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

By: Barry PruittSun, 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 true for great leaders. You know, the ones that leave a lasting legacy. They may not enjoy standing in front of an audience or speaking in front of people, but there is no doubt that they influence when they speak.

As a consultant to CEOs and leadership teams, and based on my previous experience coaching professional speakers across the US, I’ve discovered that (nearly) everyone would like to develop their speaking skills. The question then becomes, what makes a communicator popular and influential?

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Topics: Leadership, Communication

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Rhythm Systems Webinar, Communication

A Millennial in Need of Crucial Conversations

By: Melissa EnriquezTue, 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 it. One thing you need to know about my sister is that it takes a lot to get under her skin so I knew her concerns were real.

On the surface, she loves her workplace and the opportunities she has there. It is truly a great place to work. They have unlimited vacation days, they work hard and play hard everyday. She is a millennial in the workforce, and she came across her first growing pain – job clarity. Now, how many of us can relate to her? I think we call can.

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Topics: Communication

3 Steps to Be Situationally Multilingual

By: Barry PruittWed, 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 language for just this moment. There I was in the middle of facilitating a company's annual planning session when I asked the question, “does anyone speak English as a second language?” Eva (I’ve changed the name to protect the innocent) raised her hand and said, “Yes, Vietnamese is my native tongue.” I followed with this: "IF I had information to share with Eva, and I spoke to her in Vietnamese (which is not my native tongue), was I changing 1) myself, 2) the message, or 3) the way I delivered the message?” Eva determined that I was changing the way I delivered the message.

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Topics: Leadership, Communication

3 Secrets to Motivation

By: Barry PruittThu, 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 successful leader or business owner. You invested in your team, and it has paid off in engagement and positive working relationships. Where do you go from here? How do you continue the praise and rewards that got you here? Your praise and rewards work well for a limited time, but at some point, you need a team dynamic to develop or you’ll lose momentum.

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Topics: Leadership, Communication

How to Close the Communication Gap (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Aug 7, 2016 @ 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 tremendous job - they were extremely productive, using Lean to eliminate waste, and producing high-quality work. The executive team was also doing a great job creating strategic plans and goals for the company. However, the two weren't communicating. While they were both doing what they thought they needed to do quite well, they ultimately were falling short of achieving their goals.

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Topics: Communication, Execution Planning

Have Your Say in a Positive Way

By: Barry PruittThu, 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 brilliant clients who could not express or clearly explain their ideas, or who would not speak up. The result? Minimal results, lost credibility, and a stagnant career. So, how do you present a new idea or solution to your key stakeholders, or persuade others on a different approach? What do you do? How do you begin? How can you have your say in a positive way?

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Topics: Communication

5 Essential Tips to Get Your Work Email to Work

By: Ted SkinnerWed, 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 like you do, too. And, I know that we are not alone. According to a recent study performed by The Radicati Group, the typical office worker sends and receives over 125 emails per day. That averages one email every four minutes of a typical work day! That may sound overwhelming, but most of the executives our Rhythm Systems consultants work with actually get more than that! Email has become the de facto form of business communication over the last decade, yet most people spend little time thinking about how to better utilize this business tool.

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Topics: Rhythm, Communication

Hold On… The Productivity and Employee Engagement Cost of Interruptions

By: Jessica WishartThu, 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 routine. Maybe your first task is checking email, or maybe mornings are your most productive time and
 this is when you planned to get your biggest project done for the day. So you start on that proposal or dig into that spreadsheet, and only a few minutes pass before your first interruption of the day. Your coworker stops by your open floor plan office (great for collaboration, terrible for concentration) just to chat, you get an internal instant message from a colleague with a question, your assistant walks in with a major problem for you to solve, the phone rings and it’s your biggest customer, you see that Twitter notification in the corner of your screen and click over to see what that was about, you suddenly remember something you thought about last night right before bed that you have to do now before you forget it again… The potential for interruption in our current work environment is exponential. In fact, in the time it took for me to write this article, I was interrupted (by coworkers, emails, instant messages, or just my own distractions) at least ten times. 

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Topics: People, Communication, Employee Engagement

“I Can Support That” - The Difference Between Agreement and Support

By: Chris CosperMon, 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 on the table, move them around, combine pieces from different ideas, discuss, debate and ultimately select a course of action that the entire team can get behind.  

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Topics: People, Communication