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5 Questions Leaders Should Ask When A Project Fails

Tiffany Chepul Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

It’s happened to all of us. We start a new project or set a new goal with the best intentions. Everyone’s excited to get started working, the team has visualized success, we’re all pumped. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, deadlines are missed, numbers aren’t hit and you’ve got two departmental leaders not speaking to each other.

Unfortunately, it can happen to the best of teams. And, once the dust settles, it’s important to pause and reflect on where things went wrong. CEOs and leaders who ask these 5 questions of themselves first (and then of their teams) are more likely to avoid future failures.

Process Implementation: How to Implement a New Process at Work in 2020

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As companies grow, the need to strategic establish implementation processes to help you scale to meet your business goals becomes inevitable. We've all reached a place in our role when the way we used to do things no longer works and we have to innovate. Necessity becomes the mother of invention - there's really no way to avoid it in a healthy growing company.

The truth remains, however: implementing new processes at work is hard. It's some of the most difficult work that teams do. Some teams struggle with change itself - it pushes people out of their comfort zone and sometimes there is resistance. Other teams struggle to develop the processes themselves - they can't agree on the best way to proceed to improve the business process. Even if you can define a new process and make some headway on changing people's mindsets, there is still the uphill battle for implementing the key processes that turn plans into action. Management teams can help their employees to implement a new business process in five simple ways to maximize their implementation efforts.

8 Ways To Manage Using Your Core Values (Video)

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 04:10 PM

Once your executive team has worked to discover, test and finalize your Company's Core Values, it's time to go out and live them!  

Staying Connected to Your Annual Plan All Year

Tiffany Chepul Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

It’s that time again – back-to-school, pumpkin everything, football, and Annual Planning season! You and your team are about to invest so much time, money, energy, and resources into determining the Annual Focus & Initiatives for the year ahead. After the session is when the real work begins, however. How do you stay connected to your plan throughout the year to make sure it finishes Green? It’s tough to not become distracted, especially if you are part of a fast-growing mid-market company. 

Here are a few tricks, from highly- successful Rhythm companies, for maintaining focus all year:

Job Scorecard vs. Job Description: What's the Difference in 2019? (Video)

Tiffany Chepul Mon, Sep 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In recent consulting calls, Job Scorecards (sometimes referred to as employee scorecards) have been a hot topic. Many companies are looking for a way to provide more constant and balanced feedback and coaching to employees, instead of just an annual review.   The scorecard approach allows company managers to achieve their strategic objectives.

The truth is, traditional annual performance reviews can be riddled with anxiety. Many times employees perceive a connection to salary or a raise, which is stressful for everyone. The true value of a performance review - an opportunity for development and coaching - is often missed.  The role and goal clarity that the employee scorecard provides enables managers to be more involved in employee performance.

7 Tips for CEOs for Drama-Free Planning & Strategy Sessions

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Strategy & Annual Planning Sessions tend  to drum up lots of emotions. For some, planning is exciting and fun, while others approach it with a sense of dread and worry. What’s even more challenging is throwing all those people and all those emotions into a room for two days together to have tough discussions.

How to Use Execution as a Key Differentiator in a Changing Market [Video]

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Craft breweries are one of the fastest growing industries in our region. They are popping up all over the country and the regulatory environment is finally catching up. Recently, regulations were lifted to allow brewing up to 50,000 barrels. Breweries now have increased opportunities to grow at an exponential rate.

Growth is tricky, however, especially when there are so many ways your company can grow. The key is to pick only 2-3 Winning Moves for Growth and then hyper-focus on how you execute those moves.

Brand Promise: If You Don’t Know It, Your Customers Don’t Either

Tiffany Chepul Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, a new grocery store chain opened here. It shall remain nameless to protect the guilty and the innocent, as Patrick says.

Goal Setting: 5 Steps to Drive Better Results

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Goal setting is both a skill and an art. Whether you are new to the goal-setting game, or a seasoned pro, there is always room for improvement.

When writing goals, use these 5 steps to drive better results.

Step 1: Write your goal and keep it simple

Start by writing your goal in a clear, action-oriented way. It should start with a verb and state exactly what you are going to do and by when. Let’s start with one example and work it through the 5 steps.

Example Goal: Hire and train 20 new sales reps by end of September

A Vulnerable Culture is an Accountable Culture

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Vulnerability is the secret to fixing your Company’s accountability issues. 

It’s a bold statement, but after watching Brené Brown: A Call to Courage on Netflix this month, I’m convinced.

Many teams experience struggle with accountability. They experience a lack of follow through. They avoid difficult discussions. Their culture is full of finger-pointing and gossip. Expectations aren’t clear and there are no consequences. Numbers are missed and joy is absent from the work. The team becomes paralyzed and innovation stops.