Entries by Jessica Wishart

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11 Books for Every CEO's Summer Reading List

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 2, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
With life returning to normal for many people, lots of us will be traveling or taking much needed vacation time this summer. Whether..
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Topics: Books

Why are KPIs Important? The Importance of KPIs and How to Choose Them.

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 25, 2021 @ 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

CEO KPI Examples from Balanced CEO KPI Scorecards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 24, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As a general rule, CEOs need easy access to a few key performance indicators—they need a CEO KPI  dashboard that allows them, at a..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Key Performance Indicators for Employees in 2021: Employee KPI Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 24, 2021 @ 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Bad Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, May 23, 2021 @ 04:51 PM

Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most executives, you’re booked up with meetings weeks in advance. As we all know, meetings..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Books, Webinars

3 Paths to Cross-Functional Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 13, 2021 @ 10:01 AM
Integrating acquisitions, launching new products, deploying new company-wide systems or processes, shifting your organizational..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Halftime Adjustments: Mid-Year Planning is Critical in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 11, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
Think back to the fall when most of you created your plans and goals for the year. There was so much uncertainty - nobody knew how..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

KPI Examples for Non-Profits

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 5, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
One of the many wonderful aspects of the Rhythm software platform and methodology is that it is industry agnostic. It works in..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Maximize Your Zoom Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
I'm not going to lie, I miss being in a room with my team members. Seeing their real, 3-D faces when we talk would be amazing, but, for..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Write Goals: Effective Goal Setting 101 [with Examples]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Successful SMART goal (priority) setting is an essential skill for both personal and professional success. If you aren’t setting goals,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Business Core Competencies Examples: Using Company Core Competencies to Innovate Growth in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

In our fast-moving world of innovation and disruption, some leaders may wonder if it is no longer beneficial to hone core competencies..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

BHAG and the Benefits of Taking a More Strategic View

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
Industries are changing rapidly, workplaces are in flux and the future feels uncertain. Taking a more agile approach to strategic..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Biggest Business Challenges: New Research Data for 2021 (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 10:30 AM
Over the last few years, we've been collecting data from our Rhythm com munity - including YPO members,  entrepreneurs of the year, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, White Papers

Meeting Best Practices for Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As some teams head back into the office, many are facing a unique challenge for the first time - running a meeting where some team..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Spring Is Here! Time to Refresh Your Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 6, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
It's undeniable the new season has arrived—everything's in bloom, days are getting longer and warmer, and it's time for spring..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

A Players: Attracting, Engaging and Keeping Topgrading A Players

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

If you read our blog often, you know that we are fans of Topgrading, and we frequently talk about hiring and developing A Players. In a ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR vs KPI: What’s the Difference Between OKRs and KPIs?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:20 AM

As a training and on-boarding expert at Rhythm Systems, I know a lot about KPIs. Recently, I’ve also learned a lot about OKRs. Many of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

OKR Spreadsheets: Why You Should Upgrade Your OKR Game in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

I’ve just finished reading John Doerr’s book, Measure What Matters: OKRs - The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth, and it is full of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

KPI Audit: Measure What Matters in 2021 Audit KPIs with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

It may still feel like the middle of winter to some, but you might find that it is time to do some spring-cleaning when it comes to your..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Planning Meeting Agenda for 2021: Conduct an Effective Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

You can make an argument that your company’s annual planning meeting is the most important thing you do all year. It is where you have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Welcome to the Team: New Hire Onboarding (Virtually)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
If your company has hired anyone over the last year, chances are you've had to do at least some of that new hire's onboarding and..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR Video: How to Get Started with OKRs and OKR Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In 2021, it’s hard to have confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. We survey our contacts regularly on how confident they feel..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

OKR vs KPI vs MBO: What the Best Goals Types Have in Common

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Use Core Values to Strategize Your Post-COVID Return to the Office

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
Now that vaccinations are in sight for most of us, many leaders whose companies have been mostly remote for the last year are..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Zoom Icebreakers: 55 Pro Tips to Energize Your Virtual Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 10:59 AM

As I was scrolling through my social media feeds this week, I noticed a trend that more tech companies are announcing a permanent move..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Are Your Employees Feeling the Love?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As we celebrate Valentine's Day this year, are your team members feeling the love? How's your company culture holding up in today's..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2021 Meeting Audit: Design Your Team's Meeting Rhythms Now

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 3, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As we head into 2021, now is the perfect time to step back and take a hard look at your team's meeting rhythms. Much like your junk..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Top 10 Business Problems CEOs are Facing Today [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping middle market companies achieve their dreams and goals. We believe that we can make a big..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Improve Multiple Departmental Processes That Cross Multiple Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 3, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Our team was stuck. We had a CRM (customer relationship management) system that was making our lives painful instead of making it easier..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Make Staff Meetings More Engaging: 5 Tips to Increase Engagement in Team Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

In your next weekly team meeting, take a moment to look around. What are you seeing? Are your team members engaged—are they looking at..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

12 Tips to Engage and Keep Top Talent Infographic in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Many successful mid-market companies have cracked the hiring code. Perhaps you use a hiring method like Topgrading to ensure that you..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Align People in 2021: Getting Everyone on the Same Page to Drive Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Sounds like a simple concept: Alignment.  What makes this so hard to achieve?  The fact is, if you are hiring the right people, you will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

What to Listen to in 2021: 8 Great Podcasts for CEOs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 22, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

This has been a banner year for new podcasts! It seems like there's a new one launched every week. I suspect people who found themselves..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Clear Expectations: How Your Employees Know What Success Looks Like

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many, it's time to roll out those 2021 plans and kick off some new initiatives to help your company build back or accelerate growth..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Retain & Grow Customers in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As you strategize for the year ahead, there are a lot of unknowns. One thing is certain: keeping and growing your customers has never..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Zoom Facilitation: Host a Virtual Meeting Like a Pro

