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Departmental Silos: The Silent Productivity Killer

Cindy Praeger Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

Departmental silos in business are organizational units that should operate as specialized components of the proverbial ‘well-oiled machine’ but, unfortunately, almost always wind up operating increasingly in isolation of the rest of the company and will often end up in turf wars.

Organizational units created to provide excellence in some functional area inevitably grow to the point that they become more or less independent of the rest of the company. That, in turn, leads to fragmentation, destroying synergy with the rest of the organization and, at the same time, wasting resources by replicating expertise and data found elsewhere in the company choking the flow of information and making most cross departmental projects failures.

Process Implementation: How to Implement a New Process at Work in 2020

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As companies grow, the need to strategic establish implementation processes to help you scale to meet your business goals becomes inevitable. We've all reached a place in our role when the way we used to do things no longer works and we have to innovate. Necessity becomes the mother of invention - there's really no way to avoid it in a healthy growing company.

The truth remains, however: implementing new processes at work is hard. It's some of the most difficult work that teams do. Some teams struggle with change itself - it pushes people out of their comfort zone and sometimes there is resistance. Other teams struggle to develop the processes themselves - they can't agree on the best way to proceed to improve the business process. Even if you can define a new process and make some headway on changing people's mindsets, there is still the uphill battle for implementing the key processes that turn plans into action. Management teams can help their employees to implement a new business process in five simple ways to maximize their implementation efforts.

Four Steps to Effective Listening

Alan Gehringer Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

One of the things I have to do as a business consultant is to be a great listener. This is a key leadership and communication skill for anyone. Sometimes effective listening can be a challenge because, like most people, I can fall into the trap of thinking about my response and how I would like to help the individual with whom I am communicating. One of my pet peeves has always been that many people begin developing their response as soon as the other person starts speaking rather than truly listening to the message spoken to them. As I was going through some information this weekend, I came across a great one-page paper on four steps to effective listening, a key tenet of developing accountable leaders and teams. Permission was given to use the information as freely as possible and so I am sharing the main points with you.

At Our Core

Paige Wilcox Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

One of the biggest draws to being part of the Rhythm Systems team is the way our Core Values are ingrained in each team member and incorporated into our work. They're not just a few cliché words thrown on a poster in the break room that go ignored—they are a living representation of our DNA, how we lead our lives and how we conduct business.

How to Engage Remote Employees

Ted Skinner Mon, Nov 25, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

It is difficult enough to engage employees that are in the same office as you, let alone keeping a geographically dispersed group of employees engaged. In today’s hectic and fast-paced work environment, organizations need to do everything they can do to create an engaging workplace that helps find, attract and develop A-players no matter where they are located.

MBOs, OKRs, KPIs and What the Best Goals Have in Common

Jessica Wishart Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Businesses looking to implement goal setting best practices are often drowning in a sea of acronyms that can be hard to navigate. What’s better - MBOs or OKRs? Where do KPIs fit in? Should I have SMART goals or stretch goals or something else? There are lots of tools and frameworks and different acronyms out there, but there are some key elements of effective goal-setting that underlie all of the most effective business goals.

First, let’s clarify the terminology a little bit. I’ll give a brief explanation of what MBOs, OKRs, and KPIs are and what the pros and cons may be for each.

Your Core Purpose - Why You Should Start With Asking Why?

Guest Blogger Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

This blog was written by guest blogger, Jonathan Herps

How to Garner Support for Your Annual Plan

Chris Cosper Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Recently, I’ve noticed that many of our clients are involving more and more people in the planning process. As they head into Annual Planning, in addition to the 8-10 people on the senior executive leadership team, many of our clients are eliciting ideas and contributions from the next level of leaders as well. Involving these leaders can help ensure the voice of the customer and those employees closest to the customer are heard. However, having so many people in the room can be a challenge for the facilitator.

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Jessica Wishart Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

“It’s like Christmas!” Our Head of Consulting, Chris Cosper, practically gushed as our team gathered on the day before our 5th annual Breakthrough Conference. She was right - we look forward to this event all year. It’s our time to bring the whole “family” together - our clients, partners, friends and team. We also work hard to prepare a celebration packed with gifts of exceptional content, meaningful connections, and a memorable experience.

This year’s sold-out Breakthrough Conference had many magic moments, and here are a few highlights I wanted to share:

Does Your Organization Have The Right Rhythm of Work To Achieve Your Growth Goals?

Cindy Praeger Fri, Nov 8, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa