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How Rhythm Can Help You Get the Right People on the Bus

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

“The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Leading Indicators Can Help You Win The 13-Week Race™

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Every quarter is a 13-Week Race™. It goes by fast. Before you know it, the quarter is over. And then the year is over. You are left with..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Teach Your Team to Navigate The Crisis

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"A crisis is like car trouble – keep the car long enough and it isn't a question of if it will happen, it’s a question of when.” – Barry..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Cures for KPI-tice

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m at Rhythm Headquarters about to take my first sip of coffee when the alarm goes off. I rush to the control room to be debriefed...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Do I Know If I’m Working on the Right Things?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Have you noticed that everyone is always so busy? You hear it all the time - the most common answer I hear to “How are you?” is “I'm so..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Are Critical Numbers Part of Your Company Workout?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Welcome to the idea of critical numbers. Every executive team has them (measured or not) and when you begin a new quarter, they should..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How Frederique Contstant Keeps Their Employees Engaged

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We are proud to announce that Retail TouchPoints recently featured two of our long-time clients, Simms Fishing Products, and luxury..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Marriott's Secret Weapon

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Typically, I am on the road between 20 to 30 days per quarter. Between speaking events and visiting my clients, it’s safe to say, I..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Accountable Leaders & Teams

As CEO, How Much Space Should You Take in the Room?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Many CEOs I work with struggle with this same issue, and some don’t even know that they have a challenge. They present an idea to their..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Trusting Luck is the Worst BHAG Advice You’ll Ever Get

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I owned a company while in my late twenties that wasn’t glamorous but it was profitable - a commercial cleaning business. This was the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Have You Nailed Your Business Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read a great abstract on Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, by Rich Horwarth. Here are some of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Get Your Virtual Swagger On

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m writing this blog while wearing my fuzzy socks and sitting at my kitchen table. I am lucky to live within driving distance to our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Start Your 13-Week Race With Discipline

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

CEO Mike Praeger just kicked off AvidXchange’s 15th year in business. They celebrated their explosive growth over the last few years and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Carrot or Stick? The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a Rhythm Business Growth Coach, I love studying the patterns and operations of winning teams. I find that it’s an interesting form of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Power of a Meaningful BHAG

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you read my last blog on this subject, you were introduced to, of all things, a grocery store (Wegmans). I shared in that blog how..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Walking the Talk on Execution

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This year, my husband, Mike, gave me a Fitbit for Valentine’s Day. I’d heard a story of people gaining weight after using this device...

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Is Your Quarterly Plan Execution-Ready? (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Each quarter, after our Rhythm Elite clients complete their Quarterly Planning Session, they review their plan with their Rhythm Coach..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Feeling Lucky? How Rhythm Can Help Maximize Your Return on Luck

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

For their book Great By Choice, Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen did some very interesting research on the impact that luck has on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Use A Culture of Execution as a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

AvidXchange, a long time Rhythm client, recently told me a story about how their culture made the difference in accelerating sales. A..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Steps to Statusing Red

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I really hate the f-word: Failure. But it happens, especially when it seems like you have a lot going on in one week. Your focus was..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

The Power of Silence for Effective Communication

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"Jack has such a sensitive, warm heart. Today, I came to school with some bad news. It may be a long time before I see two of my..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Rhythm Can Help Build An Enduring Company with Level 5 Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Not all companies and not all leaders want to be enduring and great.  In our modern economy, many companies are what Jim Collins calls “

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus on How They Learn vs. How You Teach

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you’ve read an earlier blog of mine on why BHAGs matter, you already know what last night’s tour of my son, Jack’s, Middle School..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG: Why Some Companies Soar

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It just seems that some companies soar, and when we see them soaring we sit back and wonder what the heck they’re doing to “get it..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Top 5 Traits of Successful Rhythm Companies

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Often as coaches, we are referred to as the "keepers of the patterns."  It's a unique vantage point, if you think of it.  On any given..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Simple Steps to Encourage the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Team

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I was twelve years old when I graduated from my custom potholder making business to something even more lucrative -- a paper route...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Train a Team Member to Facilitate a Quarterly Planning Session

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Our next Valentine's Day contest winner is Cara R. Here's her question: "What is the best way to train someone on our team to facilitate..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Introducing the First-Ever Breakthrough Execution Conference

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
“Hey, we should have a conference for our Rhythm users. You know, a user conference,” I suggested. Ryan replied, “Yes, that would be a..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

10 Steps for Addressing Underperforming Team Members (Video)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Our next Valentine’s Day contest winner was Chris D.: “My question is around sharing ideas to motivate and improve the performance of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Rhythm Can Help You Face the Brutal Facts (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In his research for Good to Great, one of the patterns Jim Collins discovered was that the great companies all started the path to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When Personalities Walk into a Meeting

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I think it was hour three into my Topgrading interview for my coaching position at Rhythm Systems when my McQuaig personality results..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 More Tips for Business Travel

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Travel is an important function to many businesses.  It does not matter how much technology and virtual meetings bring us closer..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Do You Need to Stop Doing?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In Good to Great, Jim Collins challenges each of us to have a "Stop Doing" List.  He reminds us that great companies make as much use of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

We Love Our Blog Subscribers - Valentine's Gift

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
Thank you so much for reading our blog.  It is our pleasure to share content that we hope you enjoy and find helpful on your journey to..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Crystal Ball Resourcing

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Don’t you hate it when you can’t find your magic crystal ball to tell HR how many resources you’ll need next year? As the new year gets..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Business Travel Tips from Our Executive Coaching Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Last quarter alone, our team of business growth coaches traveled to see 27 different clients in various states across the US (and even a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Well Are You Using Your BHAG? Red-Yellow-Green It!

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

At the end of every quarter, Rhythm Coaches provide their clients with a Rhythm Progress Report.  The tool prompts some thinking.  How..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

A “Minor Major” to Make Your Weekly Meetings More Effective

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

So if any of you have spent time around Patrick Thean or read his book Rhythm, you have heard him use the term “minor major.”  It refers..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Why Status Criteria Matter

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine – you’re at the Super Bowl and suddenly the score changed. It was in favor of your favorite team so you are, of course, pleased...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Get Your Player in the Game with Effective Communication

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

“Some people are so...helpless.”

At a recent quarterly planning session, one of the executives explained how he’s trying to communicate..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Best BHAG in the World Is...

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"Patrick, can you please help me with our BHAG and get it done in our annual planning session?” I get this request frequently. The..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Breakthrough Execution - 4 Steps to Executing a Successful Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

I recently facilitated a client’s quarterly planning session. They really do a great job, having the discipline to spend two days..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

BHAG. B-What?

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

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what’s ur BHAG?

B-Who?

LOL. Bee-Hag

idk

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Jim Collins was ahead of his time when he coined the term BHAG back in 1994. More than..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Ready, Set, Go! 8 Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Many companies I work with are on a calendar year and have completed their annual planning sessions and developed a new Q1 plan to start..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Why BHAG Posters Don’t Work & 4 Ways to Make Yours Work!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I walked into the client’s conference room and noticed their BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) poster. I was impressive! It communicated..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Find the Root Cause of Your Problem Before Deploying a Solution

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I recently experienced some difficult and expensive home repairs that reminded me of an important factor in problem solving and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

5 Rules of Improv to Improve Your Business

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In honor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s awesome job hosting the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week, I’m inspired to share a few rules..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Keys for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Isn’t it great to come back to work after a nice refreshing break with a clean..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How to Get Started with KPIs (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Getting started with tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be daunting for many of our new Rhythm clients.  But, in fact, most..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Is It Time for a New BHAG?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

It's Big. It's Hairy. It's Audacious. But, do you need a new one?

