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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10 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Your Manufacturing Company

By: Alan GehringerTue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 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. Being fully engaged means different things to different people, but here are some key approaches to consider. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Employee Engagement

Increase Your Focus and Gain a Competitive Edge

By: Alan GehringerTue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Getting more focused, more productive, and more accountable. 

We all talk about doing this as a New Year's Resolution for our companies. But we rarely focus on ourselves as a major component in the overall energy of the business, possibly because we are so busy simply trying to get things done and run the business. What can you do to gain a competitive edge in 2017?

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Topics: Execution

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