ASD, ADHD and Dyslexia Go to Work

By: Liz McBrideThu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

My personal BHAG is for my 12-year old son, Jack, who is on the autism spectrum, to go to college. If you attended my session at the Breakthrough Conference, then you already have the inside scoop that we feel we will achieve this goal and are already thinking beyond college. Could he live independently? What career options would he have?

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Topics: BHAG

You May Fall Off the Mountain: Keep Climbing to Reach Your BHAG

By: Liz McBrideSun, Dec 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Our inaugural Breakthrough Execution Conference is in the BHAG, I mean bag! I am still on a high from the excitement, teamwork and the “ah-ha” moments. The breakout session I lead was on How to Create a Useful BHAG to Improve Performance, and one of the new clients to our Rhythm family was there. She later said:

“I had an epiphany when you said the climb up the mountain to reach your BHAG can be a hard one. Winning moves are your 3-5 year base camps to reach the 10+ year summit and there are times when you may stumble or even fall off the mountain. In the past, I have fallen off the mountain.”

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Topics: BHAG, BEC15

How Rhythm Can Help You Get the Right People on the Bus

By: Jessica WishartMon, 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 to take it there. No, they first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it” (Good to Great, p. 41)



In order to adapt to our ever-changing world, companies may have to adjust strategy and change direction to continue the journey to greatness. But, if you hire people who are only passionate about short-term goals, these people may leave when your company has to be agile and change direction. Jim Collins posits that it is more important to hire the right people and put them in the right positions in your company first; then, figure out your strategy. As Collins pointed out, the best vision or BHAG in the world without the right people to execute it will not get you very far.

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Topics: People, BHAG

Real Example of How a Hedgehog Supports a BHAG

By: Alan GehringerMon, Apr 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Does your who do what? It sounds somewhat funny, but this is really a serious question. Many people know what these terms are, but for those that do not, here is a brief refresher. These terms come from author and management consultant Jim Collins. 

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Topics: BHAG

Trusting Luck is the Worst BHAG Advice You’ll Ever Get

By: Barry PruittTue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I owned a company while in my late twenties that wasn’t glamorous but it was profitable - a commercial cleaning business. This was the one time, the one business where I got lucky and reached a poorly defined BHAG. 

I determined that my BHAG was to grow a business large enough to sell through a broker. There was no inspiration, just the dream that a broker would find someone to buy it. This was a type of financial BHAG, and now, an approach I don’t recommend because luck is not your best strategy and without inspiration doesn't engage the energy of your team.

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Topics: Winning Move, BHAG

Be a Better Leader by Clock Building vs. Telling Time

By: Jessica WishartMon, Apr 6, 2015 @ 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 presence of any single leader and through multiple product life cycles is ‘clock building’” (Built to Last, p. 23).

In their research for Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras made a surprising discovery: the visionary companies they studied weren’t a platform for a charismatic leader to make his or her mark or a vehicle to bring an amazing product to the world.  It isn’t about creating a product or a leader; the company itself was the ultimate creation, and the leaders and products were in the service of making the company great, not the other way around.  Collins refers to this concept as Clock Building vs. Telling Time; it is building something that can endure over time rather than striking while the iron is hot only to have the business fizzle out as times change.  

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Topics: Leadership, BHAG

Power of a Meaningful BHAG

By: Cathy McCulloughFri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you read my last blog on this subject, you were introduced to, of all things, a grocery store (Wegmans). I shared in that blog how powerful a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) can be when you truly strive to reach the summit of your stated BHAG. Another example is a company I recently worked with that provides and services high-tech equipment and supplies for people with special needs. What I noticed is that this company has a lot of the same characteristics as Wegmans, even though they’re clearly in a very different industry. Even so, there was an invisible energy in the room over the two days of their Annual Planning Session that allowed them to create an amazing plan for 2015. When I toured their facility, I encountered friendly people around every corner; all of them wanted to chat. I felt like I was strolling down an avenue of an incredibly fascinating place.

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Topics: BHAG

My Encounter with “Level 5” Leadership

By: Cathy McCulloughWed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The Stage is Set…

Have you ever had this "strange" feeling that you just couldn’t shake? I recently went through that. It was after a two-day Annual Planning Session with a newly formed executive team (the company had been through a major transition). It was a great two days but the reality is that as the session began, the “stage” was a bit of a mess because the executive team was fractured in their vision for the company. In spite of that, alignment and clarity of vision were created over those two days. But after the session, my reflective thinking left me feeling suspended inside. It was a strange feeling.

The strange feeling actually began to linger as the two day session ensued; it was just something I noticed but I couldn’t get my mind wrapped around what it was. It was subtle, non-obtrusive yet politely prominent. It just lingered. Upon reflective thinking after the session came the epiphany. It was the CEO. Yet, I still couldn’t pinpoint anything. So, I asked myself: What is it about this CEO that I can’t grasp? What is it? 

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Topics: Annual Planning, Leadership, BHAG

Feeling Lucky? How Rhythm Can Help Maximize Your Return on Luck

By: Jessica WishartTue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

For their book Great By Choice, Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen did some very interesting research on the impact that luck has on making some companies stand out above the rest.  They discovered that the great companies in their study did not have more good luck or less bad luck than their competition. Leaders of great companies can’t control luck any more than the rest of us.  What separated the great companies was how their leaders responded to the luck event.  Leaders of the great companies were able to recognize the luck event (whether it was good luck or bad luck) and seize the opportunity to get a high return on luck at the pivotal moment so that their companies reap the benefits for years to come.

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Topics: Rhythm, BHAG

Do You Have a Personal BHAG?

By: Alan GehringerWed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It is very common to develop a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business. What is not so common is to develop a BHAG for your personal life. Before we get into that, let’s define what a BHAG is for those not familiar with the concept. A Big Hairy Audacious Goal is term coined by the professor, management consultant and author Jim Collins. Jim has written several books with the most popular being Good to Great. A BHAG is a 10+ year visionary goal that describes your envisioned future. A BHAG should stretch you and guide you while helping you determine what to say yes and no to as you forge ahead to accomplish your goals.

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Topics: BHAG