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How Expert Facilitators Run Great Virtual Meetings in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
If you had told our team of expert facilitators this time last year that they would be doing 90% of their work remotely, they wouldn't..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Zoom Icebreakers: 55 Pro Tips to Energize Your Online Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 29, 2021 @ 10:59 AM

As I was scrolling through my social media feeds this week, I noticed a trend that more tech companies are announcing a permanent move..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Hybrid Work Strategy: Hybrid Work is Better with Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 29, 2021 @ 10:30 AM
The "new normal" is here... and for many companies, it involves hybrid work in which some team members work remotely at least part of..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Executive Meeting Agenda: Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Weekly Leadership Team Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Jun 21, 2021 @ 11:29 AM

Executive Weekly Meeting Team Size

For the most effective weekly team meeting, your weekly leadership meeting team should consist of..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

Maximize Your Zoom Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
I'm not going to lie, I miss being in a room with my team members. Seeing their real, 3-D faces when we talk would be amazing, but, for..
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Effective Team Meetings: How to Run a Team Meeting [Even on Zoom]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:14 PM

Team meetings are a key component of any business. It’s important that the employees know and understand what’s going on with the..

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Meeting Best Practices for Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As some teams head back into the office, many are facing a unique challenge for the first time - running a meeting where some team..
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Meeting Execution: How to Run an Effective Weekly Team Meeting in 2021

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

It’s a fact in today’s business world that meetings typically take up a large part of your day. In fact, some days are spent running..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

Using OKRs for Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In working with hundreds of mid-market CEOs as a consultant at Rhythm Systems, I often get asked about KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Management Meeting Agenda: Make Your 2021 Zoom Management Meetings Effective

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

In my last blog, I talked about how most meetings suck. Now, I want to focus our energy on ways that we can fix them and have effective..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

COVID 19 SWOT Analysis: SWOT Analysis in a Pandemic

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Many planning tools are used on an annual basis—yet, they are often overlooked in the middle of a pandemic like COVID-19. There is an..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

5 Steps to Having a Productive Monthly Meeting - Even on Zoom

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Remote workers and companies are becoming more popular these days. In 2015, Gallup reported 37% of workers said they worked remotely, up..

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Using Zoom to Facilitate Your Strategic and Execution Planning Meetings for Stellar Results

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 12, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As in the past many years, I entered 2020 with a full schedule of strategy and execution planning work with my clients. Then the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

2021 Meeting Audit: Design Your Team's Meeting Rhythms Now

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Feb 3, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As we head into 2021, now is the perfect time to step back and take a hard look at your team's meeting rhythms. Much like your junk..
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Increase the Value of Your Weekly Team Meetings with Expert Coaching & Feedback

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

There is no way around it—the quality of your Weekly Team Meeting makes or breaks your Quarterly Plan. Most teams simply update each..

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How to Make Staff Meetings More Engaging: 5 Tips to Increase Engagement in Team Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

In your next weekly team meeting, take a moment to look around. What are you seeing? Are your team members engaged—are they looking at..

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Align People in 2021: Getting Everyone on the Same Page to Drive Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Sounds like a simple concept: Alignment.  What makes this so hard to achieve?  The fact is, if you are hiring the right people, you will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Zoom Facilitation: Host a Virtual Meeting Like a Pro

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Think about the last in-person meeting or conference you attended. Close your eyes and visualize the space. Was there a stage? What was..

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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

CEO Secret Weapon: Simple, Proven System for Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 2, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

For over a decade, our consultants have worked with client CEOs to help them exceed industry standards and build great companies. Having..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Weekly Staff Meeting: Time for a Meeting Makeover in 2021 [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly Team Meetings…we’ve all got them. Conventional business wisdom has proclaimed since the beginning of time that the weekly staff..

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How to be a Good Facilitator: Top 10 Qualities of the Best Facilitators [Updated for 2021]

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Are your meetings the butt of work-related jokes? Why is it that we roll our eyes with disdain when our calendar is loaded with..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Team Huddle: How to Lead Successful Team Huddle Meetings [Updated for 2021]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 09:03 PM

The foundation of a successful Daily Huddle Meeting, Team Huddle Meeting or Weekly Huddle Meeting is a great facilitator to keep the..