Your 10-25 year goal, or BHAG, might be in need of an update.  Here..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Here's Why Your To-Do List Never Gets Done...

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you are reading this blog, it's likely that either you or someone you know really struggles to get their to-do lists done.  

I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Significance & A New Era of Time Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 4, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I recently heard Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose, speak at the Secret Service Summit in Cleveland.  Rory shared a unique..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Daily Huddle Meeting: Everybody Stand-up!

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings are “the way things get done” at companies today. We had so many meetings when I was in banking that we no longer used the word..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Celebrate Your Victories and Bright Spots - It’s a 20 Mile March

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of the year. We are finishing up this year and preparing for the next year. Are you a glass half full person or a glass..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Get It Done! 3 Proven Motivators

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Because of my Masters degree in counseling, I am all too familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  So, I was intrigued by a recent ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Breakthrough Execution - How to Inspire Your Team to Deliver Great Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I was recently in Brunnen, Switzerland, facilitating an annual planning session for Veeam Software. Veeam is a hyper-growth software..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

5 Year End Tips to Prepare for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

It’s that time of the year again where we all sit around and wonder where 2014 went.  Soon our friends and family will visit and enjoy..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Calling All CEO’s – Are You Sitting Behind a Desk All Day?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended the Fortune Growth Summit in Las Vegas.  One of the speakers was Jack Daly.  Jack is the author of Hyper Sales Growth

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Creating an Experience?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

This year I’m slowing down.

Usually, I’m a whirlwind of activity around the holidays, checking things off my to-do list like a madwoman...

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Creating a World Class Employee Experience: Lessons from Anytime Fitness CEO

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended the 2014 Secret Service Summit all about how to create a customer experience that is so valuable that price becomes..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When Is The Last Time You Showed Gratitude to Someone in Your Company?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Dec 14, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

As we enter the holiday season, it is always a great time to pause and give thanks for those around us, what we have accomplished as an..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

When It Comes to Metrics, Who’s on First? (Or is it: What’s on First?)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

One of my favorite comedy routines of all time is Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First.” Jerry Seinfeld and friends have an updated..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

When Was Your Last Trip to the Circus? An Example of Amazing Execution

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

We recently attended the Fortune Growth Summit in Las Vegas.  It was two days of great learning with a line up of excellent speakers and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Top Hiring Problems & How Topgrading Can Help

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Dec 7, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In one of our recent weekly Keep Smart company meetings, we had certified Topgrading coach, Jenny Rodriguez-Vargas, talk to our team..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

"Emotional Intelligence or EQ is not a simple repackaging of the 'soft skills' we so often hear about in business.  It is based on..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Keep Your A-Players

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Congratulations!  The search is over!  You went through the long process of TopGrading to hire the right person for the job, and you now..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus on Your Core: Checklist for Strategy Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

The elements of your core strategy (your Core Purpose, Core Values, and Core Customer) are foundational for your success.  If you don’t..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Do You Have a Financial Rhythm?

Posted by Melissa Perna on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 09:00 AM
  • Are you meeting weekly to discuss Cash forecast runways?
  • Are you having monthly financial reviews with your executive team?
  • Is your..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Fire Bullets Before Cannonballs to Get the Most From Winning Moves

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

As we approach the busiest season for annual planning, I am encouraging clients to spend more time working on their Winning Moves.  It..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Your Corporate Health: Reality or Illusion?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Corporate Health is an exercise in discipline. But like many an exercise routine it can be a sweaty, messy, and exhausting moment in..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Service is Not a Secret: 8 Steps to a Customer Service Revolution

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time for a service revolution. As you prepare for the next year, there are plenty of unknowns related to the business, political,..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Drivers That Increase Your Influence

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Would you like to achieve a 10x increase in performance at no cost?  Of course you would, and you can if you understand persuasion and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Enter an Entirely New Market Space & Catch Your Competition Off Guard!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

A running joke among my friends and family is that I never met an internal combustion engine I did not like!

I started riding..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Greatest Superhero Coach of All Time - It Takes a Village

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve been a business growth coach for almost a decade, and before that, I was a CEO who had a coach. At Rhythm Systems, I’m the head of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power of One...and Another One

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The Power of One

It started like any other day at the office, and then everything went south. In one moment during that day, everything..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Your Title Is Important To You!

Posted by Nancy Sacani on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I am a Rhythm Ambassador. I love my title because it truly reflects who I am as a human not just as an employee at Rhythm Systems.

I am..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Weekly Adjustment Meeting: No Status vs. Red Status

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

It’s that time each week when you meet with yourself in Rhythm to prep for your weekly meeting, and you reach a priority that just..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Keeps You Motivated

Posted by Jenn LeVine on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Although I have a couple of articles published in a local Carolinas magazine, I have never written a blog. I never thought I would be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Value of Cascade Planning

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Looking back at the most recent quarter turnover from Q3 to Q4, I realize that I introduced 14 new cascade teams to the power of..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Four Strategies for Innovation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Innovation is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.” 

- Albert Szent-Guorgi, 1937 Nobel Prize..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Help! My KPIs Don’t Work! 5 Steps to Make Your KPIs Work for You

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Jack asked me to help him with KPIs (Key Performance Indicators). He had about 30 - 40 of them that his executive team was reviewing..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Networking

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

One of the most common business problems new clients joining the Rhythm Systems family are hoping to overcome is how to grow their..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Is It So Hard To Influence Change?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

My daughters and I just attended a morning seminar with Joseph Grenny, Co-Chariman, and Co-Founder of Vital Smarts and the author of ..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Open Door Leadership ACTION Tips from Bill Treasurer

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

At the Fortune Leadership Summit last May, Bill Treasurer shared thoughts on his book Leaders Open Doors. Bill had great stories.  He is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Effectively Coaching Your Team?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For those of you that have children, you have no doubt experienced the effect a good or bad coach has on your child’s success in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Time to De-Suck Your Social Media Rhythm and Get Inbound Leads

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

I had a great time at Hubspot's Inbound Conference. Hubspot says that they have a revolution going as they lead many people to shift..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Great News! Rhythm Book in 280 Barnes & Noble Stores!

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Keys to Conquer Complacency in Your Organization

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Complacency is something that can rear its ugly head in any organization that doesn’t build the culture and mechanisms to keep it at..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Top 3 Reasons Annual Planning Sessions Get Off Track

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In their webcast last week, coaches Chris Cosper and Cathy McCullough shared the most common reason that CEOs fail to have successful..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Oops, We Goofed! Execute A 4 Step Customer Retention Process

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I am in Boston at Hubspot’s Inbound 2014 conference. It’s been a long day and I’ve got to get back to my hotel. Instead of hailing a..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Why You Don't Need to Motivate Your People

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“If you neglect any one of the four parts of the whole person [Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit], you turn a person into a thing.  A thing..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is It Crazy to Rebrand and Launch a Product at the Same Time?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Oct 5, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Actually... No, it is not. It sounded crazy at first, but we began to realize that many of the things we needed to do for rebranding..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!!! (Let’s Celebrate)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

This is one of those songs that sticks in your head and you can’t get rid of it, right?  However, you have to admit, it really sets the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Tips to Retain Customers When You Rebrand

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

We are well on our way to owning the word “Rhythm” in our market. Our software is Rhythm, our blog is Rhythm Blog, and our book is also..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Introducing Rhythm Systems: Rebranding to Achieve Focus

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For the last 6 years, our team has worked hard with Rhythm software and coaching to help many companies execute well and achieve..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Lessons from BMW on Turning Customers Into Fans

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I had waited for months. Finally, on September 3, 2014 at 3 pm, I walked up to a man waiting for me. Glancing at the screen to the..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Tips to Lead a Virtual Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Since Rhythm is a great tool for companies that are geographically dispersed, we work with a number of companies that have many..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have a Brand Promise to Attract Customers?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I was recently traveling to Boston and found myself in Logan airport hungry and waiting for my flight.  I had about an hour to get a bite

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Does Your Company Have a Healthy Rhythm?

