7 Ways You Can Become a Best Place to Work with Employee Engagement

By: Barry PruittTue, Feb 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As a consultant, I get the chance to walk into many offices just like yours. I meet team members just like your team members. And sometimes, I can’t wait to leave that company’s office, just like some of the employees. Does that describe where you’re working now? Only you can say.

So, why care about your team members and employees? Simple. If you’re growing a business, it will be built on those you employ. That requires two things: first, find the best team members, and second, keep them. It sounds easy yet every company I’ve worked with has struggled with people, and very few have had consistent success in hiring and keeping the best players.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

3 Patterns of the Most Productive People

By: Liz McBrideMon, Feb 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

On my flights to see clients, I always pick up a business magazine to read. It’s something that can spur an insight when I face a particular challenge, and it sure as heck beats reviewing the already memorized airline menu selection when we must power down. Isn’t that productive of me? Perhaps Fast Company should have interviewed me in their "Secrets of the Most Productive People."

Instead, they interviewed the big guns - CEOs and founders in fashion, technology, non-profits, production companies, and TV shows. There’s even the Master Taster of Woodford Reserve! What a great title. I would love to be a master taster! Speaking of tasting, have you ever notice the cover of Fast Company magazine feels like a cat’s tongue? OK, back to being productive.

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Topics: Leadership

Big Egos, Big Game, Big Loss (Video)

By: Alicia CrokeSun, Feb 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Unfortunately, my team won't be at the big game this year, but I will be watching the Falcons face the Patriots. I'm sad that my team, the Carolina Panthers, won't be playing tonight, but hopefully, they will be at the big game next year. 

I think that after a great season in 2015, my team became too big for their britches, and fell apart. They thought they could do no wrong. They thought they could slack off and celebrate. The team forgot what got them to a winning season: great teamwork and breakthrough execution!

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Topics: Execution

Have You Determined What Sandbox You Want Your Company to Play In?

By: Alan GehringerFri, Feb 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Determining your Sandbox is the first step in the five step process to develop your Brand Promise and a very important one that will have a huge impact on how successful and profitable your company will be. 

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Topics: Brand Promise

How to Use Your Main Thing to Engage Your Team (Video)

By: Nicole HradekThu, Feb 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Most of you have probably wrapped up your Annual Planning sessions and feel prepared for 2017. You have the best 3-5 initiatives to move your business forward this year, you have your targets in place and set high, you have your theme or Main Thing that you and the executive team are so excited about - it’s really going to motivate all your employees! You have it all organized in Rhythm or a spreadsheet, and then what? How do you keep your team motivated all year and use your Main Thing to keep employees engaged and focused on your initiatives and targets? There are certainly many right answers to this, but I thought I would share what we did at Rhythm Systems since we do practice what we preach!

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Topics: Annual Planning, Employee Engagement

Wait... The Cost of Silence in an Organization is How Much?

By: Cindy PraegerTue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, we held a webinar with VitalSmarts about Crucial Conversations and its effect in the workplace. I was astonished to learn about the staggering cost of silence in an organization. As Chase McMillan pointed out, there are two immediate responses to conversations involving high stakes, strong emotions, and opposing views: violence and silence. "Silence starves the discussion; it decreases the collectively IQ of the group. There is less buy-in for the discussion,“ Chase noted.

According to a VitalSmarts survey, the problem is much more pervasive than one would think. 72% of workers fail to speak up when a fellow worker fails to pull their weight. 68% don't speak up when they see someone disrespected, and 55% fail to speak up when there is confusion about decision rights. Silence is not only pervasive, but it's also extremely costly. Each failed conversation costs an average of $7500 in time and resources, and employees waste seven days or more.

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Topics: Rhythm Systems Webinar, Communication

Maximize the Value of Job Scorecards (Video)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we are huge fans of a simple tool called the Job Scorecard. It can be used in so many extremely valuable ways to help you build a strong, accountable team of A Players. It does take some time to think about and document Job Scorecards for each role on your team, but that investment of time is worth it, especially if you follow these tips to use the Job Scorecard over time.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

5 Common Causes of Crucial Conversations in the Workplace

By: Alicia CrokeFri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently we held a webinar with VitalSmarts on Crucial Conversations in the workplace. I learned a lot from both Patrick and Chase. I wanted to know what were common causes of crucial conversations. I did a little research and found a few examplesI wanted to share from the book, Crucial Conversations.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

The Road to Hell (is Paved with Good Intentions)

By: Barry PruittThu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I bet you recall with great clarity the time that you had good intent yet got negative results. Forget that you meant to be helpful, accommodating, and complimentary - the result was negative, the feedback harsh, and you felt blindsided. Welcome to what has been described for decades as the road to hell … the one paved with good intentions.

As an entrepreneur, I can think of many examples where I’ve paved the wrong road. I have learned a simple strategy to help you pave the right road by triangulating on your best outcome. The process is simple in theory, a bit harder to execute, and powerful in results. The focus is on three points, in order, to triangulate the desired outcome: Intent, behavior, and impact.

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Topics: Leadership

Do Your New Hires Have a Plan to Succeed?

By: Alan GehringerTue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I help develop and review a lot of annual and quarterly plans, and one thing I see in most of them is an initiative or priority around hiring key people. Most of the clients we work with use TopGrading or a similar approach to successfully screen, interview, and hire the best people for each position. These efforts are very important and necessary to build the right team. The thing we do not talk about as much is how to make people successful when they accept the position. At Rhythm Systems, we have a very detailed 90-day plan to onboard new consultants so that they are prepared to give our customers the best possible experience and service. Not every company does. Some of your new hires may come with a plan, but I bet most do not.

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Topics: Employee Engagement