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Strategies for Effective Listening - 18 Expert Listening Strategies

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, May 31, 2021 @ 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Key Performance Indicators for Employees in 2021: Employee KPI Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 24, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

It is no secret that your people are instrumental to the success of your business. In order to have a great company, you not only have..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Should a CEO Focus On?  How CEOs Should Spend Their Time in 2021.

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, May 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

“Time is an inelastic resource. No matter how high the demand, we cannot rent, hire or buy more of it.”-Peter Drucker

A Quick Note: This..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Paths to Cross-Functional Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 13, 2021 @ 10:01 AM
Integrating acquisitions, launching new products, deploying new company-wide systems or processes, shifting your organizational..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

27 Best Skip-Level Meeting Questions and Agenda [Updated for 2021]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

What is a skip-level meeting?

As defined in an article by Jared Lewis, "In a skip-level meeting, upper-level management bypasses..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lack of Accountability in the Workplace is Expensive, Fix It

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 29, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

In a recent client conversation, a CEO said to me, “He’s really (really) smart, but it’s just hard to hold him accountable. On top of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tactical Leadership vs. Strategic Leadership: Which Management Style Are You?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

We read a lot these days about strategic leadership and tactical leadership (as we should). Leaders find themselves up against a..

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A Players: Attracting, Engaging and Keeping Topgrading A Players

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

If you read our blog often, you know that we are fans of Topgrading, and we frequently talk about hiring and developing A Players. In a ..

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5 Tools That Assist Team and Culture Growth While Working Remotely

Posted by Guest Blogger on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

2021 will be the first year of remote working being the international standard: not just an option for many professionals, but actually..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Developing New Leaders: Leadership Development Tips for New Leader Training

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

How an employee moves through the ranks and advances in a company usually starts with them being an exceptional entry-level employee. The..

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Welcome to the Team: New Hire Onboarding (Virtually)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
If your company has hired anyone over the last year, chances are you've had to do at least some of that new hire's onboarding and..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Level 5 Leadership Examples- How to be a Level 5 Leader

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

The Level 5 Leadership Stage is Set…

Have you ever had this "strange" feeling that you just couldn’t shake? I recently went through..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Keep Smart in 2021: Nine Ways CEOs and Leaders Can Learn, Lead and Grow

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Learn as much as you can to energize yourself and bring your best to the business!

I am a big fan of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (even..

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Job Scorecard vs. Job Description: What's the Difference in 2021? (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Job Scorecards (or employee scorecards) have been a hot topic recently. Many companies are looking for a way to provide more constant..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Your Employees Feeling the Love?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As we celebrate Valentine's Day this year, are your team members feeling the love? How's your company culture holding up in today's..
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How CEOs Sustain Team Alignment in a Constantly Changing Environment

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In 1998 I was traveling on I-95, just south of Cocoa Beach, Florida, where brush fires burned along the highway. When I arrived in Fort..

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Top 10 Business Problems CEOs are Facing Today [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping middle market companies achieve their dreams and goals. We believe that we can make a big..

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Accountability in Leadership: Build Leadership Accountability with the 5 C's Framework

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Employee Engagement and Motivation: How to Increase both Motivation AND Engagement

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

In working with middle market CEOs and their employees and they often wonder about their employee productivity and professional..

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The 10 Best HR Employee Engagement Metrics and KPIs [Updated for 2021]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 27, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

After recently reviewing thousand of Annual Plans and Quarterly Plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The ROI of Business Coaching: Executive Coaching Statistics (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

My last blog, 6 Excuses for Avoiding an Executive Coach (and Why You Should Think Again) talked about all the negative internal chatter..

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12 Tips to Engage and Keep Top Talent Infographic in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Many successful mid-market companies have cracked the hiring code. Perhaps you use a hiring method like Topgrading to ensure that you..

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Clear Expectations: How Your Employees Know What Success Looks Like

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many, it's time to roll out those 2021 plans and kick off some new initiatives to help your company build back or accelerate growth..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Journey to Great Execution in 2021

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Dec 11, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

How much did misalignment cost your organization in 2020? Misalignment comes from poor planning, and it results in poor execution and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Culture Checklist for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 4, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

We’ve known for a while that an increase in remote work was coming, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. Many workers are eager..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Coaching Insights You'll Gain from the Best Executive Coaches

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The famous mountain climber, Phil Powers, said it best during an interview on NPR’s "This I Believe” segment: “Concentrating on how I..

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Job Scorecard Examples and Template (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

According to Gallup, only about half of workers in companies worldwide “strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at..

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Productivity vs Efficiency in Manufacturing: What's the Difference in 2021?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are productivity and efficiency. Do you know..

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Creative Skills - The Top 10 Skills in 2021

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

With the emphasis on core subjects in budget crunched public schools, art programs are being asked to pack their paint brushes and go...

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The Test of True Accountability (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

This happens all the time. You are holding someone accountable to get something done. Yet you find yourself checking in and chasing for..

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Engaging Remote Employees: How to Engage Employees That Work from Home

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Employee engagement for remote workers is a huge topic in the market today, especially with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) limiting travel..

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Strategic CEO Coaching for Busy Executives: 6 Excuses to Avoid

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 10:04 AM

If you believe the adage, ‘time is money,’ then you’re saying that the concept of time (and the elapse  of that time) costs you and your..

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How to Be a Fit Mid-Market CEO for 2021 and Beyond

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Nov 26, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

To give your business an edge against the competition in 2019, you might be considering some ways to level yourself up in the process...

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Focus: How to Keep Your Teams from Being Consumed by Countless Distractions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 3, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

For many, our current environment is more distracting than any other time in our work lives. With a pandemic raging, a U.S. election..

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Breakthrough 2020: Key Insights and Takeaways

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the best parts of our annual Breakthrough Conference is getting our Rhythm community together to live our core values of Keep..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Keep Team Productivity High While Working from Home [VIDEO]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

In March, when many teams moved to work from home for the first time, I heard a lot of questions from clients about how to know if their..

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Breakthrough 2020 Goes Virtual: What to Expect

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Our first-ever virtual Breakthrough Conference is just a few weeks away! Here's a sneak peek so you know what to expect from this..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Communication and Empathy Are Key to Leading Mid-Crisis

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Sep 11, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

I have two small children sleeping quietly (for once) as I write this a little before 6 am. While the COVID-19 crisis has been hard for..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Simple Ways To Nurture Leadership Skills In Your Growing Team

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

2020 has been a disastrous year in general, and the business world has certainly suffered major losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic:..

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Create a Virtual Plan for Grief during COVID-19

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

This Saturday, my aunt will be buried. She's the last of my dad's generation for my family. She passed due to complications of cancer,..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Meetings: Align Your Team and Engage Employees Monthly with this Agenda

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

For many companies, the idea of the monthly meeting can feel like a burden in an already overly scheduled calendar. Why is this..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Organizational Alignment: 3 Step Organizational Alignment Playbook

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Verne Harnish notes in his book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits that the difference between organizational vision and organizational..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Coaching Accountability: How to Improve Accountability by Coaching Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Many leaders find personal accountability comes naturally - often, it is a muscle they have strengthened  significantly through years of..

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Effective Leadership Development [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Leadership development is a growing concern for middle market companies. Growing your leaders is a challenge - whether you are..

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Company Alignment: The CEO's Roadmap to Corporate Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Alignment can be elusive for even the smallest start-up companies, never mind mid-market companies that have multiple divisions,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Plan Your Personal Quarter to Deliver Predictable Results

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We talk a lot about plans - annual plans, quarterly plans, team plans, project plans. But what’s your plan for the next 90 days? What..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Personal Accountability Exercises - How Does Your Team Stack Up?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Quite a few years back, a good friend of mine introduced me to John Miller and his book “QBQThe Question Behind the Question.”  I..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Get Stuck on Your Job Scorecard (Template)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

One of the priorities for our Consulting and Client Services team here at Rhythm Systems this quarter was to nail down Job Scorecards..

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Building Accountability into Your Culture: Does Your Team Have an Accountability Problem? [Download]

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Most clients I’ve worked with say they understand the key role accountability plays in making a company operate more efficiently (and..

