client..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Four Tips to Help Gather Great Insights and Supercharge Your Annual Planning Session

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

If you feel like your last annual planning session was not as great as it could have been, you may have been missing a key ingredient: the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Crucial Role of Annual Planning: Charting the Course for Success

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In the perpetual whirlwind of daily life, setting aside time for strategic planning often takes a backseat. However, annual planning stands..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Hiring a Strategic Planning Facilitator: A Game-Changer for Middle Market CEOs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Nov 20, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

As a middle market CEO, you're constantly navigating a business landscape that's both dynamic and challenging. In this environment,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Creating Your “Stop Doing” List to Focus on What Matters

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 17, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Companies need more time, talent, and resources. To fuel winning moves, you must shift focus and investment away from less promising..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Mastering Growth: The Top 11 Strategies to Scale Your Business

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Nov 14, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In the ever-evolving landscape of commerce, achieving growth for your business demands a strategic and adaptive approach. Whether you're a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Get Your Team Focused and Aligned with Strategic Planning

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 10, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

You’ve identified your critical strategic winning moves. How do you translate those into detailed, actionable plans across your..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Strategic Growth Initiatives: Create Your 3 Year Strategic Growth Plan Wisely

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Nov 8, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In a recent Annual Planning session, one of our clients asked us to help them review and renew their Winning Moves, the 3-year strategic..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Unveiling the Strategic Power of Your Annual Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Nov 7, 2023 @ 11:35 AM

Hostopia’s Challenges

When I met Colin Campbell, he was the CEO of Hostopia. Hostopia was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and from..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning: Does Your Plan Include Winning Moves?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Nov 2, 2023 @ 01:17 PM

I recently spoke at The Channel Company’s Best of Breed Conference in Atlanta. I had the opportunity to listen to other speakers and learn..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Game-Changing Software to Bring Your Annual Plan to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Oct 30, 2023 @ 05:06 PM

In a rapidly changing business landscape, CEOs of mid-market companies are facing numerous challenges, as highlighted by the winter 2023..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Rhythm System Software

Achieve Annual Planning Success with Proven Think Plan Do® Framework

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Oct 26, 2023 @ 06:11 PM

Our CEO, Patrick Thean, will be sharing the Think Plan Do® methodology to help set up your 2024 plan for success.

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Topics: Webinars

The Journey to Achieving a BHAG of 10 Million Shoes

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 25, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

I am still reflecting on what an inspiring experience Christine Rutherford and I had last week traveling to South Africa as part of a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Unlocking Success with the Rhythm Coaching Network

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Oct 23, 2023 @ 11:10 AM

In today's fast-paced business world, staying ahead of the competition and achieving your strategic goals requires effective planning,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Boost Your Brainstorming With These Tips During Annual Planning

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Wed, Oct 18, 2023 @ 08:15 PM

As your team gears up for Annual Planning, it’s essential for teams to engage in effective brainstorming together. Good brainstorming..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Peak Performance Management: An Essential Part of Successful Businesses

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 01:39 PM

Performance management is an essential part of any successful business. It helps to ensure that employees meet their goals and expectations..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

SMART Goal Setting Theory: To Create SMART Goals, Start With “Why”

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 09:36 AM

Leadership 101 tells us that we must set clear and specific goals for ourselves and our teams to achieve business goals and objectives. In..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

A 5-Step Process to Pressure Test Your Growth Strategy

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Oct 16, 2023 @ 12:41 PM

You’ve identified a potential winning move. Before fully launching and investing significant resources, how do you methodically assess its..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Identifying Your “Winning Moves” to Double Revenue

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Oct 12, 2023 @ 12:44 PM

In Chapter 2 of Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth, author Patrick Thean dives deeper into “winning moves”..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Ultimate Guide to OKRs for Business Development

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Oct 9, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

An empowered business development team is essential for companies looking to accelerate growth. But simply telling the group to "drive..

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Topics: OKRs

Unleash Peak Performance: The Power of Performance Habits

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Oct 5, 2023 @ 12:46 PM

Hitting the Ceiling of Complexity

Strong performance habits are a game-changer. Allow me to share a case study from one of our clients:..

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Topics: High-Performance Solutions

The Secret to Compounding Business Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Oct 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Growth doesn’t happen by accident. To achieve sustainable, profitable growth, organizations must become disciplined at working “on” the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Strategic Quarterly Planning Made Easy: Unlocking Success with AI

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Oct 2, 2023 @ 12:39 PM

Anyone who has ever participated in a strategic planning session knows it’s a lot of hard work. You have to prepare well, have tough..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

A Coaching Breakthrough: How Colin Campbell Won Big with Hostopia

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 01:44 PM

From Overwork to Focus 

My longtime friend Colin Campbell, an experienced and successful CEO, found himself living the movie Groundhog Day...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Executing and Navigating Growth: Unveiling the Strategic Power of Your Annual Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 04:58 PM

Learn how to successfully commit to a planning cadence and rhythm of work to make your annual plan your weapon of success.  

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Topics: Webinars

The CEO’s Approach to Effective People Management

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 04:55 PM

Learn how to simplify performance management to track the right KPIs, provide goal clarity and engage and retain top talent.

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Topics: Webinars

Unleash Peak Performance: The Power of Performance Habits

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 04:50 PM

Learn why building a peak-performing company can accelerate your growth and the necessary performance habits to get there.

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Topics: Webinars

How CEOs Can Leverage AI

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 04:38 PM

Learn how CEOs can leverage AI to create actionable annual plans, SMART goals within seconds and provide their organization with a 24/7..

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Topics: Webinars

2024 Annual Planning Process: Brainstorming 20 Ways to beat the Annual Targets

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 06:00 AM

We were working on a CEO's plan for the next year when I noticed his team fidgeting and looking uncomfortable during our planning session...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Scaling Success: The Signature Consultants' Journey to Becoming Dexian

Posted by Erin Wilson on Mon, Sep 25, 2023 @ 11:19 AM

In the dynamic world of IT staffing, achieving exponential growth is no small feat. Signature Consultants, a respected IT staffing firm,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

3 Ways to Improve Your 1-1s with Team Members

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 21, 2023 @ 11:27 AM

Effective leadership is the cornerstone of a thriving workplace. When employees feel valued, heard, and supported by their managers, they..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Employee Health and Retention

Annual Targets 2024: How to Set Performance Targets

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 19, 2023 @ 10:28 AM

As Chris Cosper detailed in a previous post, we have the ability to record 3 types of metrics in our Rhythm cloud based strategy platform:

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Unleashing Staffing Success: A Comprehensive Guide to Key Performance Indicators with Rhythm Systems

Posted by Erin Wilson on Mon, Sep 18, 2023 @ 07:10 PM

In the ever-evolving landscape of the staffing industry, mastering the art of measuring and leveraging Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Tackling Talent Shortages: A CEO's Strategy to Peak Performance

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Sep 18, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Talent shortages are more than a buzzword; they're a business reality that CEOs can't afford to ignore. The lack of skilled professionals..

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Topics: Employee Health and Retention, Recruiting Employees

Staying Connected to Your Annual Plan All Year

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Sep 18, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

It’s that time again – back-to-school, pumpkin everything, football, and Annual Planning season! You and your team are about to invest so..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

20 Ways to Achieve Your 2024 Annual Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Sep 17, 2023 @ 07:40 AM

What should you do if you cannot seem to come up with enough sales opportunities to hit the revenue target for next year? This scenario..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Connecting the Dots: Unveiling the Power of Linking Individual Work to Strategic Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 14, 2023 @ 01:16 PM

In the intricate web of modern business, where teams are spread far and wide, and daily tasks can seem like isolated islands, the need for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Rhythm System Software

The Crucial Role of Retrospective Meetings in Achieving OKRs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Sep 11, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In the dynamic world of business, setting goals or objectives and key results (OKRs) is an essential strategy for achieving growth and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, OKRs

The 2024 Middle Market Strategic CEO Playbook

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Sep 7, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Navigating the complex and dynamic business environment requires middle-market CEOs to have a robust and adaptable strategic playbook. This..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Write an Inspiring 2024 Annual Plan Using a Destination Postcard (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 6, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

I bet you’re not going to create an Annual Plan this year thinking, “Gee, I’d really like to have a pretty slow year where our company..

