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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.

High Performance Culture: How to Create a High Performance Team

Ted Skinner Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 12:35 PM

High performance teams are critical to success in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment.  In order to remain competitive, it is imperative that organization's build high performance capacity.  Some common characteristics of high performing teams include:

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.

Process Implementation: How to Implement a New Process at Work in 2020

Tiffany Chepul Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As companies grow, the need to strategic establish implementation processes to help you scale to meet your business goals becomes inevitable. We've all reached a place in our role when the way we used to do things no longer works and we have to innovate. Necessity becomes the mother of invention - there's really no way to avoid it in a healthy growing company.

The truth remains, however: implementing new processes at work is hard. It's some of the most difficult work that teams do. Some teams struggle with change itself - it pushes people out of their comfort zone and sometimes there is resistance. Other teams struggle to develop the processes themselves - they can't agree on the best way to proceed to improve the business process. Even if you can define a new process and make some headway on changing people's mindsets, there is still the uphill battle for implementing the key processes that turn plans into action. Management teams can help their employees to implement a new business process in five simple ways to maximize their implementation efforts.

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:

How CEOs Use Rhythm to Eliminate Multi-System Chaos

Ryan Walcott Tue, Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Your company is growing fast and managing projects and tracking metrics across teams is complex and difficult. You now have multiple systems in different teams adding to the complexity and difficulty. The result of this complexity and difficulty is being blindsided by missed goals. You don't want to be blindsided anymore. It stresses everyone out. Opportunities vanish and aren't realized. This costs you and your company millions of dollars. It may cost you and your executive team your jobs.

The ROI of Replacing Spreadsheets with Systems

Ryan Walcott Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Is Your Company Culture Execution-Ready?

Jessica Wishart Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, our core purpose is helping organizations and individuals achieve their dreams and goals. We have a software platform and expert consultants, and we’ve spent a lot of time developing best practices around the right habits to achieve success. However, over the years we’ve learned something critical: you can have all the right strategies, goals, and meeting rhythms to do the work, but if you have the wrong people—or a culture that rewards the wrong behaviors—you will still not reach your potential as a company.

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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