Characteristics of an Effective Think Rhythm

By Tiffany Chepul

A Think Rhythm is the most efficient way to work through just about anything – developing a product, documenting a new process, working on your Brand Promise – the possibilities are endless!

In working with hundreds of teams using Think Rhythms, we have seen some definite patterns for success.

Companies who do Think Rhythms well have these things in common:

  • They make it a Priority. If a team decides to work on their Brand Promise, they make it an Individual Priority for someone during planning. That person owns the Think Rhythm – sets up the meeting times, selects the group to work on it and keeps the process moving. They are committed and accountable for the outcome.
  • They start with an Objective Statement. The first Think Rhythm meeting should be to determine the Objective Statement. What are we here to do? What outcome do we want? We want to do it in a way that does what?
  • They use Diamonds in Their Own Backyard. Your organization is full of experts, in all different areas. Don’t be bound by departments or hierarchy. What group of people should be included in your Think Rhythm to give you the expertise you need? Keep the group small (5 or less), but make sure it’s the right people.
  • They embrace the data. A Think Rhythm needs to include the right data. If your work depends on getting data from your sales or accounting team, make sure they have it on their radar during planning. The needs of your Think Rhythm shouldn’t disrupt the rest of the team.
  • They document progress. Each meeting should have an agenda and a process for documenting notes and next steps. Those who use Rhythm software can use the Other Meetings screens to collaborate through Comments, record Action Items and store Attachments. This also provides a way for the team to work on their objective in between regular Think Rhythm meetings.

So what topics are currently in a Think Rhythm at your organization? Employ the patterns above to accelerate your work!


Executive Summary from Patrick Thean's book Rhythm


Tiffany Chepul


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