Entries by Chris Cosper

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Annual Planning: It's a Process, Not an Event

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Sep 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

A CEO has many responsibilities, and among the top is ensuring the company has a sound plan and budget going into each new year...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Win the Talent War: 10 Expert Tips for Today's Job Market

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Aug 26, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, the competition for recruiting and retaining top talent has never been tougher. Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Coaching: Increase CEO Effectiveness with The CEO Multiplier Effect

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

Someone asked me recently to explain what business coaching is, and I realized there’s not one simple answer. It means different things..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What you Must do to Increase the Value of your Growing Firm

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 10:10 AM

By now, most of us are familiar with Verne Harnish’s book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do To Increase the Value of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Topgrading: 10 Expert Tips for Topgrading Interview Questions

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Topgrading is a methodology of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining top talent developed by Brad Smart and Geoff Smart..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Huddles: The Benefits of a Daily Huddle Meeting (Even Virtual)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your Daily Huddle meeting going? Over time, it’s easy for this habit to begin feeling a little stale, and you might even start..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Welcome to the Team!  15 Tips for Effective Onboarding (Checklist)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sun, May 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Do you spend more money on going away parties when someone leaves the company than you do welcome parties when someone joins?  This was..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

My Huddle - Daily Huddle With Myself

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I’m a big fan of the Daily Huddle. I’ve been huddling in different companies and with different teams since 2001, and I’ve never once..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

The Daily Huddle Meeting: A Key Component in Mastering the Rockefeller Habits [Video]

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 06:27 PM

“Are you kidding me? Have a meeting every day! We already have way too many meetings. The last thing my team wants to do is add another..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

The Art of the Daily Huddle: Cascade Meeting Huddles

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your huddle? I’ve written about huddles before and honestly believe they can be a breakthrough component in building..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Encouraging Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:04 AM

“We need more accountability around here.”  “We need to hold people accountable.”  This is one of the most consistent themes we hear..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are an executive team member, a department leader, or a member of the team, the role you play in the company is unique and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mid Market Companies: The Top Business Challenges Survey

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

At our annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, we had the opportunity to survey our audience of over 150 mid-market..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Garner Support for Your Annual Plan

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Recently, I’ve noticed that many of our clients are involving more and more people in the planning process. As they head into Annual..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Change Management Tips for Leaders: 3 Tips for Successful Change

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

“Innovation is the key to success.”

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

“You must create a culture of continuous improvement.”

Here..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Smooth Sailing in Rough Waters: Use KPIs to Throw a Lifeline

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Isn’t it funny how quickly our workload can change? One day we’re doing fine, managing our daily tasks, making progress on our priorities

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lean Quarterly Planning: How Complex Companies Plan & Drive Out Waste

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The primary goal of any lean initiative is to drive out waste. Have you considered whether or not you have waste in your quarterly..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Secret to Rhythm Systems Success

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

Over the past 10 years, we have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of companies around the world. Our observations and..

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Are You Getting Good ROI on Your Planning Sessions?

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Your planning sessions are important and expensive. Whether they’re Quarterly Planning Sessions, Annual Planning Sessions, or Strategic..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

It’s Time For Your Company Health Check

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Is your company consistently getting the results you desire? By results, I mean both top line revenue results and bottom line profit..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

OOPS!  Why Traditional Performance Appraisals Might Be A Big Mistake

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Aubrey Daniels is a clinical psychologist who has spent more than thirty years dedicated to helping people and organizations apply the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Rhythms to Grow Your Business

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Growing a successful business is complicated, messy, and hard. Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, your customers..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Annual Planning for Departmental Groups

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Annual Planning is a key component in any successful company's Plan Rhythm. It's the linchpin that connects strategy to execution. It's..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Does Your Comp Plan Reinforce a Culture of Earning or Entitlement?

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

More and more, we are seeing companies move away from the old-school habit of Annual Performance  Reviews and focus on creating an..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

“I Can Support That” - The Difference Between Agreement and Support

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The best teams are diverse in thinking and will always bring a variety of ideas and solutions. They are able to put all of these ideas..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Team Development: Leadership Through the 4 Stages of Team Development

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Do you know where your team falls in the natural progression of team development? In 1965, Bruce Tuckman researched group development..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Rules of Improv to Improve Your Business

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In honor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s awesome job hosting the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week, I’m inspired to share a few rules..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Greatest Superhero Coach of All Time - It Takes a Village

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve been a business growth coach for almost a decade, and before that, I was a CEO who had a coach. At Rhythm Systems, I’m the head of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Checklist for Rhythm Success

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Over the past 8 years, we have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of companies around the world. Our observations and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Core Purpose - It’s All About You, Not Your Customers (Sort of)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Jim Collins refers to your Core Purpose as your company’s reason for being.  It answers the big question WHY?  “Why do we exist as a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Use a “Think Rhythm” to Find Your X-Factor

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, May 6, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

An X-Factor is your company’s unique solution to an industry bottleneck that has the potential to give you a 10X advantage over your..

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Quarterly Planning for Companies With 50+ Employees

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 06:43 AM
Quarterly Planning time is upon us again.  In our company, Rhythm Systems, that’s a big deal.  Each one of our consultants will be..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

New Book: Flip the Pyramid

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

Our longtime client and friend, Greg Slamowitz, Cofounder and Co-CEO of Ambrose Employer Group has just published a new book called ..

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Making the Most of Your Metrics

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

The start of a new year is a great time to clean up your KPI dashboards.  It’s so easy to think of one more metric we want to track,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Set Great Expectations for Your Annual Planning

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

Bringing your team together for a few days of Annual Planning requires a big investment of time, energy and money.  You may have flown..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Turn Your Onboarding Process Into a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:53 AM

So, you take Jim Collins’ First Who, Then What principle seriously.  You invest a tremendous amount of time sourcing and selecting the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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