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Are there any areas of your business that are preventing you from growing to your highest potential? Maybe you feel like what once..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The 3 Most Important Words in Marketing...

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

What are the 3 most important words in real estate?  Location, Location, Location!

A realtor will tell you this because the value of your..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Stop the Boring All-Encompassing Meetings

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

As a child I loved exploring something new. I (generally) enjoyed the journey and the process. I remember when I was a boy I pretended..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Get In a Rhythm of Beginning with the End in Mind

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently participated in a training on Covey’s 7 Habits for Managers. While most of the content was familiar, it is always good..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Fight the Under-Management Epidemic

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Check the source before you believe the message” – Barry Pruitt

I learned early in my business career to follow the above advice. It..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning: Tips for Influencing Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently watched a webinar with Joseph Grenny and Marshall Goldsmith titled “Level Up: Influence to Get You From Here to There,” and I..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your 13-Week Race: One Week at a Time

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Your 13-Week Race will be over before you know it! Follow these weekly steps to set your team up for their best chance at success:

Week..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Think Before You Communicate Difficult News

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

As leaders we are often faced with having to convey difficult news (or seemingly drastic new plans) to employees and team members. Are..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Start A New Habit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For new clients getting started with Rhythm, one of the most difficult things to master is establishing new habits for execution and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Innovate or Die! Have You Developed an Innovation Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

“In war, there is no prize for runner-up.” - Omar Bradley, U.S. General

The last blog I wrote asked questions about how your company’s..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

7 Steps to Ensure a Great Annual Planning Session

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It's hard to believe Annual Planning season is just around the corner again!  Many of our teams have already scheduled their dates and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Even Google Gets It Wrong Sometimes

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“I work with some of the top executives in the world and none of them read. And then they pay me to talk about what I read – which..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Your Weekly Meetings Getting Stale?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The benefit of having a Weekly Adjustment Meeting rhythm that follows a disciplined agenda every week is that your team will have highly..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Hiring the Right People? Avoid a 15x Base Salary Hiring Mistake!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Like many of you, I have found that finding and hiring the right people can be a challenge. Most of us use traditional methods of hiring..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How’s Your Quarterly Plan Coming Along? Pay Attention This Week!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Are you ready for weeks 4, 5 and 6? With more than 100,000+ priorities planned and executed in Rhythm, we’ve begun to apply Rhythm..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Bond Creativity and Business with Social Glue

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Recent polling indicates that 78.2% (+/-3% correct) of business mistakes are the result of meetings. I’m not serious, but my serious..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Your Checklist for Rhythm Success

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Over the past 8 years, we have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of companies around the world. Our observations and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Give More to Get Ahead?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read the book Give and Take by Adam Grant after hearing him speak at the Fortune Leadership Summit in May. Grant is a Wharton..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Improving Communication Across Teams

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

A recent pattern I have noticed in my coaching involves the challenge that sales and operations teams have in communicating. The Sales..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Actions are LOUDER Than Words

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

It was 5:00 am when I stepped in line for the counter. As we joked and talked, our group of 12 slowly crept up to the front of the line...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tips for a Strong Summer Quarter

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

If your company is like ours, then you are heading into a few months with lots of travel and vacation time by different team members at..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Does Saying Yes Mean Saying No?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Ever wonder why some ideas take off, and some don’t? We all know that it’s not arbitrary, but in Kevin Maney’s book, Trade-Off (Broadway..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

What Should CEOs Focus on During Quarterly Planning Sessions?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

The quarterly planning session is a very expensive session. You've got your executive team out of the field for one to two days working..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Remember that failure is greatness waiting to happen” - Robin Sharma

Even though I know that we all make mistakes, I still hate making..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tony Robbins Got It Wrong!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

On February 2, 2013 I frantically tweeted, “Tony Robbins got it wrong this week about ‘understanding your employees’ work strategies.”..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

2 Most Common Questions about Quarterly Planning

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In working with clients recently to prepare for quarterly planning, I noticed a pattern of two questions I am frequently asked. 

..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Have You Assessed Your Organization by Asking The Five Most Important Questions?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

I try to keep up my monthly intake of business books, and I am always looking for those gems that provoke thought, provide a new way to..

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Think-Plan-Do: A Few Key Takeaways from the 2014 Fortune Leadership Summit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

I am lucky enough to have attended the 2014 Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando with our team.  I always enjoy the face time with our..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Doing Too Much?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Try optimizing, automating and outsourcing to reduce your stress and improve your performance.

I recently attended the Fortune..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Makes You Fascinating?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

In her upcoming book, How the World Sees YouSally Hogshead turns her attention from her expertise in advertising and writing tag lines..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Indispensable Leadership Characteristics and Qualities (Video)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Pat Williams speak at the Fortune Leadership Summit.

Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The "Balance" of Strategic Thinking, Part IV

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Strategy and People…

Many executive-level leaders laugh at getting in touch with the people-side of their business. They usually feel..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The "Balance" of Strategic Thinking, Part III

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Setting Sail…

It was a less-than-energetic Strategic Thinking Session (Annual Planning Session) between the executive team members. The..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

The "Balance" of Strategic Thinking, Part II… Strategic Metrics: Are They in Sync?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The Story: As one CEO boasted to his executive team during a recent Annual Planning Session, "We well exceeded our acquisition goals..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Create a Legacy of Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jun 8, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine for a moment what your company might look like if everyone who worked there - from the contract or seasonal workers to the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Steps to Make Your Message Stick

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Making your message or ideas "sticky" is critical, whether it is communicating more effectively with your team, other leaders and CEOs,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Headed for a Crash Landing?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve seen great strategies suffer crash landings when team execution failed. Determining how and understanding why this happens is key..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Connect Execution to Your Strategy

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

You may have a company purpose, but do your employees know why they do what they do?

Have you heard the famous story of Sir Christopher..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Purpose - It’s All About You, Not Your Customers (Sort of)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Jim Collins refers to your Core Purpose as your company’s reason for being.  It answers the big question WHY?  “Why do we exist as a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Get into a Think Rhythm

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

I just finished a wonderful day and a half with my EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) forum. Our forum is a group of 9 founders who get..

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How Do You Know That Your Plan is Going to Fail Before It Fails?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

What are the early warning signs?

