Jessica Wishart

Jessica Wishart
Jessica is the Training & Innovation Expert at Rhythm Systems. She has experience in Client Services and Rhythm software technical support. Her background is in Community Counseling.
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What I Learned about Leadership from Parenting a Toddler

By: Jessica WishartTue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I will never forget this moment. I leave work a few minutes early to rush to daycare and pick up my then 13-month-old daughter to take her home where my mother is eagerly waiting for her. Because of massive flooding in their hometown, my parents (who desperately tried everything to get here) missed her first birthday party the month before. My mom quickly scheduled this visit to make up for the missed birthday, and even this trip she had trouble getting here. She was supposed to arrive Sunday, but due to mechanical issues with her flight, she didn’t get to my house until Monday afternoon. So, I had a bit of urgency to get my Lena home to see her KayKay. And this is the moment she chooses to exercise her newly found toddler independence for the first time. She’s happy enough to come with me to the car, but when the time comes to get in her car seat, she stands, arches her back, clenches her fists, and holds her breath to build up the scream - her face is bright red, she’s shaking her head frantically - “NO!” She will not get in the car seat.

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Topics: Leadership

How to Kill Workplace Drama (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartWed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a recent post, Cindy outlined the shocking statistics on workplace silence that we learned in a recent webinar we co-hosted with VitalSmarts. Chase McMillan shared that most of us choose silence when faced with a potentially difficult conversation at work. While it might seem better in the moment to avoid a conversation that could be heated or uncomfortable, withholding our views from the discussion means that the team has less information to make good decisions; "The group IQ shrinks" as Chase put it.

In addition to this vast cost of silence, not speaking up about common workplace issues can have damaging effects on employee engagement, relationships, deadlines, budgets and culture - a hefty price tag for any company.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Got Rhythm? Rhythm Methodology Top 10 List (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartThu, Feb 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve helped hundreds of mid-market companies achieve breakthroughs and get more initiatives done successfully. We've developed supporting software and lots of tools, and our consultants love to dive deep with clients and work on business challenges using multiple weapons. It can get pretty complex. Patrick Thean wrote a book about it, and we even designed a Certification program to teach the world. But, truthfully, what we do is simple. We've boiled it down to 10 simple statements.

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Topics: Rhythm

Maximize the Value of Job Scorecards (Video)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we are huge fans of a simple tool called the Job Scorecard. It can be used in so many extremely valuable ways to help you build a strong, accountable team of A Players. It does take some time to think about and document Job Scorecards for each role on your team, but that investment of time is worth it, especially if you follow these tips to use the Job Scorecard over time.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Listen Up - A Critical Leadership Skill We Often Take For Granted

By: Jessica WishartTue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Effective listening is a key attribute for leaders (and for people in general). If you are a manager, this skill can help you unlock the keys to employee engagement and lead your team to increasingly superior performance. Yet, I find that it is something we frequently take for granted. Even though I have a Masters in counseling and spent two years studying and honing this particular skill, I still find myself falling into the familiar traps - nodding my head while my brain drifts off in another direction, interrupting with my own great idea, or pretending to listen while I’m really just formulating my brilliant response. As I said, listening is a skill, which is good and bad - this means that you can develop it and get better at it over time, and it also means that your listening skills can become rusty if you don’t practice them on a regular basis. So, whether you are a professional listener or just becoming aware of the need to work on this skill, we can all use a refresher from time to time, especially since there are few things more important to your ability to effectively relate to others both personally and professionally. 

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement

Improve Employee Engagement with More Women in Leadership

By: Jessica WishartTue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Employee engagement can be a tough nut to crack. Even if you think that everyone is contributing at high levels, the research says that only 32% of all employees are engaged… if you do the math, you’ve probably got some people on your team who aren’t giving it their all. And, in this competitive landscape, you need all the brain power and sweat equity you can get from your team. So, what improves employee engagement? We know it is more complicated than quarterly bonuses and a company Christmas party. However, you might have a secret weapon to boost engagement sitting under your nose.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

How to Finally Keep Your New Year's Resolutions (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Despite the myth that doing something for 21 days in a row is all it takes to establish a new habit, according to scientific evidence, it can take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to form a new habit; the average is 66 days. If there's a new habit you'd like to form in 2017, you're not alone. Most Americans usually make a New Year's resolution of some kind. New Year's resolutions tend to involve establishing new habits; the most common in 2016 were "Lose weight," "Get organized," "Spend less, save more," and "Enjoy life to the fullest."

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Topics: People

The Secret to Getting It All Done

By: Jessica WishartThu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

At our Breakthrough Conference this year, our head of products, Ryan Walcott, presented a breakout session called “The Secret to Getting It All Done.” Wow - that’s quite a title, and not surprisingly, the session was packed. I think we all find ourselves wishing we had more time - watching our to-do lists grow or having that feeling that we just can’t keep up with all the work we have to do, both personally and professionally. In addition to being our head of products and consulting with a handful of clients, Ryan is also a pastor at a local church and has seven children. As a mother of one who feels lucky to make it to church at all some weeks, I was very interested to hear what he has to say on this topic.

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Topics: Breakthrough Conference

How to Conduct an Annual Planning Meeting

By: Jessica WishartFri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 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 this session, 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 executives in the room for two days - the cost is high and there’s a lot riding on this one meeting.

No pressure, right?

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Topics: Annual Planning

Write an Inspiring Annual Plan Using a Destination Postcard (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Nov 6, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I bet you’re not going into Annual Planning this year thinking, “Gee, I’d really like to have a pretty slow year where our company doesn’t accomplish much.” I bet you have big dreams for the year ahead - important initiatives you want to kick off, lofty revenue goals you’re shooting for, new products you want to launch or customers or acquisitions you can’t wait to land.

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