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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Why There's Still Hope for Your New Year's Resolution

Jessica Wishart Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Did you have a New Year’s Resolution this year? Any new habits you were trying to develop? How are those new habits coming along? We’re a few months in to 2020, and if you believe the data, you’ve probably fallen off the proverbial wagon by now on those new habits.

Anecdotal evidence does suggest that it is a lot easier to find a parking place at the gym now than it was in the first few weeks of January, so I’m inclined to believe the data that only 64% of people who make resolutions are keeping them a month later, and only 8% successfully complete them. Forming new habits is hard. Changing old behaviors is really, really hard!

Don’t give up yet! If you are trying to start a new habit, here’s a list of tricks to try:

Maximize Your Effectiveness with Custom KPI Dashboards

Jessica Wishart Fri, Feb 14, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

In Rhythm software, there are few different lenses to view your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). You can view them in a Scorecard to ensure you have a balance between people and process metrics. You also have a couple of different ways to look at all of the KPIs in a particular group: either as an EnergyMap so you can see at a glance how the linked Individual Priorities are going, or on the 13 Week Race tab so you can see how the status of your KPIs has changed over the course of the quarter.

Finally, Custom Dashboards are perhaps the most powerful tool for viewing KPIs in your weekly meeting. Here, you have the ability to select exactly which KPIs you want to view together regardless of which group the KPIs are in. You can arrange your data to tell the specific story you need to hear. Here are a few examples of how you can use Custom KPI Dashboards to maximize your effectiveness:

4 Tips to Improve Your Company's Focus

Jessica Wishart Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Focus. Sounds good, right? It may sound easy enough, but I’ve seen over and over again that people, companies and teams with the best of intentions don’t get this right.

Let’s start with the individual benefits of focus. From a personal productivity perspective, if you are able to focus on one task at a time, you will make decisions faster, produce higher quality work with fewer errors, and feel more positive and less stressed. However, it is nearly impossible to block out constant distractions in our modern lives. To really focus, you need to block out email, text messages, social media, news alerts and more. This is hard.

25 KPI Examples For Manufacturing Companies (Updated for 2020)

Jessica Wishart Sun, Feb 2, 2020 @ 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

Classic BHAG Examples (Still Relevant in 2020)

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

I recently re-read the HBR article entitled "Building Your Company's Vision" by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, and I was struck by the great examples they gave to illustrate different types of Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). If you are asking yourself "What is a BHAG?" or struggling to come up with an audacious goal for the first time, these examples will help you get started as it is a powerful tool to align your company around a single mission statement. These may also be helpful if you are working with your team to reset after accomplishing your 10-25 year visionary goal. Don't let your team fall into the trap of complacency after reaching the finish line of one BHAG (pronounced bee hag); celebrate your success, and then reset. Having a long term, a visionary goal is a habit of successful companies that becomes the unifying focal point of effort that aligns your team and gets everyone excited is the only way your company will continue to grow with purpose and increase team spirit.

Download a free BHAG guide to help you align your company around a single  strategic vision.

Weekly Staff Meeting: Time for a Meeting Makeover in 2020 [Infographic]

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly Team Meetings…we’ve all got them. Conventional business wisdom has proclaimed since the beginning of time that the weekly staff meeting is a necessary evil. Lately, ditching the time you spend in meetings is a popular productivity hack, but without the regular time to collaborate with your team, you miss valuable problem-solving time and run the risk of everyone working in a silo—potentially on the wrong things.

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

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 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: 

5 Reasons Why You Need The Right KPIs in 2020 (Infographic)

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Measuring the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is vital to the health and success of your business. However, when we onboard new clients, we find that some of them are uncertain about what they should be measuring and how they can use these powerful tools.  They often ask "Why do we need KPIs?" or "Why use KPIs?" as they think their way of doing things isn't broken.  Effective KPIs are important metrics to make sure that you can accomplish any business objective.

A Real-Life Job Scorecard Example with Template (Updated for 2020)

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

According to Gallup, only about half of workers in companies worldwide “strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at work.” If they don’t know what’s expected, how can they possibly achieve performance goals? If you are a manager, you need to help your team set and achieve goals, and you need to help each person on the team understand exactly what’s expected from him or her. And, you should know exactly what’s expected of you, as well. This is why we recommend doing Job Scorecards (or Employee Scorecards) for each person in the company, starting with the members of the executive team.

Employee KPI Examples for 2020: How to Measure What You Want to Move (Video)

Jessica Wishart Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 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.