    • The team seems a little confused about what the priorities are. You say “A” and folks seem to think..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

You Need a Plan B for the Big Stuff!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

We are almost done with the first half of the quarter. You have a 13-Week Race. How are you doing? Do you have big projects that are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Why Quarterly Plans Fail: When You Don’t Listen, You Get Rewarded with Bad Execution, Rework and Waste!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Most people think of “listening” as a leadership skill. Leaders need to listen to their people. Yes, it is a leadership skill. And it is..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don't Flip Off Your Team (Part Two)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Don't Flip OFF Your Team, Instead Flip ON Your Team’s Power

In my previous blog I shared why it’s important to not Flip OFF Your Team...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don't Flip Off Your Team (Part 1)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 11, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

 

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Red-Yellow-Greening with Method 1 Does Not Work

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Every quarter is a 13 Week Race.  Most of us have priorities to deliver and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to measure our progress...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Use a “Think Rhythm” to Find Your X-Factor

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, May 6, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

An X-Factor is your company’s unique solution to an industry bottleneck that has the potential to give you a 10X advantage over your..

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Execution Newsflash! 5 Tips to Help You Pay Special Attention During Weeks 4, 5, and 6

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Every quarter is made up of 13 weeks. To be successful, run it like a 13-Week Race. So how is your 13-Week Race coming along? We are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Going Back and Giving Back

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

I was invited to speak on Rhythm and goal setting at Cornell University’s Engineering Leadership Certification class last week. It was..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Credibility: A Critical Foundation of Leadership

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“If you don’t believe in the messenger, you won’t believe the message.”  —Jim Kouzes, co-author of Credibility: How Leaders Gain and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Becoming a Trusted Leader

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Polling data indicates that the public (in general) doesn’t trust those in elected leadership positions – and this mistrust sometimes..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Pitfalls That Slow Down Execution and How to Fix Them

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

How do you know if your company is set up for great execution? Most people would say that they want an environment that allows and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Strategy Management Software - How to Effectively Prepare for Weekly Meetings

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

 

Weekly Meeting Prep is part of your "Do" Rhythm. We call this time a "Weekly Meeting with Yourself."

 

The Weekly Meeting with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

What Makes You Different and Does It Support Your Brand Promise Guarantee?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I have been coaching more and more clients on developing their Brand Promise and Brand Promise Guarantee.  There are many components of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Motivate Your Team to Learn

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

During times of organizational flux, it can become increasingly difficult to engage your employees in learning.  Across the country and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Monitoring the Right KPI’s to Ensure Your Employees Are Fully Engaged at Work?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

As a Rhythm consultant, I work with many clients to help them develop their KPI’s and Critical Numbers.  One of the goals is to have..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm 2.0 - Create a Quarterly Plan for Growth

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

A winning quarter begins with a winning execution plan.  My last blog showed how to create a killer plan for the new year.  This blog..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What Can an Amazing Winning Olympic Crew Team Teach You About Execution?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Mar 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

I was researching stories of great execution for my book Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth. I came..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm Blog by Patrick Thean – Launching Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

These are very exciting days at Rhythm Systems. We are changing this blog from "Patrick Thean's Blog" to "Rhythm Blog - by Patrick."..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Power Of Writing A Book: The Author Learns The Most!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

I thought it took me three years to write my new book, Rhythm - How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth, until I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm - How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

All companies that reach out to Rhythm Systems to explore how we might help them have one thing in common. They believe that they need..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Special Blog: Congratulations Patrick!!

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Special Blog: Congratulations Patrick!!

From: The Rhythm Systems Team

 
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Topics: Strategy Execution

3 Secrets Why Elite Companies Grow When Others Fail

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Only 2% of companies ever reach the $10 million revenue mark, the elite 2%.  What are these companies doing differently? 

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Lead With Insight

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

As a Rhythm coach and onsite facilitator, I am always interested in the different egos and personalities in entrepreneurial companies...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power of Informal Conversations

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

In today's wired world, I think it's intriguing to consider an insight from Steve Jobs. Interestingly enough, Walter Isaacson notes in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Hit the Nitro to Win the Business Race!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

As you attempt to control your business and your team's effort, you will likely be attracted to dashboards. And the first question you..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Make Your Intangible Assets Work for You

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 10:38 AM
My buddy Andrew Sherman is not your typical lawyer. He is an entrepreneur's lawyer with keen knowledge and experience in the area of..
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Incorporate Department Level Planning Into Your One-Page Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Those of you who are familiar with and use the One Page Strategic Plan know that Columns 5 and 6 are for your Company’s Quarterly Plan..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Can Be Counterintuitive

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

I often find that what actually works for CEOs and leadership teams is counterintuitive. What was thought to be smart isn’t. And what..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Developing and Using Critical Numbers to Drive Success

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Are your critical numbers working for you?  The key to accomplishing your goals is execution.  Critical numbers help ensure you are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Tips for Making Your “Stop Doing” List

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

For most entrepreneurs, the problem is not a lack of ideas.  In fact, we’ve found that most of our clients have too many great ideas. ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Tough Conversation

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

I just finished facilitating a Quarterly Planning session where I observed the executive team maturing before my very eyes. An outburst..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Now Is The Time to Make Critical Adjustments to Achieve Your Quarterly Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

You’ve invested the time and energy to come up with a solid plan for the quarter.  You looked at data and forecasts and insights from..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Keeping Your Team Connected to Your Annual Plan Throughout the Year

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Your Annual Plan is complete!  The Main Thing for the year is clear and speaks to the head and heart.  Everyone knows the Annual Key..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Think Rhythm: Why You Need One and How to Get One

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

We are all busy people, especially CEOs and founders of growth companies.  With the fast paced lives we lead, it can be nearly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Have You Tested Your Emotional Intelligence Lately?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

I have always been interested in learning more about myself and how to interact better with others.  As human beings, we have many..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The How of Growth

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

I attended the Fortune Growth Summit in October and heard Ram Charan speak.  Ram is a world-renowned business advisor, author and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

One-Page Strategy Implementation - Do You REALLY Got It?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

One of the critical, even primary, tasks of a leader is directing the energy and attention of your team. I don’t mean to discount your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Echo Mountain – The Entrepreneur’s Core Value Check

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

If you've ever visited a cliff known for its echo effect, you'll remember easing to the edge, taking a huge breath, andwith all the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Part of the Top 8%? 5 Tips to Create 3 Successful Resolutions for the Year

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

“It’s a new year, that means a blank slate, a new beginning! Last year is behind me and this year is ahead of me.” Jack tells me..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Untraining Challenge

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

“The employees who come in with the most call center experience, we have the hardest time trying to get them to unlearn what they have..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Rhythm to Commit to New Habits in the New Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

This time of year, we are all inundated with New Year’s resolution talk - people are committing to everything from losing weight and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Six Strategy Tips and Traps

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

A client of mine recently asked me if I had read Playing to Win – How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin.  Lafley..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Does Your Team Trust You?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

At the last Fortune Growth Summit in Las Vegas, Stephen M.R. Covey presented on his book The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions to Make Your BHAG Practical

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

If you are bogged down in the day to day operational responsibilities of your job, it might be hard to see how your long term strategy..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Think Outside the Box to Develop Powerful Growth Strategies

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mohandas Gandhi

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Get Buy-In and Influence People

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

I recently read Dr. Mark Goulston's book Just Listen after hearing him speak at the Growth Summit in Las Vegas.  The cornerstone of Dr...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focused, Aligned and Accountable – Unclutter Your Mind and Set Yourself Free!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we coach our clients to develop simple, powerful, long-term, annual and quarterly plans.  One of the ways we do this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Apple Team Rises to the Occasion

