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Hybrid Work Strategy: Hybrid Work is Better with Software

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

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

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jun 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

Increase System Adoption & Dig Deeper with These Questions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 @ 10:56 AM
Rhythm is one of those tools that works best when everyone uses it, and most new clients worry about system adoption. We've all been..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Start Stop Keep Exercise: What Should You Adjust? (Examples)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, May 28, 2021 @ 07:10 AM
Every quarter, my team and I complete a Start-Stop-Keep exercise to get us thinking. It's a valuable process that forces me to think:..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Why are KPIs Important? The Importance of KPIs and How to Choose Them.

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, May 25, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Measuring the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is vital to the health and success of your business. However, when we onboard new..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Magical Thinking and Managing Your Expectations

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 11:05 AM
Have you ever been particularly busy with work—maybe leading up to a big event or project deadline—and tell yourself, "OK, things will..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

How to Write Goals: Effective Goal Setting 101 [with Examples]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Successful SMART goal (priority) setting is an essential skill for both personal and professional success. If you aren’t setting goals,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Biggest Business Challenges: New Research Data for 2021 (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 10:30 AM
Over the last few years, we've been collecting data from our Rhythm com munity - including YPO members,  entrepreneurs of the year, and..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, White Papers

Your Priority Areas for the Next Quarter: How to Choose the Right Priorities (Examples)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

A new quarter is starting. It is time to discuss, prioritize and choose your top priorities for the new quarter. How do you do this? How..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Agile Business Plan: Utilizing Agile Business Planning for Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Business is moving faster than ever before, and these days your business needs to be as nimble possible to respond to the rapidly..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Rhythm of Work™ – The Strategic Framework

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 05:56 PM
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Whitepapers

Accountability in Leadership: Build Leadership Accountability with the 5 C's Framework

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 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

The ROI of Replacing Strategy Spreadsheets with Systems

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

Spreadsheets are a powerful tool and very inexpensive. Compared to most software, they seem nearly free. That's why most businesses use..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Improve Multiple Departmental Processes That Cross Multiple Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 3, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Our team was stuck. We had a CRM (customer relationship management) system that was making our lives painful instead of making it easier..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Clear Expectations: How Your Employees Know What Success Looks Like

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many, it's time to roll out those 2021 plans and kick off some new initiatives to help your company build back or accelerate growth..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your Journey to Great Execution in 2021

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Dec 11, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

How much did misalignment cost your organization in 2020? Misalignment comes from poor planning, and it results in poor execution and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Implementation Process: Implementing New Processes and Procedures

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

What is process implementation and what does it mean to me?  As companies grow, the need to establish and effective implementation..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm Helps Drake Forecast Better to Meet Customer Deadlines [Client Spotlight]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

A Better Way to Forecast Customer Growth

How a manufacturing company improved their ability to forecast when production needed to ramp..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Creating Synergy Between Cross Functional Teams (Updated for 2021)

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

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

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How Middle Market CEOs Execute on Strategy for Success (Updated for 2021)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 @ 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..

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

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Waste

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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

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

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 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

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

Strategic Planning: Examples of What to Start, Stop and Keep Doing for 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

It may seem daunting to tackle your Strategic Annual Planning session for 2021. With so much uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Strategic Software Features that Make CEOs' Jobs Easier

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Sep 2, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As a CEO, you have specific challenges from a leadership perspective. You have to keep your team connected to your overall strategy,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

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

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Aug 24, 2020 @ 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

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

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 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..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Plan Your Personal Quarter to Deliver Predictable Results

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

We talk a lot about plans - annual plans, quarterly plans, team plans, project plans. But what’s your plan for the next 90 days? What..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Rockefeller Habits Scaling Up Your Business Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 @ 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

Are You Struggling to Move Your Company Forward?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Over the last several months, we’ve seen our clients innovate in amazing ways to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 crisis. We have..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Online Training Best Practices: 5 Tips

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

As head of training at Rhythm Systems, I’ve had a busy year creating all the training content to accompany our latest software release -..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Communicating a Merger to Employees: 4 Ways to Tell Your Team About a Merger or Acquisition

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

An acquaintance of mine has recently undergone a merger at her corporation. As a mid-level employee, she knew it was coming; her company..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

Why an Execution System Can Drive Your Strategy and Get You Results

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

I have been helping companies develop their strategies for growth and profitability for over twenty years. As with many consultants, I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

High Performance Team Culture: How to Create a Team Rhythm for Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

High performance teams are critical to success in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. In order to remain..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Best Change Management Books to Get You Ready for Organizational Change

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

Whether you or an..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Kill Distractions and Reach Your Destination

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

This past Fall, my family and I took a week’s vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. We have been there several times in the past, but this..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Making Plan Adjustments: The What, When & How to Make Adjustments

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

How do you know when it’s time to make an adjustment? You’ve got your quarterly plan, and it just doesn’t seem to be going, well,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The 5Cs of Communication: How to Use Them in Crisis Communication

