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Rhythm Blog | Accountable Leaders & Teams

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

Leading through Disruption: Embrace Your Own “Leadership Summits”

Cathy McCullough 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 going through a disruption. The calmness of the sea can change in the blink of an eye. When that happens, the impending storm is deceptively closer than it seems to appear. Wise captains have learned not to argue with the truth that’s before them; instead, take action.

How do you “act now” in a disruption? Be a leader.

The five characteristics of great leaders will stand the test of time and will get you through the toughest of circumstances. Leading an organization through normal ups and downs is a natural part of life. Leading people through extreme disruption, however, requires a heightened sense of firm-footedness and confidence. It’s during disruption when people need leadership the most, so how should you be “showing up” each and every day? What is it that people need from you that’s any different?

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

Ted Skinner 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 take their talent searches beyond their own walls. Almost one-quarter of Fortune 500 CEOs at the world’s 2,500 largest firms were hired externally from 2012 through 2015. Sometimes these executives are hired to reboot the operations or provide fresh perspectives to the organization.

That particular arrangement is less common at SMBs and middle-market companies, which are more often run by founders and other early employees. Still, the inclination to search outside the company for inspiration can be irresistible. Seeing what competitors or other experts in the field are doing at the moment is undoubtedly a key part of staying competitive, but it’s not everything.

23 Expert Tips for Working from Home

Jessica Wishart Fri, Mar 20, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

As the COVID-19 news unfolds and more people are staying in (check out for the latest accurate information), some of us could be spending more time at home than we had planned this spring. While I am lucky enough to have the kind of job that I can do from home, I’ve never figured out how to do it well. On the odd snow day or sick day that I’ve attempted over the years, I’ve always felt that working from home is far less productive and more tiring than being in the office where it’s easier to focus.

Crisis Communication with the 5Cs

Jessica Wishart Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 09:26 AM

If you are like me, your inbox is full of COVID-19 response letters from every vendor, doctor, airline, restaurant or business of any kind you’ve interacted with. These external communications serve their purpose, but not nearly as essential as your internal response.

No matter what business you are in, if you are the CEO or an executive leader, you're thinking about how your business is responding to (and being affected by) COVID-19. Your people are worried; everyone is worried. At the very least, your job is to lead them through this anxious and uncertain time, and it's also to prepare for the worst, just in case.

Engaging Remote Employees Through Culture

Cathy McCullough 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 was already changing to recognize that a lot of jobs can be done, or need to be done, from elsewhere.  This global pandemic has only spread up the process So, how do you keep these employees engaged in your own company’s culture? How do you connect with them in a meaningful way?

How to Engage Remote Employees That Work From Home in 2020

Ted Skinner Fri, Mar 13, 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 and forcing a large part of the working population to work from home that don't typically do so. It is difficult enough to engage employees that are in the same office as you, let alone keeping a geographically dispersed group of employees engaged. In today’s hectic and fast-paced work environment, organizations need to do everything they can do to create an engaging workplace that helps find, attract and develop A-players no matter where they are located.

Purpose: Closing the Gap between Saying and Doing

Jonathan Walters 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 purpose-filled declarations in history. His clarion call to transform chaos into a symphony, to exchange despair for hope, and to overcome injustice with justice for all culminated in his most famous cry: “I have a dream!” It was this dream, this overarching purpose, and his unrelenting hold on its truth that shaped his entire life's work and continues to impact the world decades after his death. That is the power of purpose! What was so significant about King’s legacy is that there was never a gap between what he said needed to be done and the work he was willing to do to make it happen.

Goal Setting Steps: 5 Keys to Drive Better Results

Tiffany Chepul 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 improvement.  One of the most used aspects of our strategy execution platform is the company goal setting software.

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

Goal Setting Step 1: Write your goal and keep it simple

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

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

Managing Remote Employees: 5 Best Practices

Jessica Wishart 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 remotely on occasion, I can appreciate the challenge of both settings. In the office, you’ve got the drive by “Do you have a minute?” conversations and the typical water cooler chat that can be distractions, and at home, you’ve got the temptations of family members, pets, domestic work, and your favorite TV show on Netflix vying for your attention. So, which is better?  As working from home (WFH) becomes more prevalent as we work to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) I thought it would be helpful to update this blog post this may be new to you, but it applies to all remote employees whether it is temporary or a more permanent situation.

Productivity and Efficiency in Manufacturing: What's the Difference in 2020?

Alan Gehringer Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are productivity and efficiency. Do you know what the difference is? Despite these two words pertaining to improving the production process of a manufacturing, agriculture, or service sector company, they refer to different things. Once you think about the differences, you can better utilize productivity and efficiency in your business. Read this blog to better understand productivity vs efficiency and how it impacts your manufacturing business.