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

“We believe in the simple, not the complex.”  Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Don’t Make These Hiring Mistakes!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

As you are planning for next year, you are probably also thinking about your organization’s needs as you grow and possibly budgeting to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Give Thanks and Ask the Right Questions to Retain Your Valuable Employees

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

The holiday season is always a good time to pause and give thanks for the people in our personal lives.  We do this by hosting holiday..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Business a Murder Mystery?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

I had dinner tonight, a murder mystery dinner, and in the middle of the excitement found myself reminiscing on the successful, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Golden Question

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Dec 15, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
When I receive calls from executives who have yet to enter the world of asking a consultative facilitator to help them through an..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning… with Feeling!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

As we dive head-first into Annual Planning season, I was helping to review our Do-It-Yourself materials that we provide for Rhythm..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Are You Missing a Key Component of Alignment?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

End of year begins a heavy planning period for many of our clients – quarterly planning, annual planning, strategic 3-5 year planning,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

It's Okay to Challenge Your Own Thinking…

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 @ 09:30 AM
I once worked with a group of supervisors in a 70-year-old manufacturing company. This group had never (ever) been involved in any way..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm 2.0 - Create a Killer Annual Plan for the New Year

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

A winning year begins with a winning execution plan.  My prior blog posts on Rhythm 2.0 focused on how Rhythm helps you with a Think..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Have Solid Strategy and Execution, But Still Not Seeing Results?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Recently at the Fortune Growth Summit, Stephen M.R. Covey shared his book Speed of Trust.  His statement that a High Trust environment..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Take Your Execution to the Next Level Using Actions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

If you have been using our Rhythm methodology for quarterly planning, you probably have come up with a solid plan complete with SMART..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

The Secret Behind Great Execution that Delivers Exceptional Customer Service

Posted by John DiJulius on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

We would like to introduce to you our guest blogger, John DiJulius. John is a Customer Service Speaker, Author, and Consultant. He is..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Gazelle-Like Companies are Learning Organizations

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

In the words of Peter Senge, learning organizations are ”organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips for Facilitating a Meeting with Virtual Participants

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Anyone who has dialed into a meeting virtually knows that it is not always as enjoyable or productive an experience as compared to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Annual Planning - Are You Winning on the Basics?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Great companies first win on the basics, then they wow you with something special. And that’s the cherry on top! But if you don’t first..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Use KPI Bifocals to View Your Critical Numbers

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

I’ve had a few major incidents regarding eyes - two that I cannot forget. One was getting my first pair of glasses, and the second, a..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

It Takes Great Execution to Deliver World Class Customer Service

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

It takes great execution to deliver world class customer service. I experienced it this past week at John DiJulius’ Secret Service..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Successful Are You at Influencing Others? Some Tips From the Master of Influence

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

I just finished listening to Robert Cialdini’s work on “Principals of Ethical Influence.”  Mr. Cialdini is the Regents' Professor..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have the Right Data and Insight for Your Upcoming Annual Planning?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

How do you prepare for your annual planning session? How do you get the best data and insights to maximize the outcome of your planning..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

How Do You Coach and Develop Your Team to Manage a Company Twice the Size?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

How do you grow and develop your team as your company grows? Are you grooming your people to play key leadership roles in a business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Company's Brain Map

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Creating alignment can be a daunting task for any group of key executives. Great plans are made…activities discussed…task lists..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

How to Create a Healthy Rhythm for Your Company

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Does it always feel like your team is rushing to setup your annual or quarterly planning sessions? The days go by, and then all of a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Lessons on Execution: What Happens When You Ask an Entrepreneur to Run a University?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Stephen Spinelli at Philadelphia University (PhilaU) where Dr. Spinelli serves as the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Say No and Do Less to be a Superachiever

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

What does it take to go from being an overachiever to a superachiever?  Darren Hardy, Publisher and Founding Editor of Success magazine..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How You Can Avoid a $125M Mistake

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 09:30 AM
You’ll find reports in every technology, sales, and business magazine - reports of businesses spending millions of dollars to purchase,..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Annual Planning: Know What You Want to Do Before You Do Your Budget

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

What is your approach to developing your execution plan for next year?  Some companies will first develop their budgets and financial..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rhythm Strategy Execution Software - Think About Your Brand Promise Guarantee

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Want to turbo-charge your sales?  Then, read this blog and get to work on a Brand Promise Guarantee!

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Long Term Strategy - BHAG

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Do you have a long term strategic goal that serves to both focus and motivate your company’s people to achieve growth and greatness?..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Is Your Team Building Skills to Manage a Company Twice the Size of Your Current Company?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Life was great. I was experiencing explosive growth. It felt like we were on a rocket going to the moon! Everything felt great. Then..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Long Term Strategy - Core Values & Purpose

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

How do you know if you have the right strategy to grow your business AND enjoy the journey along the way?

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Brand Promise

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 @ 07:20 AM

What sets you apart from your competitors?  What is it about you that makes you different in the marketplace that your customers value?..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Planning Sessions?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

How are your quarterly and annual planning meetings going?  Are you the one who has to facilitate the meeting each time?  Here are some..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Win With Change Leadership

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 07:59 AM

Are successful leaders going to excel, regardless of the times in which they lead?  Some may say yes. After all, Jack Welch led General..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don't Forget the Human Touch When You Automate Customer Loyalty Programs

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

I got up on my birthday and took my daughter to our optician early in the morning. It's a normal day for everyone except for me. For me..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Transforming Company Vision

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Certain kinds of changes are easier to make than others; increasing and decreasing budgets, maintaining strategic alliances, completing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Passion + Focus = Success

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 09:15 AM

We hear a lot about following our passion, living to what we're passionate about, etc. Psychologists tell us that it's passion that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips to Executing Well as a Team when a New Team Member Joins

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 07:20 PM

When you bring on a new team member, you do not have a new team member. You have a new team. The effectiveness of your team can go up or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Eat an Elephant - A Survival Guide for Crucial Conversations

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

With Q4 just around the corner, many teams are getting ready for their quarterly planning sessions.  During your session, inevitably,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level by Removing the Limiting Habits

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

Do you ever ask yourself if what got you here will get you where you want to grow as a leader or entrepreneur?  I find myself asking..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Sustaining your Passion: It's a Leader's Job

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Like it or not, you (as a leader) write your organization's stage play. Life is hard, and being a leader can be downright grueling...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

KPI Webcast: Questions & Answers - Part 2

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

Here are the second set of answers from, "How to Use KPIs to Focus Your Team and Keep Your Plan on Track."

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

KPI Webcast: Questions & Answers

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Sep 8, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

We had such a great webcast! There were so many questions, we could not answer them all.

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Execute Strongly by Being Accountable. Use Dashboards on a Weekly Do Rhythm

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 08:34 PM

Guest Satisfaction Scores. Hotels live and die by them. Hotel management and operating companies like White Lodging even more so. Dave..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Is Your Team Choking on KPIs? Special KPIs Give Your Team Kick-Butt Focus!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

The companies I coach are in the game of business, not to survive – but to win! You can’t win by being thoughtful, yet complacent. In..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Be Culture Conscious

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

I once heard that your culture will eat your strategy for lunch. The culture of your organization determines communication styles, how..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Energize Your Workday

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is "Keep Smart."  Because we try to practice what we preach and live our core values, our..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Quarterly Planning for Companies With 50+ Employees

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 06:43 AM
Quarterly Planning time is upon us again.  In our company, Rhythm Systems, that’s a big deal.  Each one of our consultants will be..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

People: Will the Real Conflict Please Stand Up?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

I often ask business owners what was their best experience as an entrepreneur—and what was the worst. Although said in many ways, the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Coming Back from the Dreaded Yellow Status

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
Here we are at the halfway mark for Q3 - it's hard to believe!  I'm just finishing up the mid-quarter analysis on my clients' Rhythm..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Employee Behavior

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 03:01 PM

Are your employees consistently demonstrating the behaviors necessary to accomplish the company's goals?