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 01:56 PM

If you are like me, your inbox is full of COVID-19 response letters from every vendor, doctor, airline, restaurant or business of any..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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

On-Time Delivery KPIs: Goals, Culture, and Habits to Improve On-Time Delivery Manufacturing

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 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

KPI Spreadsheets vs. KPI Dashboards: How You Know You’ve Outgrown Excel

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, May 31, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Since the release of Patrick Thean's book Rhythm, it has been so exciting to speak with people who are implementing Rhythm in all types..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Aligned Planning: Getting Aligned Cross-Functionally Throughout the Quarter

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, May 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

The things I'm most excited about in the new version of Rhythm are the features for cross-functional teams and departments. Achieving..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

My Huddle - Daily Huddle With Myself

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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

Essential Tech Stack for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many companies are re-tooling and finding the best ways to remain connected and productive in a remote work environment in the work from..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement to Scale Your Company

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How to Reduce Chaos at Work During A Crisis Using Rhythm Software

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 12:07 PM

With information moving so quickly regarding global pandemic COVID-19, many companies are facing the daunting task of taking care of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Goal Setting Steps: 5 Keys to Drive Better Results

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Goal setting is both a skill and an art. Whether you are new to the goal-setting game, or a seasoned pro, there is always room for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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

What's Your #1 Business Challenge?

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

What's the #1 challenge affecting your business today? Christine Rutherford, our Head of Growth andStrategic Partnerships, and Juan..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Why There's Still Hope for Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Did you have a New Year’s Resolution this year? Any new habits you were trying to develop? How are those new habits coming along? We’re..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Custom KPI: Maximize Your Effectiveness with Custom KPI Dashboards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 14, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

In Rhythm software, there are few different lenses to view your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). You can view them in a Scorecard to..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

A Better Way to Manage Team Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

For many team leaders, it can be hard to keep a pulse on what’s happening in your team, especially if your company has remote workers or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Align Employees with Company Goals

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As the dust settles on the Annual Planning season, many mid market CEOs now face the challenge of how to achieve and maintain alignment..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are Your Priorities SMART?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 05:44 PM

Creating Company, Group, and Individual priorities is a key success factor (a leading indicator KPI) to achieving both your short-term..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning for Success: The Missing Link Between Planning and Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I love my job! I get to work with people to make their business hopes and dreams come true. I mean, what is not to like about working..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Communication Gap: How to Close the Communication Gap and Increase Alignment

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

One of our manufacturing clients came to us originally with a very interesting problem. Everyone on the shop floor was doing a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Close the Strategy Execution Gap

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, I don’t want to create “holiday creep” where Christmas decorations are out even before..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Scaleable Processes: How to Make Scalable Process Improvements in 2021

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 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

Ditch the Spreadsheet: Using Systems to Scale as Your Company Grows

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Remember when you could fit your entire company into a conference room? Those were the days. Things were simple and most things could be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Execution Leadership: 7 Steps to Execute Your Strategy

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 11:42 AM

Recently, I worked with a client who was a whiz at quarterly planning, but was falling short on execution.  The team was capable, the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Build a Great Company with a High Performance Culture

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

We had a wonderful Breakthrough Conference this year that helped hundreds of middle market managers and CEOs achieve breakthrough..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Productivity Checklist: How to Have Your Most Productive Week

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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

4 Steps to Bust Silos & Encourage Team Collaboration

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In many fast-growing mid-market companies, departments and teams do their work with little time or effort spent communicating with other..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Scorecards: Build Team Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sat, Jan 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

I recently spoke to a great group of organizational leaders at the Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC. The session..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Think Plan Do to Achieve Your Personal Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we teach our clients to grow their businesses with purpose using our Think Plan Do® methodology.  We believe the best..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strengthsfinder Team Analysis: Engage Your Team By Focusing on Their Strengths

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In order to live our Core Value to Keep Smart, our team does company-wide training each year (in addition to the department-specific..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Data Driven KPIs: How to Make Data-Driven Adjustments to Hit Your Targets

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 9, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

For many CEOs and executive leaders, the idea of having a system in place to allow you to see where you are off-track with the company’s..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

From Planning to Execution: Shifting From Strategic Planning To Execution

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 7, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

This time of year, most people are making big plans - both personally and professionally. Even if you’re not setting lofty goals for..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Daily Routines of Successful CEOs (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, our CEO, Patrick Thean, is fond of the saying, "The fish rots from the head down." When you are thinking about your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Supercharge Your Sales Revenue with Core Customer & Brand Promise

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jan 3, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

How much time, money, and energy are you wasting trying to sell to the wrong customers?  