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How to Write OKRs: A Step-By-Step Guide Written by the Experts

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 6, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Are you feeling overwhelmed by how your team is measuring success? Are you looking for an easy-to-understand way to set targets and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Go the Second Mile, OKRs

Management Meeting Agenda in 2024: Make Your Management Meetings More Effective

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Sep 4, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

In my last blog, I talked about how most meetings suck. Now, I want to focus our energy on ways to fix them and have effective meetings...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

3 Rhythms to Drive Success

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, Sep 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Rhythms Matter

Leadership gurus all agree: establishing the right regular rhythms for your company is key. At Rhythm Systems, we believe..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

What is Strategy Execution? Mastering Strategy Execution with a  Proven Playbook for Business Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 31, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Strategy execution is carrying out a planned strategy, which involves creating and implementing strategic objectives. It is implementing a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Why ChatGPT Can't Write Your Business Plan (and How Rhythm Systems Can)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 31, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Many people are turning to artificial intelligence tools to get the job done regarding content writing. One such tool is ChatGPT, a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Annual Planning for a Recession in 2024: How to Prepare a Recession Proof Business Plan

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 31, 2023 @ 06:00 AM

Is a 2024 recession on the horizon?

A recession is "a significant decline in economic activity reflected by a decline in aggregate demand,..

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How to Create a KPI: KPIs Creations in 5 Simple Steps (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 29, 2023 @ 04:47 PM

The common mistake many companies make is to start creating a bunch of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for their company. They begin..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Scaling Marketing and Advertising Agencies: The Power of the Rhythm System

Posted by Erin Wilson on Tue, Aug 29, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Marketing and advertising agencies operate in a dynamic and competitive landscape, where creativity and innovation are essential for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Quarterly Planning Meetings: How Top CEOs Prepare for a Great Quarterly Plan in 2024

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 28, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

Excited. Ready. Anxious. Eager. Let’s go!

Worried. Tired. Stressed. Done. Overwhelmed.

At the end of a meeting, we usually recommend..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Improve Performance by Improving Focus, Clarity, Alignment, and Accountability

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 25, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

As your company grows, chaos increases, processes break down, and execution becomes a lot harder. Poor execution leads to missed..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Revitalizing and Realigning Your Team with Rhythm Systems

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 24, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In every organization, there comes a time when the team dynamics seem to lose their spark. The team might feel stuck, stymied, or stale...

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When to Do 2024 Strategic and Annual Planning vs. Budgeting?

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Wed, Aug 23, 2023 @ 04:04 PM

Most companies do budgeting first and then strategy and annual planning. Think about this. If you have created a budget, you have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Science Behind KPIs and Critical Numbers for Scaling Your Business

Posted by Roy Page on Mon, Aug 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Rhythm Case Studies - Think Plan Do® Methodology in Action

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 18, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In our two decades of observing patterns of success and failure in companies across various industries, I've noticed a stark reality. Fewer..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Mastering Constructive Feedback: Essential Tips for New Leaders

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 17, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

As new leaders, we often navigate the complexities of team management and relationship building. One of the most crucial skills in this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Employee Health and Retention

Growth Ideas: How to 2x Your Firm’s Revenue in 3 Years: A Strategic Approach to Sustainable Growth

Posted by Roy Page on Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 07:37 PM

Achieving aggressive year-over-year growth and consistently doubling revenue for a mature firm may seem daunting. However, with the right..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Achieve Clarity by Using a Common Framework and Methodology

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Aug 14, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

I’m a Mac guy. So, on the Rhythm team, we are all Mac users. If I hire you and you try to walk through the door with a PC, you will not be..

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Investing in Performance Habits For A Higher Return on Payroll

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Aug 7, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm, our secret to successful implementation is helping companies implement performance habits. With good performance habits, people..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions

Rhythm Systems Introduces The First AI-Driven Business Coach for Strategy Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In the fast-paced and competitive world of business, having a clear and focused strategy is crucial for success. However, developing and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Rhythm System Software

Leadership OKR Examples for Managers to Lead with Purpose

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 4, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Leadership OKRs are a reliable way to connect workers to the company's mission and shared vision. Through this structure, managers can set..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, OKRs

Annual Planning Like A Pro in 2024: Strategy Execution Made Easy

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 31, 2023 @ 11:15 AM
At Rhythm Systems, we have been helping companies build strategic execution plans for the last 20 years. We've learned a lot in that time,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Why Investors Don't Fund Ideas and What they Do Fund

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 31, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

If you're an entrepreneur seeking funding for your business, you've probably heard this before: investors don't fund 'ideas.' It's a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, CEOs

How to Avoid the Staggering Cost of a Mishire: The Cost of a Bad Hire (Updated for 2024 Planning)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 31, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

If you’re a hiring manager at your organization, chances are you have had a couple of new hires that haven’t worked out the way you hoped,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR AI: How Artificial Intelligence Can Help You Achieve Objectives and Key Results

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 31, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever wondered how to measure your business objectives' success accurately? How can AI help you set better Objectives and Key..

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“It’s My Pleasure”: Chick-fil-A Does It Right, While Marriott Does It Wrong!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Customer success guru John DiJulius says that using the phrase “my pleasure” “elevates the professionalism of your employees’ terminology.”..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, Recruiting Employees

Importance of a 2024 Annual Plan: 9 Reasons Why Annual Planning Matters

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jul 26, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Leaders frequently ask me about how to build a performance culture focused on personal accountability, employee engagement, and results...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How CEOs Move from Chaos to Clarity: Creating a Culture of Strategy Execution

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 26, 2023 @ 06:30 AM

Businesses must balance demands, juggle multiple tasks, and make tough decisions to succeed. However, without the right strategies and..

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Topics: High-Performance Solutions

What are the Five Leadership Skills Every Leader Must Master?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 25, 2023 @ 09:30 AM

I was going through some materials and came across a file that one of my good friends and mentors had given me in a training session a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Harnessing Accountability and Efficiency with Rhythm Systems: The Arbill Case Study

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 24, 2023 @ 11:45 AM

Company Profile: Arbill, an ISO-certified organization, is a leader in the safety industry, committed to keeping workplaces safe across..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Rhythm System Software

Ways to Improve Meetings: 27 ExpertMeeting Tips

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jul 24, 2023 @ 09:30 AM

How often do you attend meetings where nothing gets accomplished? If you're looking for ways to improve meeting effectiveness, then look..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Drive Performance in a Team

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 24, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

What is Organizational Peak Performance in Business?

Organizations strive for excellence to achieve their highest possible performance. It..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Employee Health and Retention

Sales KPI Examples For Successful Sales Teams

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Jul 22, 2023 @ 03:38 PM

The Sales team is one of my favorite teams to coach through the Rhythm Cascade process. Having been part of a large sales organization..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Meeting to Life

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 21, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Whew….you’ve done it. You and your team just completed a major project and are celebrating! The group did a good job making adjustments and..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

The ROI of Business Coaching: Executive Coaching ROI Statistics (2024 Updated)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jul 19, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

My last blog, 6 Excuses for Avoiding an Executive Coach (and Why You Should Think Again), talked about all the negative internal chatter..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams, CEOs

Harnessing the Power of Think, Plan, Do® Rhythms for Accelerated Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 19, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

In the dynamic world of business, growth is a double-edged sword. While it brings opportunities and prosperity, it also introduces..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings, OKRs, Rhythm System Software

Know Your Leader Questions: 6 Excellent Leadshership Questions to Ask

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jul 18, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

It’s fairly understood that great leaders don’t lead processes; they lead people. You’re probably aware, too, that great bosses have truly..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mastering OKRs: How Artificial Intelligence Can Help You Set and Achieve Better Objectives and Key Results

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 17, 2023 @ 11:45 AM

Have you ever wondered how to measure your business objectives' success accurately? How can AI help you set better Objectives and Key..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, OKRs, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

Use Rhythm Systems to Build Power Habits in Your Organization

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 17, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Are you looking for ways to improve your organization's performance? Power habits are the answer. Power habits are small, consistent..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Recruiting Employees

Master the Rhythm System: Unlocking Business Scalability and Long-Term Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 14, 2023 @ 10:45 AM

In this blog article, we will dive into the essential aspects of rhythm systems, a successful strategy for execution, and how it can unlock..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

CEO OKR Examples: Examples of Objectives and Key Results for CEOs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jul 13, 2023 @ 02:28 PM

CEOs are busy people. They spend most of their time working hard to run their companies effectively. Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs, CEOs

How SMACCC Will Save Your Company

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 11, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

“A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan next week.” - George S. Patton

Patton had it right. An executive pattern..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How AI-Powered Software Can Help You Achieve High-Performance Culture

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 10, 2023 @ 11:45 AM

In today's fast-paced business world, high-performance culture is essential to success. Every organization, regardless of its size or..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Recruiting Employees

Business Alignment: The CEO's Roadmap to Company Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 10, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Alignment can be elusive for even the smallest start-up companies, never mind mid-market companies that have multiple divisions,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

To Reach the Strategy Summit, Choose the Right Sherpa

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jul 6, 2023 @ 03:08 PM
Just as mountain climbers rely on the expertise of their Sherpas and their advanced equipment to navigate and conquer the most..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, High-Performance Solutions, CEOs

How to Motivate Your Employees to Peak Performance

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 3, 2023 @ 03:06 PM

Master a Company Culture To Engage Your Employees To Their Peak Performance. 

