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Rhythm Blog | Jessica Wishart

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Why You Can't Miss the 2019 Breakthrough Conference

Jessica Wishart Thu, Jun 6, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

"Spectacular keynote speeches, incredibly, relevant, informative breakout sessions. Thank you!"

“Loved the human element of business that these sessions brought to the conference”

“Very powerful speakers on Breakthroughs… keep it up!”

“Just kudos. I really enjoyed the speakers. Great insights!”

"The registration/check in process was fantastic! Easiest and friendliest group of people. Thank you!”

The secret’s out - our attendees love our Breakthrough Conference. We have some clients who have attended and brought their teams every single year. Want to know what you’ve been missing? 

Push and Pull: Mastering the Characteristics of Great Leadership

Jessica Wishart Tue, Jun 4, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

"Ultimately, leadership is the ability to thrive in the ambiguity of paradoxes and opposites.” - Brené Brown, Dare to Lead

I have a yoga teacher who likes to emphasize the apparent contradictions in poses. She’ll say things that sound impossible like, “Ground down and reach for the sky.” How can you be both grounded and reaching? Pulling up and pushing down at the same time sounds like nonsense, but when I listen to her cues and actually try to push with my legs and lift with my arms, I feel a huge difference - I create new space in the pose. It turns out breathing into these paradoxes is important in leadership, too.

40 KPI Examples for the Service Industry (Updated for 2019)

Jessica Wishart Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

Research shows that our economy is largely being driven by middle-market firms, especially those in the service industries. Key Performance Indicators (KPIS) are one of the most effective tools for service companies to manage their growth, cash flow, customer retention and customer satisfaction.  According to a press release from American Express: 

How to Conduct an Effective Annual Planning Meeting for 2020

Jessica Wishart Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

You can make an argument that your company’s annual planning meeting is the most important thing you do all year. Each of your quarterly execution plans will anchor off of the decisions you make during the yearly planning meeting, and those quarterly plans are what drive the focus of your team’s weekly and daily execution. Plus, your Annual Plan has to move your company’s long-term strategic goals forward and be aligned to your core foundational strategy. Not to mention that you usually have your company’s most expensive leadership team in the room for one or two days - the cost is high and there’s a lot riding on this important business planning meeting.  Don't worry, we have over a dozen years of experience in strategic planning meetings, and we can help get you on the right track.

Employee KPI Examples for 2019: How to Measure What You Want to Move (Video)

Jessica Wishart Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

It is no secret that your people are instrumental to the success of your business. In order to have a great company, you not only have to hire the right people and get them in the right seats as Jim Collins says, you also have to work to retain and engage those people once you have them.  The best companies use key performance indicators for employees to make sure that they are getting the most out of their most important investment - their employees.  Having the right set of quality metrics can greatly improve your performance management in creating a high-performing team.

Follow Up: The Key To Leadership Development

Jessica Wishart Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

"The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” - Peter Drucker

I recently read a report called “Leadership is a Contact Sport” based on a study completed by Marshall Goldsmith and Howard Morgan on the effectiveness of leadership development. They studied different types of leadership development programs in eight different large companies in various industries (including some international corporations); the leadership development activities studied included onsite and offsite executive coaching, long-term and event-based learning, formal classroom training and on the job training. From this study, the researchers determined that successful leadership development programs had one thing in common in their leadership journey - follow up.

Why Your KPIs Still Need A Human Touch [Infographic]

Jessica Wishart Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Think about the last time you wondered about something, or had an argument with your friend or spouse … What did you do? Pull out your phone and Google the answer? Probably. We have more information at our fingertips now than we could possibly know what to do with, for better or for worse.

A study described in this Fast Company article illustrates that more information can actually impair our ability to make good decisions. In addition to the risk of fixating on small details described in the article, you also run the risk of “going blind” from looking at too many data points.

What Your BI Data Visualization Tool Isn’t Telling You About Your Strategic Initiatives

Jessica Wishart Thu, May 23, 2019 @ 11:24 AM

There are lots of tools out there that will take your key performance indicators and show you beautiful KPI charts and graphs. For those of us who love data and feel strongly that having the right information at our fingertips to make informed decisions is critical, this is pretty exciting. Bringing a spreadsheet to life in a powerful visual can really make an impact and help you glean important insights from trends in data over time. That being said, a word of caution—these business intelligence data visualization tools are cool, but they are missing some pretty key pieces of the puzzle—especially when trying to execute your strategic initiatives.

How Your Attachment Style Shows Up at Work

Jessica Wishart Tue, May 21, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

90,000 hours—that’s how long an average person spends at work over the course of a lifetime, according to a study cited in Business Insider. 90,000 hours! And that may be on the conservative side; a more recent study I saw said we spend 13 years and 2 months of our lives at work. That’s over 115,000 hours. Most likely, the only activity you’ll spend more time on in your lifetime is sleeping (or trying to sleep).

Focus and the Myth of Work-Life Balance

Jessica Wishart Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

I recently wrote about how leadership is a balancing act. The more I think about it, life is a balancing act. We are all faced with competing priorities and a million things vying for our attention in any given moment. Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, and with the time we are supposed to be enjoying our life outside of work, many of us spend it working, too—whether continuing our work from the office (since we have little separation now in the digital age) or doing various forms of domestic work.