Determining who your core customer is and..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Reasons Why Strategy Execution Fails

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Jan 2, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

We are already two-quarters deep this year. How is your 2017 plan going so far? Is it already careening off its track, middling along,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Creating KPIs: How to Create a KPI in 5 Simple Steps (Updated for 2020)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jan 1, 2020 @ 04:47 PM

The common mistake many companies make is to start creating a bunch of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for their company. They start..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Got Rhythm? Rhythm Methodology Top 10 List (Infographic)

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

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve helped hundreds of mid-market companies achieve breakthroughs and get more initiatives done successfully. We've..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Have a Productive Company Culture (Infographic)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Company culture is important. If disengaged workers were engaged, they would boost U.S. productivity by $79 billion a year

A boost..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How Healthy is Your Business?  Take Our Free Company Health Check.

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In January, most of us are thinking about our health and making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or practice meditation. Taking..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

How CEOs Use Rhythm to Eliminate Multi-System Chaos

Posted by Ryan Walcott on 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..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Is Your Company Culture Execution-Ready?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on 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..

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Topics: 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

Welcome to Charlotte!

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

We are thrilled to host our 5th Annual Breakthrough Conference once again in Charlotte, NC, this October 24th and 25th, at the Charlotte..

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

KPIs: We Know WHAT to Measure…Now, HOW Do We Measure It?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Lately, I've been working with clients who are just getting started on their KPIs. They are deciding what to measure and who owns the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How to Use Execution as a Key Differentiator in a Changing Market [Video]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Craft breweries are one of the fastest growing industries in our region. They are popping up all over the country and the regulatory..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Use Rhythm to Plan Cross Functionally

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

I just got back from a user conference, and I was reminded of the amazing level of detail and planning that goes into pulling off an..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Change Management Tips for Leaders: 3 Tips for Successful Change

Posted by Chris Cosper on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

“Innovation is the key to success.”

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

“You must create a culture of continuous improvement.”

Here..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Ways to Fight Gender Bias and Promote Women in Leadership

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

While women have been making huge strides in the workplace, we still have a long way to go before women are well-represented at the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

Rhythm Software Implementation Roadmap (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

One of the best parts about my job is getting to see clients have that "ah-ha" moment in Rhythm - the moment the software and the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Stay Sane While Growing Your Company: A Case Study

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Everywhere I looked around the office, people were dashing, working feverishly, heads down, eyes glued to screens. It was like watching..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Stop Putting Lipstick on a Pig: Start Driving Predictable Results

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sat, Aug 10, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

You may have heard the old saying; “Putting lipstick on a pig doesn't make it more attractive!” You may chuckle at the meaning, yet I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Subscription Economy: 5 Reasons to Create Subscribers Out of Your Customers

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is to Keep Smart. In order to do that, we set aside an hour every week to come together..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Change Management Process: Expectation vs. Reality

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

You’ve done all the research. You’ve compiled a spreadsheet full of requirements, Googled until your eyes crossed, talked to sales reps,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Cascading Rhythm - What Should I Expect?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 @ 04:34 PM

In the last two years, many of my clients have taken the brave and ambitious step of cascading Rhythm deeper in their organizations. ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Hey CEOs! Bring Your Data to Life with Rhythm Integration

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

CEOs and business leaders spend a lot of time and energy working to hunt down important data and make the right decisions to grow the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Why You Can't Miss the 2019 Breakthrough Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

"Spectacular keynote speeches, incredibly, relevant, informative breakout sessions. Thank you!"

“Loved the human element of business..

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

Focus Like a Magnifying Glass to Expand Your Power

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, May 1, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

My Dad was a chemist working on, among other things, the Proctor and Gamble team that brought Cascade to the market. It was a fun..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, I felt like time has been getting away from me. I am sure many of us feel like that at the beginning of a new year after the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Do You Have the Right Processes to Grow Your Business?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Mar 23, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Missed deadlines, lost customers, overwhelmed and overworked employees, long nights working with little to show for them… Hopefully,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Why CEOs Fail and Why You Cannot Wait For The Right CEO To Save You

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 07:00 PM

In 1999, CEO consultant Ram Charan and Fortune's Geoffrey Colvin wrote an article on why CEOs fail. They studied over 40 failed CEOs..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Breakthrough Execution: What Top Performing Companies Do Differently

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Feb 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Sean K., one of our lucky Valentine's contest winners, asked, "What are the Top 3 characteristics of the companies you work with or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Plight of the Task Delayer

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Do you put off minor to-dos until they build up and become absolutely urgent? Why do we do this to ourselves, and how can we..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

We Have An Annual Plan - What Now? [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 02:17 PM

Many companies invest a lot of time, energy, and resources in crafting a strategic plan for the year. Unfortunately, many of those ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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..

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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

10 Tips To Ensure Your Family Business Makes It To The Next Generation

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 26, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In the fall, I attended the Galliard Group National Gathering where I had the privilege of spending two days with many very talented and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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

Agile Scrum and Rhythm Work Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

What is Scrum, and why do I care? Scrum is a term that has moved from the discussion in the server rooms and development area of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm Systems' Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Here at Rhythm Systems, we are very blessed to have almost 10,000 blog subscribers, 10+ regular contributors, and many amazing readers..

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

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

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 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

4 Tips to Use Dashboards Well for Stronger Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

Tip 1: Focus on the problem, not the people.

