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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Examples of Crucial Conversation at Work: 5 Common Causes in the Workplace

Alicia Croke Mon, Jan 27, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Recently we held a webinar with VitalSmarts on Crucial Conversations in the workplace. I learned a lot from both Patrick and Chase. I wanted to know what were common causes of crucial conversations. I did a little research and found a few examplesI wanted to share from the book, Crucial Conversations.

3 Team KPIs for A Successful Team

Alicia Croke Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Every week you sit down with your team and discuss what you need to get done to be effective. How often do you enter the meeting dreading it or leave it feeling burnt out? When you meet with your team, you should focus on fixing problems and not statusing your projects. At Rhythm Systems, we use a few KPIs religiously at our weekly adjustment meetings. Check them out below!

5 Reasons Why Strategy Execution Fails

Alicia Croke Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

We are already two-quarters deep this year. How is your 2017 plan going so far? Is it already careening off its track, middling along, or right on target?

If you have found that your plan is already off track, have no fear! Harvard Business Review to the rescue! Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull found five myths that cause strategy execution failure. 

How to Have a Productive Company Culture (Infographic)

Alicia Croke Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Company culture is important. If disengaged workers were engaged, they would boost U.S. productivity by $79 billion a year

A boost like that to productivity could be a huge benefit to your company. Good culture and productivity go hand in hand. If your firm is weak in culture, productivity will suffer.

So how do you ensure the right ratio of fun and productivity?

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

Alicia Croke Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I felt like time has been getting away from me. I am sure many of us feel like that at the beginning of a new year after the lull of the holidays. Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert, knows all about how we feel we don't have enough time. I recently watched her Ted Talk, "How to Gain Control of Your Free Time." 

Are You Making These 3 Leadership Mistakes?

Alicia Croke Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As Annual Planning approaches for many companies, leadership teams are sitting down to develop their goals for 2018. How was your 2017? Did you get everything accomplished that you had hoped? Are you closer or farther away from your BHAG?

To develop a stronger leadership team in 2018, start with Annual Planning. Watch out for the three leadership mistakes below during your Annual Planning meeting to have a constructive session!

4 Things CEOs Need to Know about Activist Investors

Alicia Croke Wed, Sep 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The term activist investor has been floating around Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal for a while now. Activist investors are turning up the heat in companies all over the market, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Buffalo Wild Wings. What exactly is an activist investor? What do they do and how do they impact your business?

According to Investopedia, "An activist investor is an individual or group that purchases large numbers of a public company's shares and/or tries to obtain seats on the company's board with the goal of effecting a major change in the company." 

5 Ways a CEO Should Think About HR

Alicia Croke Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The Human Resource budget is one of the biggest budgets a CEO sees on his desk every day. Gallup "estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year." 

As a CEO, you are constantly under pressure to meet shareholders' needs and stay under budget. Your human capital is one way to keep a healthy chunk of your budget in check. Our CEO, Patrick Thean, shared with me some ways a successful CEO should think about Human Capital Management.

5 Tips on Time Management From Busy Leaders

Alicia Croke Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our team sat down with our some of our panelists for our Women In Leadership breakfast at the upcoming Breakthrough Conference. I was happy to sit back and soak up all the knowledge I could from these inspiring ladies and men. One thing rang through crystal clear from our calls with them: how to manage time effectively with life and business.

3 Industry Leaders in Charlotte's Growing Tech Scene

Alicia Croke Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Did you know that Charlotte was recently voted as one of the best cities for tech outside of California and New York?