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Think about the last in-person meeting or conference you attended. Close your eyes and visualize the space. Was there a stage? What was..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Pressure Test Your Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 9, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

This year, our expert consultants have been recommending a more agile approach to strategic planning; rather than hunkering down for two..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Company Culture Checklist for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 4, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

We’ve known for a while that an increase in remote work was coming, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. Many workers are eager..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

CEO Secret Weapon: Simple, Proven System for Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 2, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

For over a decade, our consultants have worked with client CEOs to help them exceed industry standards and build great companies. Having..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Manufacturing KPI Dashboard: 25 KPI Examples (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Because Rhythm strategy execution software acts as a framework for pulling together into one single system many improvement..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Strategic Planning During COVID-19: Business Planning for 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As the summer comes to an end and fall looms with more uncertainty, it can be tempting to sit back and see what comes next—but if you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Weekly Staff Meeting: Time for a Meeting Makeover in 2021 [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 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..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

40 KPI Examples for the Service Industry (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Research shows that our economy is largely being driven by middle-market firms, especially those in the service industries. Key..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Job Scorecard Examples and Template (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Targets 2021: How to Set & Test These Metrics

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As Chris Cosper detailed in a previous post, we have the ability to record 3 types of metrics in our Rhythm cloud based strategy..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Virtual Strategic Planning Sessions: 7 Tips for Great Strategic Zoom Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

If you are like many of our clients, you may be considering adjusting travel plans for your team in the midst of the concern surrounding..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Prepare for An Effective 2021 Strategic Planning Session [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

At this point in the year, many companies are gearing up to plan for the next year as part of their strategic planning process. Before..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 23, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

What We Learned about Remote Meetings by Planning a Virtual Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

The feedback surveys are still rolling in, but I can say without a doubt that our first virtual conference was a success! Our amazing..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Focus: How to Keep Your Teams from Being Consumed by Countless Distractions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 3, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

For many, our current environment is more distracting than any other time in our work lives. With a pandemic raging, a U.S. election..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Write an Inspiring 2021 Annual Plan Using a Destination Postcard (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

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..

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Preparation is Key: 21 Quotes to Inspire Your Planning Process

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Over the last few months, my husband and I have been re-watching AMC’s Mad Men, a show we started a long time ago and never finished in..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Waste

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most executives, you’re booked up with meetings weeks in advance. As we all know, meetings..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Breakthrough 2020: Key Insights and Takeaways

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the best parts of our annual Breakthrough Conference is getting our Rhythm community together to live our core values of Keep..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Psychology of Goal Setting & Why You Can't Skip Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many companies are tempted to power through the end of the year and see what happens. That approach could prove catastrophic for your..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Improve Team Mental Health with Your Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

A recent survey from SHRM found, "Work-related concerns left more than 40 percent of employees feeling hopeless, burned out or exhausted..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Keep Team Productivity High While Working from Home [VIDEO]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

In March, when many teams moved to work from home for the first time, I heard a lot of questions from clients about how to know if their..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Monthly Meeting Agenda Template [Updated]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the many things I get to do in my role here at Rhythm Systems is work with our CEO Patrick Thean to coordinate and run our..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Breakthrough 2020 Goes Virtual: What to Expect

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Our first-ever virtual Breakthrough Conference is just a few weeks away! Here's a sneak peek so you know what to expect from this..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Planning: Examples of What to Start, Stop and Keep Doing for 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

It may seem daunting to tackle your Strategic Annual Planning session for 2021. With so much uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Done! How to Close Out a Quarter

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As we wrap up Q3 and move on to Q4, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and my team about the best practices for closing out a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Communication and Empathy Are Key to Leading Mid-Crisis

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Sep 11, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

I have two small children sleeping quietly (for once) as I write this a little before 6 am. While the COVID-19 crisis has been hard for..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Big Hairy Audacious Goals: Classic BHAG Examples (Relevant in 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

I recently re-read the classic HBR article entitled "Building Your Company's Vision" by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, and I was struck..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How CEOs Prepare for an Effective Quarterly Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Excited. Ready. Anxious. Eager. Let’s go!

Worried. Tired. Stressed. Done. Overwhelmed.

At the end of a meeting, we usually recommend..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Why You Need a Facilitator to Drive Your Virtual Strategic Planning Process [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 @ 10:55 AM

Many unknowable things can happen between now and the beginning of 2021. One thing we do know is that when next year hits, you will need..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

BHAG Exercise: How to Have the Right Discussions to Get to Your BHAG

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Ever feel stuck working on your BHAG? Like you just can’t get the right words? You know that your BHAG is supposed to be measurable but..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Help Us Inspire Hope in the Midst of COVID-19

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Like most other companies, we’ve made the decision to pivot our in-person conference to a virtual event. As we were planning for this..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Anatomy of a Great Quarterly Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Aug 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Your Quarterly Planning session is arguably the most important day or two out of your next 90 days. You need to emerge from that session..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Meetings: Align Your Team and Engage Employees Monthly with this Agenda

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Coaching Accountability: How to Improve Accountability by Coaching Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Many leaders find personal accountability comes naturally - often, it is a muscle they have strengthened  significantly through years of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Effective Leadership Development [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Leadership development is a growing concern for middle market companies. Growing your leaders is a challenge - whether you are..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Alignment: The CEO's Roadmap to Corporate Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Alignment can be elusive for even the smallest start-up companies, never mind mid-market companies that have multiple divisions,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Get Stuck on Your Job Scorecard (Template)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

One of the priorities for our Consulting and Client Services team here at Rhythm Systems this quarter was to nail down Job Scorecards..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Revenue Growth Strategy: 9 Steps to Create a New Revenue Growth Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Working with middle market CEOs, we are often asked "What is revenue growth strategy?"  Driving revenue is the number 1 concern for most..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 10:09 AM