When Dutch Valley Food Distributors first used Red-Yellow-Green in their Weekly Team..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Manage Your Time Effectively as a CEO [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are being pulled in a million different directions by several important constituencies. They have to answer to direct reports,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Get the Most from Comments in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 01:49 PM

One of the most exciting product features that we've included in the Rhythm software is the ability to make comments. This feature..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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..
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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Conquer Complex Projects with Rhythm Software

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

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

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

How to Avoid Overloading Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Most of our successful mid-market clients have no shortage of great ideas. The constraint lies with the time and resources to get it all..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Successful Leaders Set Goals to Finish the Year Strong [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

It’s time to plan your fourth quarter and finish the year strong! One of the reasons plans fail is due to poorly defined goals and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Adjust Like Elon Musk and Tesla to Achieve Your Dreams and Goals

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

How badly do you want to achieve your goals? Many people quit too early, at the first sign of distress or the first pangs of pain. Tesla..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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 ..

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

Accountability: Trust, But Verify (I'm Gonna Miss Krispy Kreme)

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re from southeastern USA, you know full well how delicious a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut can be. The anticipation of that sweet..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How CEOs Should Diagnose the Root Cause of Missed Growth Strategies

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
Jack   asked   me  to review his execution plan. His team was missing their profit and revenue goals, and he wanted to figure out the..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

F.R. Drake Featured in OEM Magazine [Client Spotlight]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Hearty congratulations are in order for Rhythm client F.R. Drake!

F.R. Drake is a leader in the food equipment industry. They have..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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

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

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Your BHAG

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

Getting Things Done and Dreams Executed

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to spend some time with David Allen, author of   Getting Things Done. David is the..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Knowledge Is Power

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

How can you use a methodology and platform like Rhythm if you’re not fully in the know on all of the tips, features and functions..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Set Clear Goals for Your Priorities

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Priorities—not to be mistaken for KPIs —outline the work you plan on doing in a given amount of time in order to achieve your desired..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The 4 Most Common Reasons Revenue Initiatives Fail [Video]

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

You worked hard with your team to develop a winning annual plan. Everyone is optimistic going into the year that this plan is going to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Relevance: The Forgotten Variable…

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 09:29 AM

I was having a conversation recently with an executive who was struggling to get his arms around why his company wasn't getting the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Power of SMART Goals Made Simple [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

SMART goals provide clarity and can accelerate your success. Conversely, poorly written goals will waste time and resources and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How the Best Companies Get Started with Rhythm [Customer Stories]

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

When rolling out a new process, it’s best to start with a core group of champions who will help integrate the system into existing..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm: So Simple a 14-year-old Can Explain It (Video)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Last summer, Nicole, my 14-year-old daughter, walked into my home office and asked “Daddy, can I intern with you this summer?” I replied..

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5 Podcasts CEOs Should Listen to in 2018

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is Keep Smart; we are a team of voracious learners. But, it can be difficult to keep up with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Productivity Best Practices to Get More Done with Less Stress

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

 We are rapidly approaching the most wonderful - and busy - time of year. With the holidays and end of year deadlines looming around the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use an Objective Statement to Begin with the End in Mind

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Nov 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

With this quarterly planning season coming to a close, I've discussed hundreds of priorities in the last few weeks with clients - you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

‘Tis the Season for Writing Effective Annual Initiatives

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year again – just about everyone on a traditional calendar year is gearing up for Annual Planning! You and your team..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Lack of Visibility - You Can't Solve What You Can't See

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Imagine this - you set out a quarterly plan with your team. Your top priority is to launch a new product. Everyone is excited! You want..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

3 Tools for Better Brainstorming

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Creative problem solving is an essential skill in our ever-evolving work world.  As more and more technical and analytical aspects of..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Quick Guide to Rhythm Goal Types

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with one of our clients, AvidXchange, doing some in-person Rhythm training. As our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Are You Getting Good ROI on Your Planning Sessions?

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

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

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

3 Employee Engagement Stats That Will Make You Take Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Tom Hoff, Gallup's Southeast business development leader, speak on employee engagement. He shared..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence & What it Means for Your Business

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

According to the recent Deloitte Mid-Market Technology Survey, “Mid-market companies are starting to look beyond immediate needs toward..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Your Blueprint to Get Your Message Moving

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve been busy preparing for our Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, working on keynotes, topics, and materials that would help..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Are You Making These 3 Leadership Mistakes?

