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?
In my last post I talked about the employee engagement problem and proposed an ownership mindset and the use of Job Scorecards to solve it. That gets you out of the stage of dependence on your boss to a place where you can perform without needing to be told what to do everyday.
Now that you've been freed-up from all that complaining about how bad life is, you can direct all that negative energy towards something positive. You can now learn and grow and achieve success in your job. You own it. You know what's expected and you can achieve it. It doesn't come easy, though. Consistent high performance takes discipline and the right tools. That's why we built performance dashboards into our Rhythm software platform. It is essential to understand what success is on each of your goals and then to track your work to achieve that success every day. You can do this with our Rhythm software so that you will know daily how well you are performing to expectations.
"My job sucks!"
I hear these words from many family members and friends when I ask them about their work. It's likely you have also heard this quote from people when you ask them about their job. It's likely that you feel this way. If you are a manager, it's likely that the people that work for you feel this way. A recent Gallup study indicates that 70% or more of the US working population is disengaged at work. That means they are merely showing up for a job to get a paycheck. They really don't care about their work. Why is it that so many people feel this way about their work? What can be done to change this feeling about our work? I'm writing this blog to offer help. There is a better way.