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes - some big improvements for your business can be born from small, incremental changes that..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Rockefeller Habits Scaling Up Your Business Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

When companies are small, it’s not such a challenge to get things done. Maybe you have a meeting (where the whole company attends), you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Prepare for Virtual Strategic Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Since most of our consultants haven’t traveled to see a client since March, we’ve successfully transitioned their planning sessions from..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Are You Struggling to Move Your Company Forward?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Over the last several months, we’ve seen our clients innovate in amazing ways to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 crisis. We have..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Online Training Best Practices: 5 Tips

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As head of training at Rhythm Systems, I’ve had a busy year creating all the training content to accompany our latest software release -..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Virtual Alignment for Your Team in a Work from Home World

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Getting and staying aligned with your team is a challenge even when you are all in the same office. When everyone is remote or working..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership KPI Examples for Accountable Team Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As a team leader, you own the key results for your team, meaning that you will probably have a handful of KPIs on your list (2-3) that..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Your Attachment Style Shows Up at Work: The 4 Attachment Styles

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:40 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Recognition Ideas, Pitfalls and KPIs with Measurable Criteria

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:13 AM

According to Gallup, “in their search for new ideas and approaches, organizations could be overlooking one of the most easily executed..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Making Plan Adjustments: The What, When & How to Make Adjustments

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

How do you know when it’s time to make an adjustment? You’ve got your quarterly plan, and it just doesn’t seem to be going, well,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Work From Home Expert Tips: 23 Tips for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 02:55 PM

As the COVID-19 news unfolds and more people are staying in (check out www.cdc.gov/covid-19 for the latest accurate information), some..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The 5Cs of Communication: How to Use Them in Crisis Communication

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 01:56 PM

If you are like me, your inbox is full of COVID-19 response letters from every vendor, doctor, airline, restaurant or business of any..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Signs Your Remote Team's Health is Suffering

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many managers, leading a remote team is something new. After a few months, you’ve probably worked out many of the technical issues..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How the Best Remote Teams Fight Zoom Fatigue

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

According to CNBC, since the onset of COVID-19, Zoom use has surged to over 300 million daily participants. Microsoft Teams has more..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

7 Essential Skills for the Future

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

A little peek behind the proverbial curtain for you: I have a digital notebook (I use Evernote) where I capture blog ideas as they come..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Typical Performance Reviews Miss

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Let’s imagine you are going into your quarterly performance review, armed with all the great results you’ve achieved over the last 90..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Year Strategic Plan Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

Many companies I work with have an Annual Plan and some foundational strategic elements, like Core Values, Core Purpose and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Company BHAG Basics: How to Get Started [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, May 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If the idea of coming up with a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business seems a bit overwhelming, that's okay. After all, it..

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15 Zoom Tips and Tricks for Your Virtual Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve been using Zoom for many years as a way to share screens, audio and video with our clients who are all over the..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

7 Productivity Tips to Be Your Best While Working From Home

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Many leaders and team members have found the stay-at-home orders draining—and prolonged weeks of this inherently stressful situation can..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Ways to Bring Your BHAG to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Once you have done the hard work to determine the right Big Hairy Audacious Goal for your company over the next 10-25 years, now you get..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Know Your Remote Team is Productive

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Whether it is trying to figure out how to do more with less, frantically converting in-person business to a virtual model, working to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Your Daily Huddle Need a Makeover?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As many of our clients find themselves leading remote teams of people who are working from home for the first time or spreading out..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Essential KPI for Remote Teams: Employee Health Index

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Managing a remote team is challenging, even in the best of times. In our current environment, it is really tough to keep the team..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Drives Your BHAG's Economic Engine? Profit per X Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Your Profit/X (profit per X)or financial engine is one of the components of Jim Collins’ Hedgehog, and one of the three key areas to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Power of Maintaining Your Rhythm of Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Like many others, I’ve spent the last few weeks working from home which includes splitting up homeschooling and childcare..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Essential Tech Stack for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many companies are re-tooling and finding the best ways to remain connected and productive in a remote work environment in the work from..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement to Scale Your Company

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 @ 09:40 AM

For any growing business, ensuring that you have the processes in place to “scale up” your business is very important.  Here at Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Accountability Examples: How to Use the 5 Cs of Team Accountability in 2020

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are all about helping companies and teams achieve their dreams and goals. 

We have the right systems and skills to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Culture: 5 Things All Accountable Cultures Need (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Accountability can be a scary word. For many, it sounds punitive - and that’s because most of us associate “accountability” with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Use Daily Huddles to Stay Aligned with Remote Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many people are working from home or have team members working remotely for the first time. It’s a big adjustment for many, and you may..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Managing Remote Employees: 5 Best Practices

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, some of our team works in the office, but most of us work remotely. As an office worker with the flexibility to work..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Well-Balanced Annual Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Many of our clients whose fiscal year doesn't match the calendar year are about to close the books on another successful year! That..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Right Meeting Rhythm Will Set You Free! (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 08:57 AM

It sounds so simple.  But, I was just discussing scaling up meeting rhythms with one of my colleagues, and she told me that it took her..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

7 Can’t-Miss Podcasts for CEOs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Recent research conducted confirms that podcasts are getting more and more popular, with 26% of people in the US listening at least..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

3 Better Email Habits to Improve Team Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

Effective communication is a key leadership trait and one of the 5 Cs of team accountability, and in today’s world, a lot of that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Role Clarity: Setting Clear Expectations with Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

My husband used to coach a 3- and 4-year-old soccer team (the “Gorillas”) at our neighborhood YMCA. If you’ve never watched toddlers..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Tale of Two Unicorns: What They Have in Common

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Recently, AvidXchange, a Charlotte-based fin tech company, announced Series F funding. Their innovative accounts payable platform is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Custom KPI: Maximize Your Effectiveness with Custom KPI Dashboards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

