5 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About KPIs (Video)

By: Alicia CrokeWed, Mar 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

So you just started your new job, and your boss sits you down to talk about your KPIs. He says, "Yeah, we are gonna measure your performance based on these, so hopefully you do a great job!"

After your busy first day, you realize you are completely lost when it comes to your KPIs.

He gave you a plan all laid out, but you still need some guidance as you start your new job.

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Topics: KPI

Do's and Don'ts of Coordinating Cross-Functional Teams

By: Jessica WishartTue, Mar 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting cross-functional projects to help our company move forward. I’ve been part of the team that built our Certification program, part of a team that evaluated, selected and implemented a new CRM, part of the team that’s writing our new book, Predictable Results, to name just a few. While juggling these growth priorities with my day job can be challenging, these projects typically bear amazing fruit and deepen my relationships with coworkers in other departments. I view them as a way to challenge myself, improve my current skills, and develop in new areas. Based on my own positive experiences with cross-functional work, I was surprised to read the results of Behnam Tarbrizi’s study in the Harvard Business Review: “75% of Cross-Functional Teams are Dysfunctional.” 

According to the research, there are some pretty specific conditions to avoid if you want to have a healthy cross-functional team.

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Topics: High Performance Teams

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

By: Liz McBrideSun, Mar 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

What do you hear at work? Talking? Laughter? What do you see? Is your team bouncing from desk to desk, chatting in the hallway, smiling at their peers? Do you see your team leaning into deep discussions around a conference table?

In some company cultures, hearing laughter and seeing employees huddled in a discussion could leave one feeling as though the team is slacking off. When World Emblem, a manufacturer of apparel decorations, transformed the Miami office to an open working area, it created a new vibe. Hearing talking and belly laughter was music to the CEO, Randy Carr’s ears. There were no walls to separate teams from one another and the buzz of employee engagement was brewing.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

4 Steps to Get Your Team Past Issues and Problems

By: Barry PruittFri, Mar 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Everyone hits a ceiling of complexity. Teens hit a level of complexity in sports, class, and social situations. Entrepreneurs hit levels of complexity in sales, collections, culture, communication, focus, size, number of members, and more. The teams and companies that succeed are the ones that figure out how to solve problems better, faster. And that’s a ceiling of complexity that I observe in many fast growth companies. A one-person entrepreneur shop can move fast, make decisions quickly, and re-chart direction as often as needed. Small companies with few employees can circle a conference table and hammer out solutions. Yet, as your company and teams grow, it gets progressively harder to solve problems in a timely manner.

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Topics: Ceiling of Complexity, Business Execution

It's Better to be Unemployed than In a Job You Hate

By: Alicia CrokeThu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Your job is important - it's where you spend most of your waking hours. So when the Australian National University recently released a study about how your employment affects your mental health, I was interested.

According to the study, it is better to have no job at all than to have a bad job. "Those who moved into optimal jobs showed significant improvement in mental health compared to those who remained unemployed. Those respondents who moved into poor-quality jobs showed a significant worsening in their mental health compared to those who remained unemployed."

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Topics: KPI, Employee Engagement

Increase Your Focus and Gain a Competitive Edge

By: Alan GehringerTue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Getting more focused, more productive, and more accountable. 

We all talk about doing this as a New Year's Resolution for our companies. But we rarely focus on ourselves as a major component in the overall energy of the business, possibly because we are so busy simply trying to get things done and run the business. What can you do to gain a competitive edge in 2017?

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Topics: Execution

Why Your Annual Plan Never Works Out the Way You Plan

By: Jessica WishartSun, Feb 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Here we are - the beginning of a new year. Chances are, you invested the time and resources into an annual planning session. What do you have to show for it? How can you make sure that this time next year you are celebrating the fact that you’ve achieved your goals, and not just dusting off a binder or searching for a Powerpoint file thinking “shoot - we didn’t get any of this done!”?

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve seen thousands of initiatives completed successfully, and we’ve learned some patterns for success and failure for annual plans. 

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Topics: Annual Planning

3 Easy Ways to Add Videos Into Your Marketing Strategy

By: Deb ColsonFri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our marketing team agreed that we needed more videos on our website at our Q3 planning session in 2016. As you know, being Red or Yellow on a priority is not an option. So, we needed to find the best solutions for our decision to get this done. 

After reading the blog “Why you need to focus on Video Marketing in 2017” – I knew we had made the right strategic decision. So, I thought I would share 3 different ways we were able to get excellent videos.

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Topics: Strategic Planning

Top 5 Mistakes People Make in Planning

By: Patrick TheanThu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently facilitated an annual planning session for a client. During our debrief after the session, the team shared that it was one of their most productive annual planning sessions. I asked them to share with me what we did differently that worked so well. “Well, first, the outcome is awesome. We all know what we are supposed to do and are totally aligned about what we want to get done this year.” They shared with me that having an outside facilitator made a world of difference as I helped them avoid a number of pitfalls they encountered when they ran their own planning meetings. These pitfalls cost them dearly in time and money, two very precious resources! I distilled our debrief into five pitfalls that having a facilitator helped them avoid.

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Topics: Annual Planning

What I Learned about Leadership from Parenting a Toddler

By: Jessica WishartTue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I will never forget this moment. I leave work a few minutes early to rush to daycare and pick up my then 13-month-old daughter to take her home where my mother is eagerly waiting for her. Because of massive flooding in their hometown, my parents (who desperately tried everything to get here) missed her first birthday party the month before. My mom quickly scheduled this visit to make up for the missed birthday, and even this trip she had trouble getting here. She was supposed to arrive Sunday, but due to mechanical issues with her flight, she didn’t get to my house until Monday afternoon. So, I had a bit of urgency to get my Lena home to see her KayKay. And this is the moment she chooses to exercise her newly found toddler independence for the first time. She’s happy enough to come with me to the car, but when the time comes to get in her car seat, she stands, arches her back, clenches her fists, and holds her breath to build up the scream - her face is bright red, she’s shaking her head frantically - “NO!” She will not get in the car seat.

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Topics: Leadership