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Team Accountability Begins with a Personal Accountability Model

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I love what I do for a living. I meet the most incredible people who are building amazing companies. Most recently, I was sharing this..

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Topgrading: 10 Expert Tips for Topgrading Interview Questions

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Topgrading is a methodology of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining top talent developed by Brad Smart and Geoff Smart..

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Delegation in Leadership: How to Effectively Delegate as a Leader

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 08:29 AM

Managing the daily, weekly, and monthly workload is a challenge for team members and leaders alike, but in very different ways. Teams..

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Getting Your Remote Team's Mojo Back During a Lockdown

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

With the pandemic disrupting expectations for projects and revenue goals for many this year, it's no surprise that a major focus for..

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Adaptive Leadership Theory: Adaptive Leadership Framework

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

As leadership guru Jim Collins tells us, organizations go from good to great when personalities step aside and let purpose become the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Online Training Best Practices: 5 Tips

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As head of training at Rhythm Systems, I’ve had a busy year creating all the training content to accompany our latest software release -..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Personal Path of Progress: The Secret to Reach Your Full Potential

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

I have made it a priority to be a lifelong learner which aligns well with one of our company’s core values of “Keep Smart.” As an..

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Virtual Alignment for Your Team in a Work from Home World

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Getting and staying aligned with your team is a challenge even when you are all in the same office. When everyone is remote or working..

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Align Company: Why CEOs Find it Hard to Align Teams When Scaling their Companies

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

One of the toughest challenges CEOs face is finding effective ways to align teams and..

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Communicating a Merger to Employees: 4 Ways to Tell Your Team About a Merger or Acquisition

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

An acquaintance of mine has recently undergone a merger at her corporation. As a mid-level employee, she knew it was coming; her company..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

High Performance Team Culture: How to Create a Team Rhythm for Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

High performance teams are critical to success in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. In order to remain..

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

Do You Know if Your Boss is Happy with Your Work?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many people wonder and worry about whether or not they are doing a good job and if their boss is happy with their work. It is one of the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Team Planning: How to do Team Planning for Team Focus & Alignment

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to slow down and develop a world-class team execution plan for next year. When we don’t slow down to plan our execution, our..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Your Attachment Style Shows Up at Work: The 4 Attachment Styles

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:40 PM

90,000 hours—that’s how long an average person spends at work over the course of a lifetime, according to a study cited in Business..

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Employee Recognition Ideas, Pitfalls and KPIs with Measurable Criteria

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:13 AM

According to Gallup, “in their search for new ideas and approaches, organizations could be overlooking one of the most easily executed..

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Work From Home Expert Tips: 23 Tips for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 02:55 PM

As the COVID-19 news unfolds and more people are staying in (check out www.cdc.gov/covid-19 for the latest accurate information), some..

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The 5Cs of Communication: How to Use Them in Crisis Communication

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 01:56 PM

If you are like me, your inbox is full of COVID-19 response letters from every vendor, doctor, airline, restaurant or business of any..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Signs Your Remote Team's Health is Suffering

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many managers, leading a remote team is something new. After a few months, you’ve probably worked out many of the technical issues..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Does Effective Communication Affect Collaboration in Organizational Accountability?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Sometimes, you just have to slow down to speed up.

Communication Leads to Better Connectivity and Team Accountability

Communication is a..

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7 Essential Skills for the Future

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

A little peek behind the proverbial curtain for you: I have a digital notebook (I use Evernote) where I capture blog ideas as they come..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Typical Performance Reviews Miss

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Let’s imagine you are going into your quarterly performance review, armed with all the great results you’ve achieved over the last 90..

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Employee Engagement: 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Financial rewards are just the beginning of what keeps employees active in their job role. Another, more overlooked factor, is job..

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Know Your Leader Template: 6 Questions to Ask in Your Next One-on-One Meeting

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s fairly understood that great leaders don’t lead processes; they lead people. You’re probably aware, too, that great bosses have..

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Lack of Alignment Leads to Million Dollar Mistakes and Rework Waste

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Rework is such a pain and such a waste of resources. It costs you time, energy and emotional distress. Nobody likes to clean up their..

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Welcome to the Team!  15 Tips for Effective Onboarding (Checklist)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sun, May 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Do you spend more money on going away parties when someone leaves the company than you do welcome parties when someone joins?  This was..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Productivity Tips to Be Your Best While Working From Home

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Many leaders and team members have found the stay-at-home orders draining—and prolonged weeks of this inherently stressful situation can..

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Drive Your Remote Team's Morale, Maintain Productivity and Win

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, May 21, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

History is the ultimate reality TV show; it's getting a first-hand view of people's bad decisions, conflicts, trials, and successes. We..

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How to Know Your Remote Team is Productive

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Whether it is trying to figure out how to do more with less, frantically converting in-person business to a virtual model, working to..

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Discipline is the Key to Success

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Working from home can certainly be a challenge. I've been working from home for the last 12 years, and over those years, I learned a key..

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Essential KPI for Remote Teams: Employee Health Index

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Managing a remote team is challenging, even in the best of times. In our current environment, it is really tough to keep the team..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Corporate Leadership Strategy: Leadership Culture is an Essential Part of Your Business Strategy

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

CEOs and business leaders frequently ask me why their corporate strategies for the year falter or just don’t happen. “It’s like no one..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power of Maintaining Your Rhythm of Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Like many others, I’ve spent the last few weeks working from home which includes splitting up homeschooling and childcare..

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Essential Tech Stack for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many companies are re-tooling and finding the best ways to remain connected and productive in a remote work environment in the work from..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leading through Disruption: Embrace Your Own “Leadership Summits”

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 @ 11:03 AM
“Calamity is the test of integrity.” – Samuel Richardson

Never are the Five Characteristics of Great Leaders more relevant than when..

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How Can I Source Ideas From Remote Employees Without Being Disruptive?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

How can I better source ideas from employees, even when they are working from home?

When looking for new ideas, some large organizations..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Examples: How to Use the 5 Cs of Team Accountability in 2020

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 10:41 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..

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Employee Engagement in Manufacturing Companies: 10 Ways to Improve (Video)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I grew up in a manufacturing family. My grandmother had her own manufacturing company, and my father was a partner in a local..

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Listen Up - A Critical Leadership Skill We Often Take For Granted

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Effective listening is a key attribute for leaders (and for people in general). If you are a manager, this skill can help you unlock the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Culture: 5 Things All Accountable Cultures Need (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Accountability can be a scary word. For many, it sounds punitive - and that’s because most of us associate “accountability” with..

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Engaging Remote Employees Through Culture

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

With the recent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) more and more people are being asked to work from home.  Today’s business landscape..

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Purpose: Closing the Gap between Saying and Doing

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before a crowd of close to 250,000 thousand people and delivered one of the most..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Goal Setting Steps: 5 Keys to Drive Better Results

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Managing Remote Employees: 5 Best Practices

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, some of our team works in the office, but most of us work remotely. As an office worker with the flexibility to work..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Tips: Quick Tips for Building Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Holding people accountable can be a chore for most leaders building an accountability culture. For a multitude of reasons, it’s simply..

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3 Better Email Habits to Improve Team Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

Effective communication is a key leadership trait and one of the 5 Cs of team accountability, and in today’s world, a lot of that..

