Rhythm Blog | Patrick Thean

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Are Your Leaders Delivering Awesome Results? [SlideShare]

Patrick Thean Sun, Jan 13, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

I am often asked about the impact of leaders on a company’s strategy execution. Sometimes we have process and execution problems. But just as often, I have found that the company may actually have done a good job with execution planning, or creating priorities and KPIs. However, the leaders and managers are having trouble driving performance and results. In these cases, weakness in team leaders can be masquerading as execution issues.

Your leaders determine the performance of their teams and the results that your company achieves. Every single customer or project rolls up to a manager/leader. Your leaders determine 100% of your company’s results and performance!

4 Tips to Use Dashboards Well for Stronger Execution

Patrick Thean Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

Tip 1: Focus on the problem, not the people.

When Dutch Valley Food Distributors first used Red-Yellow-Green in their Weekly Team Meetings, it seemed natural to ask a team member “Hey, why are you Red this week? How can we help get you back to Green?” They were inadvertently shining the spotlight on the person instead of on the problem that needed to be solved. Because their culture is one of caring and sharing, this felt very uncomfortable for them. When I sat in on a weekly meeting, I noticed this subtlety. We shifted their questions from “Hey, why are you Red?” to “Why is this priority Red? What can we do to move this priority from Red to Green?” This line of questioning unfroze their brains. It helped people relax and focus on solving problems. As Dutch Valley shifted their focus from the person to the priority, they have found their Weekly Adjustment Meetings to be much more productive and engaging, leading to stronger results for the company. 

Annual Planning: 9 Tips to Focus & Align Your Team With a Great Plan for 2019

Patrick Thean Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to slow down and develop a world class execution plan for next year. When we don’t slow down to plan our execution, our teams don't end up being focused on the right things, leading to mistakes and rework, and ultimately smacking our profit with a 2-by-4! How strong is your execution this year?

I ask these questions to check if you had a good and strong plan this year:

  • Does your team know what the company is supposed to achieve this year?
  • If your team does know what the company is focused on, do they know their roles in making that happen every quarter?
  • Do they have clear success metrics so they can tell if they are on track or not?

Use Your Core Values and Job Scorecards In Your Hiring Process

Patrick Thean Sat, Jan 5, 2019 @ 07:45 AM
Having a set of documented core values that you live daily is a powerful Execution Tool for your company. Let's start with your hiring process.  Do you use your core values as an essential component of your job scorecards to make sure that the right people are getting on your bus?  If your answer is "No", you should start today.  This will help you recruit and keep A Players.  Here are some common misconceptions that stop folks from using this powerful tool to ensure that only the right people get the privilege of working in your company.

How Simms Fishing Engages Their Employees

Patrick Thean Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

We are proud to announce that Retail TouchPoints recently featured two of our long-time clients, Simms Fishing Products, and luxury watchmaker, Frederique Constant, in a report discussing the biggest challenge in the retail industry today: engaging employees. According to the 2013 State of the American Workplace report by Gallup, 70% of employees are not engaged. 

Don't Confuse Strategic Thinking And Execution Planning

Patrick Thean Mon, Dec 17, 2018 @ 08:42 AM

It is easy to confuse your strategy and your strategic plan.  I have seen so many leaders tell me that they have a strategy.   Yet, when asked specifically what their strategy is, they have difficulty sharing the key moves they are going to make - and when.  Strategy and strategic moves should not be as complicated as we sometimes make it.  It might be helpful to think about your strategy as having 2 parts:

How CEOs Succeed - Achieve a Top Valuation through Strategy Execution [Client Spotlight]

Patrick Thean Thu, Dec 6, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Congratulations to Jeff Berstein, and the ImageFIRST Team! Calera Capital, a private equity firm, acquired a majority share of ImageFIRST, allowing Jeff and his team to successfully achieve their dreams. This unique win-win deal provides the following for key stakeholders:

4 Tips to Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Your One-Page Strategic Plan

Patrick Thean Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

If you are a Mastering the Rockefeller Habits fan, here are four tips to make your One-Page Strategic Plan work for you. Used correctly, it can accelerate your progress. Used incorrectly, it can quickly become a bureaucratic anchor around your neck.

1. Use your strategic foundation - Your core strategy to drive execution:

Your core strategy is made up of your core purpose, core values, and BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Don't allow your core values to be merely a poster on the wall. Use them purposefully every day. Don't be tempted to hire that great resource who does not demonstrate your core values. Allow your core values to be your veto tool. Hire and fire by your core values. Here's a tip to live your core values: Choose words that you use daily. Don't switch into "corporate speak" when you bring up your core values. To make it stick, it's got to be the way you talk with each other. Do people in your company understand how their daily work helps to achieve the company’s overall mission or purpose? Are they on an exciting journey towards the promised land? Your BHAG is a 10+ year goal that can create excitement and inspiration for the entire team. Too often, I see BHAGs and purpose statements just being cute posters decorating corporate walls with people not understanding how they are part of the exciting journey to achieve the BHAG and purpose.

How Successful Leaders Set Goals to Finish the Year Strong [Video]

Patrick Thean Tue, Nov 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

It’s time to plan your fourth quarter and finish the year strong! One of the reasons plans fail is due to poorly defined goals and priorities. Most people think that they have finished their plan when they have had good discussions during quarterly planning sessions and come up with their top 5 priorities for the quarter. “Hey, we are all aligned and ready for the quarter!” Not so fast. You need to make sure that your goals and priorities are well defined and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time bound).

Expert Annual Planning Tips [Interview]

Patrick Thean Thu, Nov 1, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

During Q4, many companies begin to think and plan for the next year. To gain insight into the process and importance of planning for the upcoming year, my team interviewed me. After all, I am an Amazon best-selling author of two books: Rhythm and Predictable Results, and I've helped hundreds of companies with this process.

Question: Patrick, so annual planning time is rolling around again. Are you still looking forward to helping companies develop their plans, and if so why?

Patrick: Oh, I love this part of the year, when people are thinking and planning for the next year. It is a good practice to take stock, learn what went well and what did not go so well, and dream about how to do much better next year. This is a very important process that can really influence whether you have a great year or not.