Entries by Ted Skinner

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How to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session [With Planning Session Agenda PDF]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 26, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As strategy planning experts, we often get asked how to run a strategic planning meeting, as great strategic meetings don’t happen by..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Quarterly Rocks Examples: Using EOS Rocks to Align Your Company

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, May 14, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

It is that time again. I am working with my clients to help create quarterly execution plans with their top company quarterly rocks so..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Balanced Scorecard KPI Examples: A Comprehensive List of KPIs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As the middle market strategy execution experts, we get asked a lot of questions about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators for firms to..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

27 Best Skip-Level Meeting Questions and Agenda [Updated for 2021]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

What is a skip-level meeting?

As defined in an article by Jared Lewis, "In a skip-level meeting, upper-level management bypasses..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Effective Team Meetings: How to Run a Team Meeting [Even on Zoom]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:14 PM

Team meetings are a key component of any business. It’s important that the employees know and understand what’s going on with the..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Agile Business Plan: Utilizing Agile Business Planning for Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Business is moving faster than ever before, and these days your business needs to be as nimble possible to respond to the rapidly..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Developing New Leaders: Leadership Development Tips for New Leader Training

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

How an employee moves through the ranks and advances in a company usually starts with them being an exceptional entry-level employee. The..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Meeting Execution: How to Run an Effective Weekly Team Meeting in 2021

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

It’s a fact in today’s business world that meetings typically take up a large part of your day. In fact, some days are spent running..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Using OKRs for Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In working with hundreds of mid-market CEOs as a consultant at Rhythm Systems, I often get asked about KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Management Meeting Agenda: Make Your 2021 Zoom Management Meetings Effective

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

In my last blog, I talked about how most meetings suck. Now, I want to focus our energy on ways that we can fix them and have effective..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

OKR Examples for Manufacturing: Measure What Matters for the Quarter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

In any industrial company, there are business goals to hit, KPIs to measure and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to complete. In..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Don't Let Your 2021 Annual Plan Fail by Using Spreadsheets to Run Your Company's Strategy

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

Many companies have strong Annual Plans but fail to execute on them and miss their targets year after year. They know that they are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Employee Engagement and Motivation: How to Increase both Motivation AND Engagement

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

In working with middle market CEOs and their employees and they often wonder about their employee productivity and professional..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2021 Annual Planning Meeting - 5 Step Process to Create an Annual Plan with Agenda

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Did you know that nearly half of all companies fail to meet their financial targets? Much of this lack of success can be traced back to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Staffing KPI Examples: The Top 27 Staffing Metrics (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we work with clients to ensure they are measuring the metrics that matter to allow them to achieve their dreams and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Company KPIs: Creating Business KPIs That Drive Success in 2021

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

The body has four main vital signs that doctors use all around the world to determine the condition of a patient. The four vital signs..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Engaging Remote Employees: How to Engage Employees That Work from Home

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Employee engagement for remote workers is a huge topic in the market today, especially with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) limiting travel..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Daily Huddle Meetings: Agenda to Make Them More Productive in 2021 (Agenda)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Staying aligned in today's modern work environment is harder than ever.  There are so many distractions in your daily work, that it is..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Organizational Alignment: 3 Step Organizational Alignment Playbook

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Verne Harnish notes in his book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits that the difference between organizational vision and organizational..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Delegation in Leadership: How to Effectively Delegate as a Leader

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 08:29 AM

Managing the daily, weekly, and monthly workload is a challenge for team members and leaders alike, but in very different ways. Teams..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Fix a Meeting in 4 Easy Steps [Agenda and Video]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly staff meetings are often a huge waste of time and money. Too often, they are just boring status updates that could have been..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

SMART Goal Setting Theory: To Create SMART Goals, Start With “Why”

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 03:47 PM

Leadership 101 tells us that it’s important to set clear and specific goals for ourselves and for our teams in order to achieve business..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Communicating a Merger to Employees: 4 Ways to Tell Your Team About a Merger or Acquisition

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

An acquaintance of mine has recently undergone a merger at her corporation. As a mid-level employee, she knew it was coming; her company..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

High Performance Team Culture: How to Create a Team Rhythm for Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

High performance teams are critical to success in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. In order to remain..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Best Change Management Books to Get You Ready for Organizational Change

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

Whether you or an..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Problem Solving Meeting Agenda: 4 Simple Steps to Conduct a Problem Solving Session

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I hear time and time again from people that their meetings are a complete waste of time. In fact, they can often be a huge productivity..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Critical Number: The MVP Metric of Your KPIs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jun 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In my initial blog “How to Create KPIs that Drive Your Company's Success,” we  focused on the most common form of metric, Key..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Can I Source Ideas From Remote Employees Without Being Disruptive?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

How can I better source ideas from employees, even when they are working from home?