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

As Annual Planning approaches for many companies, leadership teams are sitting down to develop their goals for 2018. How was your 2017?..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Ideal Work Culture for Women?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The topic of women in the workplace can be a bit controversial, and sometimes emotional. While there is undoubtedly a pay gap in the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Things CEOs Need to Know about Activist Investors

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The term activist investor has been floating around Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal for a while now. Activist investors are..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Using Rhythm for Project Management

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine this - over a year ago, I raise my hand after our company Annual Planning session and volunteer to help with a major project our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

From Your Heart To Feet To Changing the World

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Sep 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Michael was a beautiful boy. I guessed that he was about 9 years old and although his shirt was worn out, his jeans torn, and his shoes..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Back to School: 3 Ways To Use Rhythm In The Classroom

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The first day of school is one of the most exciting and anxious days for teachers. You greet about 100 fresh young faces that are..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Ways a CEO Should Think About HR

Posted by Alicia Croke on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The Human Resource budget is one of the biggest budgets a CEO sees on his desk every day. Gallup "estimates that actively disengaged..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Learn the Secret to Breakthrough Growth

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Are you wondering what Rhythm is all about? Have you watched the aggressive growth and flawless execution of other Rhythm companies from..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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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

5 Tips on Time Management From Busy Leaders

Posted by Alicia Croke on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our team sat down with our some of our panelists for our Women In Leadership breakfast at the upcoming Breakthrough Conference..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Help... My Team is Overloaded

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Imagine this: it’s the end of the quarter. Your dashboards are Yellow and Red, you’ve missed key deadlines on important projects, and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

3 Industry Leaders in Charlotte's Growing Tech Scene

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Did you know that Charlotte was recently voted as one of the best cities for tech outside of California and New York?

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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 Ways Leaders Can Encourage Women to Speak Up at Work (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Earlier this year, we partnered with our friends at VitalSmarts on a webinar about the cost of failing to voice concerns in the workplace

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

4 Tips to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We have all heard for years how women and men experience life differently. Recently, the discussion has shifted more toward how women..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Productivity: The Weak Link Between Intention & Implementation

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Despite best intentions, many of our dreams and goals go unfulfilled. One might think it’s because people are lazy, but I struggle with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Breakthrough 2017

Posted by Alison Brown on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

I may be biased since I plan our annual Breakthrough Conference, but 2017 is a year you don’t want to miss.

Our speaker lineup is full..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

6 Productivity Tips You May Have Never Thought Of

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Business is all about getting as much done as possible because time is essentially money. In order to seize the day and pull ahead of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 Books Business Leaders Should Read this Summer

Posted by Alicia Croke on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It's that time of the year where the office starts clearing out, and everyone starts going on vacations. While the office is quiet, your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Client Achieved $1.4 Billion Valuation

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Yesterday was a big day for Michael Praeger, CEO of AvidXchange. No… Sorry, it was a huge day! Yesterday, Michael had press conference..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

New Rhythm User Certification Now Available

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We are excited to announce the release of the new Rhythm User Certification, in support of the much-anticipated launch of the latest..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

People Are Confused - What Should I Do?

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

I’m a fly on the wall during a client’s departmental quarterly planning meeting when someone completely unsolicited said, “I love..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Productivity Every Day

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The average worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes a day. It is hard to believe most people are productive for less than 3..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Advice for a Rapidly Growing Business

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sun, May 7, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

According to Fortune, “The Kauffman Foundation and Inc. Magazine conducted a follow-up study of companies five to eight years after they..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Increase Your Productivity with Actions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, May 4, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

After quarterly planning, you walk out with a clear idea of the big things you have to get done this quarter. Knowing your top..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Announcing Rhythm 4.0

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We are incredibly excited to announce Rhythm 4.0! Rhythm 4.0 is designed for flawless execution. It is built specifically for the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

10 Ways to Combat Workplace Burnout

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Millennial women are burning out fast in the corporate world, and it is not just due to childcare. According to Fast Company, "As only..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Zen Your Inbox: Email Spring Cleaning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

We all have that one annoyingly perfect coworker who keeps an empty inbox (ah-hem, Tiffany). And, we're ashamed by the 43 unread..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Increase Your Focus and Gain a Competitive Edge

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Getting more focused, more productive, and more accountable. 

We all talk about doing this as a New Year's Resolution for our companies...

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of day two of planning, you and your executive team are spent from all of the discussions, bloated from all of the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Big Egos, Big Game, Big Loss (Video)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Sun, Feb 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Unfortunately, my team won't be at the big game this year, but I will be watching the Falcons face the Patriots. I'm sad that my team,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Wait... The Cost of Silence in an Organization is How Much?

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, we held a webinar with VitalSmarts about Crucial Conversations and its effect in the workplace. I was astonished to learn..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

4 Rhythm Habits You Can Improve (Video)

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

At Breakthrough Conference 2016, there was a breakout session called Rhythm Hacks, Tips, and Tricks presented by yours truly! It was a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

It’s Time For Your Company Health Check

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Is your company consistently getting the results you desire? By results, I mean both top line revenue results and bottom line profit..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

A Holiday Gift For Our Subscribers

Posted by Alicia Croke on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

We are so happy you subscribe our blog. We love sharing content that we hope you enjoy and find helpful on your journey to grow your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Secret to Getting It All Done (Video)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

At our Breakthrough Conference this year, our head of products, Ryan Walcott, presented a breakout session called “The Secret to Getting..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Why Rhythm Systems is One of the Best Places to Work in Charlotte (Video)

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I was ecstatic when I learned that Rhythm Systems was being recognized as one of the best places to work in Charlotte. I would also love..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Stress Test Your Quarterly Plan (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

So you've just completed your Quarterly Planning Session and are ready to execute.  Before you get started, how do you know you have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Is Your Company Healthy?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Nov 27, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Organizations are like the human body. They are intricate systems made up of extremely complex interactions between interdependent..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rethink Your Role as an Entrepreneur

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Nov 13, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

A few уеаrѕ аgо, I rеаd The E-Mуth Rеvіѕіtеd. It was аn еntеrtаіnіng eye-ореnеr thаt hеlреd сhаngе my thoughts on how to run a buѕіnеѕѕ...