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Have Holes in your Rockefeller Habits Implementation & One-Page Strategic Plan?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:12 PM
If you are like a lot of companies that adopt a new methodology, you want to do it all at once.  The problem is that it's just not..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Close a Deal like Warren Buffet

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

I recently watched Tom Searcy present on his book How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffet: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker...

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Perform Like a True Corporate Athlete to Maximize Your Performance and Execution

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

I recently attended the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida and had the opportunity to hear some phenomenal speakers share..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Do You Execute Through A Crisis and Come Out Stronger and Better?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

Every company hits a crisis once in a while. It is not a question of whether you will hit one. It's a question of when you will hit..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tips for Building and Using Your KPI Dashboard

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

“Today’s managers recognize the impact that measures have on performance.  But rarely think of measurement as an essential part of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Lessons from Chopped: Your Brand Promise Can Be a Winning Move

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

No matter the market or the economy, you should always be asking your team to re-assess your Brand Promise and its sales tactics, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Your Mid-year Check Up

Posted by Nancy Sacani on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Are you on track to hit all of your annual goals and finish the year strong?  You built a great plan during your Annual Planning..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Three Questions to Change Tracks Rather than Changing Trains

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Implementing change on a company level can feel insurmountable.  As a matter of fact, the more successful companies become, the more..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Like It or Not, We're All in Sales

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

I was reflecting back on the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida that I recently attended. One of the speakers that resonated..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Why Your Company Priorities Should Have a Verb

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:10 AM

With most of my clients feverishly planning for Q3, the subject of what makes a good Company Priority is hot right now.  Here are a few..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

3 Ways to Adapt Your Leadership While Practicing the Rockefeller Habits (Video)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 07:44 AM

CEOs and leadership teams worldwide have been practicing white-knuckle management for almost four years.  Your company may have seen..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Evaluating Your Measurement System & KPI's

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 05:36 PM
Evaluating your measurement system and selecting the right KPI’s and critical numbers is essential to ensure you are monitoring the..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Simple Do's and Don'ts for Implementing Rockefeller Habits

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, May 12, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

I've worked with countless teams, who come to us in various stages of implementing the Rockefeller Habits.  Regardless of whether you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Activation of the One-Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 5, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

How does your organization typically roll out major change? Often, it is by enlisting the power of persuasion – perhaps the persuasion..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Warning: Don't Be Blindsided

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 01:41 PM

Warning: Blind Spot Ahead!  Everyone has aspirations, goals, and wishes -- and they typically come complete with barriers and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Finding Hidden Assets in Your Business

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 @ 07:01 PM

Have you performed an inventory and explored what internal assets you have in your business lately?  Most companies have assets that..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

New Book: Flip the Pyramid

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

Our longtime client and friend, Greg Slamowitz, Cofounder and Co-CEO of Ambrose Employer Group has just published a new book called ..

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Create a Snowball Effect with Your Main Thing

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

Imagine your team was put on a mission to create three snowballs that were six feet tall before it gets dark.  The only rule was that..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Develop a Strong Plan for the Quarter Using Rockefeller Habits

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

Q1 is over.  I like to think of every quarter as a 13 week race.  The only way to have a great year is to have 4 great quarters, one..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

How to Get "Unstuck"

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

We're coming to the end of the quarter; now's the time when people start to panic about those Reds and Yellows on their Rhythm..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Does Your Customer Service "Take Off" Under Pressure?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 @ 02:57 PM

"Where is he?" 

"Seat 7A!" 

"Sir, I am going to need you to get off the plane... now!  And if you resist, I will have to call..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Your Talent Development Program Measure Up?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 07:07 AM

According to a Harvard Business Review study, fully one quarter of the highest-potential people in your company intend to jump ship..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Successful Meeting with MySelf

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 07:09 AM

In order to set yourself and your team up for a successful Weekly Adjustment Meeting, proper prep time is a must.  We suggest a 20-30..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Growth Summit: Questions to Consider after Annual Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 07:41 AM

At the Fortune Growth Summit in Phoenix this past October, the speakers raised several interesting questions that I am reflecting on..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Accountability + Adjustments = Execute with Speed!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

From time to time I sit in on weekly meetings with clients to help them with their "Do" Rhythm.  The weekly meeting is key to make..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Making the Most of Your Metrics

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

The start of a new year is a great time to clean up your KPI dashboards.  It’s so easy to think of one more metric we want to track,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Forward Movement: Who's Driving - You or Mr. Magoo?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

With very good intent, many executive leaders celebrate the bottom-line (which is fine), but at what expense? Many leaders are simply ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

S-C-O-R-E the Attention of Your Executive Team or Board

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:56 PM

You’ll be tempted to share the background story and details that lead to this moment with your executive team, board, or bank. You’ll..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Sharpen Your Professional Saw!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

What gives successful leaders the edge over everyone else? Top performing leaders act like entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs all share one..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Run Like a Gazelle! Be A Better Boss

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

"Think before you communicate." Simple words with great impact shared with me from the CEO of a Warren Buffet owned company. What new..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Patterns of Executive Team Success

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

Have you ever seen a coach become so frustrated with a player’s performance that he rushed onto the field, pulled the player aside, and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Three Indicators That You Should Topgrade Your Data

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

I’ve been reading the latest publication from Verne Harnish, The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, and was reminded of several..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Taking Rhythm to the Next Level: Preparing your Team to Cascade

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Taking the Rhythm methodology to the next level of management is a great way to achieve alignment throughout the organization and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Communicating Your Annual Plan to the Rest of the Company

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 @ 04:49 PM

At this time of year, companies are investing massive amounts of resources in an effective Annual Planning Session.  Executive teams are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Annual Planning: An Inspiring Destination Postcard

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 08:51 AM

Simms Fishing is an amazing company with a truly inspiring year ahead of them.  Their uncompromising desire to put out the highest..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Is Your Growth Strategy Proactive or Reactive?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 @ 02:21 PM

Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Sometimes the path to success can feel like a failure - and sometimes failure is a part..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Doing What Matters: Linking Strategy to Execution in a Way That Works

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 @ 08:33 AM

Doing What Matters, by James Kilts (Three Rivers Press, 2010), is an update of the frank-talking and insightful original released in..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Set Great Expectations for Your Annual Planning

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

Bringing your team together for a few days of Annual Planning requires a big investment of time, energy and money.  You may have flown..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Are You Having Enough Discussions in Your Annual Planning Session?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 @ 04:58 PM

So, it's annual planning time, and your folks are getting together for the much anticipated planning session.  The meeting begins, and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rhythm Cascade: 5 Ways to Drive Alignment in Your Company

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 @ 07:41 PM
  1. Proper Quarterly Planning Rhythms.  In order to achieve organizational alignment, there needs to be an established planning Rhythm that..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Sharpen Your Saw by Going Fishing