The Key to Creating Peak Performance at Work

The key to..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Go the Second Mile

The Biggest Productivity Killers in Meetings and How To Fix Them

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 3, 2023 @ 11:15 AM

In today's fast-paced business world, meetings are essential to corporate life. However, not all meetings are effective, and several..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Employee Health and Retention

The Strategy Execution Gap (And How To Close It)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sat, Jul 1, 2023 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Areas of Impact: How Are You Making An Impact? Consider Your Priority Areas for the Next Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jun 30, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

A new quarter is starting. It is time to discuss, prioritize and choose your top priorities for the new quarter. How do you do this? How do..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Top 10 Business Problems CEOs are Facing Today [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 30, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping middle market companies achieve their dreams and goals. We believe that we can make a big..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Motivation and Engagement Strategies in 2023: Motivate and Engage Your Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jun 30, 2023 @ 09:15 AM

In working with middle-market CEOs and their employees and they often wonder about their employee productivity and professional..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Weekly OKR Meeting: Using OKRs During Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jun 29, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

In working with hundreds of mid-market CEOs as a consultant at Rhythm Systems, I often get asked about KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, OKRs

“Our Silver Bullet”: How Arbill Protects Lives

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jun 28, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Julie Copeland came to us with a dream: She did not want her company, Arbill, to be just a safety products company. She wanted to seriously..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Embracing Iterative Planning for Fiscal Planning

Posted by Nick Delarm on Tue, Jun 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

For companies that commence their fiscal year in July, the annual strategic planning process takes on a unique significance. It sets the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Cascading OKRs: How to Cascade OKRs A Step By Step Guide With Examples

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jun 26, 2023 @ 01:12 PM

OKRs are an essential part of any successful organization. They help align everyone around common goals and objectives. But what exactly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, OKRs

Ditch Your OKR Spreadsheets:  Upgrade to Intelligent OKR Software in 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 26, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

I’ve just finished reading John Doerr’s book, Measure What Matters: OKRs - The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth, and it is full of really..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Finish Strong: AI Coach Can Supercharge Your Quarterly Plan

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, Jun 26, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

If you haven’t already held your planning session for the coming quarter, consider this your friendly nudge to get it scheduled as soon as..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Create a Corporate BHAG in 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jun 24, 2023 @ 11:45 AM

In today's ever-changing business landscape, having a long-term goal for your organization is crucial. Creating a clear vision of where..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Effective Exec Team Meeting: A Step-by-Step Guide with Agenda for Executive Meetings

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jun 24, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

There is a lot of pressure on executive teams to perform well. Not only do they need to achieve their own goals, but they also need to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Go the Second Mile

What Does It Take to Achieve Peak Performance?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 22, 2023 @ 11:30 AM

How many leaders think about themselves as corporate athletes? How many of us spend time sharpening our saw, as Stephen Covey taught? How..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mastering the Art of Goal Setting: Harnessing the Power of AI for Effective Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 20, 2023 @ 11:15 AM

A goal properly set is halfway reached, as famously said by Zig Ziglar. Setting goals is indeed crucial for achieving success and avoiding..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Goal Planning, OKRs

How to Pressure Test Your Business Strategic Annual Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Jun 17, 2023 @ 11:01 AM

In the business world, a pressure test is a rigorous evaluation process designed to assess a company's resilience, adaptability, and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rhythm Systems vs. Align: Choosing the Perfect Rhythm for Success

Posted by Jarret Vaughn on Wed, Jun 14, 2023 @ 11:44 AM

When it comes to selecting the right software for your company's performance management and goal-setting needs, the choice between Rhythm..

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Topics: Rhythm System Software

Navigating Economic Uncertainty: Why Strategy is Crucial for Every Business

Posted by Erin Wilson on Tue, Jun 13, 2023 @ 11:30 AM

As we’ve witnessed over the past year, the economy can shift rapidly and unexpectedly. In these times of economic uncertainty, many..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

3 Ways to Bring Your Tech Stack Together with Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 12, 2023 @ 10:45 AM

When you consider email, collaboration tools, project management apps, online meeting tools, file storage, and productivity tools like..

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Topics: Rhythm System Software

Family Business Succession: Family Business Growth Strategies in 2023

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jun 12, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader with decades in the business, I attended the Galliard Group National Gathering, where I spent two days with many very talented..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Unleashing the Power of Atomic Habits with Rhythm Systems

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jun 8, 2023 @ 12:45 PM

We all have goals, but achieving them can be daunting. It is common knowledge that most goals fail because of a lack of consistency and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How Your Communication Can Make or Break Your Company’s Strategy

Posted by Roy Page on Mon, Jun 5, 2023 @ 10:45 AM

A Grammarly Harris Poll released in 2022 suggested that US businesses lose $1.2 trillion annually due to poor communications. Yes, you read..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Four Ways to Love People and Win Their Hearts and Minds

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 31, 2023 @ 10:45 AM

We all have A-Players we do not want to lose. At the 1995 Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs shared a realization about his own..

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Topics: Employee Health and Retention, High-Performance Solutions

Rhythm for Cross-functional Alignment: How to Ensure All Departments Move Forward Together

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, May 29, 2023 @ 08:39 AM
We've all been there. We're part of a huge work project involving team members and departments from all over the company. The stakes are..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

Harness the Power of the Technology Tornado to Build Meaningful Connections

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, May 22, 2023 @ 12:45 PM

We have more tools for communication than ever before, yet somehow we can be left feeling more disconnected than ever. Powerful technology..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Recruiting Employees

Reimagining Breakfast: How Belgian Boys Created a New Market Category

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, May 16, 2023 @ 12:45 AM

I first met Anouck Gotlib, CEO of  Belgian Boys, the popular brand of premium breakfast foods, at EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Videos

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits One-Page Strategic Plan (OPSP)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 11, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

If you are a Mastering the Rockefeller Habits fan, here are four tips to make your One-Page Strategic Plan work for you. Used correctly, it..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Cross-functional Alignment: How to Ensure All Departments Move Forward Together

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, May 9, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

We've all been there. We're part of a huge project at work that involves team members and departments from all over the company. The stakes..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile

Halftime Adjustments: Mid-Year Planning is Critical in 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 3, 2023 @ 11:04 AM
Think back to the fall when most of you created your plans and goals for the year. There was so much uncertainty about whether the economy..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Breaking Records and Honoring Achievements

Posted by Ivy Siegel Mack on Tue, May 2, 2023 @ 12:39 PM

Rhythm Systems’ Inaugural Client Awards at the Breakthrough Conference!

On April 26,we hosted the first Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Client..

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2023 Breakthrough Conference Recap: Moving Forward Together

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 1, 2023 @ 08:40 AM

We just wrapped up an energizing two days with our Rhythm community here in Charlotte for our 7th Annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough..

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How to Keep Your Top Talent: 12 Actionable Tips for Engaging Talent

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 26, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Many successful mid-market companies have cracked the hiring code. Perhaps you use a hiring method like Topgrading to ensure that you bring..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Future of Consulting: Build Your Own Practice With a Little Help From Your Friends!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Apr 20, 2023 @ 07:54 AM

Are you a management consultant who is looking to take control of your career? Have you been recently laid off from a major consulting firm..