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm Systems Puts the I in Team

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Wait. Did I read that correctly? I always learned that there is no I in team. How could you challenge my thinking like this? I haven’t..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Thank You to All of Our Breakthrough Conference Sponsors (Slideshare)

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for a great 2016 Breakthrough Conference! This year, we had three wonderful sponsors:..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

11 Ways to Kill Your Business Value

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Most entrepreneurs and leaders know when their team isn’t aligned or working in the most efficient way. It shows up in petty arguments,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Coming Soon - Predictable Results

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

We had many exciting moments on the first day of our Breakthrough Conference yesterday. And, I was so happy to end it with a story from..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Habits of Highly Successful Rhythm Companies

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Patterns are an "easy button" for success. If you want to be good at something, look for the patterns from people who have already..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How To Double Your Return From Any Conference - Part 2

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 @ 09:00 PM

If the event does not help you think differently, do something more effectively or, succeed at something that you would not have..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How To Double Your Return From Any Conference - Part 1

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we believe in getting smarter on a regular basis. I say "believe in" getting smarter because it’s one of our core..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Lessons from the Football Field

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Charlie is inconsolable. His uniform is missing from the locker and the school lost his sports physical so he has to sit out. As I pull..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Breakthrough Your Complex Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Summer is over, kids are back in school, and now it's time to turn your focus back to the workplace. Yes, I know it might not be as..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

How Hollywood Got Habits All Wrong

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Montages - movies are laced with them today. All of a sudden, a character decides in a very short period that they are going to change..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Announcing Our Charity Partner for Breakthrough 2016

Posted by Alicia Croke on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I am so excited for this year's Breakthrough Conference! As a new team member and a perpetual volunteer, I am thrilled we are teaming up..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

It’s Your Career: Own It

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Hopefully, you work for a company that cares about your career development and offers opportunities for you to grow and advance. But,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execute Like an Olympic Athlete

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

These days, it can be hard to avoid news stories about the summer Olympics - whether people are talking about the Zika virus in Rio,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Rhythms to Grow Your Business

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Growing a successful business is complicated, messy, and hard. Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, your customers..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

My Productivity Experiment (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In researching productivity tips for this blog, I had a revelation… I’ve read it all before. I have blogged on this topic in the past,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Rhythm Certification to Up Your Game

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

At the beginning of 2016, all Rhythm software users gained access to the Rhythm Certification Program as part of their subscription. To..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Top 5 Reasons to Register Now for Breakthrough Conference 2016

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Rhythm Systems is hosting the Breakthrough Conference 2016 in Charlotte, NC on October 18-19. Save the date for 1.75 days full of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Top 10 Reasons Charlotte is a Great City for the Breakthrough Conference (Video)

Posted by Alison Brown on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM
  

Thinking about coming to our 2016 Breakthrough Conference? Need another reason besides our awesome agenda to convince you? Here..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Real Examples of How to Use Planning Notes

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Thomas H., one of our subscribers, asked, "What are some best practices on the planning notes features in Rhythm software?"

You're..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Is Your Company Running You…or Are You Running Your Company?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Do you ever feel like your company is running you vs. your running it? Most executives truly desire to lead incredible and amazing..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

5 Ways to Make Action Items Work for You (Video)

Posted by Liz McBride on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 @ 09:00 AM
Thomas H., one of our subscribers, asked, "What are some best practices on the Action List features in Rhythm software?"

I’ve always..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 Essential Tips to Get Your Work Email to Work

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Alberto P., one of our subscribers, asked, "What's a better way to manage my email?"

Great question! I get a LOT of email, and it sounds..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How I'm Losing Weight Using Rhythm

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of February, so how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Too soon to ask? This is the first year when I made a resolution..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Which KPI Dashboard Should We Use at Our Weekly Meeting?