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Role Clarity: Setting Clear Expectations with Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

My husband used to coach a 3- and 4-year-old soccer team (the “Gorillas”) at our neighborhood YMCA. If you’ve never watched toddlers..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Achieve Synergy with Your Team: A Tribute to Sir George Martin

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Synergy is an often overused term, although incredibly effective when actually achieved. Merriam-Webster defines synergy as "a mutually..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 01:47 PM

This blog was written by guest blogger, Jonathan Herps

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Why There's Still Hope for Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Did you have a New Year’s Resolution this year? Any new habits you were trying to develop? How are those new habits coming along? We’re..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Better Way to Manage Team Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

For many team leaders, it can be hard to keep a pulse on what’s happening in your team, especially if your company has remote workers or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Align Employees with Company Goals

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As the dust settles on the Annual Planning season, many mid market CEOs now face the challenge of how to achieve and maintain alignment..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips to Improve Your Company's Focus

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Focus. Sounds good, right? It may sound easy enough, but I’ve seen over and over again that people, companies and teams with the best of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Trouble with Accountability

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Wed, Feb 5, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

The trouble with accountability is that, well, you have to live it. Patrick Lencioni writes; “Once we achieve clarity and buy-in, it is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

HR Process Improvement Examples

Posted by Melissa Perna on Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Over the last year, Rhythm Systems team members have really focused on the importance of process improvements. How do we do our jobs..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Practice the Rockefeller Habits to Drive Accountability and Response-Ability

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 06:41 AM

Are you fostering an accountability-based team, department, or organization? Accountability takes a step beyond responsibility...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Signs That I Need Executive Coaching

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

The greatest athletes and business leaders in the world have coaches. No matter how good you are,  and you are probably really good,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating A Culture of Innovation: 5 Ways CEOs Can Drive a Culture of Innovation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We have all heard the saying "A fish rots from the head down," right? Not that I am comparing my CEO friends to fish, but it does drive..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Tips to Help Your Employees Solve Their Own Problems (Part 2)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In my last leadership problems post, I began exploring the question of how to help your people master the skill of problem-solving...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid the Staggering Cost of a Mishire: The Hidden Cost of a Bad Hire in 2020

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If you’re a hiring manager at your organization, chances are that you have had a couple of new hires that haven’t worked out the way..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Becoming a Transformational Leader: 3 Tips for CEOs

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

There was a pause in his verbal stride as we talked. It was an awkward pause, which is why it caught my attention. As I looked at him, I..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Engagement Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In the past year, employee engagement has been a hot topic: how to encourage employees, how to measure it, and why it's important. Not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Finding and Developing "A Players"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mastering a CEO's Most Important Skill: Listening

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you are a CEO or founder, you’ve likely gotten where you are today because of your ideas - you are probably passionate about your..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Corporate Culture and Investment Returns: The ROI of Company Culture

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If ROI matters to you, then you might consider “cuddling up” to the power of your company’s culture. I say this, of course, a bit..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Examples of Crucial Conversation at Work: 5 Common Causes in the Workplace

Posted by Alicia Croke on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Communication Gap: How to Close the Communication Gap and Increase Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

One of our manufacturing clients came to us originally with a very interesting problem. Everyone on the shop floor was doing a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountable Leaders and Teams: How CEOs Grow Them [Video]

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The question of how to grow an environment of accountability is a common one.

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Delegate Properly and Hold the Team Accountable [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

All leaders are faced with the realization that when you manage a team, you're not just an individual contributor anymore. The great..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Crucial Conversation Skills: Manage Your Emotions When Stakes Are High

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Our team recently participated in a day and half of training on Crucial Conversations in which we learned and practiced communication..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execution Leadership: 7 Steps to Execute Your Strategy

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 11:42 AM

Recently, I worked with a client who was a whiz at quarterly planning, but was falling short on execution.  The team was capable, the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Do You Need to Discuss, Debate, Decide with Your Team?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 08:14 AM
Maybe you have a brilliant idea for your business - maybe you've come up with something that will revolutionize your company. Maybe..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Build a Great Company with a High Performance Culture

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

We had a wonderful Breakthrough Conference this year that helped hundreds of middle market managers and CEOs achieve breakthrough..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Great Leaders are Inquisitive Explorers

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

First and foremost, truly awesome leaders are Inquisitive Explorers (i.e., they have a natural curiosity about what is going on…not so..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

STATE My Path: Navigating Crucial Conversations

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

When strong emotions, high stakes and opposing opinions collide, it can be explosive and, potentially damaging to results or a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Encouraging Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:04 AM

“We need more accountability around here.”  “We need to hold people accountable.”  This is one of the most consistent themes we hear..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Making Aspirational Leadership a Reality: Developing Accountable Leadership

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

The key question relative to becoming an accountable leader is this: How do you turn an aspiration into a reality?

At a recent Rhythm..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Must-Have Templates for Your Accountable Leadership Toolkit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Leadership is complex. There are countless books and decades of research on the topic, and you can work for a whole lifetime and never..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Values Implementation Plan: 8 Ways To Manage Using Your Core Values (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 04:10 PM

Once your executive team has worked to discover, test and finalize your Company's Core Values, it's time to go out and live them!  

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Personal Capacity Building: 6 Tips to Double It

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Our consultants here at Rhythm Systems are always trying to help our clients think about the future of their organizations and plan to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Increasing Productivity & Engagement: A Case Study Example

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As noted in my prior blog, “To Assess Productivity & Engagement, Ask: Who Really Owns Your Company?,” if you want to increase..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Vision Casting in Business: A Leader's Job

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Max DePree noted, “Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions, and the first question for a leader..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

20 Mile March: My Introduction

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 06:46 AM

I am a big fan of Jim Collins and have used his book “Good to Great” as a business tool for many years. I was recently introduced to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Common Purpose: Why It Matters

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

When I was in college, I took a course called “The Meaning of Work” and enrolled in a corresponding internship program following the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Awesome Results: Are Your Leaders Delivering Them? [SlideShare]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

I am often asked about the impact of leaders on a company’s strategy execution. Sometimes we have process and execution problems. But..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Steps to Bust Silos & Encourage Team Collaboration

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In many fast-growing mid-market companies, departments and teams do their work with little time or effort spent communicating with other..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Negotiate Nicely: 6 Ways to Get What You Want Without Being a Jerk

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Many of us believe in a false dichotomy about negotiations: either you have to be really tough, or you’re a pushover. Recently, our..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are an executive team member, a department leader, or a member of the team, the role you play in the company is unique and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Scorecards: Build Team Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sat, Jan 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I recently spoke to a great group of organizational leaders at the Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC. The session..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Emotional Intelligence in Action: List of Emotional Intelligence in Action Steps

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

I must admit, I’m an enthusiast for developing emotional intelligence. It’s one of the reasons I became a certified facilitator for..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think Plan Do to Achieve Your Personal Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we teach our clients to grow their businesses with purpose using our Think Plan Do® methodology.  We believe the best..

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

Strengthsfinder Team Analysis: Engage Your Team By Focusing on Their Strengths

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In order to live our Core Value to Keep Smart, our team does company-wide training each year (in addition to the department-specific..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Steps to Having an Accountability Conversation (Video)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Most of us just don’t like to have hard accountability conversations. Conversations in which you need someone to hear you can be tough..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Daily Routines of Successful CEOs (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our CEO, Patrick Thean, is fond of the saying, "The fish rots from the head down." When you are thinking about your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Manage and Coordinate Successful Cross-Functional Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 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...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Follow Up: The Key To Leadership Development

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

"The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” - Peter..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Nuts and Bolts Leadership: Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader, I’ve sometimes felt like a nut – nutty ideas, feedback that indicates I’m crazy, looks from others that could … well, you..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Finally Keep Your New Year's Resolutions (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Despite the myth that doing something for 21 days in a row is all it takes to establish a new habit, according to scientific evidence,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Ownership and The Daily Huddle

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Mike, a long time customer, asked me recently how to revitalize his daily huddle. He shared how they have been doing it for years and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

1 Thing You Can Do Today to Cultivate a High Performance Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:34 AM

When I say “culture,” some of you probably get that glazed over look; many may think I’ve slipped into meaningless consultant jargon or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Tips to Help Your People Solve Their Own Problems (Part 1)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

When asked what’s needed most in today’s workforce, many leaders will list a cadre of characteristics. But the one characteristic that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change is Hard: Leading People Through Change

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Dec 26, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

You probably hear it all the time: “But things are going just fine! Why do we have to start doing that!?” Or even better: “But we’ve..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Signs Your Culture Is Affecting Performance

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When things aren’t going right and business is in a slump, most people look to new ideas, adjust their KPIs (key performance indicators)..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Five Characteristics of Great Leaders

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If we think about it, ‘excellence’ or being ‘great’ at anything is truly a lifelong endeavor. Whether striving to become one of the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Growing Team Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Dec 6, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

In my last blog, “Lack of Accountability is Costing You,” I reviewed the expense that accompanies the lack of accountability. As I noted..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Disproportional Influence: Problem Identification and Lag Time

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine the circular conversation in your workplace. The movie you’ve seen before, where you know the outcome, and can predict that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Questions Leaders Should Ask When A Project Fails

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

It’s happened to all of us. We start a new project or set a new goal with the best intentions. Everyone’s excited to get started..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

At Our Core

Posted by Paige Wilcox on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Mid Market Companies: The Top Business Challenges Survey

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

At our annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, we had the opportunity to survey our audience of over 150 mid-market..