A Better Way to Manage Team Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

For many team leaders, it can be hard to keep a pulse on what’s happening in your team, especially if your company has remote workers or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips to Improve Your Company's Focus

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Planning Session Preparation Tips

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Preparation is one of the keys to a successful planning session.  One of best things you can do to ensure that you’ll have a solid plan..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Patterns in Core Values of Manufacturing Companies (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Let me start by saying that Core Values are unique to each company - they are foundational to your company's culture and should describe..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Leading Indicators: How to Create a Leading KPI with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

When thinking about the most important numbers to measure in your business, most of our clients have no trouble coming up with a list of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Mastering a CEO's Most Important Skill: Listening

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you are a CEO or founder, you’ve likely gotten where you are today because of your ideas - you are probably passionate about your..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Communication Gap: How to Close the Communication Gap and Increase Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

One of our manufacturing clients came to us originally with a very interesting problem. Everyone on the shop floor was doing a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Meetings are not Productive: Bad Meetings Kill Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

“I can’t wait to get out of this meeting to get my real work done!” 

“I’m in back to back meetings. I won’t get anything done today!"

..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Scaleable Processes: How to Make Scalable Process Improvements in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Delegate Properly and Hold the Team Accountable [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

All leaders are faced with the realization that when you manage a team, you're not just an individual contributor anymore. The great..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Crucial Conversation Skills: Manage Your Emotions When Stakes Are High

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Our team recently participated in a day and half of training on Crucial Conversations in which we learned and practiced communication..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Define Your Core Customer to Develop a Winning Brand Promise (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

No matter what kind of business you are in, you rely on selling your product or service to a specific customer…a real person. Even if..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

How to Run a Meeting: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

One of the best practices we recommend to all of our clients is rotating facilitation duties for your team’s weekly adjustment meeting...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Why Do You Need to Discuss, Debate, Decide with Your Team?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 08:14 AM
Maybe you have a brilliant idea for your business - maybe you've come up with something that will revolutionize your company. Maybe..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Reach Your BHAG with Examples (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Jan 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If you’ve done the hard work to determine the right BHAG for your company, you are probably chomping at the bit to get started. What’s..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Customer KPI Examples: Are Your Customers Happy?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Are you actively working to attract and retain the right customers? Whether you are business to consumer or business to business,..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, KPIs & Dashboards

Annual Planning Focus: Do You Have the Structure in Place to Focus This Year?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

3 Must-Have Templates for Your Accountable Leadership Toolkit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Leadership is complex. There are countless books and decades of research on the topic, and you can work for a whole lifetime and never..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Productivity Checklist: How to Have Your Most Productive Week

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As I shared in a previous post, I am always looking for the next productivity hack. Going into this quarter, my inbox was full of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Personal Capacity Building: 6 Tips to Double It

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Our consultants here at Rhythm Systems are always trying to help our clients think about the future of their organizations and plan to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Need Rhythm Software to Implement the Rockefeller Habits (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

At some point, paper tools, spreadsheets, and even simple software solutions are not enough to run your enterprise. When you reach that..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Common Purpose: Why It Matters

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

When I was in college, I took a course called “The Meaning of Work” and enrolled in a corresponding internship program following the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Steps to Bust Silos & Encourage Team Collaboration

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In many fast-growing mid-market companies, departments and teams do their work with little time or effort spent communicating with other..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Negotiate Nicely: 6 Ways to Get What You Want Without Being a Jerk

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Many of us believe in a false dichotomy about negotiations: either you have to be really tough, or you’re a pushover. Recently, our..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think Plan Do to Achieve Your Personal Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we teach our clients to grow their businesses with purpose using our Think Plan Do® methodology.  We believe the best..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strengthsfinder Team Analysis: Engage Your Team By Focusing on Their Strengths

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In order to live our Core Value to Keep Smart, our team does company-wide training each year (in addition to the department-specific..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Questions to Reveal Your Strategic Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 9, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As you lead your team through strategic planning, one of the hardest discussions can be around strategy. Sometimes, your team has more..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Data Driven KPIs: How to Make Data-Driven Adjustments to Hit Your Targets

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 9, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

For many CEOs and executive leaders, the idea of having a system in place to allow you to see where you are off-track with the company’s..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How to Cascade Your Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 8, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm is essential to growing your business with purpose. And, we..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

From Planning to Execution: Shifting From Strategic Planning To Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 7, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

This time of year, most people are making big plans - both personally and professionally. Even if you’re not setting lofty goals for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Daily Routines of Successful CEOs (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our CEO, Patrick Thean, is fond of the saying, "The fish rots from the head down." When you are thinking about your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Manage and Coordinate Successful Cross-Functional Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting cross-functional projects to help our company move forward...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Follow Up: The Key To Leadership Development

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Chick-Fil-A Uses Customer Delight as a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

These days, with all the many choices we have as consumers, customer satisfaction is table stakes. If you don’t satisfy your customer’s..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Weekly Adjustment Meetings vs. Weekly Status Meetings (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Establishing the right meeting rhythm with your executive team is key. Many executives spend the majority of their days in one meeting..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 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,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

1 Thing You Can Do Today to Cultivate a High Performance Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:34 AM

When I say “culture,” some of you probably get that glazed over look; many may think I’ve slipped into meaningless consultant jargon or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Highly Effective Strategies for Better Team Meetings [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

I recently watched a TED Talk from David Grady called "How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings." It's hilarious,..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Got Rhythm? Rhythm Methodology Top 10 List (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve helped hundreds of mid-market companies achieve breakthroughs and get more initiatives done successfully. We've..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Ceiling Of Complexity: Have You Reached it? (SlideShare)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

As a business leader or entrepreneur, have you reached a point where what used to work just isn’t working anymore?  As your company..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Meeting Planning Checklist: Not Just Another Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings. Most executives spend their days in a haze, bouncing from meeting to conference call to another meeting - back to back to..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Win with Red-Yellow-Green (Slideshare)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Dec 8, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In working with thousands of companies around the world, our consultants have learned that for most companies the weakest link in..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Healthy is Your Business?  Take Our Free Company Health Check.