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The Transformative Power of Honesty and Transparency in Team Dynamics

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 06:36 AM

I'm Ted Skinner, a consultant with Rhythm Systems, and I'd like to share an insightful experience from a coaching engagement with a middle..

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What Does Organizational Peak Performance Look Like?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Apr 6, 2023 @ 11:15 AM

In today's world, having a successful and efficiently managed business is more crucial than ever. With the ever-changing landscape of our..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Go the Second Mile, Recruiting Employees, High-Performance Solutions

KPI Audit: Measure What Matters in 2023 with Complete KPI Audit with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 4, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

It may still feel like the middle of winter to some, but you might find that it is time to do some spring-cleaning when it comes to your..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Making Plan Adjustments: The What, When & How to Make Adjustments

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 30, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

How do you know when it’s time to make an adjustment? You’ve got your quarterly plan, and it just doesn’t seem to be going, well, according..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How the Rhythm AI Coach Drives Better Business Results

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 28, 2023 @ 07:30 AM

Some of you are probably getting tired of all the new, shiny AI announcements coming out left and right in recent months. This announcement..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

Best OKR Software System: How to Get Started with AI-Powered OKRs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Mar 24, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

Having confidence in your ability to achieve your goals is hard. We survey our contacts. regularly on how confident they feel about..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

How Does a Business Operating System, Like Rhythm Systems, Help Me Grow My Company?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Mar 23, 2023 @ 08:45 AM

Rhythm Systems is a business coaching and consulting firm with more than 15 years of experience helping organizations of all sizes create..

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Topics: High-Performance Solutions, Rhythm System Software

How to Stress Test Your Quarterly Plan (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Mar 8, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

So you've just completed your Quarterly Planning Session and are ready to execute. Before you start, how do you know you have the right..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Business KPIs: How To Create Company KPIs That Drive Success in 2024

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Mar 6, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

The body has four main vital signs that doctors use all around the world to determine the condition of a patient. The four vital signs are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Agile Business Planning: Utilizing Agile Business Model for Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Business is moving faster than ever before, and these days your business needs to be as nimble possible to respond to the rapidly changing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Team Planning: How to do Team Planning for Team Focus & Alignment

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to slow down and develop a world-class team execution plan for next year. When we don’t slow down to plan our execution, our..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Peak Performance Plan for Executive Teams

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Are you a part of an executive team looking to increase team performance while developing better alignment and engagement? The Peak..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Go the Second Mile

5 OKR Examples for the Service Industry

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Over the holidays, I flew with my kids for the first time in a few years. Honestly, I was really nervous about the whole thing. Hearing all..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, OKRs

BHAG Examples for Setting your Big Hairy Audacious Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 20, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

I recently re-read the classic HBR article "Building Your Company's Vision" by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. Their great examples..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Avoid a Bad Hire and Upgrade Your Talent

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Feb 20, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

As a hiring manager, if you've experienced bad hires in the past, you know how expensive these can be. 

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Shadow Side of Employee Engagement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 17, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

Most companies these days are actively striving to engage more employees… and most think of engagement as a willingness to go above and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use an Objective Statement to Begin with the End in Mind

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

With this quarterly planning season coming to a close, I've discussed hundreds of priorities in the last few weeks with clients - you are a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Explore Charlotte! Top 10 Must-Dos in the Queen City During the Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Are you attending a business conference in Charlotte, NC, like the Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Execution Conference? If so, you're in luck!..

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Agile Scrum and Rhythm Work Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

What is Scrum, and why do I care? Scrum is a term that has moved from the discussion in the server rooms and development area of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Using Rhythm for Project Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine this - over a year ago, I raised my hand after our company's Annual Planning session and volunteered to help with a significant..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Top Restaurants in Charlotte, NC, During the Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina! Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you’ll find plenty of delicious restaurants to keep..

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Why an Execution System Can Drive Your Strategy and Get You Results

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Feb 9, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

I have been helping companies develop their strategies for growth and profitability for over twenty years. As with many consultants, I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Manage Hybrid Teams in 2023

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jan 30, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

I get asked this question lately "How hard should I push employees to return to the office?" "Is this work-from-home thing going to last?..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, Recruiting Employees

Start Stop Continue Examples: Leverage the Start Stop Continue Exercise to Increase Performance?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Jan 30, 2023 @ 07:10 AM
Every quarter, my team and I complete a Start-Stop-Continue (or start-stop-keep) exercise to get us thinking. It's a valuable process that..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

OKR vs KPI: What's the Difference Between OKRs and KPIs? (With Examples)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 29, 2023 @ 11:20 AM

As a training and on-boarding expert at Rhythm Systems, I know a lot about KPIs. Recently, I’ve also learned a lot about OKRs. Many of my..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

Strategy vs Execution: Don't Confuse Strategic Thinking and Strategy Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Jan 29, 2023 @ 08:42 AM

It is easy to confuse your strategy and your 3-year strategic plan. I have seen so many leaders tell me that they have a great strategy...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What “Everything Everywhere All at Once” Can Tell Us About Building a Successful Business

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 27, 2023 @ 08:44 AM

The recent Oscar nomination of the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once has brought a lot of attention to exploring different..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

On-Time Delivery KPIs: On Time Delivery Goals Examples to Improve On-Time Delivery Manufacturing

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 11:05 AM

I previously wrote a blog titled21 Production KPI Examples to Improve Manufacturing Performance, and many people were interested in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

CEO Scorecards: CEO KPI Examples from CEO Balanced Scorecards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

As a general rule, CEOs need easy access to a few key performance indicators—they need a CEO KPI dashboard that allows them, at a glance,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Organizational Performance Management in Business

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 06:00 AM

Organizational performance is an essential aspect of any business. Being a growing business is great for attracting and keeping talented..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What is Peak Performance in Business? Improve Your Business Performance in 5 Steps

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jan 23, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

Peak performance refers to the highest level of performance that an individual or organization can achieve in a particular task or..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, OKRs

Personal Path of Progress: The Secret to Reach Your Full Potential

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 20, 2023 @ 12:14 PM

I have made it a priority to be a lifelong learner which aligns well with one of our company’s core values of “Keep Smart.” As an employee,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Premier Middle Market Strategy Execution & Revenue Growth Conference

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 04:31 PM

5 Benefits of Attending a Strategy Execution Conference

Rhythm Systems is getting ready to host its 2023 annual breakthrough execution..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Staffing KPI Examples: The Top 27 Staffing Metrics (Template Updated for 2024)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 17, 2023 @ 11:04 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we work with clients to ensure they are measuring the metrics that matter to allow them to achieve their dreams and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Problem Solving Meeting Agenda: 4 Effective Steps to Conduct a Problem Solving Session

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jan 16, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

I hear time and time again from people that their meetings are a complete waste of time. In fact, they can often be a huge productivity..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Engage Payroll: The Unbeatable Return on Payroll of Engaged Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jan 14, 2023 @ 11:03 AM

Rhythm Systems is proud to announce the release of its newest white paper, "The Unbeatable Return on Payroll of Engaged Employees," written..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Culture: 5 Things All Accountable Cultures Need (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 12, 2023 @ 11:04 AM

Accountability can be a scary word. For many, it sounds punitive - and that’s because most of us associate “accountability” with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Topgrading Interview: 10 Expert Hiring Tips for Recruiting and Keeping A Players

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jan 12, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Topgrading is a methodology of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining top talent developed by Brad Smart and Geoff Smart..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power in Taking Time to Think

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 11, 2023 @ 11:21 AM

As a write, I am on my way to Chicago to meet with my forum group. A forum is a small group, usually 8 to 12 like-minded CEOs and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Why Having a Personal BHAG Matters

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jan 11, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Shortly after my son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism at age two, I set thebig, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG Examples) that he will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

OKR Examples For Non-Profits

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 11, 2023 @ 07:21 AM

Often, people think of OKRs as a tool for tech companies. This is not surprising since the goal-setting method was developed and first used..