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

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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 ..

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

Tom Sawyer Management Approach - 5 Steps to Increase Your Leadership

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Nov 10, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

It was 6:30 pm on a summer evening. Since I had agreed that my youngest son could go out with friends only after the grass had been cut,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Does It Mean To Be a High-Performance Organization?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

8 Tips to Achieve Better Work Life Balance

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 7, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Keeping track of all of the demands on our time can be a real challenge. Unfortunately, we can’t create more time in the day, but there..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Company Culture Execution-Ready?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping organizations and individuals achieve their dreams and goals. We have a software platform..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Purpose in Action with Samaritan's Feet

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping individuals and organizations achieve their dreams and goals. This year, we had the..

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

Why You Need a Time Machine for Effective Goal Setting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If you want to set compelling and achievable goals for yourself, your teams and your company, drop everything and invent a time machine...

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

Welcome to Charlotte!

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

We are thrilled to host our 5th Annual Breakthrough Conference once again in Charlotte, NC, this October 24th and 25th, at the Charlotte..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

The Business Relevance of Executive Coaching

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sat, Sep 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

A current executive coachee from one of the three big food distribution companies recently shared with me that one of his colleagues..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Design Your Office for Maximum Productivity (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Anyone who has ever had to work in a freezing office, gotten stuck doing a conference call from a busy airport or coffee shop, or sat at..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What is Your Favorite Habit of the 7 Habits of Stephen Covey?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Sep 15, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently completed a leadership development training on the “7 Habits of Managers.” The material is based on Stephen R. Covey’s..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change Management Tips for Leaders: 3 Tips for Successful Change

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

“Innovation is the key to success.”

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

“You must create a culture of continuous improvement.”

Here..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to "Be Proactive" with the Hidden Resource Finder

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Stephen R. Covey's #1 Habit of Effective People is Be Proactive. Sounds easy, right? As a mom, I can pull anything out of my purse at a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

You’re Fired: 5 Steps and a Glass of Wine

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 02:24 PM

Like many great business learnings, it began with glass of wine. I had a business manager named Jim who was experiencing employee..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have a People Problem or a Leadership Problem?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I love organizational diagnostics. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do because I love getting to root causes instead of merely..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Well Do You Know Yourself, or Your Teammates?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Sep 2, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” - Lao Tzu

I think this quote sets the stage.  I believe I have taken..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leveraging Core Values to Drive Revenue and Increase Profit

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

If you’ve gone through the exercise of determining your company’s core values, you’ve spent a lot of time (and a lot of meetings)..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Change Your Team’s Bad Habits

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

I recently heard Charles Duhigg, author of the best seller The Power of Habit, speak about the science behind his book. It’s really..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Keys to Being a Great Leader

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

If уоu aspire to be in a position of leadership (or even if you already are a leader), thеn understand thаt a leader knоwѕ hоw tо lead..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Stay Sane While Growing Your Company: A Case Study

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Everywhere I looked around the office, people were dashing, working feverishly, heads down, eyes glued to screens. It was like watching..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Gender Matter in Leadership?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Someone recently said to me (very enthusiastically), “Women make better leaders!” I stood there in a circle of leaders (men and women)..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Does It Take to Achieve Peak Performance?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 8, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

How many leaders think about themselves as corporate athletes? How many of us spend time sharpening our saw, as Stephen Covey taught?..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Being A Better Listener Can Improve Your Leadership Skills

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Aug 7, 2019 @ 09:55 AM

As an executive coach, part of my job is to be a good listener.  Some of this coaching is done in person while a lot of it is done on..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Mistakes Leaders Make Trying to Empower Their Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

Most leaders intellectually understand the importance of creating an empowered team. They can see the upside of being called upon less..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Smooth Sailing in Rough Waters: Use KPIs to Throw a Lifeline

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Isn’t it funny how quickly our workload can change? One day we’re doing fine, managing our daily tasks, making progress on our priorities

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid the Summer Productivity Slump

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Development: Is There a Payoff?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Personal Productivity Essentials

Posted by Paige Wilcox on 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Stand Up, Speak Up, Shut Up, and Sit Down

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

I debated calling this blog Stage Secrets of Great Communicators only to then argue with myself that the stage for you could be the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Ways Top Level Executives Improve Company Culture (Infographic)

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

A strong company culture is not a nice to have—it's a need to have. Your company's culture touches every part of your business, so don't..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Vulnerable Culture is an Accountable Culture

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Vulnerability is the secret to fixing your Company’s accountability issues. 

It’s a bold statement, but after watching Brené Brown: A..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lessons From a Millennial: Work-Life Balance Tips

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jun 7, 2019 @ 02:20 PM

If you research “healthy work-life balance tips” (or frankly any hot topic), you’ll see a line item in there about the millennial's view..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Can't Miss the 2019 Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

"Spectacular keynote speeches, incredibly, relevant, informative breakout sessions. Thank you!"

“Loved the human element of business..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Push and Pull: Mastering the Characteristics of Great Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

"Ultimately, leadership is the ability to thrive in the ambiguity of paradoxes and opposites.” - Brené Brown, Dare to Lead

I have a yoga..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus and the Myth of Work-Life Balance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

I recently wrote about how leadership is a balancing act. The more I think about it, life is a balancing act. We are all faced with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus to Win: Nobody Buys Your Drinks When You’re Last Place

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, May 1, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Change is accelerating, competition is stiff, and employee engagement is measurably low. How can you possibly make headway in a growing..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Unbeatable Return on Payroll of Engaged Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Rhythm Systems is proud to announce the release of its newest white paper, "The Unbeatable Return  on Payroll of Engaged Employees,"..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership's Role in Team Accountability [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Why does team accountability matter? Accountability is the foundation for performance, and without performance, you will not see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Myers Briggs Can Help You Run a Profitable Business

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Over twenty years ago I worked with one of the top pizza chains in the world. They had several processes in place to manage growth,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Critical Rules for Amazing Team Formation

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Written by Guest Blogger James Daily

Some teams are highly successful; others are abject failures; some are just mediocre. And there has..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Key Plays from Our CEO Playbook

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Apr 5, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

One of the top 10 moments of my life was the Predictable Results book launch party at our Breakthrough Conference last October. To..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Need a Peak Performance Plan for Your Topgrading A-Players

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Traditional business wisdom dictates that you need a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) for your  team members when they are not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Company Ready for Gen Z? [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Imagine being born in 1997. You’ve never known a world without smartphones, and you’ve probably never used a paper map for directions,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Team Accountability: The Missing Link

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Why don’t they just do what they are supposed to do?

How is it possible that my people keep letting me down?

I wish they would just hold..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Team Accountable to Your Annual Plan?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 12:02 AM

According to PMI’s 2017 Global Project Management Survey, 1 in 4 strategic initiatives fail. This is not great news for anyone who..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Tips for Accountable Leadership [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

We've all heard it... "Why doesn't Jane just do what I've asked her to do!?" or "How can I hold Tom accountable?" Chances are, if you..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Breakthrough Execution: What Top Performing Companies Do Differently

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Feb 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Sean K., one of our lucky Valentine's contest winners, asked, "What are the Top 3 characteristics of the companies you work with or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Plight of the Task Delayer

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Do you put off minor to-dos until they build up and become absolutely urgent? Why do we do this to ourselves, and how can we..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions That Keep CEOs and Executive Teams Up at Night

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

In working with many leading mid-market CEOs and their executive leadership teams on their growth strategies, I often ask these leaders..

