7 Ways to Engage the Next Level of Leaders (with Cookies)

By: Liz McBrideSun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the carb-loaded goodies brought in, yet, hopeful about what lies ahead. The plan is incredibly clear in your minds, and you are all on the same page with Winning Moves to test, the theme, targets, and plan. So, how do you get your next level of leadership engaged? Especially, if you anticipate some pushback?

Your next level of leadership wasn’t privy to the data shared, the discussions weighed or the tray of chocolate chunk cookies. If your plan to gain alignment with your next level is limited to an hour long presentation, the only thing that will stick from your planning session is your puffier exterior from the above-mentioned cookies.

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Topics: Execution Planning, Employee Engagement

How to Kill Workplace Drama (Infographic)

By: Jessica WishartWed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

In a recent post, Cindy outlined the shocking statistics on workplace silence that we learned in a recent webinar we co-hosted with VitalSmarts. Chase McMillan shared that most of us choose silence when faced with a potentially difficult conversation at work. While it might seem better in the moment to avoid a conversation that could be heated or uncomfortable, withholding our views from the discussion means that the team has less information to make good decisions; "The group IQ shrinks" as Chase put it.

In addition to this vast cost of silence, not speaking up about common workplace issues can have damaging effects on employee engagement, relationships, deadlines, budgets and culture - a hefty price tag for any company.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

The 10 Best Employee Engagement KPIs (Video)

By: Tiffany ChepulTue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

After recently reviewing hundreds of 2017 Annual and Q1 plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement seems to be top of mind for everyone this year. How on earth do you keep today's dynamic and diverse employees happy, engaged and productive? It's the million dollar question.

According to Gallup, companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147%. Gallup also concluded that 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged. So, how do you know if your company is on the right side of those statistics?

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Topics: KPI, Employee Engagement

7 Ways You Can Become a Best Place to Work with Employee Engagement

By: Barry PruittTue, Feb 7, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As a consultant, I get the chance to walk into many offices just like yours. I meet team members just like your team members. And sometimes, I can’t wait to leave that company’s office, just like some of the employees. Does that describe where you’re working now? Only you can say.

So, why care about your team members and employees? Simple. If you’re growing a business, it will be built on those you employ. That requires two things: first, find the best team members, and second, keep them. It sounds easy yet every company I’ve worked with has struggled with people, and very few have had consistent success in hiring and keeping the best players.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

How to Use Your Main Thing to Engage Your Team (Video)

By: Nicole HradekThu, Feb 2, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Most of you have probably wrapped up your Annual Planning sessions and feel prepared for 2017. You have the best 3-5 initiatives to move your business forward this year, you have your targets in place and set high, you have your theme or Main Thing that you and the executive team are so excited about - it’s really going to motivate all your employees! You have it all organized in Rhythm or a spreadsheet, and then what? How do you keep your team motivated all year and use your Main Thing to keep employees engaged and focused on your initiatives and targets? There are certainly many right answers to this, but I thought I would share what we did at Rhythm Systems since we do practice what we preach!

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Topics: Annual Planning, Employee Engagement

Maximize the Value of Job Scorecards (Video)

By: Jessica WishartSun, Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we are huge fans of a simple tool called the Job Scorecard. It can be used in so many extremely valuable ways to help you build a strong, accountable team of A Players. It does take some time to think about and document Job Scorecards for each role on your team, but that investment of time is worth it, especially if you follow these tips to use the Job Scorecard over time.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

5 Common Causes of Crucial Conversations in the Workplace

By: Alicia CrokeFri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently we held a webinar with VitalSmarts on Crucial Conversations in the workplace. I learned a lot from both Patrick and Chase. I wanted to know what were common causes of crucial conversations. I did a little research and found a few examplesI wanted to share from the book, Crucial Conversations.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Do Your New Hires Have a Plan to Succeed?

By: Alan GehringerTue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I help develop and review a lot of annual and quarterly plans, and one thing I see in most of them is an initiative or priority around hiring key people. Most of the clients we work with use TopGrading or a similar approach to successfully screen, interview, and hire the best people for each position. These efforts are very important and necessary to build the right team. The thing we do not talk about as much is how to make people successful when they accept the position. At Rhythm Systems, we have a very detailed 90-day plan to onboard new consultants so that they are prepared to give our customers the best possible experience and service. Not every company does. Some of your new hires may come with a plan, but I bet most do not.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Listen Up - A Critical Leadership Skill We Often Take For Granted

By: Jessica WishartTue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Effective listening is a key attribute for leaders (and for people in general). If you are a manager, this skill can help you unlock the keys to employee engagement and lead your team to increasingly superior performance. Yet, I find that it is something we frequently take for granted. Even though I have a Masters in counseling and spent two years studying and honing this particular skill, I still find myself falling into the familiar traps - nodding my head while my brain drifts off in another direction, interrupting with my own great idea, or pretending to listen while I’m really just formulating my brilliant response. As I said, listening is a skill, which is good and bad - this means that you can develop it and get better at it over time, and it also means that your listening skills can become rusty if you don’t practice them on a regular basis. So, whether you are a professional listener or just becoming aware of the need to work on this skill, we can all use a refresher from time to time, especially since there are few things more important to your ability to effectively relate to others both personally and professionally. 

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement

Improve Employee Engagement with More Women in Leadership

By: Jessica WishartTue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Employee engagement can be a tough nut to crack. Even if you think that everyone is contributing at high levels, the research says that only 32% of all employees are engaged… if you do the math, you’ve probably got some people on your team who aren’t giving it their all. And, in this competitive landscape, you need all the brain power and sweat equity you can get from your team. So, what improves employee engagement? We know it is more complicated than quarterly bonuses and a company Christmas party. However, you might have a secret weapon to boost engagement sitting under your nose.

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Topics: Employee Engagement