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Topics: OKRs, Non Profits

Hey CEOs! Bring Your Data to Life with Rhythm Integration

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Jan 6, 2023 @ 08:31 AM

CEOs and business leaders spend a lot of time and energy working to hunt down important data and make the right decisions to grow the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Summary: 4 Key Decisions

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jan 5, 2023 @ 10:10 AM

By now, most of us are familiar with Verne Harnish’s book, Mastering

the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do To Increase the Value of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Rhythm Departmental Cascade: 5 Ways to Drive Alignment in Your Company

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Dec 30, 2022 @ 07:41 PM

Proper Quarterly Planning Rhythms.  In order to achieve organizational alignment, there needs to be an established planning Rhythm that..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

2023 Strategic Planning Template

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 28, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

It may seem daunting to tackle your Strategic Annual Planning session for 2022. With so much uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic, it..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Meeting Planning Checklist: The Meeting Preparation Checklist for Effective Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Dec 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings. Most executives spend their days in a haze, bouncing from meeting to conference call to another meeting - back to back to back...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

The Test of True Accountability (Updated for 2023)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Dec 21, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

This happens all the time. You are holding someone accountable to get something done. Yet you find yourself checking in and chasing for an..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Weekly Staff Meeting: Time for a Meeting Makeover in 2023 [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 21, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly Team Meetings…we’ve all got them. Conventional business wisdom has proclaimed since the beginning of time that the weekly staff..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

4 OKR Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 20, 2022 @ 07:10 AM

Often, founders and CEOs of small businesses get their hands dirty and engage in many aspects of the daily running of the business. They..

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Job Scorecard Examples and Template (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 19, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

According to Gallup, only about half of workers in companies worldwide “strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at work.”..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Meetings in 2024: Align Your Team and Engage Employees Monthly with this Agenda

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 15, 2022 @ 12:30 PM

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

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

40 KPI Examples for the Service Industry in 2024 (Updated for 2023)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 14, 2022 @ 10:26 AM

Research shows that our economy is largely being driven by middle-market firms, especially those in the service industries. Key Performance..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Middle Market CEOs Execute on Strategy for Success (Updated for 2023)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Dec 14, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

Most Companies Fail Due to Poor Strategic Execution

As a fan of Blue Ocean strategy, you already know how important it is to have the right..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Mergers & Acquisitions

Quarterly Planning Session in 2024: 10 Tips for a Successful Meeting

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Wed, Dec 7, 2022 @ 01:10 PM

Quarterly Planning is just around the corner, are you prepared to create a winning plan this quarter with your team?

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

New Game-Changing System for Employee Engagement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 6, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

A while ago, I listened to a podcast where Brené Brown, Simon Sinek, and Adam Grant debated whether the recent phenomenon of "quiet..

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What Leaders Need to Know about Giving and Receiving Feedback (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 1, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

When I was in college, one of my professors pulled me aside after class and said, “You have great ideas, but when you present them to the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Meeting Audit in 2023: Stop Wasting Precious Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 1, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
As we head into 2022, now is the perfect time to step back and take a hard look at your team's meeting rhythms. Much like your junk drawer..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Scaleable Processes: How to Make Scalable Process Improvements in 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

OKR Goal Setting Steps: The 5 Keys to Goal Setting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

Goal setting is both a skill and an art. Whether you are new to the goal-setting game, or a seasoned pro, there is always room for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, OKRs

Cultivating Appreciation

Posted by Allison Wynbissinger on Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

At this time of year, when so many around me are being intentional with their gratitude, I am inspired to slow down and contemplate for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile

Hybrid Meeting Norms: Best Practices for Hybrid Team Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 21, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
As some teams head back into the office, many are facing a unique challenge for the first time - running a meeting where some team members..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Creative Skills - The Top 10 Skills in 2023

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Nov 18, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

With the emphasis on core subjects in budget crunched public schools, art programs are being asked to pack their paint brushes and go...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have a Line Item in Your Budget for Innovation? Your Success Depends on it!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year to create a winning plan for next year. To create an annual plan, you will be reviewing last year’s successes and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Simplify Your Employee Performance Reviews with an Employee Review System

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 11:15 AM
For many team leaders, HR professionals and individual contributors, the performance review process is one of the most dreaded exercises..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Set Clear Goals, Priorities, and KPIs with Examples to Hire, Retain and Grow Your Employees

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 14, 2022 @ 08:40 AM

You have probably heard the old saying, what gets measured, gets improved. Very much an old engineering phrase from back in the day, but as..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Employee Health and Retention, Recruiting Employees

How to Grow Your Business: Add a Winning Move to Your Business Plan

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Nov 7, 2022 @ 06:30 AM

Turn your existing 3-5 year strategic plan into a Rhythm Systems Winning Move. A Winning Move is an idea or project that will help you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Creating Synergy Between Departments and Teams (Updated for 2024)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Nov 4, 2022 @ 06:55 AM

One of the most important components of the Rhythm Systems, the Think-Plan-Do methodology is to implement a planning rhythm that includes..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

The Secret Weapon for Accomplishing 100% of Your Annual Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Nov 2, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Every team is focused on setting their Annual Priorities & Budget for the next year at this time of year. It's an incredible commitment of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Want Better Employee Engagement? START With Your Values!

Posted by Erin Wilson on Mon, Oct 31, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

I know, I know; you've heard it all before! These are the top things to do to retain and attract talent and increase employee engagement in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings, Go the Second Mile

Leadership KPI Examples for Accountable Team Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 30, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As a team leader, you own the key results for your team, meaning that you will probably have a handful of KPIs on your list (2-3) that are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Productivity vs Efficiency in Manufacturing

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Oct 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are manufacturing productivity and manufacturing ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Questions to Ask a CEO About Strategy

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

When you work with so many CEOs, you get to see how they approach problems. They may not always tell you everything, but they will share..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

5 of the Top-Rated Features of the World’s Best Strategy Execution Software

Posted by Courtney Dyer on Mon, Oct 24, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

With 16+ years of expertise connecting long-term strategy to daily execution, Rhythm has proven to be the world’s leading platform for goal..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Strategic Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic: Business Planning for 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Oct 22, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As the summer comes to an end and fall looms with more uncertainty, it can be tempting to sit back and see what comes next—but if you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

What's The Primary Skill To Bring To Your Annual Planning Session? Active Listening!

Posted by Erin Wilson on Thu, Oct 20, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Active listening skills are more critical than ever, especially as we head into the annual planning season. When we pause to think ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

A True Story of Creating a High-Performing Culture With "The Gift of Red"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 12, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Companies are under pressure to deliver better performance at lower costs in today's competitive environment. This requires leaders to..

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How Using a Digital Planning Canvas Generates Better Results

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Oct 10, 2022 @ 07:00 AM

Got your crystal ball ready for your annual planning session?

No? Hmm… Since you can't confidently see into the future (yet!), you need a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Listen Up - A Critical Leadership Skill We Often Take For Granted

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 7, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Effective listening is a key attribute for leaders (and for people in general). If you are a manager, this skill can help you unlock the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Using Technology to Manage and Track your Strategic Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Oct 5, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

This time of year, leaves are turning, kids are in school, and many business leaders are spending a great deal of time, energy, and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Run a Meeting: The Effective Meeting Guide

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

One of the best practices we recommend to all of our clients is rotating facilitation duties for your team’s weekly meeting. There are a..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

What is Strategy Execution Software, and Why do I Need it?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

The world has changed dramatically over the past decade. Businesses have become increasingly globalized, competition has intensified, and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Your Customer Has Changed: Have You?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Sep 26, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

No matter what business your company is in, it's a safe bet to assume that you'll need to be able to adapt to the changing conditions..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How CEOs Waste Time: 5 Things CEOs Do That Waste Time

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

CEOs spend their days working long hours, managing employees, and dealing with shareholders. They don’t have much time to focus on their..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, CEOs

Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Business Meeting to Life

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Sep 12, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

You've done it! You and your team have finished a significant project and are ready to celebrate. Your team did a great job adjusting to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

New Middle Market CEO Checklist: 11 Tips to Get Started as a New CEO

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 7, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

What does it take to become a successful new middle market C.E.O.?