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

Product, Price, Placement, Promotion, and People?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Written by Graham Couling of www.braindropsmarketing.com Graham Couling is a marketing manager and consultant that specializes in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Clarifying Coaching vs. Consulting

Posted by Kristi Burns on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 @ 09:33 AM

Often when a business leader engages a coach, he or she does so without a clear understanding of the differences between coaching and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Signs of an Accountable Culture (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

According to an article in Harvard Business Review, "The brutal fact is that about 70% of all change initiatives fail." There are lots..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Tips To Ensure Your Family Business Makes It To The Next Generation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 26, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In the fall, I attended the Galliard Group National Gathering where I had the privilege of spending two days with many very talented and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Use Job Scorecard KPIs to Drive Your Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

If you read our blog often, you know that we frequently recommend using a Job Scorecard (often called an employee scorecard)- we find..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Software Implementation: Myth vs. Reality

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 @ 11:29 AM

Bringing Rhythm into your organization can be a big change. However, it’s the first step on an exciting journey that will help you and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Wауѕ to Imрrоvе Your Cоmраnу Culture

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Iѕ уоur corporate сulturе роѕіtіvе or is it сut-thrоаt?

Cоmраnу culture іѕ оnе of thоѕе thіngѕ thаt just еvоlvеѕ organically... rіght?..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Systems' Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, we are very blessed to have almost 10,000 blog subscribers, 10+ regular contributors, and many amazing readers..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

How to Manage Your Time Effectively as a CEO [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are being pulled in a million different directions by several important constituencies. They have to answer to direct reports,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Your Core Values and Job Scorecards In Your Hiring Process

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jan 5, 2019 @ 07:45 AM
Having a set of documented core values that you live daily is a powerful Execution Tool for your company. Let's start with your hiring..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Get the Most from Comments in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 01:49 PM

One of the most exciting product features that we've included in the Rhythm software is the ability to make comments. This feature..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Simms Fishing Engages Their Employees

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 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: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lessons Business Leaders Could Learn from Eight-Year-Olds

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

My youngest son was eight years old and played for the church basketball team. You may know the routine, practice once a week and play..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Arbill's Julie Copeland and the "3 Surprising Tools to Win and Survive the Tough Battles"

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Thu, Dec 20, 2018 @ 10:54 AM
At this year's Breakthrough Conference , Julie Copeland shared her experiences and insights as CEO of  Arbill during the..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Life & Work Lessons from a Disengaged Elf

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Herbie the Elf is a self-proclaimed "misfit." Not happy in his work, he feels like he just "doesn't fit in" with the other elves making..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Today's Roadblocks to C-Suite Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

As a member of your company’s executive team, you have a lot on your plate. And, particularly in middle market companies, C-suite..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Sets Successful People Apart

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

There can often be a misconception that a person working 100 hours a week is more successful than a peer logging half those hours...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Steps to Build a World-Class Organization or Sales Team

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Nov 23, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

Leaders often self-impose what used to be good habits at a bad time. What I mean is that they continue doing the things they did with 5..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Give Thanks

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

A Core Value that resonates strongly at Rhythm Systems is "Be Appreciative." That's why an episode of Hurry Slowly, a podcast about pacing..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid Overloading Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Most of our successful mid-market clients have no shortage of great ideas. The constraint lies with the time and resources to get it all..

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

Why CEOs Need a Leadership Path of Progress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are constantly being pulled in a million directions - they have shareholders, partners, investors, employees, customers, industry..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why CEOs Must Solve People Issues to Achieve Breakthroughs

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

My previous blog shared about how people issues might be mistaken for execution issues. There are a number of reasons why it is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership and Levels and Styles of Decision Making [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Where should we go to dinner? What time are you waking up? Where do you want to go on vacation? Are you going to the gym before..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability: Trust, But Verify (I'm Gonna Miss Krispy Kreme)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re from southeastern USA, you know full well how delicious a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut can be. The anticipation of that sweet..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How CEOs Should Diagnose the Root Cause of Missed Growth Strategies

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Jack   asked   me  to review his execution plan. His team was missing their profit and revenue goals, and he wanted to figure out the..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A CEO's Guide to Finding Hidden Disease in Your Organization

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

You go to your doctor every year for a physical, but you rarely do this for your business. As you prepare your team for Annual Planning,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Impact of Education on a CEO's Career [Infographic]

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Written by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Fundera

As the CEO, you’ve either started and cultivated your own company, or worked hard..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Personal Productivity Can Only Get You So Far

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

I like to think of myself as a highly organized and productive person, and I like reading about and experimenting with tips and methods..

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

Don't Let Dumb Rules Blow Up Team Accountability

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

During World War II, a Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Navy was called on by his Captain of the HMS Stork to explain why their ship..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Be a Better Leader by Clock Building vs. Telling Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

“Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is ‘time telling’; building a company that can prosper far beyond the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

9 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Charlotte [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are so excited to be hosting our annual Breakthrough Conference right here in our hometown! From the beautiful..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Can't Afford to Skip Your Vacation This Year [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Around this time every year, our clients in Europe take about a month off - and these are serious people with serious companies. Here in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How SMACCC Will Save Your Company

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

“A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan next week.” - George S. Patton

Patton had it right. An executive..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Benefits Enough to Attract and Engage the Best People?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 3, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

While a lot of companies say that employees are their most valuable assets, not all walk the walk. It takes a lot of time and effort to ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Lessons: 5 Ways My Teenagers Teach Me How to Face Adversity

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The best advice I was given before my boys reached their teenage years with wild emotional swings was "don't ride the roller coaster..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Customers Don't Suck - The Boss Does!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, May 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Fast growth companies deal with more and more customers – it’s implied in growth. Having more and more customers increases the risk that 

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Recruitment Challenges Constraining Your Growth?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

According to a recent study from the National Center for the Middle Market and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, "Nearly four..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Lead a Tough Conversation [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 3, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

As a leader, your job will inevitably entail having to initiate some tough discussions. If you want to build an accountable team, one of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Storytelling Inspires Results [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool, today — and it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Life happens in the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Leadership ETHIC Drives Predictable Results

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

I was pleasantly surprised and wonderfully rewarded by the success of launching our new book, Predictable Results. I find it curious..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Calling for Performance-Oriented CEOs

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

People ask me all the time, "What is so special about Rhythm? Why do your customers have so much success?" I jokingly reply, "I don’t..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Five Key Leadership Skills Every Leader Must Master

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 09:30 AM

I was going through some materials and came across a file that one of my good friends and mentors had given me in a training session a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Action Steps to Leverage Stress for Success

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

No matter who they are or what they're doing, every person and organization experiences problems, difficulties, unexpected reversals and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How the Best Companies Get Started with Rhythm [Customer Stories]

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

When rolling out a new process, it’s best to start with a core group of champions who will help integrate the system into existing..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

11 Books Every CEO Should Read

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In their open letter to business leaders, Amy Edmondson (Harvard Business School) and Bror Saxberg (learning engineer at the Chan..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 COO Insights to Manage the Human Factor after an Acquisition

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

In my last blog, I shared Steve Hoffa from Alpha Guardian’s tips in 5 COO Insights to Keep Your Acquisitions Alive, which described a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

8 Habits for CEOs to Grow Your Business Without Breaking a Sweat

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At each business stage, leaders face new challenges and complexity. The Herculean effort to launch and grow a business to $1m revenue is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A CEO's Guide to Planning for a New Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection, will come even more effective action.” - Peter Drucker

..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Podcasts CEOs Should Listen to in 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is Keep Smart; we are a team of voracious learners. But, it can be difficult to keep up with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Value of a Great First Day

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

I joined Rhythm Systems as Client Services Manager back in September of last year, and I have to say, my first day stood out as..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Lessons from the Story of David and Goliath

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

“Goliath had as much chance against David as any Bronze Age warrior with a sword would have had against an opponent armed with a .45..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Should Invest in Performance Development, Not Annual Reviews

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

As we head into the end of the year, many leaders are gearing up for more than just Annual Planning and holiday celebrations - many are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Leaders Need to Know about Giving and Receiving Feedback (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

When I was in college, one of my professors pulled me aside after class and said, “You have great ideas, but when you present them to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Productivity Best Practices to Get More Done with Less Stress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

