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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Daily Huddle Meeting: The Most Valuable 10 Minutes of Your Day

Chris Cosper Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your Daily Huddle meeting going? Over time, it’s easy for this habit to begin feeling a little stale, and you might even start wondering if anyone would miss it if you killed it. They would! And they probably don’t even realize it (so don’t bother polling the team to ask). Instead, be the leader and huddle on!

Sometimes the benefits of Daily Huddles are so subtle they go uncelebrated, but the truth is, the habit of huddling daily with your team might be the most valuable 10 minutes of your day. The next time you feel like it’s an inconvenient interruption or someone tells you they’re too busy to huddle, keep these benefits of the morning huddle in mind.

How to Manage and Coordinate Successful Cross-Functional Teams

Jessica Wishart Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

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

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jessica Wishart Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Your Brand Promise is the commitment to your customers that really matters to them and differentiates you from your competition.  It is one of the most important building blocks help you win more of the right customers by helping you focus on how you sell your product/service to your Core Customer. 

What makes a Brand Promise “good” is not only its appeal to your Core Customer and its ability to help you close sales with them, but also your ability to consistently deliver on that promise.  You'll find that most of the brand promise examples listed below you are already familiar with as they clearly define the what the brand promises the customer and is used heavily in their marketing as it completely aligns with their brand.

The Right Meeting Rhythm Will Set You Free! (Infographic)

Jessica Wishart Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 08:57 AM

It sounds so simple.  But, I was just discussing scaling up meeting rhythms with one of my colleagues, and she told me that it took her last company three years to get into a cadence of meetings that actually accelerated their team's progress!  They learned through a lot of trial and error (and probably a lot of wasted time in meetings that were unnecessary and some productive time lost catching up in hallway conversations when a meeting was needed but didn't happen).

Goal Setting: 5 Steps to Drive Better Results

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Goal setting is both a skill and an art. Whether you are new to the goal-setting game, or a seasoned pro, there is always room for improvement.

When writing goals, use these 5 steps to drive better results.

Step 1: Write your goal and keep it simple

Start by writing your goal in a clear, action-oriented way. It should start with a verb and state exactly what you are going to do and by when. Let’s start with one example and work it through the 5 steps.

Example Goal: Hire and train 20 new sales reps by end of September

Setting Your Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)

Ted Skinner Fri, Jul 26, 2019 @ 02:10 PM

Milestones throughout the year give us an opportunity to recalibrate and look at areas that need improvement. For the crowds at the gym in January, it’s the New Year’s Resolution to get in shape or lose some weight. For students, it’s the school supply sale in August, a fresh bag of school supplies and possibilities for a great year ahead.

For businesses, when do you stop and recalibrate, beyond your own quarterly and annual meetings to check progress on your long term goal? What’s next? Do you have a goal in mind that makes you take a big gulp if you even dare to say it out loud? If so, you’ve got the beginnings of a Big Hairy Audacious Goal or BHAG (pronounced bee-hag.) Congratulations! You’re getting ready to push your company forward in a big way, but in order to do that, you need to give yourself some time to plan and strategize.

How to Use the 5 Cs of Team Accountability: Real World Examples

Jessica Wishart Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are all about helping companies and teams achieve their dreams and goals. 

We have the right systems and skills to help them remain focused, aligned and accountable to getting things done. Developing accountable leaders and teams is a big piece of the puzzle for companies that want to consistently achieve their growth goals. You can be lucky for a while, but for sustained, predictable success, you need the right people operating off the right playbook.

How to Avoid the Summer Productivity Slump

Jessica Wishart Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

This time of year, I start getting a lot of vacation out of office messages. It’s harder to schedule meetings with most clients, and you can forget meetings with clients in Europe. The parking lot of our office building empties out around lunchtime most Fridays. The traffic lightens up a little bit. You can feel it in the humid, hot air - it’s summer time. Maybe it’s a holdover from the carefree summers of our youth, but summertime usually brings more than just popsicles and pool parties - it also brings the urge to let up the gas and drop items off the to-do list.

Leadership Development: Is There a Payoff?

Cathy McCullough Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 11:42 AM

In a study by McKinsey & Company, management development at all levels has been ranked as a #1 priority by 500 executives, and organizations throughout the U.S. are spending approximately $14 billion annually on leadership training. The expense of a custom-designed leadership development program can be very costly. The question, then, becomes: Does developing these leaders (executive-level, division heads, and emerging leaders) have a payoff?

The answer is: Yes…if

Yes if...your leadership development efforts are designed appropriately. All too often, companies simply delegate the development of a leadership program to their HR professionals. While this is good, it’s a tactical check-mark that “we’re doing that leadership development thing.” What your high-level directors of talent and culture need is your support to do it right.

Personal Productivity Essentials

Paige Wilcox Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 01:34 PM

In an effort to Keep Smart — which is one of our Core Values here at Rhythm Systems — I recently attended a workshop on "Personal Productivity Essentials" to get some new tips and perspectives from Austin Bristow.

Austin talked a lot about personal discipline, and although "discipline" is a word with some negative connotations, it really should be seen as a process that gives you more freedom—freedom to focus on the things you want to do, freedom to maximize your time, freedom to say "no," etc.