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In January, most of us are thinking about our health and making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or practice meditation. Taking..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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 ..

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

5 Integration Mistakes that Could Sink Your Business Acquisition and Integration

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Depending on which study you read, somewhere between 50-90% of acquisitions fail to meet their objectives. According to Bain & Company,..

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Annual Planning: 2 Lessons from Elephant and Piggie

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Is Your Company Culture Execution-Ready?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping organizations and individuals achieve their dreams and goals. We have a software platform..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Purpose in Action with Samaritan's Feet

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping individuals and organizations achieve their dreams and goals. This year, we had the..

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

Why You Need a Time Machine for Effective Goal Setting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If you want to set compelling and achievable goals for yourself, your teams and your company, drop everything and invent a time machine...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Use Rhythm to Plan Cross Functionally

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

I just got back from a user conference, and I was reminded of the amazing level of detail and planning that goes into pulling off an..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Design Your Office for Maximum Productivity (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Anyone who has ever had to work in a freezing office, gotten stuck doing a conference call from a busy airport or coffee shop, or sat at..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Ways to Fight Gender Bias and Promote Women in Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

While women have been making huge strides in the workplace, we still have a long way to go before women are well-represented at the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Questions to Give Your Weekly Adjustment Meeting a Tune Up

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

This week in our own Weekly Adjustment Meeting, our consultants were discussing one of our clients that was having a hard time using..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Rhythm Software Implementation Roadmap (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

One of the best parts about my job is getting to see clients have that "ah-ha" moment in Rhythm - the moment the software and the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Change Your Team’s Bad Habits

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

I recently heard Charles Duhigg, author of the best seller The Power of Habit, speak about the science behind his book. It’s really..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change Management Process: Expectation vs. Reality

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

You’ve done all the research. You’ve compiled a spreadsheet full of requirements, Googled until your eyes crossed, talked to sales reps,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

What Does It Take to Achieve Peak Performance?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 8, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

How many leaders think about themselves as corporate athletes? How many of us spend time sharpening our saw, as Stephen Covey taught?..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Mistakes Leaders Make Trying to Empower Their Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

Most leaders intellectually understand the importance of creating an empowered team. They can see the upside of being called upon less..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid the Summer Productivity Slump

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

This time of year, I start getting a lot of vacation out of office messages. It’s harder to schedule meetings with most clients, and you..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What’s Your Customer Engagement Strategy?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Regardless of what kind of business you are in, your customers pay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You probably have a strategy for..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Why You Can't Miss the 2019 Breakthrough Conference

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

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

“Loved the human element of business..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Push and Pull: Mastering the Characteristics of Great Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Your KPIs Still Need A Human Touch [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Focus and the Myth of Work-Life Balance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Storytelling to Bring Your Core Purpose to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 3, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

“I’m so excited to go to work today! I can’t wait to make lots and lots of money for my company so our CEO can take his family on more..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Leadership's Role in Team Accountability [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Why does team accountability matter? Accountability is the foundation for performance, and without performance, you will not see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability in Customer Service: Hold Each Other Accountable to Deliver Great Customer Service

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

We’ve all been there… you call customer support at your cable company or phone service provider and instead of getting help for your..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Why You Need a Peak Performance Plan for Your Topgrading A-Players

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Traditional business wisdom dictates that you need a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) for your  team members when they are not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing the Rockefeller Habits: Priorities

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 @ 03:53 PM
Of the three Rockefeller Habits (Meetings, Metrics, and Priorities), the one I most commonly hear clients struggle to implement..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Is Your Company Ready for Gen Z? [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Imagine being born in 1997. You’ve never known a world without smartphones, and you’ve probably never used a paper map for directions,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have the Right Processes to Grow Your Business?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Mar 23, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Missed deadlines, lost customers, overwhelmed and overworked employees, long nights working with little to show for them… Hopefully,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Team Accountability: The Missing Link

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Why don’t they just do what they are supposed to do?

How is it possible that my people keep letting me down?

I wish they would just hold..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Quarterly Planning: Use a Start-Stop-Keep Exercise [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 12:29 PM

As the CEO or team leader, you probably put a lot of time and energy into preparing for your Annual and Quarterly Planning sessions for..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Is Your Team Accountable to Your Annual Plan?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 12:02 AM

According to PMI’s 2017 Global Project Management Survey, 1 in 4 strategic initiatives fail. This is not great news for anyone who..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Tips for Accountable Leadership [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

We've all heard it... "Why doesn't Jane just do what I've asked her to do!?" or "How can I hold Tom accountable?" Chances are, if you..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

We Have An Annual Plan - What Now? [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 02:17 PM

Many companies invest a lot of time, energy, and resources in crafting a strategic plan for the year. Unfortunately, many of those ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Slow Down to Go Faster - How to Have Better Weekly Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Feb 3, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

We have all had weeks where we rush into our weekly meeting and quickly update our status while our team members are sharing good news..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Key Lessons from Middle Market Leaders Like You [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Middle Market companies face some unique challenges:

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Team Silos Can Sneak Up on You: Get Your Departments Aligned

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping mid-market companies grow with purpose. However, our team is still relatively small. We’re..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Simple Tests: How To Know If Your Core Values Need Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Often, companies work many hours on discovering the right Core Values for their company. Sometimes they even spend top dollar on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

10 Signs of an Accountable Culture (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

According to an article in Harvard Business Review, "The brutal fact is that about 70% of all change initiatives fail." There are lots..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Use Job Scorecard KPIs to Drive Your Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