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

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

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

2015 Breakthrough Conference... My Journey

Posted by Melissa Perna on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It was December 2014, we were in 2015 Annual Planning when the discussion of “a conference” was brought up. Like many times before, we..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

What We Learned in Our First Year Working with Rhythm

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Written by special guest blogger, Jess Thompson of Bannerconnect Jess is communications manager at Bannerconnect, Europe's leading data..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Breakthrough Conference: Making Adjustments in Real Life

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Our team is so grateful and appreciative to all of our guests who could join us at our very first Breakthrough Conference last fall. I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Think You’re Ready to Execute Your Annual Plan? Take This Quiz

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

This is going to be a great year! You spent two full days working hard, envisioning the year you want, having the tough conversations,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Breakthroughs Come In All Forms

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Reflecting back on Rhythm Systems’ first Breakthrough Conference at the end of October, I can’t help myself from looking back and being..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

The Blame Game

Posted by Liz McBride on Sun, Dec 13, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Rabbi Stephen Baars is always one of my favorite presenters at business conferences. He doesn’t take the stage for long, but he always..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

High Performance Teams Software

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are still celebrating the success of our inaugural Breakthrough Execution Conference.  All of the feedback has..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

So Proud To Be A Part Of A High Performance Team!

Posted by Jenn LeVine on Sun, Nov 8, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

I have to say - we all work at this amazing company that, as Patrick would say, actually eats their own dog food! We live our Core..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Our First Breakthrough Execution Conference

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 02:22 PM

For the past five years, we've been dreaming of hosting a conference. This week our dream came true, and it was better than anything I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How to Super Charge Your Execution with SuperGreen

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Those of you who are familiar with our Rhythm methodology know that we teach that establishing clear and specific success criteria for..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Three Super (Subscription) Models

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We've covered the first three subscription models from John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Does Your Quarterly Plan Wish to Go to the Moon?

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We are officially in the swing of Q3! Did you have a nice vacation? Are you picking up slack for your tan-worshiping co-workers as we..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Entrepreneurs are Different from Executives

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Aug 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve started two handfuls of small companies, and I’ve won some, lost some, and sold some. This pattern was an odd one for my wife, an..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

Rhythm & The Self-Made Billionaire Effect

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

What makes billionaires different? Maybe you have it in you and you just don't know it.

Recently, I read John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen's ..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Managing Mergers & Acquisitions With Rhythm

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

In the last year, so many of our clients have been navigating the challenging waters of mergers and acquisitions. As part of your growth..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Mergers & Acquisitions

How Rhythm Helps You to Control Execution and Stay Focused

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The job description of a CEO seems endless. He or she is responsible for the company’s vision, strategy, people, recruiting, product or..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Don’t Let This Become a Habit

Posted by Liz McBride on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The bagpiper was filling the church with Scotland the Brave as my Dad and I prepared to follow him down the aisle. My Dad turned to me..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Time Wasters and How Rhythm Can Help

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jun 25, 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: Strategy Execution

4 Tips for Starting Your Next 13-Week Race

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We are about a week away from the end of the quarter, and you can see the finish line for your 13-week race™! At this time, there are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Are You Achieving Your Desired Profitability?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 18, 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: Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Use a Path of Progress to Grow with Purpose

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

How many of us have ever been to a conference or read a new business book and felt like - "I want to do that!” But, you have no idea..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How To Start A Subscription Business

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The Captain and Tennille (as one colleague and I are called) recently attended the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando. There was one..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

My Work for Managers: Work as a Team to Solve Problems Faster

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As a manager, it is often difficult to manage your own personal work and also lead your team to victory and growth. Wouldn't you love to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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

Attitude Adjustment

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Call it fate, karma, the universe, God, a higher power...whatever feels good to you; but, I believe that sometimes you are meant to be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

How Patton Helped Us Achieve Our Stretch Revenue Goal - Fore!

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results.
- George S. Patton

I’m pretty sure George..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

The Cure for Execution Indigestion

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

It’s 11:00 am on Friday. I’m debriefing my colleagues on the great work Gautneau Alignment’s CEO has done to cure his team of KPI-tice..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

How Do I Know If I’m Working on the Right Things?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Have you noticed that everyone is always so busy? You hear it all the time - the most common answer I hear to “How are you?” is “I'm so..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Get Your Virtual Swagger On

Posted by Liz McBride on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I’m writing this blog while wearing my fuzzy socks and sitting at my kitchen table. I am lucky to live within driving distance to our..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Walking the Talk on Execution

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This year, my husband, Mike, gave me a Fitbit for Valentine’s Day. I’d heard a story of people gaining weight after using this device...

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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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

Top 5 Traits of Successful Rhythm Companies

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Often as coaches, we are referred to as the "keepers of the patterns."  It's a unique vantage point, if you think of it.  On any given..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Introducing the First-Ever Breakthrough Execution Conference

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
“Hey, we should have a conference for our Rhythm users. You know, a user conference,” I suggested. Ryan replied, “Yes, that would be a..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 More Tips for Business Travel

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Travel is an important function to many businesses.  It does not matter how much technology and virtual meetings bring us closer..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

We Love Our Blog Subscribers - Valentine's Gift

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
Thank you so much for reading our blog.  It is our pleasure to share content that we hope you enjoy and find helpful on your journey to..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Why Status Criteria Matter

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Imagine – you’re at the Super Bowl and suddenly the score changed. It was in favor of your favorite team so you are, of course, pleased...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Breakthrough Execution - 4 Steps to Executing a Successful Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

I recently facilitated a client’s quarterly planning session. They really do a great job, having the discipline to spend two days..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Ready, Set, Go! 8 Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Many companies I work with are on a calendar year and have completed their annual planning sessions and developed a new Q1 plan to start..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

5 Keys for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Isn’t it great to come back to work after a nice refreshing break with a clean..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Here's Why Your To-Do List Never Gets Done...