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Daily Huddle Meetings: Agenda to Make Them More Productive in 2021 (Agenda)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Staying aligned in today's modern work environment is harder than ever.  There are so many distractions in your daily work, that it is..

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What We Learned about Remote Meetings by Planning a Virtual Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

The feedback surveys are still rolling in, but I can say without a doubt that our first virtual conference was a success! Our amazing..

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Creating Synergy Between Cross Functional Teams (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 3, 2020 @ 06:55 AM

One of the most important components of the Rhythm Systems, the Think-Plan-Do methodology is to implement a planning rhythm that..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Waste

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Take a look at your calendar. If you’re like most executives, you’re booked up with meetings weeks in advance. As we all know, meetings..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Improve Team Mental Health with Your Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

A recent survey from SHRM found, "Work-related concerns left more than 40 percent of employees feeling hopeless, burned out or exhausted..

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Monthly Meeting Agenda Template [Updated]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the many things I get to do in my role here at Rhythm Systems is work with our CEO Patrick Thean to coordinate and run our..

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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

Daily Huddle Meeting Template and Examples from Real Companies Just Like Yours

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

What is a huddle meeting?  The daily huddle meeting has been common practice for many companies for ages. No matter your industry..

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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

Don’t Let COVID-19 Disrupt Your Strategy and Execution Planning Cadence!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Most companies we work with are still operating in a virtual or semi-virtual world, and fortunately, employees are adapting well. It is..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

How to Fix a Meeting in 4 Easy Steps [Agenda and Video]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly staff meetings are often a huge waste of time and money. Too often, they are just boring status updates that could have been..

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Huddles: The Benefits of a Daily Huddle Meeting (Even Virtual)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your Daily Huddle meeting going? Over time, it’s easy for this habit to begin feeling a little stale, and you might even start..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

Problem Solving Meeting Agenda: 4 Simple Steps to Conduct a Problem Solving Session

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I hear time and time again from people that their meetings are a complete waste of time. In fact, they can often be a huge productivity..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How the Best Remote Teams Fight Zoom Fatigue

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

According to CNBC, since the onset of COVID-19, Zoom use has surged to over 300 million daily participants. Microsoft Teams has more..

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15 Zoom Tips and Tricks for Your Virtual Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve been using Zoom for many years as a way to share screens, audio and video with our clients who are all over the..

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Meeting with Yourself: The Key to Personal Productivity

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

If you do not operate your business using Rhythm or the Rockefeller Habits, you might be asking yourself "why would I have a meeting..

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My Huddle - Daily Huddle With Myself

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I’m a big fan of the Daily Huddle. I’ve been huddling in different companies and with different teams since 2001, and I’ve never once..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Does Your Daily Huddle Need a Makeover?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As many of our clients find themselves leading remote teams of people who are working from home for the first time or spreading out..

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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

Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement to Scale Your Company

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 @ 09:40 AM

For any growing business, ensuring that you have the processes in place to “scale up” your business is very important.  Here at Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Composite KPIs - Changing the Conversation at Weekly Meetings

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Many times, the Key Performance Indicators we review at the executive team level are actually the sum or average of several smaller..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

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

How to Use Daily Huddles to Stay Aligned with Remote Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many people are working from home or have team members working remotely for the first time. It’s a big adjustment for many, and you may..

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The Daily Huddle Meeting: A Key Component in Mastering the Rockefeller Habits [Video]

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 06:27 PM

“Are you kidding me? Have a meeting every day! We already have way too many meetings. The last thing my team wants to do is add another..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

The Right Meeting Rhythm Will Set You Free! (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 08:57 AM

It sounds so simple.  But, I was just discussing scaling up meeting rhythms with one of my colleagues, and she told me that it took her..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Questions Every Good Weekly Meeting Facilitator Should Ask

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Virtual and Remote meetings are harder to facilitate because the physical and emotional cues can't be read. Video helps, but only to a..

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The Art of the Daily Huddle: Cascade Meeting Huddles

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your huddle? I’ve written about huddles before and honestly believe they can be a breakthrough component in building..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Take Action

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

The way to eat an elephant is, of course, to take one bite at a time. With that in mind, have you ever  taken a look at your projects or..

