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Going Back and Giving Back

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Published April 16, 2014

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Patrick Thean
our Rhythm ninja

I was invited to speak on Rhythm and goal setting at Cornell University’s Engineering Leadership Certification class last week. It was great to go back to Cornell, my alma mater. So much has changed since the last time I was on campus back in 2000 when I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship. It is wonderful to see Cornell equipping engineers with leadership skills. The combination of technology and leadership is powerful preparation for engineers to contribute to the workplace when they graduate.


One of the students, Anton Gilgur, asked me a question: “I am good at planning, and I am also good at doing, but I am terrible at starting. After you get your execution plan done, how do you cross over quickly into doing?”  

It’s a great question. A pattern that I notice from our thousands of users in Rhythm software is that it is hard to get started. Instead of starting strong in week 1, sometimes it takes until week 3 to get engines revving strong! If you have the same question as Anton and want to get a faster start executing when your new quarter begins, I will be spending time on this topic on our upcoming webcast on May 7th at 1pm EDT. Get your team more engaged and drive better results for the quarter.

 Executive Summary from Patrick Thean's book Rhythm