Rhythm Blog | Accountable Leaders & Teams

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

The Plight of the Task Delayer

Paige Wilcox 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 procrastinators break our vicious cycles?

Writer Amanda Mull addressed this very topic in an article in The Atlantic called, "Why People Wait 10 Days to Do Something That Takes 10 Minutes." She cited that many of us fall into a "task delayer" category (as opposed to a "chronic procrastinator," which is described as a more intense but rarer type, thankfully).

4 Questions That Keep CEOs and Executive Teams Up at Night

Ted Skinner 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 what keeps them up at night. It turns out the answer is less varied and simpler than you might think. While they all say it a little differently, the answer almost always boils down to a variation of “How can I execute my strategic plan?” Turns out CEOs know that making plans is easy while executing them is hard. I’ve included the most common four questions I hear.

Clarifying Coaching vs. Consulting

Kristi Burns 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 consulting.  In many cases, consulting habits and practices may be expected as a result of this "misunderstanding" which may lead to client dissatisfaction.

Effective Leadership Development [Infographic]

Jessica Wishart Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Leadership development is a growing concern for middle market companies. Growing your leaders is a challenge - whether you are succession planning, thinking about the future of your executive team as your company grows, or struggling to fill mid-level management positions within your company. Right now, employers are looking at the largest number of job openings ever - currently there are more open jobs than unemployed people to fill them. Plus, middle market companies face unique challenges in recruiting and retaining talent. Growing leaders from within your company may never have been more important than it is now.

How to Use Job Scorecard KPIs to Drive Your Performance

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

If you read our blog often, you know that we frequently recommend using a Job Scorecard - we find this tool is exceptionally helpful in a variety of situations. Use it for hiring, use it for clarifying expectations around roles and goals, use it for ongoing performance conversations, use it for personal career growth. The Job Scorecard truly is a versatile power tool that can increase productivity and effectiveness both for individual contributors and for team leaders. However, I’ve noticed that many of our clients get stuck filling out the Job Scorecard template. To be honest, I got stuck on it myself. The part that seems to trip us all up is the part that can maximize the return on your investment of time and energy to create the Job Scorecard - the Desired Result KPIs. 

Why Are Job Scorecard KPIs so Important?

Software Implementation: Myth vs. Reality

Tiffany Chepul 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 your team build accountability, alignment and strong execution habits!

You’re not alone - many companies have been right where you are. They are experiencing stalled growth, missed numbers, people and accountability issues - the list goes on. Many of them had the same question you do: “So I decided to get started with Rhythm - what happens next?”

Below are a few common software implementation myths and how we help you avoid them:

5 Wауѕ to Imрrоvе Your Cоmраnу Culture

Alan Gehringer 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? Not іf you want to gеt аhеаd. It'ѕ еvеrу bit аѕ іmроrtаnt аnd mаllеаblе аѕ уоur buѕіnеѕѕ strategy or уоur core product. If уоu wаnt a high performance team that's uрwаrdlу mobile аnd соmfоrtаblу іn соntrоl, you nееd tо vіеw уоur сulturе аѕ a key buѕіnеѕѕ driver. A rесеnt Hаrvаrd Buѕіnеѕѕ Rеvіеw article, "Prооf Thаt Pоѕіtіvе Wоrk Cultures Are Mоrе Prоduсtіvе," оutlіnеѕ a strong case fоr сultіvаtіng a positive wоrk сulturе to increase рrоduсtіvіtу; but, hоw саn you make уоur сulturе more роѕіtіvе?

10 Rhythm Tips for Topgrading Interviews: Your Key to Hiring Well

Chris Cosper Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Topgrading is a methodology of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining top talent developed by Brad and Geoff Smart designed to increase your likelihood of hiring and retaining A players. We’ve been recommending this method to Rhythm clients for many years.  We even use it ourselves, so we know firsthand the power of Topgrading. You can find a lot of great (and free) resources on their website.  When used in conjunction with Job Scorecards, you can better attract and retain the A-Players you need to hit your growth goals.

Employee KPI Examples for 2019: How to Measure What You Want to Move (Video)

Jessica Wishart Sat, Jan 19, 2019 @ 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 to hire the right people and get them in the right seats as Jim Collins says, you also have to work to retain and engage those people once you have them.

Are Employee Motivation and Engagement the Same? (Infographic)

Alicia Croke Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I started on a journey to be healthier and more active. As I was running on the treadmill last week, I thought to myself, "Are motivation and engagement the same?" There are quite a few times when I am at the gym motivated but not necessarily engaged with what I am doing. I am motivated to run a mile, but my mind could be engaged a million miles away. 

As an employer, you want your workforce to be both engaged and motivated. With employee engagement at around 32.6%, it is important to know the difference between engagement and motivation.