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Monthly Meetings: Align Your Leadership Team Engage Your Employees

Jessica Wishart Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

For many companies, the idea of the monthly meeting can feel like a burden in an already overly scheduled calendar. Why is this leadership meeting, in the midst of so many other meetings, important?

This monthly leadership meeting with employees is your key to building the team, learning together, solving problems, working on specific issues, and reinforcing your company’s culture, initiatives and goals. 

MBOs, OKRs, KPIs and What the Best Goals Have in Common

Jessica Wishart Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Businesses looking to implement goal setting best practices are often drowning in a sea of acronyms that can be hard to navigate. What’s better - MBOs or OKRs? Where do KPIs fit in? Should I have SMART goals or stretch goals or something else? There are lots of tools and frameworks and different acronyms out there, but there are some key elements of effective goal-setting that underlie all of the most effective business goals.

First, let’s clarify the terminology a little bit. I’ll give a brief explanation of what MBOs, OKRs, and KPIs are and what the pros and cons may be for each.

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Jessica Wishart Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

“It’s like Christmas!” Our Head of Consulting, Chris Cosper, practically gushed as our team gathered on the day before our 5th annual Breakthrough Conference. She was right - we look forward to this event all year. It’s our time to bring the whole “family” together - our clients, partners, friends and team. We also work hard to prepare a celebration packed with gifts of exceptional content, meaningful connections, and a memorable experience.

This year’s sold-out Breakthrough Conference had many magic moments, and here are a few highlights I wanted to share:

Annual Planning: 2 Lessons from Elephant and Piggie

Jessica Wishart Fri, Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:03 PM

As a parent with young kids, I read a lot of children’s books (many of the same ones over and over again to the point of having them memorized). One of my two-year-old’s favorites at the moment is called Let’s Go for a Drive!, and I was struck as I was reading it for the hundredth time last night that it has an important lesson for business leaders as well as toddlers. It’s about an overly-anxious elephant who likes to make plans and his carefree friend, Piggie. Elephant suggests they go for a drive, recommends they make a plan and thinks through various things they may need for the drive—the plan includes bringing a map, sunglasses, an umbrella, and bags to put all the stuff in. The last piece of the plan is where things start to break down; Elephant and Piggie realize rather late in the planning process that neither of them has a car. Obviously, this changes the plan significantly.

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jessica Wishart Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Your Brand Promise is the commitment to your customers that really matters to them and differentiates you from your competition.  It is one of the most important building blocks help you win more of the right customers by helping you focus on how you sell your product/service to your Core Customer. 

What makes a Brand Promise “good” is not only its appeal to your Core Customer and its ability to help you close sales with them, but also your ability to consistently deliver on that promise.  You'll find that most of the brand promise examples listed below you are already familiar with as they clearly define the what the brand promises the customer and is used heavily in their marketing as it completely aligns with their brand.

25 KPI Examples For Manufacturing Companies (Updated for 2020)

Jessica Wishart Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Because Rhythm strategy execution software acts as a framework for pulling together into one single system many improvement initiatives and management tools that are popular among manufacturing companies, many of our most successful clients come from the manufacturing industry. One area that our clients come to us for help with is determining the right manufacturing KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for their manufacturing metrics dashboard to drive performance.  Some production managers are not sure where to start, and many are measuring so many things that their manufacturing metrics are just noise, not driving action or change to drive your operating efficiency and product planning KPIs.

Download our free KPI Guide to help you drive results with KPIs.

Manufacturing KPI Examples

Daily Huddle Meeting Template and Examples from Real Companies Just Like Yours

Jessica Wishart Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

What is a huddle meeting?  The daily huddle meeting has been common practice for many companies for ages. No matter your industry (manufacturing, healthcare, technology, etc.) or size, a daily team huddle can be a good idea to increase alignment, communication, and productivity for your teams. According to an article in Inc magazine, huddles "keep companies focused on the same strategic goals, ensure timely answers to pressing questions, and enforce team accountability because everyone knows what everyone else is up to."  The face to face time every 24 hours keeps team members aligned and on task.

In theory, implementing a daily meeting with your team sounds simple. Establish some ground rules and stick to them. Typically, the rules include no problem-solving or rabbit holes, start on time, end on time (no more than 15 minutes). Keeping this meeting short and sweet is essential to its effectiveness. Include the right people, and if your organization is larger or more complex, cascade this habit to your departmental teams. Customize a simple daily huddle agenda so you are sharing only the essential information.  Daily huddle questions can spark the discussions needed to make sure that the team has a great day.

40 KPI Examples for the Service Industry (Updated for 2020)

Jessica Wishart Wed, Oct 30, 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 Wed, Oct 30, 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.

Annual Planning: Do You Have the Discipline to Focus This Year?

Jessica Wishart Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Fall is upon us. School is back in session, the leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks… and many, many Executive Teams are gathering in conference rooms for the yearly ritual of Annual Planning. In many cases they are clearing their schedules for two full days, traveling to a different location, and spending hours preparing ahead of time for this important event. Why is this such an important ritual?