 We are rapidly approaching the most wonderful - and busy - time of year. With the holidays and end of year deadlines looming around the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have a Line Item in Your Budget for Innovation? Your Success Depends on it!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year to create a winning plan for next year. As part of the Annual Planning process, you will be reviewing last year’s..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips for Team Building with Purpose

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’ve all been in one of those meetings or corporate retreats where “team building” was on the agenda, Teamworkand everyone cringed...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Employee Engagement Stats That Will Make You Take Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Tom Hoff, Gallup's Southeast business development leader, speak on employee engagement. He shared..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Blueprint to Get Your Message Moving

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve been busy preparing for our Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, working on keynotes, topics, and materials that would help..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

9 Steps to Make Coaching Your Sales Team Predictable

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently blogged that being a great coach requires that you know which hat you’re wearing the very moment you engage with a team..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Back to School: 3 Ways To Use Rhythm In The Classroom

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The first day of school is one of the most exciting and anxious days for teachers. You greet about 100 fresh young faces that are..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Ways to Create a More Flexible Work Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Bloomberg recently published an article touting the benefits of “Summer Fridays” - “It’s a cheap and easy way to keep employees happy,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips on Time Management From Busy Leaders

Posted by Alicia Croke on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our team sat down with our some of our panelists for our Women In Leadership breakfast at the upcoming Breakthrough Conference..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Ways Leaders Can Encourage Women to Speak Up at Work (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Earlier this year, we partnered with our friends at VitalSmarts on a webinar about the cost of failing to voice concerns in the workplace

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We have all heard for years how women and men experience life differently. Recently, the discussion has shifted more toward how women..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Poor Communication Is Costing You

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a previous job, I used to come into work every day with no clue what I was going to work on. There would be some days where the whole..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

To Assess Productivity & Engagement, Ask: Who Really Owns Your Company?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

“I’m tired of all this ‘employee engagement’ stuff. We hire people to do a job, so why can’t they just do it!” 

“People keep telling me..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Maximizing the Productivity & Engagement of Millennials

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In all the brow-beat talk about “those high maintenance Millennials!,” we might consider shifting the conversation. What may well be..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Books By Women Leaders You Should Be Reading

Posted by Alicia Croke on Sun, Jul 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

"Almost four in ten businesses in G7 countries have no women in senior management positions," according to Forbes

I am very lucky to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Getting Predictable Results From Leadership

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

What do professional painters, singers, leaders, negotiators, and, in fact, most professionals have in common? They practice with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Books Business Leaders Should Read this Summer

Posted by Alicia Croke on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It's that time of the year where the office starts clearing out, and everyone starts going on vacations. While the office is quiet, your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Not Enough Time is More Common than the Common Cold

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

When working with clients, I commonly hear things like, “I’d really like to get out of my office and talk to my team, but there just..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Things to Do When You Fail (Infographic)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read about a museum of failure, a new exhibition. The Museum of Failure is located in Sweden and showcases high-profile..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Millennials Hate You

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

According to an article I read recently, "People in their late twenties and early thirties are more unhappy about their work-life..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

8 “Leadercizes” to Nurture Long-Term Success

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, May 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Life’s changing and it’s changing fast. What’s important is what the changes will mean to your organization and how well you can cope..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Facts about Employee Engagement that Will Keep You Up at Night

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Gallup recently released the newest version of the State of the American Workplace Report. If you aren’t familiar with this report, it..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Happy Employees Pay For Themselves

Posted by Alicia Croke on Fri, May 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

There has been a lot of talk lately about how disengaged employees are in the American workplace. Everyone has been talking about how..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Keys to Save Communication Time: Gain a Following Like a Great Preacher

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Apr 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

No matter your spiritual beliefs, there is no denying that great preachers have a large number of followers. I’ve found that the same is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Ways to Combat Workplace Burnout

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Millennial women are burning out fast in the corporate world, and it is not just due to childcare. According to Fast Company, "As only..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Roll Down Your Sleeves: 5 Tips to Being a Productive Leader

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Leaders can plan their day meticulously, but then fires erupt or a team member reaches out and all focus is lost. When the true response..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Want a Better Relationship with Your Boss? Use a Job Scorecard

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

As an employee (or boss), you can be proactive in clarifying roles and expectations – making you happier in your job and improving..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Shadow Side of Employee Engagement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Most companies these days are actively striving to engage more employees… and most think of engagement as a willingness to go above and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don't Count Out Baby Boomers Just Yet (Infographic)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

There is a shift in the workforce, and it's not from the much-maligned millennials.

According to a recent New York Times article,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Situations When You Wish You Had Done Job Scorecards

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The purpose of having Job Scorecards in place at your company is to help avoid costly pitfalls. Inevitably, when I speak with CEOs who..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

8 Steps to Engage Employees with an Incentive Compensation Plan

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our guest blogger today is Howard Cox, CPA, CMA, CIA. Launching his career with a Big Four firm in 1983, Howard established his own..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Ways World Emblem Gets Their Employee Engagement Buzz On

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Mar 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

What do you hear at work? Talking? Laughter? What do you see? Is your team bouncing from desk to desk, chatting in the hallway, smiling..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Your job is important - it's where you spend most of your waking hours. So when the Australian National University recently released a..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What I Learned about Leadership from Parenting a Toddler

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I will never forget this moment. I leave work a few minutes early to rush to daycare and pick up my then 13-month-old daughter to take..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Kill Workplace Drama (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a recent post, Cindy outlined the shocking statistics on workplace silence that we learned in a recent webinar we co-hosted with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What is an Intrapreneur?

Posted by Alicia Croke on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, I have been running into the term intrapreneur over and over again on LinkedIn. So, I decided to educate myself and see what..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Patterns of the Most Productive People

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Thu, 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..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Maximize the Value of Job Scorecards (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Road to Hell (is Paved with Good Intentions)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, 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,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do Your New Hires Have a Plan to Succeed?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Improve Employee Engagement with More Women in Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Employee engagement can be a tough nut to crack. Even if you think that everyone is contributing at high levels, the research says that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Did Curiosity Really Kill the Cat?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Jan 8, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Merriam-Webster Definition of Curiosity

  1. 1:  desire to know:      a:  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness      b: ..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Appreciating Your Employees the Right Way?

Posted by Alicia Croke on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, my fiance who is a nurse received his Gerontology certification, and he received a record number of positive client feedback..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Steps to Tighten Your Steering and Drive Out Leadership Waste

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Dec 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It was my first car. You’ll remember yours, the great memories, the funny quirks, how perfect it seemed … and perhaps you remember a few..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Things to Ask Before Sending Your Leaders Off to Training

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Dec 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I started my career in the training department: writing ‘by the book’ curriculum with clear objectives, assessments, evaluations and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Rhythm Systems is One of the Best Places to Work in Charlotte (Video)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I was ecstatic when I learned that Rhythm Systems was being recognized as one of the best places to work in Charlotte. I would also love..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Do You Think the Role of A Leader Is? (Poll)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I am taking a poll on what you think the role of a leader is. There are a lot of good answers to this question that I have heard, read,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

OOPS!  Why Traditional Performance Appraisals Might Be A Big Mistake

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Aubrey Daniels is a clinical psychologist who has spent more than thirty years dedicated to helping people and organizations apply the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Running Your Business with Super Chickens?