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

If you are reading this blog, it's likely that either you or someone you know really struggles to get their to-do lists done.  

I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Celebrate Your Victories and Bright Spots - It’s a 20 Mile March

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It’s the end of the year. We are finishing up this year and preparing for the next year. Are you a glass half full person or a glass..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Breakthrough Execution - How to Inspire Your Team to Deliver Great Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I was recently in Brunnen, Switzerland, facilitating an annual planning session for Veeam Software. Veeam is a hyper-growth software..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

5 Year End Tips to Prepare for a Successful 2015

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

It’s that time of the year again where we all sit around and wonder where 2014 went.  Soon our friends and family will visit and enjoy..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

When Was Your Last Trip to the Circus? An Example of Amazing Execution

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

We recently attended the Fortune Growth Summit in Las Vegas.  It was two days of great learning with a line up of excellent speakers and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Your Corporate Health: Reality or Illusion?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Corporate Health is an exercise in discipline. But like many an exercise routine it can be a sweaty, messy, and exhausting moment in..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Greatest Superhero Coach of All Time - It Takes a Village

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve been a business growth coach for almost a decade, and before that, I was a CEO who had a coach. At Rhythm Systems, I’m the head of..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Power of One...and Another One

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

The Power of One

It started like any other day at the office, and then everything went south. In one moment during that day, everything..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Keeps You Motivated

Posted by Jenn LeVine on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Although I have a couple of articles published in a local Carolinas magazine, I have never written a blog. I never thought I would be..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Networking

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

One of the most common business problems new clients joining the Rhythm Systems family are hoping to overcome is how to grow their..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why Is It So Hard To Influence Change?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

My daughters and I just attended a morning seminar with Joseph Grenny, Co-Chariman, and Co-Founder of Vital Smarts and the author of ..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Time to De-Suck Your Social Media Rhythm and Get Inbound Leads

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

I had a great time at Hubspot's Inbound Conference. Hubspot says that they have a revolution going as they lead many people to shift..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Great News! Rhythm Book in 280 Barnes & Noble Stores!

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Oops, We Goofed! Execute A 4 Step Customer Retention Process

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I am in Boston at Hubspot’s Inbound 2014 conference. It’s been a long day and I’ve got to get back to my hotel. Instead of hailing a..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Is It Crazy to Rebrand and Launch a Product at the Same Time?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Oct 5, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Actually... No, it is not. It sounded crazy at first, but we began to realize that many of the things we needed to do for rebranding..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

5 Tips to Retain Customers When You Rebrand

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

We are well on our way to owning the word “Rhythm” in our market. Our software is Rhythm, our blog is Rhythm Blog, and our book is also..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Introducing Rhythm Systems: Rebranding to Achieve Focus

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For the last 6 years, our team has worked hard with Rhythm software and coaching to help many companies execute well and achieve..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Get In a Rhythm of Beginning with the End in Mind

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Our team recently participated in a training on Covey’s 7 Habits for Managers. While most of the content was familiar, it is always good..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Your 13-Week Race: One Week at a Time

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Your 13-Week Race will be over before you know it! Follow these weekly steps to set your team up for their best chance at success:

Week..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Start A New Habit

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How’s Your Quarterly Plan Coming Along? Pay Attention This Week!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Are you ready for weeks 4, 5 and 6? With more than 100,000+ priorities planned and executed in Rhythm, we’ve begun to apply Rhythm..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Your Checklist for Rhythm Success

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Over the past 8 years, we have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of companies around the world. Our observations and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Does Saying Yes Mean Saying No?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Ever wonder why some ideas take off, and some don’t? We all know that it’s not arbitrary, but in Kevin Maney’s book, Trade-Off (Broadway..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

“Remember that failure is greatness waiting to happen” - Robin Sharma

Even though I know that we all make mistakes, I still hate making..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execution Newsflash! 5 Tips to Help You Pay Special Attention During Weeks 4, 5, and 6

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Every quarter is made up of 13 weeks. To be successful, run it like a 13-Week Race. So how is your 13-Week Race coming along? We are..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Going Back and Giving Back

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

I was invited to speak on Rhythm and goal setting at Cornell University’s Engineering Leadership Certification class last week. It was..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

4 Pitfalls That Slow Down Execution and How to Fix Them

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

How do you know if your company is set up for great execution? Most people would say that they want an environment that allows and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

 

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

 

The Weekly Meeting with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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..

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

What Can an Amazing Winning Olympic Crew Team Teach You About Execution?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sun, