Alan Gehringer

Alan Gehringer
Alan is a Rhythm Consultant. He has years of experience helping clients get into a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm to profitably grow their business with purpose. He is an expert meeting facilitator, critical thinker, lifelong learner and a good listener. He is committed to helping clients reach their business goals by drawing on his experience and family business background.
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Have You Determined What Sandbox You Want Your Company to Play In?

By: Alan GehringerFri, Feb 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Determining your Sandbox is the first step in the five step process to develop your Brand Promise and a very important one that will have a huge impact on how successful and profitable your company will be. 

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Topics: Brand Promise

Do Your New Hires Have a Plan to Succeed?

By: Alan GehringerTue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I help develop and review a lot of annual and quarterly plans, and one thing I see in most of them is an initiative or priority around hiring key people. Most of the clients we work with use TopGrading or a similar approach to successfully screen, interview, and hire the best people for each position. These efforts are very important and necessary to build the right team. The thing we do not talk about as much is how to make people successful when they accept the position. At Rhythm Systems, we have a very detailed 90-day plan to onboard new consultants so that they are prepared to give our customers the best possible experience and service. Not every company does. Some of your new hires may come with a plan, but I bet most do not.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Did Curiosity Really Kill the Cat?

By: Alan GehringerSun, Jan 8, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Merriam-Webster Definition of Curiosity

  1. 1:  desire to know: 
         a:  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness 
         b:  interest leading to inquiry <intellectual curiosity>
  2. archaic:  undue nicety or fastidiousness
  3. 3   a:  one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics 
         b:  an unusual knickknack :  curio 
         c:  a curious trait or aspect

So, how curious are you?

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Topics: Leadership

How to Be a Fit CEO for 2017

By: Alan GehringerThu, Dec 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

To give your business an edge against the competition in 2017, you might be considering some ways to level yourself up in the process. Instead of looking for extra hours, more meetings, and hiring new personnel to help you tackle it all, have you considered using fitness to your advantage? The benefits of being physically active and healthy are many, but for the business-minded, the boost in mental productivity, creativity, and optimism are three tools you need to increase your success in the coming year. 

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Topics: Leadership

Go on Muda Walk to Identify the 7 Deadly Wastes

By: Alan GehringerTue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

We have an internal team that meets weekly and goes by the name “CANI." Although I was trained as an industrial engineer, this was a term that I did not know. CANI stands for continuous and never-ending improvement and was brought to us by our own Melissa Enriquez. Our CANI team has accomplished a lot by meeting weekly with different groups to work on and develop new processes. I just mentioned this in the submission I wrote for our annual culture book and thought, it might be a good time to write a little about LEAN and one of the main objectives of the Toyota Production System (TPS) developed by Taiichi Ohno and Eiji Toyoda. 

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Topics: Manufacturing

What Do You Think the Role of A Leader Is? (Poll)

By: Alan GehringerTue, Dec 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I am taking a poll on what you think the role of a leader is. There are a lot of good answers to this question that I have heard, read, and practiced through the years. Let me share three primary ones I recently came across that I think are good, quick reminders for those who lead in their organizations.

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Topics: Leadership

5 Tips for New Leaders from Sandler Training’s CEO

By: Alan GehringerTue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended a regional leadership forum held by my friend, John Moore. I always enjoy the opportunity to network with local business leaders as most of my work is done virtually or out of the area these days. It is also a great opportunity to share experiences and learn from other leaders. If you have not attended a forum like this, I encourage you to seek one out in your area. 

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Topics: Leadership

Rethink Your Role as an Entrepreneur

By: Alan GehringerSun, Nov 13, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

A few уеаrѕ аgо, I rеаd The E-Mуth Rеvіѕіtеd. It was аn еntеrtаіnіng eye-ореnеr thаt hеlреd сhаngе my thoughts on how to run a buѕіnеѕѕ. I have always like the idea of running your business like a franchise so that it is replicable and scalable. I also think the approach encourages you to run your business in a manner that makes it sellable when you are ready to do so. Evеrу реrѕоn thіnkіng of runnіng a buѕіnеѕѕ ѕhоuld аbѕоlutеlу read thіѕ bооk.

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Topics: Business Execution

The Right Coach Can Bring Out the Best in You and Your Business

By: Alan GehringerTue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coach. These stats are from a Stanford University/The Miles Group survey.

Whether уоu ореrаtе a buѕіnеѕѕ bу yourself or mаnаgе а team or a division, runnіng a business іѕ not аn еаѕу job. It dоеѕn't mаttеr whеthеr уоu have juѕt ѕtаrtеd оr hаvе bееn іn it for a lоng time, thеrе аrе аlwауѕ ways to mаkе уоur business and yourself more successful. Hіrіng a coach саn be just whаt you nееd tо tаkе уоur buѕіnеѕѕ tо thе nеxt level. Cоасhеѕ hеlр guіdе, аdvіѕе and act as a sounding board tо help you make thе bеѕt decisions fоr уоur еntеrрrіѕе. Buѕіnеѕѕ advisors are a particularly grеаt bеnеfіt to hаvе durіng a downturn, because thеу hаvе thе еxреrіеnсе, patterns and foresight tо provide you with options and support to navigate the storm.

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Topics: Business Coaching

Richard Branson's Risk Taking Strategy

By: Alan GehringerSun, Oct 16, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I have this great book I picked up ten or so years ago titledThe Book of Entrepreneurial Wisdom edited by Peter Krass. It is full of short excerpts from some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. I pick it up from time to time when I need a bit of inspiration. This time, I turned to the chapter Richard Branson wrote on “Risk Taking.” I have long been a fan of Sir Richard and the approach he takes to life and business. I thought I would summarize the key points he makes. Richard Branson has won on a lot of the bets he has made and lost on a few as well. One thing for sure, he is not afraid to take risks, and he has a strategy for how he goes about it. 

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Topics: Strategic Planning