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Effective Meetings? 27 Tips to Help You Improve!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

I recently spent time facilitating a two-day Annual Planning session for a client.  During the process, we begin the first day by..

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Why Meetings are not Productive: Bad Meetings Kill Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

“I can’t wait to get out of this meeting to get my real work done!” 

“I’m in back to back meetings. I won’t get anything done today!"

..

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Value of Professional Facilitation for Quarterly and Annual Planning

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Unfortunately, I’ve seen leading companies spend (aka “waste”) time in a one or two-day Annual Planning orQuarterly Planning Session...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Using Week In Sync Notes to Solve Problems and Drive Alignment

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

Our recommended Weekly Meeting Agenda involves talking about three things:   1. your company  2. yourself  3. your clients/employees. ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How to Run a Meeting: A Complete Beginner's Guide

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

One of the best practices we recommend to all of our clients is rotating facilitation duties for your team’s weekly adjustment meeting...

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3 Team KPIs for A Successful Team

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Every week you sit down with your team and discuss what you need to get done to be effective. How often do you enter the meeting..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Productivity Checklist: How to Have Your Most Productive Week

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As I shared in a previous post, I am always looking for the next productivity hack. Going into this quarter, my inbox was full of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Rockefeller Habit Checklist: Establishing a Communication Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 05:28 PM

This month we have all been reflecting on the Rockefeller Habits Checklist.  One of the most important elements is establishing a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How to Lead the Best KPI Discussion Ever in Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The struggle is real. We’ve all been in meetings about our metrics that produce seemingly endless discussion about the numbers, with no..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

8 Ways to Make Weekly Meetings Strategic vs. a Tactical Meeting (Video)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Jan 12, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I hear this all the time: “Our Weekly Meetings are just routine report-outs about who’s doing what; they’re so tactical!” If this is..

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13 Week Plan: To Execute Well, Run a 13-Week Race Every Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 07:53 AM

Every quarter is a thirteen-week race. It goes by fast. Before you know it, the quarter is over. And then the year is over. You are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Weekly Adjustment Meetings vs. Weekly Status Meetings (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Establishing the right meeting rhythm with your executive team is key. Many executives spend the majority of their days in one meeting..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How Do I Conduct an Effective Technical Review Meeting? (Agenda)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems we help middle marketing companies get the most out of their meetings, from annual planning meetings to weekly team..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Weekly Team Meetings Suck, Let's Fix Them

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

You know what? Weekly team meetings suck. There, I said it. I know many of you were thinking it, but I went ahead and put it out there...

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5 Highly Effective Strategies for Better Team Meetings [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

I recently watched a TED Talk from David Grady called "How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings." It's hilarious,..

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Meeting Planning Checklist: Not Just Another Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings. Most executives spend their days in a haze, bouncing from meeting to conference call to another meeting - back to back to..

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5 Things That Make Your Weekly Meetings Suck

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Did you know that $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings? I will let that sink in for a minute. If you are wasting even..

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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

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

Questions to Give Your Weekly Adjustment Meeting a Tune Up

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

This week in our own Weekly Adjustment Meeting, our consultants were discussing one of our clients that was having a hard time using..

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5 Tips for an Effective Daily Huddle

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 01:34 PM

It’s an interesting experiment to informally poll your friends and ask them about their planning habits. Do they plan on a daily basis?..

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Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Meeting to Life

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Whew….you’ve done it. You and your team just completed a major project and are celebrating! The group did a good job making adjustments..

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Why Weekly Synch Meetings Are Boring and A Waste of Time

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Jack walked into his weekly team meeting thinking, “I have so much to do. I can’t believe I am going to burn two hours today in this..

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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

Weekly Meetings: What Your Team Wants You to Know (SlideShare)

Posted by Toni Swint on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

How many of you are involved in a weekly staff meeting? My guess is that all of you participate in at least one. If you are an executive..