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Stephen Covey's 7th habit is to "sharpen the saw."  This habit is about rejuvenating yourself and your teams.  It's about working on..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Turn Your Onboarding Process Into a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:53 AM

So, you take Jim Collins’ First Who, Then What principle seriously.  You invest a tremendous amount of time sourcing and selecting the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Setting Your Sales Team Up For Success

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 @ 01:12 AM

Recently, I have been working with many Rhythm clients who are cascading to their sales teams.  The first question I get is this: "We..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Great Execution Requires Persistence

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 @ 10:03 AM
I was walking towards my gate at the Charlotte airport, and I heard a young boy ask his dad, "Dad, look!  Cinnamon buns!  Can I have..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Work On Your 20 Mile March During Annual Planning

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

Jim Collins talks about the 20 mile march in chapter 4 of his book "Great By Choice".  If you have not read this book yet, you should...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Annual Planning: The Power of a Great Annual Planning Facilitator

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 @ 09:09 PM

Annual Planning is one of the most important things you and your executive team will do this Fall.  It sets the stage for the next..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Skate to Where the Puck is Going During Annual Planning

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 @ 01:10 PM

We are getting into Q4.  It is a good time to begin thinking about what the plan for the next year is going to be.  Consider how you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning: Consider the Greatest Business Decisions of All Time

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 @ 08:06 AM

As you think about 2013 and plan for a great year, learn from the greatest business decisions of all time.  After all, your company is..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Questions to Test your Core Purpose

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:23 AM

You and your team have been hard at work identifying your Core Purpose - your company's reason for being- the "why" behind what you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Understanding "What" to Do, But Not Sure "How" to Execute

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Most companies are notoriously good at creating wonderful strategic plans each year.  They'll spend a couple of days hashing through..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Growth Companies Must Make Hard People Decisions

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:32 AM

Recent conversations with CEOs have reminded me of an age-old challenge in organizations: People. After a recent telephone consultation..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Grow Your Business Through Your Brand Ideal

Posted by Kristi Burns on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 @ 08:19 AM

In his latest book, marketing guru and author Jim Stengel speaks to the relationship of high ideals and maximum growth, noting that the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Business Execution - Adjustments to Consider For Your Summer Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

August just started - the second month of your summer quarter.  Summer can be a little unpredictable and can easily mess up your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Business Execution - Getting Focused!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 @ 06:53 AM
It takes discipline to focus.  Many of us might fool ourselves into thinking we are focused.  Here are some signs that you may not be..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Remembering Stephen Covey - Thank you for your 7 Habits

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 05:52 AM

Stephen Covey passed away this week on July 16th, 2012.  I was very sad to hear of his passing.  Hewas one of the great all time..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Execution: Build an MVP (Minimal Viable Product)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 06:40 AM
Avidxchange is a software company working hard to provide the best ePayment (electronic payment) service to mid market companies. ..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Brian Souza's "The Weekly Coaching Conversation"

Posted by Kristi Burns on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 @ 08:37 AM
During the recent Fortune Leadership Summit, Brian Souza addressed the principles behind his new book, The Weekly Coaching Conversation.
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What to do When You Hit the Ceiling of Complexity...

Posted by Kristi Burns on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:19 AM

Blog written by Kristi Burns, Rhythm Coach

Have you reached a point in your business where your growth, while certainly exciting, has..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Revisit Your Strategy In Quarterly Planning

Posted by Kristi Burns on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 08:20 AM

Quarterly Planning sessions are meant to define key initiatives that will be focused on over the next 90 days in support of your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

10 Things to Do Now from Jim Collins (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 06:57 AM

Blog by Tiffany Chepul, Rhythm System Rhythm Coach

One of my favorite speakers from the recent FORTUNE Leadership Summit was Jim..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Don't Let the Summer Slump Derail Your BHAG

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 06:46 AM

Wouldn't it be great to walk in the office on the first day of summer and tell your entire team to take the next 3 months off?  While..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What's Your 20 Mile March? Do You Have Great Business Execution?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 07:33 AM

It was great to catch Jim Collins at the last Leadership Summit in Atlanta.  Jim connected the dots of how his four books (Built To Last

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Key Learnings from the Entrepreneurial Masters Program in real-time

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 @ 08:12 AM
I am back at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, chairing year 2 of EO's EMP (Entrepreneurial Masters Program) this week.  This is..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

UBA Breakout Session - Make the Right Adjustments in Your Weekly Meeting to Win

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 06:34 AM
After my keynote session yesterday in Chicago at UBA's (United Benefit Advisors) 2012 Spring Meeting, we continued into a breakout..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

UBA Keynote - Differentiate, Execute, Win

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 03:06 PM
I had a great keynote session today in Chicago at UBA's (United Benefit Advisors) 2012 Spring Meeting.  Thank you for the warm..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Mastering the complex sale - Taipan Masterclass 2012

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, May 11, 2012 @ 07:30 AM
Jeff Thull, author of Mastering the Complex Sale, was my guest speaker at the Taipan Masterclass 2012 in Manila Philippines.  I first..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Taipan Masterclass 2012 - Business Execution with Topgrading

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

I just came back from speaking at the Taipan Masterclass 2012, held in Manila Philippines.  We had a blast!  My hosts in Manila were..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When Your Quarterly Planning Doesn't Follow the Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

It’s Week 7 and your star Sales Director just quit, your biggest customer is asking for a discount (or else) and your General Counsel..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Get Aligned! Don't let Elephants Derail Your Business Execution!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:30 AM

Q2 has already started.  We should all be off and running on our 13 week race.  Strong business execution needs a good rhythm.  I like..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership for Strong Business Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

Leadership is often one of the surprising missing elements in business execution.  You can have the best ideas and a strong desire to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Staying Connected to Strategy Through Turnover

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

When anyone on the executive team leaves, transition can be tough.  No matter the circumstances, the rest of the team can feel unsettled..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Keep Your Red-Yellow-Greens Short & Sweet

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 @ 09:11 PM

Setting SMART Red-Yellow-Green success criteria is challenging enough, but now you want me to fit it into 30 characters or less? ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Picking A KPI That Motivates Your Team (Video)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 05:25 PM
Krister Ungerboeck, CEO of Ungerboeck Software shared his learning with me on using KPIs recently "We're often faced with priorities..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Bring Your Core Purpose To Life

Posted by Kristi Burns on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 08:47 AM

Most often, when we think of an organization’s reason for being, we often first think of making money. While it is true that the goal..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Business Execution: Are You Looking At Your Competition Correctly?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ 07:10 PM

It is important to know who your competitors are.  Without clear vision of your competitors, how will you design strategies that make..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Is Your BHAG Drowning In A Red Ocean?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:31 AM

When working on your Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG), understanding your market space is key.  Are you drowning in a Red Ocean or..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Your Last Touch With Your Customer Is The Most Important One

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:35 PM
I just got off a wonderful cruise.  My family played for a week and I wrote for a week.  It's what I needed to get into the zone to..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Is Your Business Execution "SMART"?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 08:33 AM
I was with a client, trying to accelerate his business execution and create a habit to be sure his priorities were not random but they..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Strong Core Values Drive Great Business Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:14 AM
Great companies have great business execution in part because they have strong core values.  If you are motivated by Tiffany's post "8..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Does Your BHAG Make Your Team Yawn Or Gulp?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 @ 02:36 PM
My team has been living our core value to "Keep Smart" by reviewing some foundational articles on business strategy.  Last week's was..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Do You Create "Yes" Or "No" Players On Your Leadership Team?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

