Barry Pruitt

Barry Pruitt
Barry is a Rhythm Consultant. He has years of experience helping clients get in a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm to grow their business with purpose. He is also a professional speaker and expert meeting facilitator.
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4 Steps to Get Your Team Past Issues and Problems

By: Barry PruittFri, Mar 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Everyone hits a ceiling of complexity. Teens hit a level of complexity in sports, class, and social situations. Entrepreneurs hit levels of complexity in sales, collections, culture, communication, focus, size, number of members, and more. The teams and companies that succeed are the ones that figure out how to solve problems better, faster. And that’s a ceiling of complexity that I observe in many fast growth companies. A one-person entrepreneur shop can move fast, make decisions quickly, and re-chart direction as often as needed. Small companies with few employees can circle a conference table and hammer out solutions. Yet, as your company and teams grow, it gets progressively harder to solve problems in a timely manner.

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Topics: Ceiling of Complexity, Business Execution

7 Ways You Can Become a Best Place to Work with Employee Engagement

By: Barry PruittTue, Feb 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As a consultant, I get the chance to walk into many offices just like yours. I meet team members just like your team members. And sometimes, I can’t wait to leave that company’s office, just like some of the employees. Does that describe where you’re working now? Only you can say.

So, why care about your team members and employees? Simple. If you’re growing a business, it will be built on those you employ. That requires two things: first, find the best team members, and second, keep them. It sounds easy yet every company I’ve worked with has struggled with people, and very few have had consistent success in hiring and keeping the best players.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

The Road to Hell (is Paved with Good Intentions)

By: Barry PruittThu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I bet you recall with great clarity the time that you had good intent yet got negative results. Forget that you meant to be helpful, accommodating, and complimentary - the result was negative, the feedback harsh, and you felt blindsided. Welcome to what has been described for decades as the road to hell … the one paved with good intentions.

As an entrepreneur, I can think of many examples where I’ve paved the wrong road. I have learned a simple strategy to help you pave the right road by triangulating on your best outcome. The process is simple in theory, a bit harder to execute, and powerful in results. The focus is on three points, in order, to triangulate the desired outcome: Intent, behavior, and impact.

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Topics: Leadership

Stop Being a Monkey: Low-Hanging Fruit Leads to Failure

By: Barry PruittSun, Jan 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

It’s exhilarating to start a company. You have a dream, you wear many hats, you have the constant challenge of managing time from one duty to another, you get to watch your progress brick by brick, and so on. It’s also exhausting. There's never enough time or energy to focus on one thing and complete it well, a feeling of never being caught up, no one to cover you for a day off, limited resources for new opportunities, etc.

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Topics: Ceiling of Complexity, Think

7 Steps to Tighten Your Steering and Drive Out Leadership Waste

By: Barry PruittSun, Dec 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It was my first car. You’ll remember yours, the great memories, the funny quirks, how perfect it seemed … and perhaps you remember a few of the faults. My first car pictured here was a 1959 Studebaker Lark VI. It fit in my budget. The local technical college auto bodywork class practiced their skills for less than $50 in paint and had the car looking great, and the auto mechanic class rebuilt the undersized inline 6-cylinder engine for the costs of parts. I then added carpet that my Dad acquired, and after paying for new blue vinyl seat covers, she was looking pretty good. Yet, even with all that cosmetic and engine work, this car still didn’t steer well.

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Topics: Leadership

Disproportional Influence: Problem Identification and Lag Time

By: Barry PruittSun, Dec 4, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine the circular conversation in your workplace. The movie you’ve seen before, where you know the outcome, and can predict that there will be no change. It’s likely the conversation happens in the hallway, the restroom, or after hours while having pizza. It’s the one where you conclude in the end that your company (or team) is just that way, no one would listen and it’s always been that way. Productive team members work around them, they’re known as just lazy, etc. It’s the déjà vu conversation that nothing ever changes – things just stay the same. I’ve had them and so have you.

You can imagine I was pleased as emcee for Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference to have Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Conversations, confirmed as a speaker. I was giddy to have the chance to hear confirmation of what I learned from our earlier 2-day training on Crucial Conversations. I was expecting sort of a refresher on material I’d previously learned. Even so, deep inside, I was a bit sad for our attendees. They would only get what seemed to me like a small spoon at the ice cream shop, you know, the one that’s used for tasting only. They wouldn’t be filled, but I knew they’d like the flavor.

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Topics: People, Leadership

Engage Your Team and End the Year Strong

By: Barry PruittSun, Nov 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

You write the script, set the stage, and make up the characters. If you don’t like the story, it’s time for a rewrite. When it comes to engaging your team, you’re writing the script minute-by-minute, week-by-week. 

You may have wondered what successful leaders have in common with each other that puts them at a higher performance level from others in the workplace. They may all have differing skill sets and management styles, but they all share a sophisticated understanding of the power behind nonverbal intelligence skills. Even simple habits or acts can result in a strong impression on others. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement

What the Twit - Is Social Media a Waste of an Entrepreneur's Time?

By: Barry PruittTue, Nov 1, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In an effort to build connections with other professionals, I opened my Twitter account in June 2009. I waited. I waited a bit longer. Gee, where were all the requests to connect? And, as I watched the comments on Twitter, I wondered how could I ever do this? I didn’t see value, and who had the time?

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Topics: Social Media

11 Ways to Kill Your Business Value

By: Barry PruittThu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Most entrepreneurs and leaders know when their team isn’t aligned or working in the most efficient way. It
shows up in petty arguments, protection of resources or turf, being blindsided by priority failure, customer issues, cash flow problems, and on and on. As a leader, you feel the knot in your stomach or a mental cloud that follows you wherever you go. Even if you can’t articulate the issue, you can feel it. I’ve seen hundreds of team and individual patterns, which can typically be traced to a lack of alignment and transparency. Ultimately, this can kill the value, if not the operation, of your business.

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Topics: Business Execution

How To Double Your Return From Any Conference - Part 2

By: Barry PruittThu, Oct 6, 2016 @ 09:00 PM

If the event does not help you think differently, do something more effectively or, succeed at something that you would not have otherwise done, there is no event value. Whether you feel good about the event or not, the measurable success criteria is value.

If you read my last blog, you know my objective is for you to have a way to first determine if conference attendance is worth it, and second, to squeeze every bit of investment return from attending – much like a seasoned tax accountant in preparation for year end.

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Topics: Breakthrough Conference