When looking for new ideas, some large organizations..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid the Staggering Cost of a Mishire: The Hidden Cost of a Bad Hire in 2020

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If you’re a hiring manager at your organization, chances are that you have had a couple of new hires that haven’t worked out the way..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Your Priorities SMART?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 05:44 PM

Creating Company, Group, and Individual priorities is a key success factor (a leading indicator KPI) to achieving both your short-term..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Employee Engagement Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In the past year, employee engagement has been a hot topic: how to encourage employees, how to measure it, and why it's important. Not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning for Success: The Missing Link Between Planning and Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I love my job! I get to work with people to make their business hopes and dreams come true. I mean, what is not to like about working..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Digital Marketing KPI Examples with Template

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our digital marketing team sat down and talked about our annual plan. Marketing departments have many campaigns they focus on..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Close the Strategy Execution Gap

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, I don’t want to create “holiday creep” where Christmas decorations are out even before..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

How Do Core Competencies Influence My BHAG?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 7, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the opportunity to create content for Rhythm University, our knowledge center that is full of tools, tips, videos and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Year End Tips to Prepare for a Successful New Year in 2020

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

It’s that time of the year again where we all wonder where 2017 went.  It seems like it just started!  Soon our friends and family will..

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How Do I Conduct an Effective Technical Review Meeting? (Agenda)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems we help middle marketing companies get the most out of their meetings, from annual planning meetings to weekly team..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Weekly Team Meetings Suck, Let's Fix Them

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

You know what? Weekly team meetings suck. There, I said it. I know many of you were thinking it, but I went ahead and put it out there...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

8 Tips to Achieve Better Work Life Balance

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Keeping track of all of the demands on our time can be a real challenge. Unfortunately, we can’t create more time in the day, but there..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leveraging Core Values to Drive Revenue and Increase Profit

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If you’ve gone through the exercise of determining your company’s core values, you’ve spent a lot of time (and a lot of meetings)..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips for an Effective Daily Huddle

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 01:34 PM

It’s an interesting experiment to informally poll your friends and ask them about their planning habits. Do they plan on a daily basis?..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

The Subscription Economy: 5 Reasons to Create Subscribers Out of Your Customers

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is to Keep Smart. In order to do that, we set aside an hour every week to come together..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Setting Your Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 @ 02:10 PM

Milestones throughout the year give us an opportunity to recalibrate and look at areas that need improvement. For the crowds at the gym..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Meeting to Life

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Whew….you’ve done it. You and your team just completed a major project and are celebrating! The group did a good job making adjustments..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

The Unbeatable Return on Payroll of Engaged Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Rhythm Systems is proud to announce the release of its newest white paper, "The Unbeatable Return  on Payroll of Engaged Employees,"..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions That Keep CEOs and Executive Teams Up at Night

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

In working with many leading mid-market CEOs and their executive leadership teams on their growth strategies, I often ask these leaders..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Does Your KPI Dashboard Measure What Matters?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

I have to admit that I am a data geek. I do know that I have a unique personality type and most people aren’t interested in digging deep..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Agile Scrum and Rhythm Work Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

What is Scrum, and why do I care? Scrum is a term that has moved from the discussion in the server rooms and development area of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Common Pitfalls of KPI Dashboards and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

As the middle market growth experts, the Rhythm Systems consulting team gets a lot of questions about KPIs, or Key Performance..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Rhythm Systems Puts the I in Team

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Wait. Did I read that correctly? I always learned that there is no I in team. How could you challenge my thinking like this? I haven’t..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Breakthrough Your Complex Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Summer is over, kids are back in school, and now it's time to turn your focus back to the workplace. Yes, I know it might not be as..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

5 Essential Tips to Get Your Work Email to Work

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Alberto P., one of our subscribers, asked, "What's a better way to manage my email?"

Great question! I get a LOT of email, and it sounds..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

High Performance Teams Software

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are still celebrating the success of our inaugural Breakthrough Execution Conference.  All of the feedback has..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Things Successful People Do Every Morning (Video)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

One of the biggest keys to success is putting your energy and effort into the most important tasks at hand. In order to have a great..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Predictable Revenue Stream – Three Additional Subscription Models

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This is my final post based on John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry. We have..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Three Super (Subscription) Models

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We've covered the first three subscription models from John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Which Subscription Model Works Best for You?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 @ 01:36 PM

In an upcoming post, I will explain the five reasons why exploring a subscription model within your business makes sense. Today, I will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Think Like a Startup

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Startups are amazing businesses. They find a problem that isn’t properly solved in the marketplace and try to resolve that problem in a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 More Tips for Business Travel

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Travel is an important function to many businesses.  It does not matter how much technology and virtual meetings bring us closer..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Keys for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Isn’t it great to come back to work after a nice refreshing break with a clean..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

5 Year End Tips to Prepare for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

It’s that time of the year again where we all sit around and wonder where 2014 went.  Soon our friends and family will visit and enjoy..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Networking

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

One of the most common business problems new clients joining the Rhythm Systems family are hoping to overcome is how to grow their..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Keys to Conquer Complacency in Your Organization

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Complacency is something that can rear its ugly head in any organization that doesn’t build the culture and mechanisms to keep it at..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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