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How to Cascade Your Plan (Infographic)

By Jessica Wishart

    Wed, Jan 8, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Annual & Quarterly Planning

    At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm is essential to growing your iStock_29029596_MEDIUM.jpgbusiness with purpose. And, we think this rhythm is key for departments and individuals at every level of the organization, not just for the executive team. Think about how powerful it would be if each and every person in your company could tell you what the top priority for the company was for the year and for the quarter, how success is measured on those priorities, what their team is doing to support achieving those goals, and how they personally are contributing to the company's success. That's why we think cascading the Think Plan Do rhythm to departments is a key step for your company's success.

    In theory, this sounds good, right? In reality, we find that some companies get stuck here. We recommend that executive teams spend about a quarter fine tuning their own Think Plan Do rhythm before rolling out our Rhythm methodology to their departments. This way, the team leaders are comfortable with the new habits they've established and feel confident coaching their team to adopt the habits, too. Sure, your teams may already have great execution habits and maybe even healthy meeting rhythms in place. But, until you start a plan rhythm with your departments, how can you know that everyone is executing on the right things? Daily and weekly execution habits that drive the company plan forward hinge on successfully cascading your plan rhythm to your departments.

    Here's what should be included in your Cascade Plan:

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    Download infographic here. 

    If you are a Rhythm client, remember that all the detailed resources you need to have a great cascade planning session, including an agenda and a customizable slide deck, are available to you in Rhythm University.

    Good luck!

    Rhythm Systems Cascade Cheat Sheet

    Here is more information on cascading you might find helpful:

    The Value of Cascade Planning

    Top 3 Things to Decide Before Cascading to Teams

    Cascading: KPI Examples for Success Sales Teams

    Rhythm Cascade: 5 Ways to Drive Alignment in Your Company

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