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I listened to a Ted Radio Hour podcast about the meaning of work. Margaret Heffernan referenced a story about William Muir's..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips for New Leaders from Sandler Training’s CEO

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended a regional leadership forum held by my friend, John Moore. I always enjoy the opportunity to network with local..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Engage Your Team and End the Year Strong

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Nov 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

You write the script, set the stage, and make up the characters. If you don’t like the story, it’s time for a rewrite. When it comes to ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Millennial in Need of Crucial Conversations

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I recently came home from a walk with my pup, Brody, to find my sister at my place in distress. I was determined to get to the bottom of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Lies about Leadership You Need to Stop Believing

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I am sure many of us have had the same vision of what a leader should look like. They are brash, outspoken and stoic. Well, I am here to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

11 Terrifying Management Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Let’s face it - it is scary how bad some workplace experiences can be. The Wells Fargo scandal in the news lately has reminded me of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Systems Puts the I in Team

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Wait. Did I read that correctly? I always learned that there is no I in team. How could you challenge my thinking like this? I haven’t..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Right Coach Can Bring Out the Best in You and Your Business

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Stretch Goal - Good or Bad for Motivation?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Have you ever pushed yourself to achieve a goal that you thought was too lofty? How did it feel? In 2012, Daniel Markowitz wrote an HBR..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

One Habit That Can Change Everything (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently participated in a Covey training which involved taking a self-assessment to see how we were doing on each of the 7..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Ways to Assess if You’re Relying on Yesteryear Thinking

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Oct 9, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I recently had a CEO share with me that he “thinks” everything is fine in his company. After all, he said, “We know what we know!” In..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lessons from the Football Field

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Charlie is inconsolable. His uniform is missing from the locker and the school lost his sports physical so he has to sit out. As I pull..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Taming the Leadership Beast

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

This “thing” we call leadership isn’t as easy as we thought. At least, that’s what I’ve repeatedly heard from executives I’ve worked..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Hollywood Got Habits All Wrong

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Montages - movies are laced with them today. All of a sudden, a character decides in a very short period that they are going to change..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What No One Ever Told You About Being a Leader

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

There’s a lot to learn about being a strong and effective leader, and the journey toward this end can be an arduous one. Part of the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

I Assume Stuff

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

My 12-year old son, Charlie, was treating us to an egg masterpiece and tossing ingredients into the cast iron skillet with reckless..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Working Parents?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I used to think I was busy, and then I had a baby and realized that I didn’t know the meaning of the word. Since starting daycare in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Use Goldratt's Thеоrу of Constraints for Personal Growth

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I nеvеr сеаѕе tо bе аmаzеd at the extent tо whісh ideas developed fоr industrial аnd business settings ѕееm so fit fоr реrѕоnаl..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

It’s Your Career: Own It

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Hopefully, you work for a company that cares about your career development and offers opportunities for you to grow and advance. But,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Secrets of Success

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

What іѕ іt that mаkеѕ some реорlе truly ѕuссеѕѕful contrasted with the majority of the population? Is it safe to say that they are..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execute Like an Olympic Athlete

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

These days, it can be hard to avoid news stories about the summer Olympics - whether people are talking about the Zika virus in Rio,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Steps to Be Situationally Multilingual

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

It was an incredible moment. She had traveled thousands of miles, spent hundreds of hours, and suffered the pain of learning a new..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Secrets to Motivation

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Your word of encouragement during any team member failure is worth more than an hour of praise after company success.

OK, you’re a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

9 Strategies fоr Mаnаgіng Employee Turnоvеr

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Tоdау'ѕ wоrkfоrсе ѕееkѕ development, орроrtunіtу, and jоb ѕаtіѕfасtіоn. At оnе tіmе, іt wаѕ mоrе соmmоn fоr wоrkеrѕ to remain with one..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Who's Your Org Chart Serving?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Frequently, people draw connections in their minds when it comes to an org chart. To many people, an org chart defines “who” reports to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Discipline Matters

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

During a recent onsite Quarterly Planning Session, a client group asked me, “How can we be more like  them?” They wanted to be like..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Kind of Manager Are You?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

"How do I become a highly effective manager? To answer that question, let’s climb out of the crevices of the 'day to day' so we can see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

My Productivity Experiment (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In researching productivity tips for this blog, I had a revelation… I’ve read it all before. I have blogged on this topic in the past,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How To Write Your Legacy - Lessons From a Cowboy

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 17, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I’m going to miss my uncle Frank. He was born August 20, 1921, near El Paso, Texas. He was the last man standing (except for my..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips for Working with Introverts

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

One of the most common misconceptions about working with introverts is that we do not work well with others. Susan Cain, an introversion..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Hacks to Get Organized

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Jul 3, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Thank goodness I married my organized husband. Our bills are paid before they’re due, every bin has a label on it (the label maker is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3-Step Process: The Build Up To a Great Stand Up (SlideShare)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Most great leaders are great communicators. In my previous blog, I shared how to Stand Up, Speak Up, Shut Up, and Sit Down. This is the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips for a Great First Day at Your New Job

Posted by Alicia Croke on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It's the time of year when many people will be searching and starting new jobs. I am one of those many who searched and found a new job..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Sleep Your Way to Improved Focus and Performance

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Jun 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Are you getting enough sleep? Doing so can really improve your focus and performance. 

According to a Gallup Survey, fifty-nine percent..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Conga Line to Company Culture

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I’m a proponent for fun. I can’t tell you how many scavenger hunts, kickoff parties, talent shows and team building events I’ve planned..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus: Are You Reaping the Benefits?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Getting - and staying - focused can make you a lot more productive and happier. Of course, doing so is easier said than done. Some days..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Your Efforts to "Motivate" Counterproductive?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

If you've ever downloaded any of our tools or guides from our website, you know that we ask for your "Biggest Business Challenge" when..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Secret to Happiness

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Several months ago, I watched an online course entitled “Creativity and Personal Mastery” presented by author and speaker Srikumar Rao...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Frustrated with People? Look Within...

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, May 15, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

It’s probably one of the most common frustrations I hear from leaders: “Why on earth don’t these people do what we need them to do!?!”..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: 5 Ways to Build Accountability

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

According to a study by VitalSmarts, a whopping 93% of people report having at least one coworker who doesn’t pull his or her own..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating a Culture of Superheroes

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, May 8, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I believe in building a strong culture where the team feels connected and there is life, a buzz if you will, in the workplace. Why then..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Have Your Say in a Positive Way

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, May 5, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.  -Lee Iacocca

I've worked with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Your Think Rhythm to Grow Your Top Leaders

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Do you have a Think Rhythm to work on the future success of your company? And, do you do it with your leadership team? Take an hour..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Managing Workplace Stress: The Best Gift You Can Give (SlideShare)

Posted by Toni Swint on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

What's one of the best gifts you can give your employees? Some may say a team lunch or financial rewards.

At Rhythm Systems, we are huge..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

High Performance: Forget the Dream Team

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Herb Brooks coached the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to win a Gold Medal. That year, the Russians were highly favored to win; they’d..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Keep it Simple and Think Different: Apple’s 3 Point Turnaround

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I came across a video on YouTube titled "Steve Jobs on 'Think Different' - Internal Meeting Sept. 23, 1997." I believe any company that..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Steps to Draft a Winning Team (Infographic)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sun, Apr 3, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

As the NFL draft approaches later this month, you might take some time to consider your own team. Do you have the right team in place to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Performance Reviews: HR Can’t Handle The Truth

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

If you’re a leader, you probably dislike the annual review process. In fact, if you’re like most leaders, you probably hate it. There’s..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Company Running You…or Are You Running Your Company?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Do you ever feel like your company is running you vs. your running it? Most executives truly desire to lead incredible and amazing..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Running the Best Company in Your Market?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, former commander of the USS Benfold. He took the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Essential Tips to Get Your Work Email to Work

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Alberto P., one of our subscribers, asked, "What's a better way to manage my email?"

Great question! I get a LOT of email, and it sounds..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Your Comp Plan Reinforce a Culture of Earning or Entitlement?

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

More and more, we are seeing companies move away from the old-school habit of Annual Performance  Reviews and focus on creating an..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do I Fire My Accountant?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, Jan 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Written by Christian Brim of wp.myemployeesolution.comHelping Small Business Eliminate Employee Headaches. Over 20+ years of hands on..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do You Rate Your Trusted Advisor?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I pulled a book out of my library that one of my consultant friends gave me as a gift about seven years ago, and I found a great list I..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Kind Of Team Are You?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Jan 17, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

As Rhythm teams embark on the journey of building a High Performance Team, a logical first step is to identify your starting point...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Tips for a Great New Team Member Experience (Slideshare)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Bringing in a new team member successfully can be tricky. After all the time and resources you spent hiring the right person, be sure to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Values Alive & Well: Family is a Blessing

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As we were preparing to release the new Rhythm High Performance Teams features to our clients, I have been doing a lot of thinking about..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Blame Game

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Dec 13, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Rabbi Stephen Baars is always one of my favorite presenters at business conferences. He doesn’t take the stage for long, but he always..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Our New Rhythm Features Help You Build High Performance Teams (Part 4)

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"How can we create something great together?"

