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Rhythm Blog | Alan Gehringer

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Employee Engagement in Manufacturing Companies: 10 Ways to Improve (Video)

Alan Gehringer Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 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 manufacturing company. I still have very fond memories working in and running the business. It was like one big happy family - most of the time, that is. We had employees that stayed with us pretty much from the beginning and that would be close to forty years in some cases. How do you get employees to stay with you for the long term and contribute to the best of their ability? One of the answers is to ensure they are treated with respect, appreciated, and given the opportunity to be fully engaged in their work environment. Employee engagement for factory workers is the key to creating a high performance manufacturing culture.  Being fully engaged means different things to different people, but here are some key approaches to consider for manufacturing workers.

Productivity and Efficiency in Manufacturing: What's the Difference in 2020?

Alan Gehringer Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are productivity and efficiency. Do you know what the difference is? Despite these two words pertaining to improving the production process of a manufacturing, agriculture, or service sector company, they refer to different things. Once you think about the differences, you can better utilize productivity and efficiency in your business. Read this blog to better understand productivity vs efficiency and how it impacts your manufacturing business. 

Hedgehog Examples: How a Hedgehog Supports a BHAG

Alan Gehringer Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Does your who do what? It sounds somewhat funny, but this is really a serious question. Many people know what these terms are, but for those that do not, here is a brief refresher. These terms come from author and management consultant Jim Collins.  You can find some great BHAG examples on our middle market CEO blog.

16 Strategic Planning Tips to Keep Your Strategic Plan Alive

Alan Gehringer Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 10:57 AM

So, you had a great planning session with your team. Everybody left the 3-day session pumped up and ready to hit your targets for the year and move the company one step closer to achieving your Big Hairy Audacious Goal and other long term strategic goals. You've done the strategy work extremely well?  What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, even with everyone’s good intentions, running the day-to-day business can get in the way of making progress on your annual and quarterly rocks if you are not intentional about your execution or operation planning of all of your important projects to help you achieve your vision.  These strategic planning tips should help you execute on your 3 year strategic plan while keeping track of your day to day activities.

Achieve Synergy with Your Team: A Tribute to Sir George Martin

Alan Gehringer Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Synergy is an often overused term, although incredibly effective when actually achieved. Merriam-Webster defines synergy as "a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or effort)." Achieving synergy is not as easy as it sounds, however I will provide four steps to help you achieve team synergy.

I write this blog with a bit of sadness. The great Sir George Martin has passed away. To some, he was known as the fifth Beatle. George Martin was an incredibly talented man, a classically trained conductor, a record producer, an audio engineer and a musician, who used his orchestral style to help the Beatles compose some of the most enduring rock’n roll music in history. I have been a fan for a very long time as I received my first Beatles album, “Meet the Beatles,” from my aunt when I was one year old. I still enjoy their music today and spin some when I need a feel-good antidote.

23 KPIs Every CEO Dashboard Should Consider

Alan Gehringer Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Having the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on your dashboard is very important to ensure you are driving the right behaviors in your business, monitoring the right results, and making the right adjustments to grow your business and hit your targets. I often get the question, particularly with new clients that do not have KPI dashboards established, “What KPIs should we be tracking?”

And here comes the time-honored consultant response, “It depends.” I know—I am being a bit facetious, but it really does depend; it depends on the type of business, the maturity of the business, what problems you are trying to solve, what things you are trying to improve as well as who your stakeholders are. I could go on, but I am sure you get the point. That said, there are some KPIs that I believe should be on most CEO or leadership team dashboards.

2020 One Page Strategic Plan (OPSP) to Master the Rockefeller Habits

Alan Gehringer Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 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 questions that keep coming up are "Where do I start?" and "Should I first establish my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), 3-5 year strategic plan, Core Values, etc.?"  

5 Signs That I Need Executive Coaching

Alan Gehringer Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 12:57 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 is always an opportunity to grow personally and professionally if you have the desire to do so. So, let’s take a look at 5 signs that might signal it’s time for you to act.

How to Leverage Your Business Core Competencies to Create a Competitive Advantage

Alan Gehringer Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 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 in the products or services you provide to your customer. Core competence is a concept introduced by C.K. Prahalad, professor at the University of Michigan, and Gary Hamel, management expert and founder of Strategos. They define it as “a harmonized combination of multiple resources and skills that distinguish a firm in the marketplace.”

Creating A Culture of Innovation: 5 Ways CEOs Can Drive a Culture of Innovation

Alan Gehringer Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We have all heard the saying "A fish rots from the head down," right? Not that I am comparing my CEO friends to fish, but it does drive the point home that creating a culture of innovation starts with you as the leader of the organization.

Peter Drucker, one of the fathers of modern business theory, said if an established organization is not able to innovate, it faces decline and extinction. I could not agree with him more, for in all of my years helping companies, I have witnessed far too many that wait until they are in decline or experiencing shrinking markets, stale product offerings or products that are being commoditized to begin innovating. They usually do not have the resources once in decline to be successful, which is why it is important to build a culture of innovation while your business is strong and healthy.