If you read our blog often, you know that we frequently recommend using a Job Scorecard (often called an employee scorecard)- we find..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Systems' Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, we are very blessed to have almost 10,000 blog subscribers, 10+ regular contributors, and many amazing readers..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Manage Your Time Effectively as a CEO [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are being pulled in a million different directions by several important constituencies. They have to answer to direct reports,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Get the Most from Comments in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 01:49 PM

One of the most exciting product features that we've included in the Rhythm software is the ability to make comments. This feature..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Today's Roadblocks to C-Suite Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

As a member of your company’s executive team, you have a lot on your plate. And, particularly in middle market companies, C-suite..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Terrible Advice for Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

What people really love about coming to meetings is how unproductive they are. I don’t know about you but I eagerly check my calendar..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Avoid Overloading Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Most of our successful mid-market clients have no shortage of great ideas. The constraint lies with the time and resources to get it all..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Are Your Core Competencies? [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

Think about it - what sets your company apart? Are you poised to quickly enter emerging markets and innovate new products and services..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Quick Tips to Set SMART Goals [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

In a former job, I had a manager who called all of his direct reports together to tell us some exciting news! We were embarking on a big..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Why CEOs Need a Leadership Path of Progress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are constantly being pulled in a million directions - they have shareholders, partners, investors, employees, customers, industry..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership and Levels and Styles of Decision Making [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Where should we go to dinner? What time are you waking up? Where do you want to go on vacation? Are you going to the gym before..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Personal Productivity Can Only Get You So Far

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

I like to think of myself as a highly organized and productive person, and I like reading about and experimenting with tips and methods..

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

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Your BHAG

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 09:30 AM

A key piece of your long-term strategy is your 10-25 year visionary stretch goal, what Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goal..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Be a Better Leader by Clock Building vs. Telling Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

“Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is ‘time telling’; building a company that can prosper far beyond the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

9 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Charlotte [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are so excited to be hosting our annual Breakthrough Conference right here in our hometown! From the beautiful..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Can't Afford to Skip Your Vacation This Year [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Around this time every year, our clients in Europe take about a month off - and these are serious people with serious companies. Here in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Recruitment Challenges Constraining Your Growth?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

According to a recent study from the National Center for the Middle Market and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, "Nearly four..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Lead a Tough Conversation [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 3, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

As a leader, your job will inevitably entail having to initiate some tough discussions. If you want to build an accountable team, one of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Storytelling Inspires Results [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool, today — and it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Life happens in the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

11 Books Every CEO Should Read

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In their open letter to business leaders, Amy Edmondson (Harvard Business School) and Bror Saxberg (learning engineer at the Chan..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A CEO's Guide to Planning for a New Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection, will come even more effective action.” - Peter Drucker

..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Podcasts CEOs Should Listen to in 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is Keep Smart; we are a team of voracious learners. But, it can be difficult to keep up with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Should Invest in Performance Development, Not Annual Reviews

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

As we head into the end of the year, many leaders are gearing up for more than just Annual Planning and holiday celebrations - many are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Leaders Need to Know about Giving and Receiving Feedback (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

When I was in college, one of my professors pulled me aside after class and said, “You have great ideas, but when you present them to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Productivity Best Practices to Get More Done with Less Stress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

 We are rapidly approaching the most wonderful - and busy - time of year. With the holidays and end of year deadlines looming around the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Ways to Solve Problems Faster During Annual Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Your Annual Planning meeting is one of the most important—and expensive—few days for your company every year. How can you be sure to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Lack of Visibility - You Can't Solve What You Can't See

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Imagine this - you set out a quarterly plan with your team. Your top priority is to launch a new product. Everyone is excited! You want..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

3 Tools for Better Brainstorming

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Creative problem solving is an essential skill in our ever-evolving work world.  As more and more technical and analytical aspects of..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What Is Poor Annual and Quarterly Planning Costing Your Company?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Your annual and quarterly planning sessions are expensive. Let’s do a little exercise:

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

4 Tips for Team Building with Purpose

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’ve all been in one of those meetings or corporate retreats where “team building” was on the agenda, Teamworkand everyone cringed...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Quick Guide to Rhythm Goal Types

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with one of our clients, AvidXchange, doing some in-person Rhythm training. As our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip the Good News

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Those of you familiar with our recommended meeting agendas know that we usually like to start most meetings with all team members..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

3 Employee Engagement Stats That Will Make You Take Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Tom Hoff, Gallup's Southeast business development leader, speak on employee engagement. He shared..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence & What it Means for Your Business

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

According to the recent Deloitte Mid-Market Technology Survey, “Mid-market companies are starting to look beyond immediate needs toward..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Ideal Work Culture for Women?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The topic of women in the workplace can be a bit controversial, and sometimes emotional. While there is undoubtedly a pay gap in the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Using Rhythm for Project Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine this - over a year ago, I raise my hand after our company Annual Planning session and volunteer to help with a major project our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

7 Ways to Create a More Flexible Work Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Bloomberg recently published an article touting the benefits of “Summer Fridays” - “It’s a cheap and easy way to keep employees happy,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Help... My Team is Overloaded

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine this: it’s the end of the quarter. Your dashboards are Yellow and Red, you’ve missed key deadlines on important projects, and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 Ways Leaders Can Encourage Women to Speak Up at Work (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Earlier this year, we partnered with our friends at VitalSmarts on a webinar about the cost of failing to voice concerns in the workplace

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Poor Communication Is Costing You

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a previous job, I used to come into work every day with no clue what I was going to work on. There would be some days where the whole..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Maximize Your Productivity by Focusing On The Right Priorities

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, May 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We all have those moments when we feel like there is just never enough time or energy to get it all done. There actually isn’t. It..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Facts about Employee Engagement that Will Keep You Up at Night

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Gallup recently released the newest version of the State of the American Workplace Report. If you aren’t familiar with this report, it..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Increase Your Productivity with Actions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 4, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