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Quarterly Planning: Use a Start-Stop-Keep Exercise [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 12:29 PM

As the CEO or team leader, you probably put a lot of time and energy into preparing for your Annual and Quarterly Planning sessions for..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Does Your KPI Dashboard Measure What Matters?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

I have to admit that I am a data geek. I do know that I have a unique personality type and most people aren’t interested in digging deep..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Slow Down to Go Faster - How to Have Better Weekly Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Feb 3, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

We have all had weeks where we rush into our weekly meeting and quickly update our status while our team members are sharing good news..

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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

Why Should We Discuss Client and Employee Feedback at Our Weekly Meetings?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

Today, a client asked me to clarify the purpose of the Client/Employee Feedback item on the Weekly Meeting Agenda. It got me thinking..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Conquer Complex Projects with Rhythm Software

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Managing projects across multiple teams is really difficult. Isolated spreadsheets and email strings make it impossible for team members..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Terrible Advice for Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

What people really love about coming to meetings is how unproductive they are. I don’t know about you but I eagerly check my calendar..

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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 Your Team Didn’t Get Expected Results [Video]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, May 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson

I've never met a CEO who expected his or her team and their..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Establishing the Weekly Meeting Habit at the Team Level

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, May 7, 2018 @ 06:04 AM

Successful Rhythm Cascade implementation hinges greatly on Team Leaders. Once the Company's Quarterly Plan is established, Team Leaders..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip the Good News

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Those of you familiar with our recommended meeting agendas know that we usually like to start most meetings with all team members..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Are You Getting Good ROI on Your Planning Sessions?

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Your planning sessions are important and expensive. Whether they’re Quarterly Planning Sessions, Annual Planning Sessions, or Strategic..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

De-Suck Your Unproductive Weekly Status Meetings

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Having great weekly meetings is the secret to increasing your speed of execution and getting more initiatives done.

"Wow! Really? Mine..

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Your Boring Weekly Meetings Need a Dead Body

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

My wife and daughter are obsessed with Criminal Minds. If you have never seen the show, almost every episode starts with a killing or a..

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How to Integrate New People into a Weekly Adjustment Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

With so many Rhythm client companies growing like crazy, many of my clients have needed to integrate new hires into existing Weekly..

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How tо Imрrоvе Yоur Wееklу Mееtіngѕ

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Jасk Wеlсh оnсе said, "Whеn mаnаgеrѕ аѕk quеѕtіоnѕ, they aren't lооkіng fоr answers, thеу'rе looking fоr vаlіdаtіоn." Quеѕtіоnѕ аrе a..

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Think You’re Ready for Your Next Meeting? Take This Quiz

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Ineffective meetings waste more than your precious time - they also hit your company’s bottom line. In fact, there’s a Meeting Calc app..

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Lose the Bad Habits and Rejuvenate Your Weekly Meeting

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I’ve been a good boy, eating right and exercising daily. My good habits were working. My weight was trending downwards (one of the few..

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Which KPI Dashboard Should We Use at Our Weekly Meeting?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Feb 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

As a Weekly Adjustment Meeting facilitator, you have several KPI dashboard views at your fingertips in Rhythm. Each dashboard serves a..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

3 Simple Steps to Facilitate Like a Pro

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

 With a great message and poor delivery you have the equivalent of … a poor message! I’ve worked the stage in twelve countries with..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

7 Tips for More Effective Meetings (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings - most of us dread them, and for good reason. According to the Wall Street Journal, executives spend about one third of their..

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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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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

5 Steps to Statusing Red

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I really hate the f-word: Failure. But it happens, especially when it seems like you have a lot going on in one week. Your focus was..

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How to Train a Team Member to Facilitate a Quarterly Planning Session

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Our next Valentine's Day contest winner is Cara R. Here's her question: "What is the best way to train someone on our team to facilitate..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

A “Minor Major” to Make Your Weekly Meetings More Effective

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

So if any of you have spent time around Patrick Thean or read his book Rhythm, you have heard him use the term “minor major.”  It refers..

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Daily Huddle Meeting: Everybody Stand-up!

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings are “the way things get done” at companies today. We had so many meetings when I was in banking that we no longer used the word..

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Why Your Title Is Important To You!

Posted by Nancy Sacani on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I am a Rhythm Ambassador. I love my title because it truly reflects who I am as a human not just as an employee at Rhythm Systems.

