Entries by Liz McBride

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Creative Skills - The Top 10 Skills in 2021

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

With the emphasis on core subjects in budget crunched public schools, art programs are being asked to pack their paint brushes and go...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Types of BHAGs: Which BHAG Model is Right for You?

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Suppose you and your team have been in a Think Rhythm to determine what Jim Collin and Jerry Porras call your Hedgehog concept - the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Lessons From a Millennial: Work-Life Balance Tips

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jun 7, 2019 @ 02:20 PM

If you research “healthy work-life balance tips” (or frankly any hot topic), you’ll see a line item in there about the millennial's view..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Keep the Love Alive with Your Annual Plan and Avoid Sharknado

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

You’re a couple of months into your 2019 annual plans - the honeymoon phase. Your annual plan still looks good, you’re excited to see it..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

8 Ways to Cast Light on the Shadows of Innovation

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

“If you can move people by inspiring and building their confidence to own and drive your new strategy, they will be committed to seeing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

7 Key Plays from Our CEO Playbook

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Apr 5, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

One of the top 10 moments of my life was the Predictable Results book launch party at our Breakthrough Conference last October. To..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Having a Personal BHAG Matters

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Mar 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Shortly after my son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism at age two, I set the big, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG) that he will graduate..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Tips to Shake up Your Planning

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

I am incredibly lucky to work with clients quarter after quarter, year over year. We’re part of each other’s extended family. My home..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Don't Let Dumb Rules Blow Up Team Accountability

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

During World War II, a Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Navy was called on by his Captain of the HMS Stork to explain why their ship..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Lessons: 5 Ways My Teenagers Teach Me How to Face Adversity

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The best advice I was given before my boys reached their teenage years with wild emotional swings was "don't ride the roller coaster..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How the Best Companies Get Started with Rhythm [Customer Stories]

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

When rolling out a new process, it’s best to start with a core group of champions who will help integrate the system into existing..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 COO Insights to Manage the Human Factor after an Acquisition

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In my last blog, I shared Steve Hoffa from Alpha Guardian’s tips in 5 COO Insights to Keep Your Acquisitions Alive, which described a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

5 COO Insights to Keep Your Acquisition Alive

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

It’s no wonder that  70-90% of mergers and acquisitions fail when you consider the complexities of the deal coupled with the sheer..

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Use a Think Rhythm: A Proven Process for Business Breakthroughs

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Creating a regular habit to think, or a Think Rhythm, can be a powerful way to:

  • Create and strengthen your Strategic Foundation
  • Work on..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Take Your Core Values Outside

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

First thing’s first. I should get personal travel and/or injury insurance the next time I visit the Cannon team.

I’ve had the distinct..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Close out the Quarter for Future Success

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As I’ve said before, I learn as much from my clients as they do from me. And then I unabashedly make it my own, share it with others,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

People Are Confused - What Should I Do?

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I’m a fly on the wall during a client’s departmental quarterly planning meeting when someone completely unsolicited said, “I love..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Roll Down Your Sleeves: 5 Tips to Being a Productive Leader

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Patterns of the Most Productive People

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Things to Ask Before Sending Your Leaders Off to Training

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lessons from the Football Field

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

I Assume Stuff

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Hacks to Get Organized

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Conga Line to Company Culture

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating a Culture of Superheroes

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Real Examples of How to Use Planning Notes

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Thomas H., one of our subscribers, asked, "What are some best practices on the planning notes features in Rhythm software?"

You're..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

ASD, ADHD and Dyslexia Go to Work

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

My personal BHAG is for my 12-year old son, Jack, who is on the autism spectrum, to go to college. If you attended my session at the ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Ways to Make Action Items Work for You (Video)

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM
Thomas H., one of our subscribers, asked, "What are some best practices on the Action List features in Rhythm software?"

I’ve always..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

You May Fall Off the Mountain: Keep Climbing to Reach Your BHAG

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Dec 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Our inaugural Breakthrough Execution Conference is in the BHAG, I mean bag! I am still on a high from the excitement, teamwork and the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Blame Game

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Dec 13, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Rabbi Stephen Baars is always one of my favorite presenters at business conferences. He doesn’t take the stage for long, but he always..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Cooking with Rhythm and Project Plans

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m often asked where Project Plans fit with Rhythm. To answer this question, I’d like to invite you into my kitchen.

I love to cook. I..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Are you Stuck?

Posted by Liz McBride on Sat, Sep 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Last week, my team got together for Crucial Conversations training. I recently experienced conflict with my neighbor, and since then,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Right Discussion Tips for Annual Planning

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

My kids are back to school, pumpkin beer is stocked on shelves and the Halloween catalogues are arriving. That’s my signal that we’re..

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Does Your Quarterly Plan Wish to Go to the Moon?

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We are officially in the swing of Q3! Did you have a nice vacation? Are you picking up slack for your tan-worshiping co-workers as we..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Schooled in Leadership

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve missed my calling as a Fish Trainer. Animal behavior is fascinating - especially if it confirms the DNA of what makes an effective..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Let This Become a Habit

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The bagpiper was filling the church with Scotland the Brave as my Dad and I prepared to follow him down the aisle. My Dad turned to me..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

My Team Needs Training... and, ACTION!

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Jun 15, 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: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change Management is the Coolest!

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, May 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: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Attitude Adjustment

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Call it fate, karma, the universe, God, a higher power...whatever feels good to you; but, I believe that sometimes you are meant to be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Patton Helped Us Achieve Our Stretch Revenue Goal - Fore!

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
- George S. Patton

I’m pretty sure George..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Cure for Leaky Accountability

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, May 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

(The doctor is in... for the third time).

I’m struggling through a healthy mound of salad when Nicole appears: “The CEO of Underda Buss..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Cure for Execution Indigestion

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It’s 11:00 am on Friday. I’m debriefing my colleagues on the great work Gautneau Alignment’s CEO has done to cure his team of KPI-tice..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

5 Cures for KPI-tice

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m at Rhythm Headquarters about to take my first sip of coffee when the alarm goes off. I rush to the control room to be debriefed...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Get Your Virtual Swagger On

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m writing this blog while wearing my fuzzy socks and sitting at my kitchen table. I am lucky to live within driving distance to our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Walking the Talk on Execution

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This year, my husband, Mike, gave me a Fitbit for Valentine’s Day. I’d heard a story of people gaining weight after using this device...

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Power of Silence for Effective Communication

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"Jack has such a sensitive, warm heart. Today, I came to school with some bad news. It may be a long time before I see two of my..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus on How They Learn vs. How You Teach

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you’ve read an earlier blog of mine on why BHAGs matter, you already know what last night’s tour of my son, Jack’s, Middle School..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

When Personalities Walk into a Meeting

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I think it was hour three into my Topgrading interview for my coaching position at Rhythm Systems when my McQuaig personality results..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Crystal Ball Resourcing

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Don’t you hate it when you can’t find your magic crystal ball to tell HR how many resources you’ll need next year? As the new year gets..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Get Your Player in the Game with Effective Communication

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

“Some people are so...helpless.”

At a recent quarterly planning session, one of the executives explained how he’s trying to communicate..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG. B-What?

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

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what’s ur BHAG?

B-Who?

LOL. Bee-Hag

idk

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Jim Collins was ahead of his time when he coined the term BHAG back in 1994. More than..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Daily Huddle Meeting: Everybody Stand-up!

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings are “the way things get done” at companies today. We had so many meetings when I was in banking that we no longer used the word..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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