Liz McBride

Liz McBride
Liz is a Rhythm Consultant. She is experienced in helping clients get in a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm to grow their business with purpose. She is also an expert meeting facilitator with a background in change management and leadership development.
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Roll Down Your Sleeves: 5 Tips to Being a Productive Leader

By: Liz McBrideTue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Leaders can plan their day meticulously, but then fires erupt or a team member reaches out and all focus is lost. When the true response to “Do you have a few minutes? Did I catch you at a good time?” is a resounding “No,” we push our agenda aside and answer, “Of course!”

At planning sessions with my clients, I hear notes of productivity killers with these familiar phrases:

“I just ended up taking it over and doing it myself.”

“It takes too much of my time to coach my team. It’s easier to just do it myself.”

“I need to make sure it’s done right so I need to own the project.”

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Topics: Leadership

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

By: Liz McBrideSun, Mar 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

What do you hear at work? Talking? Laughter? What do you see? Is your team bouncing from desk to desk, chatting in the hallway, smiling at their peers? Do you see your team leaning into deep discussions around a conference table?

In some company cultures, hearing laughter and seeing employees huddled in a discussion could leave one feeling as though the team is slacking off. When World Emblem, a manufacturer of apparel decorations, transformed the Miami office to an open working area, it created a new vibe. Hearing talking and belly laughter was music to the CEO, Randy Carr’s ears. There were no walls to separate teams from one another and the buzz of employee engagement was brewing.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

By: Liz McBrideSun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the carb-loaded goodies brought in, yet, hopeful about what lies ahead. The plan is incredibly clear in your minds, and you are all on the same page with Winning Moves to test, the theme, targets, and plan. So, how do you get your next level of leadership engaged? Especially, if you anticipate some pushback?

Your next level of leadership wasn’t privy to the data shared, the discussions weighed or the tray of chocolate chunk cookies. If your plan to gain alignment with your next level is limited to an hour long presentation, the only thing that will stick from your planning session is your puffier exterior from the above-mentioned cookies.

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Topics: Execution Planning, Employee Engagement

3 Patterns of the Most Productive People

By: Liz McBrideMon, Feb 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

On my flights to see clients, I always pick up a business magazine to read. It’s something that can spur an insight when I face a particular challenge, and it sure as heck beats reviewing the already memorized airline menu selection when we must power down. Isn’t that productive of me? Perhaps Fast Company should have interviewed me in their "Secrets of the Most Productive People."

Instead, they interviewed the big guns - CEOs and founders in fashion, technology, non-profits, production companies, and TV shows. There’s even the Master Taster of Woodford Reserve! What a great title. I would love to be a master taster! Speaking of tasting, have you ever notice the cover of Fast Company magazine feels like a cat’s tongue? OK, back to being productive.

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Topics: Leadership

5 Things to Ask Before Sending Your Leaders Off to Training

By: Liz McBrideSun, Dec 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I started my career in the training department: writing ‘by the book’ curriculum with clear objectives, assessments, evaluations and interactive content to reach all of the learning styles. I would pour my heart out in front of live audiences or proudly upload interactive elearning modules.

Training was the prescription for healing poor performance or gaining adoption of new tools or systems; however, I soon realized ‘by the book’ training was not always the cure for ailing programs or departments.

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Topics: Leadership, Training

Lessons from the Football Field

By: Liz McBrideWed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Charlie is inconsolable. His uniform is missing from the locker and the school lost his sports physical so he has to sit out. As I pull into the front of the middle school, my puffy-eyed 7th grader is there alone waving meekly at me. I roll my window down as he tries to open the door.

“No, Charlie. You’re not getting in. Take me to your coach.” 

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Topics: People, Breakthrough Conference

I Assume Stuff

By: Liz McBrideSun, Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

My 12-year old son, Charlie, was treating us to an egg masterpiece and tossing ingredients into the cast iron skillet with reckless abandon. Curious as to whether or not he had an actual plan to our morning surprise, I asked how he knew the amount of each ingredient to add.

“I assume stuff. The best chefs do.”

Luckily for Charlie, his assumptions were delicious; but, the outcome was incredibly messy.

How often do you assume stuff about how your team is really doing or what your customer values or needs? Do you ever really go to where the work is done?

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Topics: Leadership, Manufacturing

7 Hacks to Get Organized

By: Liz McBrideSun, Jul 3, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Thank goodness I married my organized husband. Our bills are paid before they’re due, every bin has a label on it (the label maker is his most prized possession), our boys always have packed lunches and matching clothes to wear, and my keys, chargers and shoes are lovingly placed back into their labeled places after tornado Liz whirrs through the house.

I strive to be more organized because, quite frankly, it’s hard being me sometimes (I’m sure it’s even harder being married to me).

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Topics: People

Conga Line to Company Culture

By: Liz McBrideFri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I’m a proponent for fun. I can’t tell you how many scavenger hunts, kickoff parties, talent shows and team
building events I’ve planned and participated in over the years - or the number of costumes that were involved. I’ve even conga line danced behind an Ivy League mascot on the way to a keynote.

Part of bringing a team together or helping organizations face change has always been best served up with a side dish of fun.

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Topics: People

Creating a Culture of Superheroes

By: Liz McBrideSun, May 8, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I believe in building a strong culture where the team feels connected and there is life, a buzz if you will, in the workplace. Why then did I initially question Clarence at World Emblem about his choice to name his HR Group in Rhythm “HR Superheroes?”

Here was Clarence’s response:

Our 2016 HR Theme is that we are “Superheroes of HR.” We all have super powers. For example, the names of each HR professional is related to a Superhero... Clarence is “Superman,” Idith is “Batman,” Christy is “SpiderMan,” Elena is “Storm” and Maria is “SuperGirl.” Can you imagine the fun we had in our strategic meeting… see attachment!!

I opened the attachment and saw this picture. Only Clarence.

I got to meet his Superheros and learn more about how they selected their superhero based on their own super powers:

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Topics: Leadership