I am..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

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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Stop the Boring All-Encompassing Meetings

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

As a child I loved exploring something new. I (generally) enjoyed the journey and the process. I remember when I was a boy I pretended..

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How to Start A New Habit

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For new clients getting started with Rhythm, one of the most difficult things to master is establishing new habits for execution and..

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Are Your Weekly Meetings Getting Stale?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The benefit of having a Weekly Adjustment Meeting rhythm that follows a disciplined agenda every week is that your team will have highly..

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Bond Creativity and Business with Social Glue

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Recent polling indicates that 78.2% (+/-3% correct) of business mistakes are the result of meetings. I’m not serious, but my serious..

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Rhythm Strategy Management Software - How to Effectively Prepare for Weekly Meetings

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

 

Weekly Meeting Prep is part of your "Do" Rhythm. We call this time a "Weekly Meeting with Yourself."

 

The Weekly Meeting with..

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The Tough Conversation

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

I just finished facilitating a Quarterly Planning session where I observed the executive team maturing before my very eyes. An outburst..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Keeping Your Team Connected to Your Annual Plan Throughout the Year

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Your Annual Plan is complete!  The Main Thing for the year is clear and speaks to the head and heart.  Everyone knows the Annual Key..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

5 Tips for Facilitating a Meeting with Virtual Participants

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Anyone who has dialed into a meeting virtually knows that it is not always as enjoyable or productive an experience as compared to..

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Execute Strongly by Being Accountable. Use Dashboards on a Weekly Do Rhythm

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 08:34 PM

Guest Satisfaction Scores. Hotels live and die by them. Hotel management and operating companies like White Lodging even more so. Dave..

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Coming Back from the Dreaded Yellow Status

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
Here we are at the halfway mark for Q3 - it's hard to believe!  I'm just finishing up the mid-quarter analysis on my clients' Rhythm..
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Why Your Company Priorities Should Have a Verb

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:10 AM

With most of my clients feverishly planning for Q3, the subject of what makes a good Company Priority is hot right now.  Here are a few..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Simple Do's and Don'ts for Implementing Rockefeller Habits

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, May 12, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

I've worked with countless teams, who come to us in various stages of implementing the Rockefeller Habits.  Regardless of whether you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

How to Get "Unstuck"

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 09:59 AM

We're coming to the end of the quarter; now's the time when people start to panic about those Reds and Yellows on their Rhythm..

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Successful Meeting with MySelf

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 07:09 AM

In order to set yourself and your team up for a successful Weekly Adjustment Meeting, proper prep time is a must.  We suggest a 20-30..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

UBA Breakout Session - Make the Right Adjustments in Your Weekly Meeting to Win

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 06:34 AM
After my keynote session yesterday in Chicago at UBA's (United Benefit Advisors) 2012 Spring Meeting, we continued into a breakout..
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UBA Keynote - Differentiate, Execute, Win

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 03:06 PM
I had a great keynote session today in Chicago at UBA's (United Benefit Advisors) 2012 Spring Meeting.  Thank you for the warm..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

4 Steps To Keep Your Daily Huddle Meetings From Becoming A Daily Chore (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:31 AM

 

Daily Huddles are a valuable addition to your Meeting Rhythm.  Investing 15 minutes a day to share victories, priorities and stucks..

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Focus On Learnings And Decisions In All Your Meetings

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 06:33 AM
Meetings are very expensive.  Especially executive team meetings.  Here is a quick tip to get the most value out of your meetings...
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Do You Have A High Performance Team?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:27 PM
I recently heard Daniel Pink, author of Drive, speak at the Fortune Growth Summit.  Pink shared how the best way to motivate your team..
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Efficient Communication - Stop Duplicating Work

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 @ 03:16 AM
Right People, Right Things, Right Results.  Weekly focus on Weekly Priorities

Stephen Covey says "Begin With the End in Mind."..

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How Would You Increase Leadership Team Urgency Around A Red Critical Number

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:34 PM

So... What do you do if your critical number goes red? How do you increase team urgency?

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Daily Huddle: How Do You Use Your Critical Number?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

Your daily huddle is fast and sharp. It's a quick sync up that helps your team align for the day. It is not for solving problems. When..

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