Your company is growing fast and managing projects and tracking metrics across teams is complex and difficult. You now have multiple systems in different teams adding to the complexity and difficulty. The result of this complexity and difficulty is being blindsided by missed goals. You don't want to be blindsided anymore. It stresses everyone out. Opportunities vanish and aren't realized. This costs you and your company millions of dollars. It may cost you and your executive team your jobs.
CEOs and business leaders spend a lot of time and energy working to hunt down important data and make the right decisions to grow the business based on what they find. The hunt requires time, skill, effort, and consistency. Often teams of people are involved whose whole job responsibility is to collect data and present it in a way that can be understood and acted on.
Understanding and acting on the right data is where things get very difficult and often complex. I've been in countless meetings where stale data is presented in pretty charts. Most of the team in the meeting doesn't understand it and in no way acts on it. Most in the room are embarrassed to speak up for fear they will look stupid, so they nod and go along with the presentation hoping to get out of the meeting as fast as they can so they can get their large pile of work done.
Have you ever wondered just what is going on in your business, how well things are going, and why? How can you know for sure that your people and teams are focused and aligned to achieve your long-term growth strategies and goals? How can you ensure you are doing the right things to attract the best talent and keep them happy in your company so they won’t leave you? These are all questions that an Enterprise Business Execution Platform can help you answer.
The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a popular strategic management system proposed by Robert Kaplan and David Norton and documented in their books and articles on the subject.
We sometimes have clients who come to us who have implemented the Balanced Scorecard approach to management and are looking for ways to improve their ability to execute and achieve their strategic plans.
They have implemented scorecards for Customer, Financial, Learning & Growth, and Internal Business Processes, but are frustrated with their ability to bring consistent improvement to these areas. Rhythm Systems balanced scorecard software helps you implement the balanced scorecard throughout your organization with visible dashboards that power your team meetings. If you prefer to categorize them with your own labels, our software gives your the flexibility to align them with your own company culture and nomenclature.
Our Rhythm Systems consultants have worked for years to help management teams create execution ready quarterly plans to achieve their growth goals each quarter. This practice combines both art and science to analyze plans to ensure they are both practical and complete.
We learned over the years from analyzing patterns of hundreds of quarterly execution plans and built a quarter plan testing tool into our Rhythm strategy execution software. The Quarter Plan 4 Tests feature is just one of the ways we are analyzing execution plan data to help our clients create better plans to achieve their growth goals quarter over quarter, year over year to achieve predictable results.
Herbie the Elf is a self-proclaimed "misfit." Not happy in his work, he feels like he just "doesn't fit in" with the other elves making toys. His peers are not sympathetic to his plight. They ridicule him for being different and scorn his lack of productivity. His boss is even worse. He yells at him and threatens him regularly for his lack of conformity and performance in the elf culture. It's not surprising, though. There are so many toys to make every year, and the Christmas Day deadline looms large all year long. There just isn't any time or energy for anything to be done outside the norm. So, Herbie decides to leave, become “independent,” and follow his dream on his own to become a dentist.
Managing projects across multiple teams is really difficult. Isolated spreadsheets and email strings make it impossible for team members to follow and share updates. Traditional project management software is often too complicated, and everyone doesn’t always have access across teams because each team is using their own system. This leads to execution chaos. Multiple systems across teams, difficulty in communication and coordinating effort, slow/no information flow across teams, all resulting in late or failed projects.
"How can we create something great together?"
That is the thinking and questioning in your mind when you've navigated the journey successfully from thinking "My Job Sucks!" to "I'm great!" to "Let's do something great together." The next level of greatness transcends the greatness of one team to include an entire organization - teams of teams working together in an interdependent way in which there are no longer any functional silos in the organization.
"I'm great! Too bad the rest of my team sucks!"
In my prior posts, I painted a picture of moving from a life where you feel like "My Job Sucks!" to a life where you understand that you own your own career growth and development and you are practicing the right disciplines and using the right tools to achieve personal independence and success in your job. You feel like you are great, but most of the people around you pretty much suck. I ended the last post with the idea that achieving personal greatness isn't enough - that personal greatness is not the end of your journey. There is something more. But what more could there be? Isn't life and work all about becoming the superstar performer that everyone loves?