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR Examples for Manufacturing: Measure What Matters for the Quarter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Sep 6, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

In any industrial company, there are business goals to hit, KPIs to measure and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to complete. In..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, OKRs

How to Align Employees with Company Goals in 2024 Annual Plans

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As the dust settles on the Annual Planning season, many mid-market CEOs now face the challenge of achieving and maintaining alignment with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Planning Meeting Agenda for 2024: Conduct an Effective Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

You can make an argument that your company’s annual planning meeting is the most important thing you do all year. It is where you have your..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Don't Let Your 2023 Annual Plan Fail by Using Strategy Execution Spreadsheets

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

Many companies have strong Annual Plans but fail to execute on them and miss their targets year after year. They know that they are missing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Why You Need a Facilitator to Drive Your Virtual Strategic Planning Process [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 29, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

Many unknowable things can happen between now and the beginning of 2023. One thing we do know is that when next year hits, you will need to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Goal Setting for Managers: A Guide to Goal Setting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Aug 29, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Use the SMART Goals Framework

The SMART goals framework helps you set realistic goals that are measurable, attainable, relevant, specific,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings, CEOs

Planning for an Uncertain 2023: Tips to Create Plan A and Plan B

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 28, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

We recently held our 6th annual Breakthrough Conference, although it was our first ever virtual conference, and I want to share a few ideas..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Waste

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

What is the Difference Between a Primary Customer and Secondary Customer?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

I have written previously about the importance of Identifying your core customer because I have seen far too many companies waste their..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Top CEOs are Obsessed with Coaching

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

I recently read Dr. Steve Sjuggerud’s investment newsletter where he stated:

“It made me feel a bit like Tom Brady in the playoffs..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Rhythm to Create a Culture that Unlocks Greatness in Every Team Member

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 10:45 AM

Over the past couple of years, many work environments have often felt like a real-life game of Would You Rather - but with no great..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Signs You Need Strategy Execution Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 @ 10:14 AM
In his popular book Atomic Habits, James Clear wisely asserts that we don't rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

CEO Daily Routines: Successful CEOs Daily Schedule (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 9, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our CEO, Patrick Thean, is fond of the saying, "The fish rots from the head down." When you consider your team's..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions to Test Your Brand Promise

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Aug 1, 2022 @ 09:20 AM

So you and your team have spent hours defining your Core Customer, talking about their needs and a working Brand Promise has finally..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Meeting Madness: Eliminate Unnecessary Meetings and Make Necessary Meetings Twice as Effective

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 11:17 AM

We all know the feeling… sitting through an hour-long meeting that could have very well just been an email. Nobody likes wasting their..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Rhythm and Planning Cadence to Help New CEOs Succeed

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 26, 2022 @ 11:01 AM

"People come to work with the best intentions to give it their best and work on the right things. If we don't plan effectively together,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, CEOs

Fix the Meeting: Why Most Weekly Team Meetings Suck

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

You know what? Weekly team meetings suck. There, I said it. I know many of you were thinking it, but I went ahead and put it out there...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Make Better Business Decisions in Your Next Strategic Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 20, 2022 @ 02:35 PM
The best companies are already starting their Annual Strategic Planning process for 2023. They're engaging in pre-planning activities like
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Employee Engagement and Recognition: Fuel Employee Engagement with a Recognition Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 19, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader, you probably know that it is important to recognize your team members. However, research shows that there is a disconnect in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Essential Software Tools to Get Your Business Through Tough Economic Times

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 @ 04:49 PM
With so much uncertainty and many experts warning we are on the cusp of an economic downturn or possible recession, you may be looking to..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Leadership Team Alignment: How to Align Your Leadership Goals

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 30, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

OKR Software: 5 OKR Pitfalls To Avoid

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 29, 2022 @ 09:40 AM
Using OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results has become more and more popular as a goal-setting framework. And, it's no surprise! It's an..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Cascade Your Strategic Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 30, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm is essential to growing your business with purpose. And, we think..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Culture of High Performing Teams: How to Create a Team Rhythm for Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, May 24, 2022 @ 12:35 PM

How does culture play a role in team performance? What makes some teams perform better than others? Is it really possible to create a high..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG and the Benefits of Taking a More Strategic View

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 11:04 AM
Industries are changing rapidly, workplaces are in flux and the future feels uncertain. Taking a more agile approach to strategic planning..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

3 Productivity Patterns of the Most Productive People

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

On my flights to see clients, I always pick up a business magazine to read. It’s something that can spur an insight when I face a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Recruiting A Players: How to Find and Develop Topgrading "A Players"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Measurable Criteria for Employee Recognition: Samples, Ideas and KPIs for Rewards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 25, 2022 @ 09:13 AM

According to Gallup, “in their search for new ideas and approaches, organizations could be overlooking one of the most easily executed..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strengthsfinder for Teams: Engage Your Team By Focusing on Their Strengths

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

In order to live our Core Value to Keep Smart, our team does company-wide training each year (in addition to the department-specific..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Shoot For Shoes to Help Our Neighbors in Need

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 19, 2022 @ 02:28 PM
We are so thrilled to be gathering our Rhythm Community in person in our home headquarters of Charlotte, NC, this May for our annual ..
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Topics: Go the Second Mile

7 Key Plays from Our Middle Market Strategic CEO Playbook

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 12, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

One of the top 10 moments of my life was thePredictable Resultsbook launch party at our Breakthrough Conference last October. To sweeten..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement to Scale Your Company

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 6, 2022 @ 09:40 AM

For any growing business, ensuring that you have the processes in place to “scale up” your business is very important. Here at Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Virtual Strategic Planning Sessions: 7 Tips for Great Strategic Zoom Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

If you are like many of our clients, you may be considering adjusting travel plans for your team in the midst of the concern surrounding..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Training and Development: Is There a Payoff?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 23, 2022 @ 01:00 PM

In a study by McKinsey & Company, management development at all levels has been ranked as a #1 priority by 500 executives, and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Align People: Get Everyone on the Same Page with Alignment Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Sounds like a simple concept: Alignment.  What makes this so hard to achieve?  The fact is, if you are hiring the right people, you will have..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

9 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Charlotte [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 7, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are so excited to be hosting our annual Breakthrough Conference right here in our hometown! From the beautiful..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

You Have to Give to Get!  7 Tips to Get More Sales Referrals

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Mar 2, 2022 @ 02:39 PM

How Well are Referrals Working for Your Business?

We have all heard the old saying, "You have to give to get." This principle remains valid..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Welcome to Charlotte!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 1, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

We are thrilled to host our Annual Breakthrough Conference once again in Charlotte, NC. Charlotte is Rhythm Systems' home base, and we want..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Team Huddle: How to Lead Impactful Huddle Meetings

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 09:03 PM
The foundation of a successful Daily Huddle Meeting, Team Huddle Meeting or Weekly Meeting is a great facilitator to keep the weekly..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

KPI vs Target: How Use KPI Targets Effectively

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:22 AM

I really enjoy learning during client interactions. When I’m working onsite in planning sessions, coaching executives 1-to-1, or working..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Scaling Growth: How to Scale Growth without Drama

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

Your business is experiencing strong growth – now what? Double-digit growth brings with it a host of new challenges, particularly how to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Examples of Core Competencies in Business to Innovate Growth in 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

In our fast-moving world of innovation and disruption, some leaders may wonder if it is no longer beneficial to hone core competencies over..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Trouble with Accountability

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

The trouble with accountability is that, well, you have to live it. Patrick Lencioni writes; “Once we achieve clarity and buy-in, it is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Implementation Process: Implementing New Processes and Procedures

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

What is process implementation and what does it mean to me?  As companies grow, the need to establish and effective implementation processes..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Quick Tips to Set SMART Goals [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

In a former job, I had a manager who called all of his direct reports together to tell us some exciting news! We were embarking on a big..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Create Your Personal BHAG [Examples]

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

It is very common to develop a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business. What is not so common is to develop a BHAG for your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Lack of Accountability in the Workplace is Expensive, Fix It

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 16, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

In a recent client conversation, a CEO said to me, “He’s really (really) smart, but it’s just hard to hold him accountable. On top of that,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Updated Rhythm Book: A New Process to Help Leaders Convert Strategy to Action Plans

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Feb 8, 2022 @ 12:15 AM

For more than 20 years, I have had the joy and privilege of working closely with mid-market growth companies. Through these experiences,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Books

Cross Functional Coordination: How to Manage Cross Functional Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 3, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting cross-functional projects to help our company move forward. I’ve..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Run a Lean Company-Wide Goal Setting Process

