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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

How to Use Execution as a Key Differentiator in a Changing Market [Video]

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Craft breweries are one of the fastest growing industries in our region. They are popping up all over the country and the regulatory environment is finally catching up. Recently, regulations were lifted to allow brewing up to 50,000 barrels. Breweries now have increased opportunities to grow at an exponential rate.

Growth is tricky, however, especially when there are so many ways your company can grow. The key is to pick only 2-3 Winning Moves for Growth and then hyper-focus on how you execute those moves.

How to Use Rhythm to Plan Cross Functionally

Jessica Wishart Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

I just got back from a user conference, and I was reminded of the amazing level of detail and planning that goes into pulling off an event like this - there’s so much to do from all departments. Someone’s got to lock down the venue, plan the budget, secure the speakers, sell the tickets, market the event, set up the registration and event website, handle the hotel room blocks, ensure customers have a great experience, plan the food and beverages, recruit and coordinate the sponsors, purchase the swag, design and print all the signage, name badges, slide decks and more. And then, you have to put on the event with all the inevitable unexpected snags and last-minute surprises, and follow up after the event. A project like this requires alignment, communication, and flawless execution.

Ownership and The Daily Huddle

Patrick Thean Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Mike, a long time customer, asked me recently how to revitalize his daily huddle. He shared how they have been doing it for years and have received great value in the past with their daily huddle. They are clear on the purpose of their daily huddle:

  • Sync up the team and get aligned
  • Help and support each other
  • Act on issues faster instead of waiting until the weekly meeting to find out about the issues

3 Better Email Habits to Improve Team Productivity

Jessica Wishart Thu, Sep 12, 2019 @ 01:22 PM

Effective communication is a key leadership trait and one of the 5 Cs of team accountability, and in today’s world, a lot of that communication happens over email. One report said in 2019, an average of 126 business emails is sent and received per person per day. That is a lot of email to process effectively.

Two Truths and a Lie: The Sears Saga and Your 3-5 Year Strategic Plan

Barry Pruitt Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 02:34 PM

I’ve observed a common theme in client companies. I should say, a specific type of client companies. The type that successfully grow year after year. Not companies that had a great year because of the economy, or a tariff, or a one-time software win, or companies that had some government protection that made their success easy. I’m talking about companies in competitive markets and industries who won over strong competition year after year.

You’re Fired: 5 Steps and a Glass of Wine

Barry Pruitt Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 02:24 PM

Like many great business learnings, it began with glass of wine. I had a business manager named Jim who was experiencing employee problems, sloppy results and missed deadlines.

As we sipped our wine, I realized that there was a pattern. This pattern has proven true in my consulting with great companies in 20 countries and across 4 continents.

Strategic vs. Tactical Leadership: Which Management Style Are You?

Cathy McCullough Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 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 of scenarios and situations, all of which they’re supposed to magically handle in the right way with the right methods for each situation. When you study leadership, you quickly discover the massive complexity that surrounds it. So let’s take just one slice of strategic vs tactical leadership and dissect it for the purpose of your own reflective thinking about what kind of leader you tend to be (and the pros/cons that surround these tendencies). 

The slice of leadership we’ll look at is the tactical leader vs. the strategic leader. Both are needed, but when you’re trying to lead a team (or teams) of people toward a common endpoint and/or if you’re trying to grow a company, understanding the differences between these two management styles is imperative. Without a sense of understanding around your own leadership tendencies, you can’t move the needle on much of anything let alone work towards achieving a strategic plan or objective.

Welcome to the Team!  How Do You Onboard New People to Your Team?

Chris Cosper Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 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 question posed by Jack Daly a few years ago at one of the Fortune Growth Summits.  Our team really connected with the idea of treating a new employee’s first day like a celebration, and over the past few years we have created an internal process called “Great First Day" as a critical part of their employee onboarding process.  How do you make employees feel welcome from their very first day?

We started taking a very intentional approach to how we onboard new people into the company (just as we take a careful approach to hiring the right people).  A week or two before the new hire’s first day, we create an hour-by-hour plan for their first day or two.  Every employee who has joined us over the past two years has shared in this wonderful experience and now looks forward to paying it forward when someone new joins us.  The “Great First Day” really is a celebration for everyone in the company, and as a result, people feel welcomed, appreciated and planned for.  This practice has become a way that we live one of our own Core Values, Be Appreciative

A team lunch is a great first start, but it pays to go above and beyond.  Employees that develop quick bonds with their coworkers are able to feel welcome, learn the company culture and are more likely to be fully up and running in the first 90 days.  The earlier that the new team member is working closely with their teammates, the faster the return on payroll to your bottom line as well.  It is a win-win!

Leveraging Core Values to Drive Revenue and Increase Profit

Ted Skinner Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If you’ve gone through the exercise of determining your company’s core values, you’ve spent a lot of time (and a lot of meetings) thinking and talking about who your company is and what you stand for. These fundamental beliefs and mission statements are things that should drive every decision in your business, be reflected in the people you hire and through your employees’ actions, and identify for your employees and your customers what you consider to be right and wrong. Successful leaders know it is one of the most important aspects of creating a culture of high performance to increase profit. 

Planning for Planning: How to Prepare for a Great Annual Planning Meeting

Paige Wilcox Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

What makes an Annual Planning session successful? Meaningful discussion around the right topics is a start, but you don't get there by happy accident. To maximize your team's valuable time, you want to make sure your session is set up for success. Here are some tips to lead into the session prepared to make significant breakthroughs in the year ahead.

  1. Set the Date — You should take at least two days (or more) to give the team enough time to discuss, debate and agree on the right Annual Initiatives for the coming year. Try to schedule the session to take place before the year actually starts.