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by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

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

Cindy Praeger Sat, Nov 30, 2019 @ 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 mid-to-large companies face is not that their strategies were not sound, but because they were unable to create a culture of strategy execution to perform well on those otherwise sound strategies.  Successful teams bridge the strategy to execution gap through Intelligent Work.  

The Five C's of Leadership and Team Accountability (Updated for 2020)

Cathy McCullough Sat, Nov 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

From a leadership perspective, there’s a real thirst for increasing leadership accountability. Executives have recently asked me various questions that linger over the concept of building team accountability to help them achieve their strategic plans while creating high performing teams:

“How do I build accountability in teams?

What else can I do to get people to do what we need them to do?”

“How can I hold a team member to be held accountable and still be seen as a good leader?”

"How do I balance leadership accountability and personal accountability when building a team?"

Building team accountability requires that we understand a few dynamics because it’s more complicated than we might recognize.  It goes above and beyond the responsibility for the outcomes, which is obviously important, but effective leaders know that they need a culture of accountability in their teams that provide the inputs needed to achieve the expected team performance.

Departmental Silos: The Silent Productivity Killer

Cindy Praeger Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

Departmental silos in business are organizational units that should operate as specialized components of the proverbial ‘well-oiled machine’ but, unfortunately, almost always wind up operating increasingly in isolation of the rest of the company and will often end up in turf wars.

Organizational units created to provide excellence in some functional area inevitably grow to the point that they become more or less independent of the rest of the company. That, in turn, leads to fragmentation, destroying synergy with the rest of the organization and, at the same time, wasting resources by replicating expertise and data found elsewhere in the company choking the flow of information and making most cross departmental projects failures.

Best Breakthrough Conference Ever [SlideShare]

Jessica Wishart 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 Breakthrough Conference. She was right - we look forward to this event all year. It’s our time to bring the whole “family” together - our clients, partners, friends and team. We also work hard to prepare a celebration packed with gifts of exceptional content, meaningful connections, and a memorable experience.

This year’s sold-out Breakthrough Conference had many magic moments, and here are a few highlights I wanted to share:

Does Your Organization Have The Right Rhythm of Work To Achieve Your Growth Goals?

Cindy Praeger Fri, Nov 8, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

8 Ways To Manage Using Your Core Values (Video)

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 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!  

Brand Promise Examples: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jessica Wishart Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 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 of the most important building blocks help you win more of the right customers by helping you focus on how you sell your product/service to your Core Customer. 

What makes a Brand Promise “good” is not only its appeal to your Core Customer and its ability to help you close sales with them, but also your ability to consistently deliver on that promise.  You'll find that most of the brand promise examples listed below you are already familiar with as they clearly define the what the brand promises the customer and is used heavily in their marketing as it completely aligns with their brand.

Have You Defined Your Core Purpose Statement CPS? (Video)

Alan Gehringer Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 08:48 AM

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

One of the best articles I have read on Core Purpose is Jim Collins and Jerry Porras article titled “Building Your Company’s Vision.”  The authors explain that a well-developed vision consists of two parts, core ideology and an envisioned future.  The core ideology consists of two components, Core Values and Core Purpose.  The envisioned future has two elements, The Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and a vivid description of what it will look like when you achieve your BHAG.  The former should never change, while the latter may, once you have accomplished your long term 10-20 year goal.  These should be your guiding purpose to go above and beyond the status quo.  As we hear more and more companies becoming purpose driven organizations to attract and keep A-Talent having a well defined Core Purpose is the first step in the process.

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

Chris Cosper Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 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 question posed by Jack Daly a few years ago at one of the Fortune Growth Summits.  Our team really connected with the idea of treating a new employee’s first day like a celebration, and over the past few years we have created an internal process called “Great First Day" as a critical part of their employee onboarding process.  How do you make employees feel welcome from their very first day?

We started taking a very intentional approach to how we onboard new people into the company (just as we take a careful approach to hiring the right people).  A week or two before the new hire’s first day, we create an hour-by-hour plan for their first day or two.  Every employee who has joined us over the past two years has shared in this wonderful experience and now looks forward to paying it forward when someone new joins us.  The “Great First Day” really is a celebration for everyone in the company, and as a result, people feel welcomed, appreciated and planned for.  This practice has become a way that we live one of our own Core Values, Be Appreciative

A team lunch is a great first start, but it pays to go above and beyond.  Employees that develop quick bonds with their coworkers are able to feel welcome, learn the company culture and are more likely to be fully up and running in the first 90 days.  The earlier that the new team member is working closely with their teammates, the faster the return on payroll to your bottom line as well.  It is a win-win!

Core Purpose in Action with Samaritan's Feet

Jessica Wishart 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 opportunity to partner with Samaritan’s Feet to help kids and neighbors in need by providing them with new shoes. Most of the recipients were residents of Lake Arbor, a low-income apartment complex being closed due to sub-standard living conditions; many of them are not able to afford moving elsewhere.

Our friends at Samaritan's Feet reached out to us to ask our help giving these neighbors some hope. Every year at our Breakthrough Conference, Samaritan’s Feet participates as our charity partner, but this was the first time our Rhythm team was able to join in the actual distribution of the shoes.

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