That is the thinking and questioning in your mind when you've navigated the journey..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Red Flags That Indicate Your Company Needs a New Culture

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Written by Robert Gerace of www.everystoreperfect.com 

The world of start-ups has permanently changed the way businesses work, and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Make the Most of Your Travel Time

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Dec 6, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I travel often to consult with clients and facilitate strategy and execution planning sessions. This results in a lot of time spent in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Our New Rhythm Features Help You Build High Performance Teams (Part 3)

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Sun, Nov 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

"I'm great! Too bad the rest of my team sucks!"

In my prior posts, I painted a picture of moving from a life where you feel like "My Job..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Our New Rhythm Features Help You Build High Performance Teams (Part 2)

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In my last post I talked about the employee engagement problem and proposed an ownership mindset and the use of Job Scorecards to solve..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

High Performance Teams Software

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are still celebrating the success of our inaugural Breakthrough Execution Conference.  All of the feedback has..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Our New Rhythm Features Help you Build High Performance Teams (Part 1)

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"My job sucks!"

I hear these words from many family members and friends when I ask them about their work. It's likely you have also..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2 Reasons You May be Failing to Grow Your Company and Have a Life

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Nov 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

There are two main reasons that entrepreneurs fail to grow their business and maintain a healthy personal life. Dr. Ollie Malone, author..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Things Successful People Do Every Morning (Video)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

One of the biggest keys to success is putting your energy and effort into the most important tasks at hand. In order to have a great..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Our First Breakthrough Execution Conference

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 02:22 PM

For the past five years, we've been dreaming of hosting a conference. This week our dream came true, and it was better than anything I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Golden Intern

Posted by Toni Swint on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

Wahoo!! I just got the green light to hire a summer intern!  Then reality hit me. We're hiring an intern!  I've got to find this person,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Test the M Factor – How Boomers, GenX and GenY Can Get Along Better

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are handling a baby boomer who is frustrated with the work ethic of a Gen Xer or you are mentoring an impatient Gen Y..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Hold On… The Productivity and Employee Engagement Cost of Interruptions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Good morning! Time to get to work. You walk into your office, get your cup of coffee, sit down, fire up the computer and start your morning..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Anchors A Weight

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Nope. The title is not a misprint. Any ship at anchor while attempting to move forward, is moving slower and using more energy than..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Policy vs Customer Experience: Is your team empowered to decide what is right?

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

My most recent experience with a US Airways representative had me stunned (and not in a good way), I am getting fired up just thinking..

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

Six Tips for Rethinking the Dreaded “Annual Performance Appraisal”

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Why is an annual ritual such as the “Annual Performance Appraisal” dying such a hard death? It’s a demonstration of how powerful habits..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

“I Can Support That” - The Difference Between Agreement and Support

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The best teams are diverse in thinking and will always bring a variety of ideas and solutions. They are able to put all of these ideas..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Engagement Gets Personal

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Millions of employees around the world are feeling disengaged, depressed and dissatisfied with work. This isn’t a new problem, and there..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Rules for Creating and Managing Strong Process

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Written by Doug Davidoff of blog.imaginellc.com Doug Davidoff is the founder and CEO of Imagine Business Development. His focus is in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Nostradamus Predicts Steve Jobs Was a Bad Model for Startups

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 08:43 PM

Since the publication of Les Propheties, Nostradamus has attracted loyal followers that, along with much of the press, give him credit..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Fuel Employee Engagement with a Recognition Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader, you probably know that it is important to recognize your team members. However, research shows that there is a disconnect..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Five Business Reasons to "Include" vs. "Exclude"

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Sep 6, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Pull the Right People In at The Right Time to Increase Effectiveness

Most all company leaders say their intention is to include the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are you Stuck?

Posted by Liz McBride on Sat, Sep 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Last week, my team got together for Crucial Conversations training. I recently experienced conflict with my neighbor, and since then,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership: How to Use Your Influence to Create a Smarter Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I recently watched a webinar in which Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts, discussed leadership and social influence...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Art of Influence: Skill vs. Motivation

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As part of my personal Keep Smart rhythm, I recently watched a few installments of a webinar series on influence and motivation (the ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This guest blog was written by Ralph Simmons of www.ninjapartners.com.

Almost every entrepreneur or business owner quickly discovers the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Could You Become the Next CEO of the Year?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I just finished reading the latest edition of Chief Executive Magazine, and the article that really caught my attention was the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Team Development: Leadership Through the 4 Stages of Team Development

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Do you know where your team falls in the natural progression of team development? In 1965, Bruce Tuckman researched group development..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Steps to Define It Before You Design It

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to call it out. Why do we, as business leaders, put up with mediocrity? I’m talking about leaders in your company who get the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

It Takes a Big Pair of Questions to Collaborate

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Surveys indicate that 47% of people rate themselves as good collaborators during conflict, yet only rate 25-33% of counterparts as..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Schooled in Leadership

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve missed my calling as a Fish Trainer. Animal behavior is fascinating - especially if it confirms the DNA of what makes an effective..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Stuck in The Box – The Paradox of Great Coaches

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Are you stuck in a box when it comes to coaching your team? The ability to give constructive feedback is core for you to be a great..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Managing Mergers & Acquisitions With Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In the last year, so many of our clients have been navigating the challenging waters of mergers and acquisitions. As part of your growth..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

A Busy Executive's Vacation Survival Guide

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jul 5, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

In a previous post, I outlined the business case for spending that week at the beach or in the mountains guilt-free this summer...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Vacation! Why You Shouldn’t Skip It This Year

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

With July 4th just around the corner, now’s the time many Americans are heading out for summer vacations. However, not all of us take..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Let This Become a Habit

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The bagpiper was filling the church with Scotland the Brave as my Dad and I prepared to follow him down the aisle. My Dad turned to me..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Motivating Your People and Bringing Out the Best in Them?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Culture: If You Ain't First, You're Last!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In the movie, Talladega Nights, actor Will Ferrell incessantly cries, “I wanna go fast!” If you aren’t familiar with the movie, just..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Woohoo - Belgian Craft Beer!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jun 21, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Caretaker for a race horse ranch, a school bus driver, bird surveyor, a small mammal trapper for fish and wildlife service, a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

World Class Sales Organization: 5 Steps to Build It

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The best sales people are not those that have the gift of gab, and the best sales managers aren’t the best sales people. Selling and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

My Team Needs Training... and, ACTION!

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Succession Planning: Are You Building A Business for the Future?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

 If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

You Think You're Smart, but How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I have to share a funny story. A couple of weeks ago my wife placed a copy of a New York Times article by Daniel Goleman on Emotional..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Key Leadership Insights from Role Models in Performance Excellence

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Quest for Excellence Conference in Baltimore, MD, where the Baldrige National Quality..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

My Work for Managers: Work as a Team to Solve Problems Faster

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a manager, it is often difficult to manage your own personal work and also lead your team to victory and growth. Wouldn't you love to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Change Management is the Coolest!

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, May 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don't Speculate When You Can Innovate

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Attitude Adjustment

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Call it fate, karma, the universe, God, a higher power...whatever feels good to you; but, I believe that sometimes you are meant to be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Stress Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As human beings, we all experience stress and anxiety; some stress can actually be a healthy thing. It can stretch us to grow and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Produce Breakthrough Ideas by Encouraging Employees to Fail

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Do you encourage your employees to fail? Doing so can produce some breakthrough ideas and products.

I am reading Exponential..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG Your Customer Service Goals Before You Upset Your Customers

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, May 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

During our last holiday I had a chance to see emotions at every range of their spectrum. Love, joy, excitement, anger, frustration, even..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Cure for Leaky Accountability

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, May 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

(The doctor is in... for the third time).

I’m struggling through a healthy mound of salad when Nicole appears: “The CEO of Underda Buss..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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