This came up during the webcast last week when I was discussing what to say no to in order to stay focused and execute faster each..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Steps To Keep Your Daily Huddle Meetings From Becoming A Daily Chore (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:31 AM

 

Daily Huddles are a valuable addition to your Meeting Rhythm.  Investing 15 minutes a day to share victories, priorities and stucks..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

So You Have A Strategic Annual Plan - Now What?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 06:13 AM

So you have a strategic plan?  That's awesome!  Congratulations!  You are doing better than the majority of the companies doing..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Is Your Execution Connected to Your Strategy?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 @ 09:49 AM
How do you know if your execution is connected to your strategy?  Do you have 3 key winning moves in your company strategy that you..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Are Your Decisions Tough To Make? Or Merely Tough To Execute On?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 @ 06:11 AM
Many of us often struggle with making decisions.  The tough decisions.  I have found that there actually are only a few decisions that..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Focus On Learnings And Decisions In All Your Meetings

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 06:33 AM
Meetings are very expensive.  Especially executive team meetings.  Here is a quick tip to get the most value out of your meetings...
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Build A Depth Chart For Your Key Execution Seats

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 02:59 PM
NFL teams have a depth chart for their positions.  If the starting quarterback is lost to injury, the backup takes over.  If the backup..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

New Year Resolution: A Better Version of Yourself

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 08:13 PM
Daniel Pink's book Drive talks about what really motivates people.  His research shows that people are motivated by these 3 things:..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning Tips

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:03 PM
Happy New Year to our friends and customers!  Here is to a great 2012.
 
As you begin your new year, here are a couple of ideas and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Netflix - A Lesson in Mis-Alignment

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 07:27 PM

It is critical to have a clear execution plan aligned with your strategy.  Proof of alignment (or not) can be seen by your actions: 

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Continuing On Daniel Pink's 3 Things: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 @ 09:48 AM
Last time I wrote about Dan Pink's three things: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.  Let's talk about Autonomy!
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have A High Performance Team?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:27 PM
I recently heard Daniel Pink, author of Drive, speak at the Fortune Growth Summit.  Pink shared how the best way to motivate your team..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When And How Do I Know I Can Fire With Minimal Business Impact?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:00 PM

Jack Welch, was the CEO of GE that made Topgrading famous.  He hired Brad Smart and they worked together to hire the top guys at G.E...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Where Were You When Steve Jobs Died?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 @ 09:51 PM
Where were you when you found out that Steve Jobs passed away?  I was on a plane on my way to Milwaukee to deliver a keynote for..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Efficient Communication - Stop Duplicating Work

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 @ 03:16 AM
Right People, Right Things, Right Results.  Weekly focus on Weekly Priorities

Stephen Covey says "Begin With the End in Mind."..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Invest And Coach Your "A Players" For Stronger Business Results!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:25 AM

People Lessons # 402

A few months ago I introduced our 2xPeoplePlan tool in a webcast.  I asked everyone on the webcast to pick one..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Would You Increase Leadership Team Urgency Around A Red Critical Number

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:34 PM

So... What do you do if your critical number goes red? How do you increase team urgency?

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Daily Huddle: How Do You Use Your Critical Number?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

Your daily huddle is fast and sharp. It's a quick sync up that helps your team align for the day. It is not for solving problems. When..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

How To Execute With Autonomy

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 @ 06:12 AM

Daniel Pink, author of the best selling book Drive, shared his insights on how we are really motivated on more complex things. The key,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execution Best Practice - The Power Of Using A Daily Question

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

A client recently shared how amazingly well the daily question worked for them.  Their daily question this quarter is "How do I show my..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Fire To Protect Your Core Values

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 @ 06:49 AM
So you have an employee who really does not live your core values … he or she just does not seem to fit in.  You have discussed with him..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Got Rhythm? Ford (Alan Mulally) Certainly Does!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:05 PM
Rhythm.  Execution Rhythm.  Rhythm builds momentum.  When you have momentum, it is much easier build on your momentum and succeed...
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How To Set The Right Goals For Your Associate To Be Successful

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 @ 06:45 AM
So how do you set the right goals and get someone to be accountable to those goals?  There are two reasons for someone to perform..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Testing Your Brand Promise - How Do You Know It Works?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:44 AM

I was recently asked at a conference "How do I know that my brand promise is a good one?  How do I know it is working?"

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Dig A Little Deeper And Solve The Root Cause, Not Just The Symptoms

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 @ 06:36 AM
Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper for the answer.  Too often, when faced with a problem, we find a solution quickly, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

DO It Today... Not Tomorrow

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 @ 06:35 AM

Let's do it tomorrow....  Let's deal with it in our weekly status meeting tomorrow... Let's wait for his/her approval...  These are all..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Using A Start Stop Keep Tool To Make Your Mid Year Adjustments

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 12:17 PM
After our webcast on Mid Year adjustments, I received a couple more questions regarding using the SSK tool.  Thought I would share them..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

2X People Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

I received some questions via email after the webcast regarding the 2X People Plan tool.  Here are some questions and my thoughts on it...

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power Of Executing On Customer Service With Speed

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 06:35 AM

Speed... Speed... Speed.  Reacting quickly to a customer's need or issue can transform a customer issue into customer delight..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Power Of Knowing Your Critical Question

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jun 11, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

I am in Singapore, enjoying great food and catching up with great friends.  One of my friends has a successful education and consulting..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Do You Say NO To The Wrong Things?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

It takes courage, and it takes the support and backing of your team as well as your manager or partner.

Courage... does not come from..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

ROP Tip #2 - Measure Output Not Hours

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 12:13 PM
Are you focused on how many hours your team is working or how much output and value they deliver?  The true measurement of ROP is about..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Measure The Return On Your #1 Expense - Your ROP (Return On Payroll)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

Do you measure your return on payroll (ROP)?  For most of us who run knowledge-based companies, payroll is the largest expense on our..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Help Your Management Team Change... You Will Need A Lot Of Mangoes

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
Transformation.  How does a company successfully execute and navigate through changes? What should the CEO do? How should the board..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do Less And Get More Done! Look For "Minor Majors"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 17, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

Simplify!  Do less and get more done!  That seems rather difficult to achieve... doing less while getting more done.  Life has gotten..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How To Avoid Getting Blindsided By Sales Not Closing On Time

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 10, 2011 @ 11:59 AM

Acetech was fantastic!  The folks there are so warm and nice. And Whistler is so beautiful at this time of the year.  I will be..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Having Trouble Building Habits? Get Into A Rhythm!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 3, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

It takes time, energy and focus to create habits.  We have all tried at some point to create a new habit and realized unfortunately..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How To Make Your Goals Exciting For All, And Challenging For Your "A" Players

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

Some leaders who are very driven and competitive plan goals that are often unreachable.  This is the optimistic guy.  Some are very..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Decisions, The Fuel For Your Execution Engine

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

When you go to a gas station to fuel up your car, you have a choice of fuel quality based on octane level ratings.  You might have a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Quality Over Quantity

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 @ 09:17 AM
I started my day today with a good 
P90X 
workout with Tony Horton.  If you have not tried this yet, you should.  P90X rocks!  Tony's..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

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