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How to Manage a Hybrid Team

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Nov 28, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

I get asked this question lately "How hard should I push employees to return to the office?" "Is this work-from-home thing going to last?..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile, Recruiting Employees

Cultivating Appreciation

Posted by Allison Wynbissinger on Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

At this time of year, when so many around me are being intentional with their gratitude, I am inspired to slow down and contemplate for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Go the Second Mile

How to Grow Your Business: Add a Winning Move to Your Business Plan

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Nov 7, 2022 @ 06:30 AM

Turn your existing 3-5 year strategic plan into a Rhythm Systems Winning Move.  A Winning Move is an idea or project that will help you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

The Secret Weapon for Accomplishing 100% of Your Annual Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Nov 2, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Every team is focused on setting their Annual Priorities & Budget for the next year at this time of year. It's an incredible commitment of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Want Better Employee Engagement? START With Your Values!

Posted by Erin Wilson on Mon, Oct 31, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

I know, I know; you've heard it all before! These are the top things to do to retain and attract talent and increase employee engagement in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings, Go the Second Mile

Questions to Ask a CEO About Strategy

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

When you work with so many CEOs, you get to see how they approach problems. They may not always tell you everything, but they will share..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Strategic Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic: Business Planning for 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Oct 22, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As the summer comes to an end and fall looms with more uncertainty, it can be tempting to sit back and see what comes next—but if you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

What's The Primary Skill To Bring To Your Annual Planning Session? Active Listening!

Posted by Erin Wilson on Thu, Oct 20, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Active listening skills are more critical than ever, especially as we head into the annual planning season. When we pause to think ..

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

Level 5 Leadership Examples- How Level 5 Leaders Master Leadership

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Oct 16, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The Level 5 Leadership Stage is Set…

Have you ever had this "strange" feeling that you just couldn’t shake? I recently went through that...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Ditch Your OKR Spreadsheet: Why You Should Upgrade Your OKR Software Game in 2023

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Sep 30, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

I’ve just finished reading John Doerr’s book, Measure What Matters: OKRs - The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth, and it is full of really..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Your Customer Has Changed: Have You?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Sep 26, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

No matter what business your company is in, it's a safe bet to assume that you'll need to be able to adapt to the changing conditions..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Business Meeting to Life

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Sep 12, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

You've done it! You and your team have finished a significant project and are ready to celebrate. Your team did a great job adjusting to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Leadership Accountability: Build Accountability Leadership in your Team

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Why You Need a Facilitator to Drive Your Virtual Strategic Planning Process [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 29, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

Many unknowable things can happen between now and the beginning of 2023. One thing we do know is that when next year hits, you will need to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Goal Setting for Managers: A Guide to Goal Setting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Aug 29, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Use the SMART Goals Framework

The SMART goals framework helps you set realistic goals that are measurable, attainable, relevant, specific,..

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

Planning for an Uncertain 2023: Tips to Create Plan A and Plan B

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 28, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

We recently held our 6th annual Breakthrough Conference, although it was our first ever virtual conference, and I want to share a few ideas..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Company Alignment: The CEO's Roadmap to Business Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Alignment can be elusive for even the smallest start-up companies, never mind mid-market companies that have multiple divisions,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What is the Difference Between a Primary Customer and Secondary Customer?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

I have written previously about the importance of Identifying your core customer because I have seen far too many companies waste their..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Signs You Need Strategy Execution Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 @ 10:14 AM
In his popular book Atomic Habits, James Clear wisely asserts that we don't rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Organizational Performance Management in Business

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Aug 8, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Organizational performance is an essential aspect of any business. Being a growing business is great for attracting and keeping talented..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Questions to Test Your Brand Promise

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Aug 1, 2022 @ 09:20 AM

So you and your team have spent hours defining your Core Customer, talking about their needs and a working Brand Promise has finally..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Rhythm and Planning Cadence to Help New CEOs Succeed

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 26, 2022 @ 11:01 AM

"People come to work with the best intentions to give it their best and work on the right things. If we don't plan effectively together,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, New CEO

5 Essential Software Tools to Get Your Business Through Tough Economic Times

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 @ 04:49 PM
With so much uncertainty and many experts warning we are on the cusp of an economic downturn or possible recession, you may be looking to..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

OKR Software: 5 OKR Pitfalls To Avoid

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 29, 2022 @ 09:40 AM
Using OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results has become more and more popular as a goal-setting framework. And, it's no surprise! It's an..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Win the Talent War in 2022: 10 Expert Tips for Today's Job Market

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Apr 29, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, the competition for recruiting and retaining top talent has never been tougher. Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The CEO's Business Strategy Execution Gap... And How To Close It

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Thu, Mar 24, 2022 @ 10:44 PM

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

A fairly significant body of research now clearly shows that the reason why a number of..

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

Align People: Get Everyone on the Same Page with Alignment Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 21, 2022 @ 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

9 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Charlotte [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 7, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are so excited to be hosting our annual Breakthrough Conference right here in our hometown! From the beautiful..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

You Have to Give to Get!  7 Tips to Get More Sales Referrals

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Mar 2, 2022 @ 02:39 PM

How Well are Referrals Working for Your Business?

We have all heard the old saying, "You have to give to get." This principle remains valid..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Welcome to Charlotte!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 1, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

We are thrilled to host our Annual Breakthrough Conference once again in Charlotte, NC, May 4th-5th 2022, at the Charlotte Marriott City..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

BHAG Examples for Setting your Big Hairy Audacious Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

I recently re-read the classic HBR article entitled "Building Your Company's Vision" by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, and I was struck by..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

3 Year Strategic Plan Example: A 3 Year Plan for Growth

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:25 AM

 

Many companies I work with have an Annual Plan and some foundational strategic elements, like Core Values, Core Purpose and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

On-Time Delivery KPIs: On Time Delivery Goals Examples to Improve On-Time Delivery Manufacturing

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:05 AM

I previously wrote a blog titled 21 Production KPI Examples to Improve Manufacturing Performance, and many people were interested in..