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 1, 2022 @ 02:46 PM
When it comes to goal setting, there are two extremes that come up over and over again. Some companies tend to err on the side of..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings, Goal Planning

The Right Meeting Rhythm Will Set You Free! (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 1, 2022 @ 08:57 AM

It sounds so simple.  But, I was just discussing scaling up meeting rhythms with one of my colleagues, and she told me that it took her last..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Meeting Cascade: The Art of the Daily Huddle

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your huddle? I’ve written about huddles before and honestly believe they can be a breakthrough component in building..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

4 Essentials for Successful Hybrid Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 30, 2022 @ 07:01 PM
While we may not know exactly what's coming in 2022, it's safe to say at this point that hybrid work is certainly here to stay. While it..
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Mastering a CEO's Most Important Skill: Listening

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Jan 29, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If you are a CEO or founder, you’ve likely gotten where you are today because of your ideas - you are probably passionate about your..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Digital Marketing KPI Examples with Template

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jan 29, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our digital marketing team sat down and talked about our annual plan. Marketing departments have many campaigns they focus on..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Does Your BHAG Connect to Your Company's Hedgehog?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 29, 2022 @ 08:05 AM

I recently prepared for an annual planning session with a client and one thing the client wanted to work on was their Big Hairy Audacious..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

4 Ways to Improve Performance Culture

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

When things aren’t going right and your business is in a slump, most people look to new ideas, adjust their KPIs (key performance indicators

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Updated for 2023)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Your Brand Promise is the commitment to your customers that really matters to them and differentiates you from your competition. It is one..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Cross-Functional Alignment Simplified

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 @ 10:01 AM
Integrating acquisitions, launching new products, deploying new company-wide systems or processes, shifting your organizational structure,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Cascade Meeting: Top 3 Things to Decide Prior to Cascading to Teams

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Implementing a new methodology for your team that requires people to be more focused, aligned and accountable doesn't always have everyone..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Executive Coaching: 5 Signs That You Need Executive Coaching

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 01:26 PM

The greatest athletes and business leaders in the world have coaches. No matter how good you are, and you are probably really good. There..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Sales KPI Examples and Leading Indicators That Drive Revenue Growth

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Driving new sales revenue is a common theme that comes up with the clients I work with. In fact, I can’t think of many companies that have..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, KPIs & Dashboards

A Better Way to Implement Your Rockefeller Habits 2.0 One-Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Planning Sessions are exciting - the possibilities are endless, the team is optimistic and ready to conquer the world! You spend countless..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Delegation in Leadership: How to Effectively Delegate as a Leader

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 08:29 AM

Managing the daily, weekly, and monthly workload is a challenge for team members and leaders alike, but in very different ways. Teams have..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tactical Leadership vs. Strategic Leadership: Which Management Style Are You?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

We read a lot these days about strategic leadership and tactical leadership (as we should). Leaders find themselves up against a multitude...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Meetings are not Productive: Bad Meetings Kill Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

“I can’t wait to get out of this meeting to get my real work done!” 

“I’m in back to back meetings. I won’t get anything done today!"

Sound..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Use Job Scorecard KPIs to Drive Your Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 23, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If you read our blog often, you know that we frequently recommend using a Job Scorecard (often called an employee scorecard)- we find this..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Questions for 2023 and Beyond

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 @ 11:17 AM
As we begin 2022, there are a lot of questions we just can't answer. We'll continue to experience uncertainty about the ongoing impact of..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Drive Your Remote Team's Morale, Maintain Productivity and Win

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

History is the ultimate reality TV show; it's getting a first-hand view of people's bad decisions, conflicts, trials, and successes. We can..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Revenue Growth Goals: Use the Rhythm of Work to Achieve Them

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How Expert Facilitators Run Great Zoom Meetings in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 17, 2022 @ 11:04 AM
If you had told our team of expert facilitators this time last year that they would be doing 90% of their strategic facilitation work..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How to Lead the Best KPI Discussion Ever in Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Jan 15, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

The struggle is real. We’ve all been in meetings about our metrics that produce seemingly endless discussion about the numbers, with no..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

20 Mile March: My Introduction

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 15, 2022 @ 06:46 AM

I am a big fan of Jim Collins and have used his book “Good to Great” as a business tool for many years. I was recently introduced to the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Essential KPI for Remote Teams: Employee Health Index

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Managing a remote team is challenging, even in the best of times. In our current environment, it is really tough to keep the team engaged,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 10:09 AM

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes - some big improvements for your business can be born from small, incremental changes that empower..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Bargain Nicely: 6 Ways to Negotiate Without Being a Jerk

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Many of us believe in a false dichotomy about negotiations: either you have to be really tough, or you’re a pushover. Recently, our Rhythm..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are an executive team member, a department leader, or a member of the team, the role you play in the company is unique and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Spring Is Here! Time to Refresh Your Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
It's undeniable the new season has arrived—everything's in bloom, days are getting longer and warmer, and it's time for spring cleaning,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Using Zoom to Facilitate Your Strategic and Execution Planning Meetings for Stellar Results

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As in the past many years, I entered 2020 with a full schedule of strategy and execution planning work with my clients. Then the pandemic..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Company BHAG Basics: How to Get Started [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If the idea of coming up with a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business seems a bit overwhelming, that's okay. After all, it is..

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

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Scorecards: Build Team Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

I recently spoke to a great group of organizational leaders at the Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC. The session was 

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Building Accountability into Your Culture: Does Your Team Have an Accountability Problem?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Most clients I’ve worked with say they understand the key role accountability plays in making a company operate more efficiently (and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What is Strategic Intent?  How to Use it to Your Advantage.

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 10, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Strategy without Tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without Strategy is the noise before the defeat.- Sun Tzu

Do you ever..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Welcome to the Team!  15 Tips for Effective Onboarding (Checklist)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sun, Jan 9, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Do you spend more money on going away parties when someone leaves the company than you do welcome parties when someone joins? This was a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do Core Competencies Influence My BHAG?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 7, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the opportunity to create content for Rhythm University, our knowledge center that is full of tools, tips, videos and lots..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Steps to Having an Accountability Conversation (Video)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Most of us just don’t like to have hard accountability conversations. Conversations in which you need someone to hear you can be tough for..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Kind of Manager Are You? 7 Habits for Managers

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

"How do I become a highly effective manager? To answer that question, let’s climb out of the crevices of the 'day to day' so we can see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Keys to Mastering the Rockefeller Habits One Page Strategic Plan (OPSP)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 08:27 PM
I was in Jakarta speaking at Taipan 2013. We had the strongest showing at Taipan ever with 220 people! CEOs with their teams worked hard on..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Executive Meeting Agenda: Optimize your Weekly Executive Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:29 AM

Executive Weekly Meeting Team Size

For the most effective weekly team meeting, your weekly leadership meeting team should consist of 8-10..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How to Make Team Meetings More Engaging: Increase Engagement in Staff Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

In your next weekly team meeting, take a moment to look around. What are you seeing? Are your team members engaged—are they looking at each..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

5 Steps to Integrate Your Employee Culture After a Business Acquisition

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

You just completed an acquisition in business, time to celebrate and break out the champagne. For some companies, acquiring businesses is..

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Your BHAG

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 09:30 AM

A key piece of your long-term strategy is your 10-25 year visionary stretch goal, what Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goal..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 4, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

“Remember that failure is greatness waiting to happen” - Robin Sharma

Even though I know that we all make mistakes, I still hate making..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Follow Up: The Key To Leadership Development

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 3, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

"The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” - Peter Drucker

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Weekly Update Meetings vs. Weekly Status Meetings (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 2, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Establishing the right meeting rhythm with your executive team is key. Many executives spend the majority of their days in one meeting or..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Crucial Conversations STATE My Path

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

When strong emotions, high stakes and opposing opinions collide, it can be explosive and, potentially damaging to results or a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Signs Your Culture Is Affecting Performance

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Dec 23, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

When things aren’t going right and business is in a slump, most people look to new ideas, adjust their KPIs (key performance indicators) or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Clear Expectations: How Your Employees Know What Success Looks Like

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 21, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

For many, it's time to roll out those 2021 plans and kick off some new initiatives to help your company build back or accelerate growth in..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Growing Team Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Dec 6, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

In my last blog, “Lack of Accountability is Costing You,” I reviewed the expense that accompanies the lack of accountability. As I noted at..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Culture Checklist for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Dec 4, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

We’ve known for a while that an increase in remote work was coming, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. Many workers are eager to..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

CEO Podcasts: 8 Best Podcasts for CEOs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

This has been a banner year for new podcasts! It seems like there's a new one launched every week. I suspect people who found themselves..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Keep Smart in 2023: Nine Ways CEOs and Leaders Can Learn, Lead and Grow

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Learn as much as you can to energize yourself and bring your best to the business!