After quarterly planning, you walk out with a clear idea of the big things you have to get done this quarter. Knowing your top..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Zen Your Inbox: Email Spring Cleaning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We all have that one annoyingly perfect coworker who keeps an empty inbox (ah-hem, Tiffany). And, we're ashamed by the 43 unread..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Shadow Side of Employee Engagement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Most companies these days are actively striving to engage more employees… and most think of engagement as a willingness to go above and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Your Annual Plan Never Works Out the Way You Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Here we are - the beginning of a new year. Chances are, you invested the time and resources into an annual planning session. What do you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

What I Learned about Leadership from Parenting a Toddler

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Kill Workplace Drama (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Maximize the Value of Job Scorecards (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Improve Employee Engagement with More Women in Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Secret to Getting It All Done (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

11 Terrifying Management Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Let’s face it - it is scary how bad some workplace experiences can be. The Wells Fargo scandal in the news lately has reminded me of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Stretch Goal - Good or Bad for Motivation?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Have you ever pushed yourself to achieve a goal that you thought was too lofty? How did it feel? In 2012, Daniel Markowitz wrote an HBR..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

One Habit That Can Change Everything (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently participated in a Covey training which involved taking a self-assessment to see how we were doing on each of the 7..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Working Parents?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I used to think I was busy, and then I had a baby and realized that I didn’t know the meaning of the word. Since starting daycare in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

It’s Your Career: Own It

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Hopefully, you work for a company that cares about your career development and offers opportunities for you to grow and advance. But,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execute Like an Olympic Athlete

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

These days, it can be hard to avoid news stories about the summer Olympics - whether people are talking about the Zika virus in Rio,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Can We Learn from Millennial Work Habits?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve recently hired a new team member at Rhythm Systems. And, I’m thrilled! As Patrick says, when you have a new team member, you have..

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What Kind of Manager Are You?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

"How do I become a highly effective manager? To answer that question, let’s climb out of the crevices of the 'day to day' so we can see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Bring Your KPIs to Life: Drive Visibility & Accountability with Composites

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Metrics are key to understanding your company’s health. Most businesses have some key performance indicators (KPIs) that they’re..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

My Productivity Experiment (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In researching productivity tips for this blog, I had a revelation… I’ve read it all before. I have blogged on this topic in the past,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think You’re Ready for Your Next Meeting? Take This Quiz

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Ineffective meetings waste more than your precious time - they also hit your company’s bottom line. In fact, there’s a Meeting Calc app..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Are Your Efforts to "Motivate" Counterproductive?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

If you've ever downloaded any of our tools or guides from our website, you know that we ask for your "Biggest Business Challenge" when..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Red-Yellow-Green... Gray? The "Not Started" Status

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

If you regularly follow our blog, you know we believe in using Red-Yellow-Green® status criteria as a critical element of creating a..

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The Secret to Happiness

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Several months ago, I watched an online course entitled “Creativity and Personal Mastery” presented by author and speaker Srikumar Rao...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: 5 Ways to Build Accountability

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

According to a study by VitalSmarts, a whopping 93% of people report having at least one coworker who doesn’t pull his or her own..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think You’re Ready to Execute Your Annual Plan? Take This Quiz

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

This is going to be a great year! You spent two full days working hard, envisioning the year you want, having the tough conversations,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Core Values Alive & Well: Family is a Blessing

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As we were preparing to release the new Rhythm High Performance Teams features to our clients, I have been doing a lot of thinking about..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Hold On… The Productivity and Employee Engagement Cost of Interruptions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Good morning! Time to get to work. You walk into your office, get your cup of coffee, sit down, fire up the computer and start your morning..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Engagement Gets Personal

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Millions of employees around the world are feeling disengaged, depressed and dissatisfied with work. This isn’t a new problem, and there..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Fuel Employee Engagement with a Recognition Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader, you probably know that it is important to recognize your team members. However, research shows that there is a disconnect..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Tips for More Effective Meetings (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings - most of us dread them, and for good reason. According to the Wall Street Journal, executives spend about one third of their..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Leadership: How to Use Your Influence to Create a Smarter Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I recently watched a webinar in which Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts, discussed leadership and social influence...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Super Charge Your Execution with SuperGreen

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Those of you who are familiar with our Rhythm methodology know that we teach that establishing clear and specific success criteria for..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

The Art of Influence: Skill vs. Motivation

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As part of my personal Keep Smart rhythm, I recently watched a few installments of a webinar series on influence and motivation (the ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Busy Executive's Vacation Survival Guide

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jul 5, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

In a previous post, I outlined the business case for spending that week at the beach or in the mountains guilt-free this summer...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Vacation! Why You Shouldn’t Skip It This Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

With July 4th just around the corner, now’s the time many Americans are heading out for summer vacations. However, not all of us take..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What’s in a Word: Writing Solid Quarterly Plans

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, my colleague Tiffany wrote a post about Characteristics of Well-Written Priorities. Her post got me thinking that many of us..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

6 Time Wasters and How Rhythm Can Help

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Tips for Starting Your Next 13-Week Race

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We are about a week away from the end of the quarter, and you can see the finish line for your 13-week race™! At this time, there are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Keeping Projects on Schedule Using Special KPIs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jun 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Use a Path of Progress to Grow with Purpose

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

How many of us have ever been to a conference or read a new business book and felt like - "I want to do that!” But, you have no idea..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Key Leadership Insights from Role Models in Performance Excellence

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Quest for Excellence Conference in Baltimore, MD, where the Baldrige National Quality..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Forecasting & Prediction: Execute with Confidence

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How Rhythm Can Help Fight Jim Collins' Five Stages of Decline

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"No matter how much you’ve achieved, no matter how far you’ve gone, no matter how much power you’ve garnered, you are vulnerable to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

7 Stress Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As human beings, we all experience stress and anxiety; some stress can actually be a healthy thing. It can stretch us to grow and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Rhythm Can Help You Get the Right People on the Bus

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

“The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do I Know If I’m Working on the Right Things?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Have you noticed that everyone is always so busy? You hear it all the time - the most common answer I hear to “How are you?” is “I'm so..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Feeling Lucky? How Rhythm Can Help Maximize Your Return on Luck

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

For their book Great By Choice, Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen did some very interesting research on the impact that luck has on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Rhythm Can Help Build An Enduring Company with Level 5 Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Not all companies and not all leaders want to be enduring and great.  In our modern economy, many companies are what Jim Collins calls “

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Rhythm Can Help You Face the Brutal Facts (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In his research for Good to Great, one of the patterns Jim Collins discovered was that the great companies all started the path to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Business Travel Tips from Our Executive Coaching Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Last quarter alone, our team of business growth coaches traveled to see 27 different clients in various states across the US (and even a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Get Started with KPIs (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Getting started with tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be daunting for many of our new Rhythm clients.  But, in fact, most..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Significance & A New Era of Time Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 4, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I recently heard Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose, speak at the Secret Service Summit in Cleveland.  Rory shared a unique..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Get It Done! 3 Proven Motivators

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Because of my Masters degree in counseling, I am all too familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  So, I was intrigued by a recent ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating a World Class Employee Experience: Lessons from Anytime Fitness CEO

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended the 2014 Secret Service Summit all about how to create a customer experience that is so valuable that price becomes..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Top Hiring Problems & How Topgrading Can Help

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Dec 7, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In one of our recent weekly Keep Smart company meetings, we had certified Topgrading coach, Jenny Rodriguez-Vargas, talk to our team..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus on Your Core: Checklist for Strategy Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

The elements of your core strategy (your Core Purpose, Core Values, and Core Customer) are foundational for your success.  If you don’t..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Top 3 Reasons Annual Planning Sessions Get Off Track

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In their webcast last week, coaches Chris Cosper and Cathy McCullough shared the most common reason that CEOs fail to have successful..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Why You Don't Need to Motivate Your People

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“If you neglect any one of the four parts of the whole person [Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit], you turn a person into a thing.  A thing..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tips to Lead a Virtual Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Since Rhythm is a great tool for companies that are geographically dispersed, we work with a number of companies that have many..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Get In a Rhythm of Beginning with the End in Mind

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently participated in a training on Covey’s 7 Habits for Managers. While most of the content was familiar, it is always good..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning: Tips for Influencing Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently watched a webinar with Joseph Grenny and Marshall Goldsmith titled “Level Up: Influence to Get You From Here to There,” and I..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Start A New Habit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For new clients getting started with Rhythm, one of the most difficult things to master is establishing new habits for execution and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Are Your Weekly Meetings Getting Stale?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The benefit of having a Weekly Adjustment Meeting rhythm that follows a disciplined agenda every week is that your team will have highly..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Give More to Get Ahead?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read the book Give and Take by Adam Grant after hearing him speak at the Fortune Leadership Summit in May. Grant is a Wharton..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tips for a Strong Summer Quarter

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

If your company is like ours, then you are heading into a few months with lots of travel and vacation time by different team members at..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Remember that failure is greatness waiting to happen” - Robin Sharma

Even though I know that we all make mistakes, I still hate making..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think-Plan-Do: A Few Key Takeaways from the 2014 Fortune Leadership Summit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

I am lucky enough to have attended the 2014 Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando with our team.  I always enjoy the face time with our..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Makes You Fascinating?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

In her upcoming book, How the World Sees YouSally Hogshead turns her attention from her expertise in advertising and writing tag lines..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Create a Legacy of Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jun 8, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine for a moment what your company might look like if everyone who worked there - from the contract or seasonal workers to the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tips for Making Your “Stop Doing” List

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

For most entrepreneurs, the problem is not a lack of ideas.  In fact, we’ve found that most of our clients have too many great ideas. ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Now Is The Time to Make Critical Adjustments to Achieve Your Quarterly Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

You’ve invested the time and energy to come up with a solid plan for the quarter.  You looked at data and forecasts and insights from..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Think Rhythm: Why You Need One and How to Get One

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

We are all busy people, especially CEOs and founders of growth companies.  With the fast paced lives we lead, it can be nearly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Use Rhythm to Commit to New Habits in the New Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

This time of year, we are all inundated with New Year’s resolution talk - people are committing to everything from losing weight and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions to Make Your BHAG Practical

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

If you are bogged down in the day to day operational responsibilities of your job, it might be hard to see how your long term strategy..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Get Buy-In and Influence People

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

I recently read Dr. Mark Goulston's book Just Listen after hearing him speak at the Growth Summit in Las Vegas.  The cornerstone of Dr...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Make These Hiring Mistakes!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

As you are planning for next year, you are probably also thinking about your organization’s needs as you grow and possibly budgeting to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning… with Feeling!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

As we dive head-first into Annual Planning season, I was helping to review our Do-It-Yourself materials that we provide for Rhythm..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Take Your Execution to the Next Level Using Actions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

If you have been using our Rhythm methodology for quarterly planning, you probably have come up with a solid plan complete with SMART..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

5 Tips for Facilitating a Meeting with Virtual Participants

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Anyone who has dialed into a meeting virtually knows that it is not always as enjoyable or productive an experience as compared to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How to Energize Your Workday

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is "Keep Smart."  Because we try to practice what we preach and live our core values, our..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Like It or Not, We're All in Sales

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

I was reflecting back on the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida that I recently attended. One of the speakers that resonated..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Get "Unstuck"

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

We're coming to the end of the quarter; now's the time when people start to panic about those Reds and Yellows on their Rhythm..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Growth Summit: Questions to Consider after Annual Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 07:41 AM

At the Fortune Growth Summit in Phoenix this past October, the speakers raised several interesting questions that I am reflecting on..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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