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

Scaling Growth: How to Scale Growth without Drama

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

Your business is experiencing strong growth – now what? Double-digit growth brings with it a host of new challenges, particularly how to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Examples of Core Competencies in Business to Innovate Growth in 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

In our fast-moving world of innovation and disruption, some leaders may wonder if it is no longer beneficial to hone core competencies over..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Win and Retain your Core Customers (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Customer retention is a routine, where you rinse, repeat, and rise to perfection over time. In 2018, winning new customers and keeping..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Create Your Personal BHAG [Examples]

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Updated Rhythm Book: A New Process to Help Leaders Convert Strategy to Action Plans

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Feb 8, 2022 @ 12:15 AM

For more than 20 years, I have had the joy and privilege of working closely with mid-market growth companies. Through these experiences,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Books

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Summary: 4 Key Decisions

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Feb 4, 2022 @ 10:10 AM

By now, most of us are familiar with Verne Harnish’s book, Mastering

the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do To Increase the Value of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Run a Lean Company-Wide Goal Setting Process

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 1, 2022 @ 02:46 PM
When it comes to goal setting, there are two extremes that come up over and over again. Some companies tend to err on the side of..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings, goal planning

Does Your BHAG Connect to Your Company's Hedgehog?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 29, 2022 @ 08:05 AM

I recently prepared for an annual planning session with a client and one thing the client wanted to work on was their Big Hairy Audacious..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Your Brand Promise is the commitment to your customers that really matters to them and differentiates you from your competition.  It is one..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Signs That I Need Executive Coaching

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 01:26 PM

The greatest athletes and business leaders in the world have coaches. No matter how good you are,  and you are probably really good, there..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Better Way to Implement Your Rockefeller Habits 2.0 One-Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Planning Sessions are exciting - the possibilities are endless, the team is optimistic and ready to conquer the world! You spend countless..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Revenue Growth Goals: Use the Rhythm of Work to Achieve Them

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Scaleable Processes: How to Make Scalable Process Improvements in 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and One-Page Strategic Plan (OPSP)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jan 17, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If you are a Mastering the Rockefeller Habits fan, here are four tips to make your One-Page Strategic Plan work for you. Used correctly, it..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 10:09 AM

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes - some big improvements for your business can be born from small, incremental changes that empower..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

What is Strategic Intent?  How to Use it to Your Advantage.

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 10, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Strategy without Tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without Strategy is the noise before the defeat.- Sun Tzu

Do you ever..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Welcome to the Team!  15 Tips for Effective Onboarding (Checklist)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Sun, Jan 9, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Do you spend more money on going away parties when someone leaves the company than you do welcome parties when someone joins?  This was a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Vision Casting in Business: A Skill of Great Leaders

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 7, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Max DePree noted, “Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions, and the first question for a leader..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do Core Competencies Influence My BHAG?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 7, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

I recently had the opportunity to create content for Rhythm University, our knowledge center that is full of tools, tips, videos and lots..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

OPSP: One Page Strategic Plan Template for Scaling Up and Rockefeller Habits

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 05:52 PM

I have recently been involved in a few conversations with clients that are new to the Rockefeller Habits or to long-range planning. The..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

7 Keys to Mastering the Rockefeller Habits One Page Strategic Plan (OPSP)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 08:27 PM
I was in Jakarta speaking at Taipan 2013. We had the strongest showing at Taipan ever with 220 people! CEOs with their teams worked hard on..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Biggest Business Challenges: New Research Data for 2022 (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
Over the last few years, we've been collecting data from our Rhythm community  - including YPO members,  entrepreneurs of the year, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, White Papers

How Middle Market CEOs Execute on Strategy for Success (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

Most Companies Fail Due to Poor Strategic Execution

As a fan of Blue Ocean strategy, you already know how important it is to have the right..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Mergers & Acquisitions

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Your BHAG

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 09:30 AM

A key piece of your long-term strategy is your 10-25 year visionary stretch goal, what Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goal..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Quarterly Planning Session in 2022: 10 Tips for a Successful Meeting

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Mon, Jan 3, 2022 @ 01:10 PM

Quarterly Planning is just around the corner, are you prepared to create a winning plan this quarter with your team?

Here are 10 Quarterly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

CEO Podcasts: 8 Best Podcasts for CEOs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

This has been a banner year for new podcasts! It seems like there's a new one launched every week. I suspect people who found themselves..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Strategy Validation: Have You Validated Your 3-5 Year Strategic Plan?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

You had a great annual planning session.  You worked hard developing your 3 year strategic plan for revenue growth and profit (scaling up)..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Ways to Bring Your BHAG to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Once you have done the hard work to determine the right BHAG Big Hairy Audacious Goal for your company over the next 10-25 years, now you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Case Study: How We Used Rhythm to Launch a New Product

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 08:17 AM
Sometimes companies talk about "eating their own dog food" or "drinking their own champagne," meaning they use their own product or..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Simple Tests: How to Know If Your Core Values Need Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Often, companies work many hours on discovering the right Core Values for their company. Sometimes they even spend top dollar on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

9 Steps to Make Coaching Your Sales Team Predictable

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

I recently blogged that being a great coach requires that you know which hat you’re wearing the very moment you engage with a team member...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategy vs Execution: Don't Confuse Strategic Thinking and Strategy Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 @ 08:42 AM

 

It is easy to confuse your strategy and your 3-year strategic plan. I have seen somany leaders tell me that they have a great strategy...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Rhythm v5 - World's Best Business Strategy Execution Software Platform!

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Aug 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

We are excited to announce the launch of Rhythm version 5!  This is our best version of the Rhythm platform ever.  It is a refinement of 15..

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

Business Coaching: Increase CEO Effectiveness with The CEO Multiplier Effect

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

Someone asked me recently to explain what business coaching is, and I realized there’s not one simple answer. It means different things to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leveraging Your Core Competencies to Create a Competitive Advantage with Examples

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

I have helped many companies identify and leverage their core competencies through the years, and doing this can really make a difference..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Rockefeller Habits Scaling Up Your Business Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

When companies are small, it’s not such a challenge to get things done. Maybe you have a meeting (where the whole company attends), you..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Growth Strategies: Are There Gaps in Your Business Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 24, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Your company is not alone if there are gaps in your business strategy. I have worked with third generation companies that just never took..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Focus and Alignment: 4 Questions to Ask Your Team

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

If you want your team to be focused and aligned on the right projects, you need to connect your strategy to execution.

Successful companies..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

7 Job Skills for the Future

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

A little peek behind the proverbial curtain for you: I have a digital notebook (I use Evernote) where I capture blog ideas as they come to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

11 Books for Every CEO's Summer Reading List

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 2, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
With life returning to normal for many people, lots of us will be traveling or taking much needed vacation time this summer. Whether..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, goal planning

Strategic Growth Initiatives: Create Your 3 Year Strategic Growth Plan Wisely

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 27, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

In a recent Annual Planning session, one of our clients asked us to help them review and renew their Winning Moves, the 3 year strategic..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Business Strategy Coaching: The Best Questions to Ask before Hiring an Executive Coach

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Take this quick quiz to determine if you are ready to engage with an executive coach and take your game to the next level.  An executive..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

CEO Podcasts: 7 Can’t-Miss Podcasts for Mid Market CEOs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Recent research conducted confirms that podcasts are getting more and more popular, with 26% of people in the US listening at least every..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Scaling Up Software for Larger, Complex Companies with Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

So many Rhythm companies start off as what we consider “simple” companies. As they begin scaling up they are experiencing steady, if not..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Mergers & Acquisitions

BHAG and the Benefits of Taking a More Strategic View

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
Industries are changing rapidly, workplaces are in flux and the future feels uncertain. Taking a more agile approach to strategic planning..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Not to Be Ignored: Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Mar 22, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

We’ve just ended a particularly challenging year with no relief in sight. Business battles have multiple new fronts – including national..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

BHAG. B-What?

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

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what’s ur BHAG?

B-Who?

LOL. Bee-Hag

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Jim Collins was ahead of his time when he coined the term BHAG back in 1994. More than 20..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Tips to Help You Prepare to Facilitate a One-Day Quarterly Planning Session

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 1, 2021 @ 07:00 AM

Who is facilitating your next One-Day Quarterly Planning Session?

Whether you are doing it yourself, bringing in an outside facilitator,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Retain & Grow Customers in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As you strategize for the year ahead, there are a lot of unknowns. One thing is certain: keeping and growing your customers has never been..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How CEOs Succeed - Achieve a Top Valuation through Strategy Execution [Client Spotlight]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Dec 6, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Congratulations to Jeff Berstein, and the ImageFIRST Team! Calera Capital, a private equity firm, acquired a majority share of ImageFIRST,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

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

Hedgehog Concept Examples: How a Hedgehog Supports a BHAG

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Master Electronics Achieves Over 100 High-Impact Growth Initiatives with Rhythm [Client Spotlight]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

A better way to scale a family-owned business

How Master Electronics grew from 160 to 450 people by empowering them to make decisions..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Drive Revenue Growth Consistently [Case Study]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The problem with revenue-generating strategies, or Winning Moves, is that you don’t feel you need to work on them when things are going..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to NOT Treat Your Customers

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Apple just released the iPhone 12. It comes in various sizes, finishes and configurations as it enters the world of 5G. Of course I want..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Do You Need a Strategy Refresh?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

There is no better time than the present to work on completing your strategy. You may have wanted to nail down your work on core customer,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Breakthrough 2020: Key Insights and Takeaways

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the best parts of our annual Breakthrough Conference is getting our Rhythm community together to live our core values of Keep Smart,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Moat Building: 3 Ways to Build Your Moat Around Your Business

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

As you approach planning for another quarter, take a moment to check in on your 3-5 Year Strategy or what he calls Winning Moves. These are..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

3 Year Strategic Plan: How to Achieve your 3 Year Strategy

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 04:00 PM
There are many views or definitions of strategy. Renowned Harvard Business School professor and strategy expert Michael Porter provided..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Departmental Silos: The Silent Productivity Killer [New Research]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

Departmental silos in business are organizational units that should operate as specialized..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Breakthrough 2020 Goes Virtual: What to Expect

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Our first-ever virtual Breakthrough Conference is just a few weeks away! Here's a sneak peek so you know what to expect from this..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG Exercise: How to Have the Right Discussions to Get to Your BHAG

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Ever feel stuck working on your BHAG? Like you just can’t get the right words? You know that your BHAG is supposed to be measurable but..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Help Us Inspire Hope in the Midst of COVID-19

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Like most other companies, we’ve made the decision to pivot our in-person conference to a virtual event. As we were planning for this new..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Revenue Growth Strategy: 9 Steps to Create a New Revenue Growth Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Working with middle market CEOs, we are often asked "What is revenue growth strategy?"  Driving revenue is the number 1 concern for most..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Scaling Up Your Business with Rockefeller Habits 2.0 With These 16 Questions

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

It’s summer. Bright blue skies, puffy cotton candy-like clouds, and colorful flowers abound in gardens everywhere. This description is also..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Adaptive Leadership Theory: Adaptive Leadership Framework

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

As leadership guru Jim Collins tells us, organizations go from good to great when personalities step aside and let purpose become the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Prepare for Virtual Strategic Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Since most of our consultants haven’t traveled to see a client since March, we’ve successfully transitioned their planning sessions from..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Virtual Planning Lessons: Keep Your Company Out of COVID-19 Trouble

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jul 24, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

According to FEMA, only 60% of small businesses reopen after a disaster. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues this..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rockefeller Habits One-Page Strategic Plan: Strategies for Growth

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 08:50 AM

I was facilitating a Rockefeller Habits mid-year planning session. As part of their regular Think Rhythm, the executive team was working..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Have You Defined Your Company Core Purpose Statement? CPS Examples

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 08:48 AM

Peter Drucker stated that ”the best and most dedicated people are ultimately volunteers, for they have the opportunity to do something..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Priority ZERO: Make COVID-19 Part of Your Survive, Recover and Thrive Mentality

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 12:58 PM

We all know we need to be prepared for the worst—while striving for the best—when it comes to the effects of COVID-19, and the market has..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Turn 880 Pages of Complexity into How You Care for Coronavirus Relief

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, May 7, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

The 880-page CARES Act requires ongoing, focused effort to reduce the complexity to useful information. Just like filing taxes, some are..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Work Execution Platform: CEOs Need a Business Execution Platform

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 02:03 PM

Have you ever wondered just what is going on in your business, how well things are going, and why? How can you know for sure that your..

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

Corporate Leadership Strategy: Leadership Culture is an Essential Part of Your Business Strategy

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

CEOs and business leaders frequently ask me why their corporate strategies for the year falter or just don’t happen. “It’s like no one is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Drives Your BHAG's Economic Engine? Profit per X Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Your Profit/X (profit per X)or financial engine is one of the components of Jim Collins’ Hedgehog, and one of the three key areas to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

Purpose: Closing the Gap between Saying and Doing

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before a crowd of close to 250,000 thousand people and delivered one of the most..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Tale of Two Unicorns: What They Have in Common

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Recently, AvidXchange, a Charlotte-based fin tech company, announced Series F funding. Their innovative accounts payable platform is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Practice the Rockefeller Habits to Drive Accountability and Response-Ability

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sat, Feb 1, 2020 @ 06:41 AM

Are you fostering an accountability-based team, department, or organization? Accountability takes a step beyond responsibility...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating A Culture of Innovation: 5 Ways CEOs Can Drive a Culture of Innovation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We have all heard the saying "A fish rots from the head down," right? Not that I am comparing my CEO friends to fish, but it does drive the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Patterns in Core Values of Manufacturing Companies (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Let me start by saying that Core Values are unique to each company - they are foundational to your company's culture and should describe..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Strategic Thinking and Planning: The Value of A More Robust Annual Plan

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Regardless of size, all businesses require strategic thinking to grow. Many leaders consider strategic thinking (and the subsequent..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Why Do You Need to Discuss, Debate, Decide with Your Team?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 08:14 AM
Maybe you have a brilliant idea for your business - maybe you've come up with something that will revolutionize your company. Maybe it's a
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Year Strategic Plans to Grow Revenue and Stay Competitive

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Has your growth stalled or have you missed your revenue and profitability targets the last few years? 

There is a solution. But before we..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Core Values Implementation Plan: 8 Ways To Manage Using Your Core Values (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 04:10 PM

Once your executive team has worked to discover, test and finalize your Company's Core Values, it's time to go out and live them!  

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why You Need Rhythm Software to Implement the Rockefeller Habits (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

At some point, paper tools, spreadsheets, and even simple software solutions are not enough to run your enterprise. When you reach that..

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

Common Purpose: Why It Matters

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

When I was in college, I took a course called “The Meaning of Work” and enrolled in a corresponding internship program following the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Smart Thinking to Innovate and Solve Problems

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 11:26 AM
I recently watched an interesting webinar by Art Markman, PhD, explaining the highlights of his book “Smart Thinking.  I found the..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Richard Branson's Business Strategy: Proper Risk Taking

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

I have this great book I picked up ten or so years ago titledThe Book of Entrepreneurial Wisdom edited by Peter Krass. It is full of short..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

What is Brand Promise and How Do I Know if Mine Needs Work?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 07:15 AM

This quarter, I've been focused on helping my clients document their Path of Progress for the next four quarters.  What parts of our One..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Why Implement the Rockefeller Habits using the One Page Plan?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 12:59 PM

If you are like many company leaders, you may be skeptical about working on your business strategy and developing strategic plans.  I..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Brand Promise - How To Build A Great Brand Promise

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 06:42 AM

Build yourself a great Brand Promise.

What's a Brand Promise?  It is what you promise to deliver to your customer. It is more than a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Ceiling Of Complexity: Have You Reached it? (SlideShare)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

As a business leader or entrepreneur, have you reached a point where what used to work just isn’t working anymore?  As your company grows,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Importance of Continuous Improvement: Stay Ahead of Your Competition

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

How effective are your continuous improvement efforts? 

I focus a lot of my attention on top-line growth these days, but that by no means..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Mid Market Companies: The Top Business Challenges Survey

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

At our annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, we had the opportunity to survey our audience of over 150 mid-market..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

“It’s like Christmas!” Our Head of Consulting, Chris Cosper, practically gushed as our team gathered on the day before our 5th annual ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Core Purpose in Action with Samaritan's Feet

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping individuals and organizations achieve their dreams and goals. This year, we had the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Two Truths and a Lie: The Sears Saga and Your 3-5 Year Strategic Plan

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 02:34 PM

I’ve observed a common theme in client companies. I should say, a specific type of client companies. The type that successfully grow year..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Create 3 Year Strategic Plans with Revenue Growth

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

Recently, Patrick Thean led our team through a Winning Moves education session.  As usual, I walked away with a million new tools in my..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Brand Promise: If You Don’t Know It, Your Customers Don’t Either

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, a new grocery store chain opened here. It shall remain nameless to protect the guilty and the innocent, as Patrick says.

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Supportive Catalytic Mechanism: Your Brand

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I recently worked with an executive team who had just gotten an incredible new account. Once the excitement settled in, they realized how..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

What’s Your Customer Engagement Strategy?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Regardless of what kind of business you are in, your customers pay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You probably have a strategy for..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

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 that..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Does Your Core Purpose Pass the Test?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, May 27, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As a Rhythm Coach, I’ve seen many Core Purposes come and go. Some would knock your socks off.   Others I’ve already forgotten. While on a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Use Storytelling to Bring Your Core Purpose to Life

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 3, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

“I’m so excited to go to work today! I can’t wait to make lots and lots of money for my company so our CEO can take his family on more..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Brand Promise and Guarantee Differences between BMW, Hyundai & Toyota

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, May 1, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

To support growing your top line, you need to have an effective Brand Promise and Brand Promise Guarantee. The Brand Promise should help..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Using the One Page Plan and Rockefeller Habits to Create a Corporate Strategy That Works!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 @ 02:54 PM

One of the critical issues business leaders face is not failing to create a strategy, but actually executing it throughout the ranks of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing the Rockefeller Habits: Priorities

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 1, 2019 @ 03:53 PM
Of the three Rockefeller Habits (Meetings, Metrics, and Priorities), the one I most commonly hear clients struggle to implement..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Why Having a Personal BHAG Matters

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Mar 31, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Shortly after my son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism at age two, I set the big, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG) that he will graduate..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

4 Steps to Get Your Team Past Issues and Problems

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Mar 3, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Everyone hits a ceiling of complexity. Teens hit a level of complexity in sports, class, and social situations. Entrepreneurs hit levels of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Engine Running?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

I have spent most of my life working in the manufacturing sector. My first experience began as a young boy in my Grandmother’s sewing..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Culture is Key to Breakthrough Execution with Mergers and Acquisitions

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

How do you define success when buying a company? People buy companies for a number of reasons: to increase revenue growth, to acquire new..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Mergers & Acquisitions

4 Questions That Keep CEOs and Executive Teams Up at Night

Posted by Ted Skinner on 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Key Lessons from Middle Market Leaders Like You [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Middle Market companies face some unique challenges:

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Software Implementation: Myth vs. Reality

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 (More) Secrets to Make Happy Money in Your Business

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 09:04 AM

I recently blogged about why some companies increased sales and were happily forging ahead while others never moved out of the starting..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

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 who..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Finding and Activating New Prospects

Posted by Christine Rutherford on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Too often we evaluate sales difficulties as an inability to close. “If account managers could just do a better job at closing, we would..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Use Think Plan Do to Discover and Validate Your Hedgehog

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 9, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

As part of Jim Collins’ Good to Great work, he introduces us to the concept of a Hedgehog.  The term comes from the famous essay by Isaiah..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

5 Secrets to Make Happy Money in Your Business

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

As I think over last year, I wonder why some companies increased sales and were happily forging ahead while others never moved out of the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Use Your Core Values and Job Scorecards In Your Hiring Process

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jan 5, 2019 @ 07:45 AM
Having a set of documented core values that you live daily is a powerful Execution Tool for your company. Let's start with your hiring..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Have You Defined Your Strategic Direction? Doing So Can Help You Clarify Your Focus and Dominate Your Market!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 09:30 AM
As a business coach and strategist, I use many concepts to help companies develop the most effective plans for profitable growth.  Some of..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Lessons Business Leaders Could Learn from Eight-Year-Olds

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

My youngest son was eight years old and played for the church basketball team. You may know the routine, practice once a week and play once..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Arbill's Julie Copeland and the "3 Surprising Tools to Win and Survive the Tough Battles"

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Thu, Dec 20, 2018 @ 10:54 AM
At this year's Breakthrough Conference , Julie Copeland shared her experiences and insights as CEO of  Arbill during the inaugural,..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Life & Work Lessons from a Disengaged Elf

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Herbie the Elf is a self-proclaimed "misfit." Not happy in his work, he feels like he just "doesn't fit in" with the other elves making..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 to..

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

A Better Way to Attract, Retain & Reward Top Talent

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Written by Guest Bloggers Ryan Whitley, CFP® and Brian Swilling, Financial Advisors at Navipath Partners and sponsors of the 2018 Rhythm..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Fire Bullets Then Cannonballs to Get the Most from Your Strategy

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Nov 24, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

As we approach the busiest season for annual planning, I am encouraging clients to spend more time working on their strategic priorities,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Why CEOs Need a Leadership Path of Progress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are constantly being pulled in a million directions - they have shareholders, partners, investors, employees, customers, industry..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why CEOs Must Solve People Issues to Achieve Breakthroughs

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

My previous blog shared about how people issues might be mistaken for execution issues. There are a number of reasons why it is difficult..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Much Time Should I Allocate for My Quarterly Planning Session?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail – Benjamin Franklin

It is that time of the year again: time to prepare for your quarterly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

7 Steps to Scale Up and Launch Your Next Market-Creating Move

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Written by the Blue Ocean Team

As a middle market firm, don’t fall into the trap of going up against the biggest established players in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Why Personal Productivity Can Only Get You So Far

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

I like to think of myself as a highly organized and productive person, and I like reading about and experimenting with tips and methods for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Signature Consultants Featured in National Center for Middle Market Report [Client Spotlight]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Hearty congratulations are in order for long-time Rhythm client Signature Consultants!

Not only have they experienced mind-blowing growth..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

No, Your Strategy Does Not Suck - You Just Have Too Many Good Ideas [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

“Patrick, my strategy sucks! I am not getting the results and growth that I want. What should I do?” I get this question quite often. On..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Are Your Annual Plans Really Strategic? Your Results Depend on It [Video]

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

I would challenge you to think very hard about this question as it’s not an easy one to answer based on my experience as a facilitator,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Be a Better Leader by Clock Building vs. Telling Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Benefits Enough to Attract and Engage the Best People?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 3, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

While a lot of companies say that employees are their most valuable assets, not all walk the walk. It takes a lot of time and effort to ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Recruitment Challenges Constraining Your Growth?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

According to a recent study from the National Center for the Middle Market and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, "Nearly four out..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Storytelling Inspires Results [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool, today — and it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Life happens in the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

8 Habits for CEOs to Grow Your Business Without Breaking a Sweat

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At each business stage, leaders face new challenges and complexity. The Herculean effort to launch and grow a business to $1m revenue is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execute For Your Core Customer

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 08:27 AM
I was recently preparing for an Annual Planning webinar, which is focused on making the right decisions every year, month, week and day. I..
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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

How to Use a Think Rhythm: A Proven Process for Business Breakthroughs

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Creating a regular habit to think, or a Think Rhythm, can be a powerful way to:

  • Create and strengthen your Strategic Foundation
  • Work on..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Getting a Grip on Your Annual Planning Process

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

As you set your strategic priorities for the upcoming year, remember an important distinction: Your “strategic plan” isn’t as important as..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

The Value of a Great First Day

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

I joined Rhythm Systems as Client Services Manager back in September of last year, and I have to say, my first day stood out as..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Lessons from the Story of David and Goliath

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

“Goliath had as much chance against David as any Bronze Age warrior with a sword would have had against an opponent armed with a .45..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have a Line Item in Your Budget for Innovation? Your Success Depends on it!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year to create a winning plan for next year. As part of the Annual Planning process, you will be reviewing last year’s..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Harness the Thinking Power of Your Team to Create Great Annual Plans

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Nov 11, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” - Emil Chartier

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

True Grit, Premium Value, and Success - How Bad Do You Want It?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Whenever I am onboarding a new client, I expect questions. I often hear, "what’s the most important thing that we need to succeed?" So I..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Growing Your Company: Tips for Taming the Chaos

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

There’s a chain reaction at the root of most organizational chaos. The catalyst is lack of focus. Without a clear definition of what’s most..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Coach Your Sales Team to Get Predictable Results

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Being a great coach is founded on knowing which hat you’re wearing. Everyone wears multiple hats. It could be a team member, project..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Take Your Core Values Outside

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

First thing’s first. I should get personal travel and/or injury insurance the next time I visit the Cannon team.

I’ve had the distinct..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

3 Sales Contest Examples to Predictably Increase Revenue & Profit

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently shared an interesting trend regarding sales and predictable results. The premise was that leaders just like you are desperate..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Sales Contests Offer the Predictable Result of Increased Revenue & Profit

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Onsite consulting reveals interesting trends, and this year I’m hearing more and more about predictable results. Leaders just like you are..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Do You Have a Culture of Innovation?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It is that time of year again when I am developing a workshop for our annual Breakthrough Conference. This year, I am working on a topic..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

10 Things to Do When You Fail (Infographic)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read about a museum of failure, a new exhibition. The Museum of Failure is located in Sweden and showcases high-profile product..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Fast Growth Causes Far Too Many Problems

Posted by Jenn LeVine on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

This is exactly why Rhythm was created! Fast growth causes far too many problems.

I was reading the news on my lunch break today, and I was..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning: Does Your Plan Include Winning Moves?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

It is important to have winning strategies that drive your annual plan.  Don't just focus on revenues and profit and growth.  Also focus..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

3 Easy Ways to Add Videos Into Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Deb Colson on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Our marketing team agreed that we needed more videos on our website at our Q3 planning session in 2016. As you know, being Red or Yellow on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Have You Determined What Sandbox You Want Your Company to Play In?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Determining your Sandbox is the first step in the five step process to develop your Brand Promise and a very important one that will have a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Stop Being a Monkey: Low-Hanging Fruit Leads to Failure

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

It’s exhilarating to start a company. You have a dream, you wear many hats, you have the constant challenge of managing time from one duty..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Do You Have A One Page Strategic Plan?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

Many companies have nicely bound and thick strategic plans.  Thick plans. What I call high "thud factor" plans.  So heavy that if you drop..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Go on Muda Walk to Identify the 7 Deadly Wastes

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

We have an internal team that meets weekly and goes by the name “CANI." Although I was trained as an industrial engineer, this was a term..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Minnows Vs. Whales...

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Written by sales process expert, Marylou Tyler. Marylou is currently launching her newest book, titled Predictable Prospecting: How to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Jack Daly's Secrets to Sales Success (Part 3)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Jack Daly has proven in the market, in nearly every industry, that he can move sales people through the critical sales path to the end..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Jack Daly's Path to Sales Success (Part 2)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In my last blog I asked, “Who really understands the art of effective sales?” There are a handful of sales experts and one is my guest, ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Congratulations 2016 Inc. 5000 Winners!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

With the launch of new levels of our certification program, development of breakthrough software features, preparing for our second..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Sales Success with Jack Daly (Part 1)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Who really understands the art of effective sales? The difference between effective sales people versus the typical plaid jacket, wide tie..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Test Your Potential Before the Market Tests You

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 29, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I’ve known many leaders with good potential who were never tested. I’ve also known many leaders with good potential who were tested - and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Keep it Simple and Think Different: Apple’s 3 Point Turnaround

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I came across a video on YouTube titled "Steve Jobs on 'Think Different' - Internal Meeting Sept. 23, 1997." I believe any company that has..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