I am a big fan of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (even..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Ultimate Digital Brainstorming Tool to Move from Ideas to Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 26, 2021 @ 09:45 AM
In our ever-changing world, one thing we can count on is disruption; there are no shortages of problems to solve, opportunities to chase..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Be a Fit Mid-Market CEO for 2022 and Beyond

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 26, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

To give your business an edge against the competition in 2019, you might be considering some ways to level yourself up in the process...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Align Your Team's Calendar to Achieve a Healthy Operating Rhythm

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Mon, Nov 22, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

The holidays are just around the corner and everyone is hustling to wrap things up before some well deserved time off. Did your team have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Ways to Bring Your BHAG to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Once you have done the hard work to determine the right BHAG Big Hairy Audacious Goal for your company over the next 10-25 years, now you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Smart Priorities: Are Your Priorities SMART?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 18, 2021 @ 05:44 PM

Creating Company, Group, and Individual priorities is a key success factor (a leading indicator KPI) to achieving both your short-term and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Case Study: How We Used Rhythm to Launch a New Product

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 08:17 AM
Sometimes companies talk about "eating their own dog food" or "drinking their own champagne," meaning they use their own product or..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

What We Learned about Remote Meetings by Planning a Virtual Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 16, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

The feedback surveys are still rolling in, but I can say without a doubt that our first virtual conference was a success! Our amazing..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

2 Reasons You May be Failing to Grow Your Company and Have a Life

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Nov 15, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

There are two main reasons that entrepreneurs fail to grow their business and maintain a healthy personal life. Dr. Ollie Malone, author of

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Advanced Rhythm v5 Features to Save Power Users Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 3, 2021 @ 11:02 AM
Strategy Execution Software can be tricky - it needs to be easy enough for anyone to pick up and use, but powerful enough to get the job..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

OKR vs KPI vs MBO: What the Best Goal Types Have in Common

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

5 Steps to Having a Productive Monthly Zoom Meeting

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Remote workers and companies are becoming more popular these days. In a recent survey, Gallup reported 37% of workers said they worked..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Cascade Planning: The Value of Team and Company Alignment

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Oct 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Looking back at the most recent quarter turnover from Q3 to Q4, I realize that I introduced 14 new cascade teams to the power of Rhythm!..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Welcome a New Team Member Virtually

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
If your company has hired anyone over the last year, chances are you've had to do at least some of that new hire's onboarding and training..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Dynamic Meetings: Ditch the Decks and Engage Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 @ 10:52 AM
Think about the last meeting you facilitated... was there a slide deck involved? If so, chances are you (or your admin) spent quite a bit..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Avoid Overload: Manage Your Team Workload at a Glance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 5, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
With the rise in popularity of hybrid and remote work, staggered schedules or just the increased demand on your team's time, it feels..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

KPI Spreadsheets vs. KPI Dashboards: How You Know You’ve Outgrown Excel

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Since the release of Patrick Thean's book Rhythm, it has been so exciting to speak with people who are implementing Rhythm in all types and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Strategy Spreadsheets: The ROI of Replacing Spreadsheets with Systems

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

Spreadsheets are a powerful tool and very inexpensive. Compared to most software, they seem nearly free. That's why most businesses use a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

3 Things to Do when Yearly Planning

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

2020 was an extraordinary year on many fronts. Most people I know are very glad it is behind them, and now that it is and we are a month..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Accountability Tips: Quick Tips for Building Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Holding people accountable can be a chore for most leaders building an accountability culture. For a multitude of reasons, it’s simply not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Today's Roadblocks to C-Suite Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

As a member of your company’s executive team, you have a lot on your plate. And, particularly in middle market companies, C-suite..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Simple Tests: How to Know If Your Core Values Need Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Often, companies work many hours on discovering the right Core Values for their company. Sometimes they even spend top dollar on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Using Leading Indicator KPIs To Help You Make Adjustments

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 23, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

Leading indicators and results indicators are both key performance indicators (KPIs). I love leading indicators. The right leading..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Focus: How to Keep Your Teams from Being Consumed by Countless Distractions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 21, 2021 @ 10:40 AM

For many, our current environment is more distracting than any other time in our work lives. With a pandemic raging, a U.S. election..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Transform your Team Meetings with Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
In my career, I've been in some pretty dismal meetings—ones where I struggled to keep my eyes open, ones where I watched the clock in..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

7 Productivity Tips to Be Your Best While Working From Home

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 @ 10:38 AM

Many leaders and team members have found the stay-at-home orders draining—and prolonged weeks of this inherently stressful situation can..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Impact of Education on a CEO's Career [Infographic]

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Written by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Fundera

As the CEO, you’ve either started and cultivated your own company, or worked hard to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

9 Steps to Make Coaching Your Sales Team Predictable

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

I recently blogged that being a great coach requires that you know which hat you’re wearing the very moment you engage with a team member...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Hybrid Work Strategy: Work Smarter with Hybrid Work Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 @ 10:32 AM
The "new normal" is here... and for many companies, it involves hybrid work in which some team members work remotely at least part of the..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm v5 - World's Best Business Strategy Execution Software Platform!

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Aug 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

We are excited to announce the launch of Rhythm version 5! This is our best version of the Rhythm platform ever. It is a refinement of 15..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

What a Good Executive Coach Already Knows About You

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 12, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As an Executive Coach, it’s my job to know you in terms of your leadership strengths and your leadership skills. Both are imperative to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Coaching: Increase CEO Effectiveness with The CEO Multiplier Effect

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

Someone asked me recently to explain what business coaching is, and I realized there’s not one simple answer. It means different things to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leveraging Your Core Competencies to Create a Competitive Advantage with Examples

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

I have helped many companies identify and leverage their core competencies through the years, and doing this can really make a difference..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Are Your KPIs Leading Indicators? Does Your Team Know What Critical Adjustments to Make?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:30 AM

Kaihan Krippendorff, master strategist and author of Outthink the Competition and columnist for Fastcompany interviewed me on the topic of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Personal Accountability Exercises - How Does Your Team Stack Up?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:30 AM

Quite a few years back, a good friend of mine introduced me to John Miller and his book “QBQThe Question Behind the Question.” I had..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Get Stuck on Your Job Scorecard (Template)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

One of the priorities for our Consulting and Client Services team here at Rhythm Systems this quarter was to nail down Job Scorecards (or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Virtual Alignment for Your Team in a Work from Home World

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Getting and staying aligned with your team is a challenge even when you are all in the same office. When everyone is remote or working from..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Getting Your Remote Team's Mojo Back During a Lockdown

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

With the pandemic disrupting expectations for projects and revenue goals for many this year, it's no surprise that a major focus for this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rockefeller Habits Scaling Up Your Business Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

When companies are small, it’s not such a challenge to get things done. Maybe you have a meeting (where the whole company attends), you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Growth Strategies: Are There Gaps in Your Business Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 24, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Your company is not alone if there are gaps in your business strategy. I have worked with third generation companies that just never took..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Focus and Alignment: 4 Questions to Ask Your Team

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

If you want your team to be focused and aligned on the right projects, you need to connect your strategy to execution.

Successful companies..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Get Valuable Time Back by Planning Your Week in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 13, 2021 @ 11:02 AM
There are never enough hours in the day. I can't seem to keep up with it all. I'm constantly fighting fires and don't have time to focus..
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Resourcing Across Strategic Priorities

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
Many companies are figuring out how to do more with less as a result of the pandemic and ensuing economic hardships. Some are relying more..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Know if Your Boss is Happy with Your Work?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Jul 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Many people wonder and worry about whether or not they are doing a good job and if their boss is happy with their work. It is one of the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Executive Coaching Insights You'll Gain from the Best Business Coaches

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jun 30, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The famous mountain climber Phil Powers, said it best during an interview on NPR’s "This I Believe” Segment: “Concentrating on how I move..