ASD, ADHD and Dyslexia Go to Work

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, 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 ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How AvidXchange’s Strategy Rhythm Sky Rocketed Them to $48 MM

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

The fast growing Charlotte-based YPO company, AvidXchange, has grown from $12 to $48 million in the past three years and is shaping the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Winning Moves Breakthroughs at the Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In the fall, we had our first annual Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC. The gods did not provide us with abundant sunshine for the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Jack Daly Thinks You Better Pay Me!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

You either pay your people, or they don’t come back. I don’t mean you should give them the paychecks they earned. That’s a legal and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How Rhythm Can Help Build Enduring Core Values

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In Jim Collins' book Good to Great, he calls your core ideology "the extra dimension of enduring greatness."  He puts forth the idea that a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Core Values Alive & Well: Family is a Blessing

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As we were preparing to release the new Rhythm High Performance Teams features to our clients, I have been doing a lot of thinking about..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Creative Muscle (Video)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

“Creativity is a muscle. You have to work it continually. If you do, it will get stronger and easier to use.” Tom Kelley, Partner at Ideo

I..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

MacGyver is Your Sales Guy!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Making sales is revenue generation, and therefore the lifeblood of business growth. I’ve discovered that some people are good at selling a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Policy vs Customer Experience: Is your team empowered to decide what is right?

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

My most recent experience with a US Airways representative had me stunned (and not in a good way), I am getting fired up just thinking..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Cooking with Rhythm and Project Plans

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m often asked where Project Plans fit with Rhythm. To answer this question, I’d like to invite you into my kitchen.

I love to cook. I get..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

3 Ways to Shake Up Your Planning Session (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Having been with Rhythm since 2010, I have some teams that have done over 20 consecutive quarterly planning sessions. Can you imagine the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Employee Engagement Gets Personal

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Millions of employees around the world are feeling disengaged, depressed and dissatisfied with work. This isn’t a new problem, and there..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Rules for Creating and Managing Strong Process

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Written by Doug Davidoff of blog.imaginellc.com Doug Davidoff is the founder and CEO of Imagine Business Development. His focus is in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Congratulations Fellow Inc. 5000 Winners!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

With the launch of the Rhythm book, new breakthrough software features and 8 new hires, 2014 was a big year for us. Obviously, I was..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Seven Selling Mistakes that Cost You Marketing Dollars

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We'd like to introduce you to our guest blogger, Mike Montague of No Soliciting Club. Mike is the founder of the No Soliciting Club where..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Predictable Revenue Stream – Three Additional Subscription Models

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This is my final post based on John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry. We have already..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Do I Know When the Timing is Right to Sell My Business?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

We would like to introduce you to our guest blogger, Kenneth Marks of www.highrockpartners.com. Kenneth is an entrepreneur and subject..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Characteristics of an Effective Think Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

A Think Rhythm is the most efficient way to work through just about anything – developing a product, documenting a new process, working on..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Which Subscription Model Works Best for You?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 @ 01:36 PM

In an upcoming post, I will explain the five reasons why exploring a subscription model within your business makes sense. Today, I will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Steps to Define It Before You Design It

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to call it out. Why do we, as business leaders, put up with mediocrity? I’m talking about leaders in your company who get the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power in Taking Time to Think

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a write, I am on my way to Chicago to meet with my forum group. A forum is a small group, usually 8 to 12 like-minded CEOs and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

World Class Sales Organization: 5 Steps to Build It

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The best sales people are not those that have the gift of gab, and the best sales managers aren’t the best sales people. Selling and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think Like a Startup

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Startups are amazing businesses. They find a problem that isn’t properly solved in the marketplace and try to resolve that problem in a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Is Your Execution Really Connected to Your Strategy? (Infographic)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Do you ever worry that your employees are just showing up to work day after day, building widgets, and not understanding or caring how what..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Don't Speculate When You Can Innovate

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Forecasting & Prediction: Execute with Confidence

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you have ever downloaded any tools or other resources on our site, you know that we usually ask you about your Biggest Business..

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

How Rhythm Can Help Fight Jim Collins' Five Stages of Decline

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"No matter how much you’ve achieved, no matter how far you’ve gone, no matter how much power you’ve garnered, you are vulnerable to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

It’s Time You Knew Jack! Q & A for Successful Sales with Jack Daly

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

You’ve heard it – you don’t know Jack. You can’t really measure what I do. This is different from manufacturing numbers, usual metrics,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Produce Breakthrough Ideas by Encouraging Employees to Fail

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Do you encourage your employees to fail? Doing so can produce some breakthrough ideas and products.

I am reading Exponential Organizations,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Have You Nailed Your Business Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I recently read a great abstract on Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, by Rich Horwarth. Here are some of the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Power of a Meaningful BHAG

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Use A Culture of Execution as a Competitive Advantage

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

AvidXchange, a long time Rhythm client, recently told me a story about how their culture made the difference in accelerating sales. A..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Rhythm Can Help Build An Enduring Company with Level 5 Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Not all companies and not all leaders want to be enduring and great.  In our modern economy, many companies are what Jim Collins calls “..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG: Why Some Companies Soar

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It just seems that some companies soar, and when we see them soaring we sit back and wonder what the heck they’re doing to “get it right.”..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How Rhythm Can Help You Face the Brutal Facts (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In his research for Good to Great, one of the patterns Jim Collins discovered was that the great companies all started the path to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Do You Need to Stop Doing?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In Good to Great, Jim Collins challenges each of us to have a "Stop Doing" List.  He reminds us that great companies make as much use of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How Well Are You Using Your BHAG? Red-Yellow-Green It!

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

At the end of every quarter, Rhythm Coaches provide their clients with a Rhythm Progress Report.  The tool prompts some thinking.  How good..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Best BHAG in the World Is...

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

"Patrick, can you please help me with our BHAG and get it done in our annual planning session?” I get this request frequently. The answer..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Why BHAG Posters Don’t Work & 4 Ways to Make Yours Work!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I walked into the client’s conference room and noticed their BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) poster. I was impressive! It communicated..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Is It Time for a New BHAG?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

It's Big. It's Hairy. It's Audacious. But, do you need a new one?

Your 10-25 year goal, or BHAG, might be in need of an update.  Here are..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Significance & A New Era of Time Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 4, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I recently heard Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose, speak at the Secret Service Summit in Cleveland.  Rory shared a unique..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Creating a World Class Employee Experience: Lessons from Anytime Fitness CEO

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I recently attended the 2014 Secret Service Summit all about how to create a customer experience that is so valuable that price becomes..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Keep Your A-Players

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Congratulations!  The search is over!  You went through the long process of TopGrading to hire the right person for the job, and you now..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus on Your Core: Checklist for Strategy Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

The elements of your core strategy (your Core Purpose, Core Values, and Core Customer) are foundational for your success.  If you don’t..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Enter an Entirely New Market Space & Catch Your Competition Off Guard!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

A running joke among my friends and family is that I never met an internal combustion engine I did not like!

I started riding motorcycles..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

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 in..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Four Strategies for Innovation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Innovation is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.” 

- Albert Szent-Guorgi, 1937 Nobel Prize for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

4 Keys to Conquer Complacency in Your Organization

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Complacency is something that can rear its ugly head in any organization that doesn’t build the culture and mechanisms to keep it at bay. A..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!!! (Let’s Celebrate)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

This is one of those songs that sticks in your head and you can’t get rid of it, right?  However, you have to admit, it really sets the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Do You Have a Brand Promise to Attract Customers?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I was recently traveling to Boston and found myself in Logan airport hungry and waiting for my flight.  I had about an hour to get a bite ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Does Your Company Have a Healthy Rhythm?

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Are there any areas of your business that are preventing you from growing to your highest potential? Maybe you feel like what once worked..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Innovate or Die! Have You Developed an Innovation Strategy?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

“In war, there is no prize for runner-up.” - Omar Bradley, U.S. General

The last blog I wrote asked questions about how your company’s..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Even Google Gets It Wrong Sometimes

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“I work with some of the top executives in the world and none of them read. And then they pay me to talk about what I read – which really..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tony Robbins Got It Wrong!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

On February 2, 2013 I frantically tweeted, “Tony Robbins got it wrong this week about ‘understanding your employees’ work strategies.”..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Headed for a Crash Landing?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve seen great strategies suffer crash landings when team execution failed. Determining how and understanding why this happens is key to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Core Purpose - It’s All About You, Not Your Customers (Sort of)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Jim Collins refers to your Core Purpose as your company’s reason for being.  It answers the big question WHY?  “Why do we exist as a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

What Makes You Different and Does It Support Your Brand Promise Guarantee?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I have been coaching more and more clients on developing their Brand Promise and Brand Promise Guarantee.  There are many components of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Rhythm 2.0 - Create a Quarterly Plan for Growth

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

A winning quarter begins with a winning execution plan.  My last blog showed how to create a killer plan for the new year.  This blog will..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Rhythm Blog by Patrick Thean – Launching Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

These are very exciting days at Rhythm Systems. We are changing this blog from "Patrick Thean's Blog" to "Rhythm Blog - by Patrick." Over..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Incorporate Department Level Planning Into Your One-Page Plan

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Those of you who are familiar with and use the One Page Strategic Plan know that Columns 5 and 6 are for your Company’s Quarterly Plan and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Tips for Making Your “Stop Doing” List

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

For most entrepreneurs, the problem is not a lack of ideas.  In fact, we’ve found that most of our clients have too many great ideas.  So..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Think Rhythm: Why You Need One and How to Get One

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

We are all busy people, especially CEOs and founders of growth companies.  With the fast paced lives we lead, it can be nearly impossible..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

One-Page Strategy Implementation - Do You REALLY Got It?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

One of the critical, even primary, tasks of a leader is directing the energy and attention of your team. I don’t mean to discount your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Echo Mountain – The Entrepreneur’s Core Value Check

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

If you've ever visited a cliff known for its echo effect, you'll remember easing to the edge, taking a huge breath, andwith all the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Untraining Challenge

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

“The employees who come in with the most call center experience, we have the hardest time trying to get them to unlearn what they have..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Six Strategy Tips and Traps

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

A client of mine recently asked me if I had read Playing to Win – How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin.  Lafley is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

4 Questions to Make Your BHAG Practical

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

If you are bogged down in the day to day operational responsibilities of your job, it might be hard to see how your long term strategy is..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Think Outside the Box to Develop Powerful Growth Strategies

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mohandas Gandhi

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Don’t Make These Hiring Mistakes!

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

As you are planning for next year, you are probably also thinking about your organization’s needs as you grow and possibly budgeting to..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Give Thanks and Ask the Right Questions to Retain Your Valuable Employees

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

The holiday season is always a good time to pause and give thanks for the people in our personal lives.  We do this by hosting holiday..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Is Your Business a Murder Mystery?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

I had dinner tonight, a murder mystery dinner, and in the middle of the excitement found myself reminiscing on the successful, and failed,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Missing a Key Component of Alignment?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

End of year begins a heavy planning period for many of our clients – quarterly planning, annual planning, strategic 3-5 year planning, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rhythm 2.0 - Create a Killer Annual Plan for the New Year

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

A winning year begins with a winning execution plan.  My prior blog posts on Rhythm 2.0 focused on how Rhythm helps you with a Think..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning - Are You Winning on the Basics?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Great companies first win on the basics, then they wow you with something special. And that’s the cherry on top! But if you don’t first..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Do You Have the Right Data and Insight for Your Upcoming Annual Planning?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

How do you prepare for your annual planning session? How do you get the best data and insights to maximize the outcome of your planning..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Rhythm Strategy Execution Software - Think About Your Brand Promise Guarantee

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Want to turbo-charge your sales?  Then, read this blog and get to work on a Brand Promise Guarantee!

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Long Term Strategy - BHAG

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Do you have a long term strategic goal that serves to both focus and motivate your company’s people to achieve growth and greatness?  Jim..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Is Your Team Building Skills to Manage a Company Twice the Size of Your Current Company?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Life was great. I was experiencing explosive growth. It felt like we were on a rocket going to the moon! Everything felt great. Then one..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Long Term Strategy - Core Values & Purpose

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

How do you know if you have the right strategy to grow your business AND enjoy the journey along the way?

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Rhythm 2.0 - Think About Your Brand Promise

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 @ 07:20 AM

What sets you apart from your competitors?  What is it about you that makes you different in the marketplace that your customers value?..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Eat an Elephant - A Survival Guide for Crucial Conversations

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

With Q4 just around the corner, many teams are getting ready for their quarterly planning sessions.  During your session, inevitably,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Is Your Team Choking on KPIs? Special KPIs Give Your Team Kick-Butt Focus!

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

The companies I coach are in the game of business, not to survive – but to win! You can’t win by being thoughtful, yet complacent. In..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Be Culture Conscious

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

I once heard that your culture will eat your strategy for lunch. The culture of your organization determines communication styles, how..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Energize Your Workday

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is "Keep Smart."  Because we try to practice what we preach and live our core values, our..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Have Holes in your Rockefeller Habits Implementation & One-Page Strategic Plan?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:12 PM
If you are like a lot of companies that adopt a new methodology, you want to do it all at once.  The problem is that it's just not..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Perform Like a True Corporate Athlete to Maximize Your Performance and Execution

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

I recently attended the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida and had the opportunity to hear some phenomenal speakers share their..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Tips for Building and Using Your KPI Dashboard

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

“Today’s managers recognize the impact that measures have on performance.  But rarely think of measurement as an essential part of their..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Lessons from Chopped: Your Brand Promise Can Be a Winning Move

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

No matter the market or the economy, you should always be asking your team to re-assess your Brand Promise and its sales tactics, and..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Your Mid-year Check Up

Posted by Nancy Sacani on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Are you on track to hit all of your annual goals and finish the year strong?  You built a great plan during your Annual Planning session..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Three Questions to Change Tracks Rather than Changing Trains

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Implementing change on a company level can feel insurmountable.  As a matter of fact, the more successful companies become, the more..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

3 Ways to Adapt Your Leadership While Practicing the Rockefeller Habits (Video)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 07:44 AM

CEOs and leadership teams worldwide have been practicing white-knuckle management for almost four years.  Your company may have seen rapid..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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 are..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Effective Meetings

Activation of the One-Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, May 5, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

How does your organization typically roll out major change? Often, it is by enlisting the power of persuasion – perhaps the persuasion..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Making the Most of Your Metrics

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

The start of a new year is a great time to clean up your KPI dashboards.  It’s so easy to think of one more metric we want to track,..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Forward Movement: Who's Driving - You or Mr. Magoo?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

With very good intent, many executive leaders celebrate the bottom-line (which is fine), but at what expense? Many leaders are simply ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Is Your Growth Strategy Proactive or Reactive?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 @ 02:21 PM

Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Sometimes the path to success can feel like a failure - and sometimes failure is a part of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Setting Your Sales Team Up For Success

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 @ 01:12 AM

Recently, I have been working with many Rhythm clients who are cascading to their sales teams.  The first question I get is this: "We have..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Work On Your 20 Mile March During Annual Planning

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

Jim Collins talks about the 20 mile march in chapter 4 of his book "Great By Choice".  If you have not read this book yet, you should...

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

7 Questions to Test your Core Purpose

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 @ 09:23 AM

You and your team have been hard at work identifying your Core Purpose - your company's reason for being- the "why" behind what you do. ..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Grow Your Business Through Your Brand Ideal

Posted by Kristi Burns on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 @ 08:19 AM

In his latest book, marketing guru and author Jim Stengel speaks to the relationship of high ideals and maximum growth, noting that the..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Revisit Your Strategy In Quarterly Planning

Posted by Kristi Burns on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 08:20 AM

Quarterly Planning sessions are meant to define key initiatives that will be focused on over the next 90 days in support of your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Don't Let the Summer Slump Derail Your BHAG

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 06:46 AM

Wouldn't it be great to walk in the office on the first day of summer and tell your entire team to take the next 3 months off?  While an..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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 welcome! ..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Staying Connected to Strategy Through Turnover

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

When anyone on the executive team leaves, transition can be tough.  No matter the circumstances, the rest of the team can feel unsettled..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Bring Your Core Purpose To Life

Posted by Kristi Burns on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 08:47 AM

Most often, when we think of an organization’s reason for being, we often first think of making money. While it is true that the goal of..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Is Your BHAG Drowning In A Red Ocean?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:31 AM

When working on your Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG), understanding your market space is key.  Are you drowning in a Red Ocean or setting..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Strong Core Values Drive Great Business Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:14 AM
Great companies have great business execution in part because they have strong core values.  If you are motivated by Tiffany's post "8..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Does Your BHAG Make Your Team Yawn Or Gulp?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 @ 02:36 PM
My team has been living our core value to "Keep Smart" by reviewing some foundational articles on business strategy.  Last week's was..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth

So You Have A Strategic Annual Plan - Now What?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 @ 06:13 AM

So you have a strategic plan?  That's awesome!  Congratulations!  You are doing better than the majority of the companies doing business..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Is Your Execution Connected to Your Strategy?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 @ 09:49 AM
How do you know if your execution is connected to your strategy?  Do you have 3 key winning moves in your company strategy that you are..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Are Your Decisions Tough To Make? Or Merely Tough To Execute On?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 @ 06:11 AM
Many of us often struggle with making decisions.  The tough decisions.  I have found that there actually are only a few decisions that..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Build A Depth Chart For Your Key Execution Seats

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 @ 02:59 PM
NFL teams have a depth chart for their positions.  If the starting quarterback is lost to injury, the backup takes over.  If the backup is..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Annual Planning Tips

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:03 PM
Happy New Year to our friends and customers!  Here is to a great 2012.
 
As you begin your new year, here are a couple of ideas and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Netflix - A Lesson in Mis-Alignment

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 07:27 PM

It is critical to have a clear execution plan aligned with your strategy.  Proof of alignment (or not) can be seen by your actions: 

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

When And How Do I Know I Can Fire With Minimal Business Impact?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:00 PM

Jack Welch, was the CEO of GE that made Topgrading famous.  He hired Brad Smart and they worked together to hire the top guys at G.E.  He..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Fire To Protect Your Core Values

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 @ 06:49 AM
So you have an employee who really does not live your core values … he or she just does not seem to fit in.  You have discussed with him..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How To Set The Right Goals For Your Associate To Be Successful

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 @ 06:45 AM
So how do you set the right goals and get someone to be accountable to those goals?  There are two reasons for someone to perform poorly...
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, KPIs & Dashboards

Testing Your Brand Promise - How Do You Know It Works?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:44 AM

I was recently asked at a conference "How do I know that my brand promise is a good one?  How do I know it is working?"

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Dig A Little Deeper And Solve The Root Cause, Not Just The Symptoms

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 @ 06:36 AM
Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper for the answer.  Too often, when faced with a problem, we find a solution quickly, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

DO It Today... Not Tomorrow

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 @ 06:35 AM

Let's do it tomorrow....  Let's deal with it in our weekly status meeting tomorrow... Let's wait for his/her approval...  These are all..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Using A Start Stop Keep Tool To Make Your Mid Year Adjustments

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 12:17 PM
After our webcast on Mid Year adjustments, I received a couple more questions regarding using the SSK tool.  Thought I would share them on..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

The Power Of Executing On Customer Service With Speed

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 06:35 AM

Speed... Speed... Speed.  Reacting quickly to a customer's need or issue can transform a customer issue into customer delight.  Especially..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Power Of Knowing Your Critical Question

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jun 11, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

I am in Singapore, enjoying great food and catching up with great friends.  One of my friends has a successful education and consulting..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Do You Say NO To The Wrong Things?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

It takes courage, and it takes the support and backing of your team as well as your manager or partner.

Courage... does not come from thin..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

ROP Tip #2 - Measure Output Not Hours

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 12:13 PM
Are you focused on how many hours your team is working or how much output and value they deliver?  The true measurement of ROP is about how..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do Less And Get More Done! Look For "Minor Majors"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 17, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

Simplify!  Do less and get more done!  That seems rather difficult to achieve... doing less while getting more done.  Life has gotten more..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Having Trouble Building Habits? Get Into A Rhythm!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Apr 3, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

It takes time, energy and focus to create habits.  We have all tried at some point to create a new habit and realized unfortunately that..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Strategic Decisions, The Fuel For Your Execution Engine

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

When you go to a gas station to fuel up your car, you have a choice of fuel quality based on octane level ratings.  You might have a..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

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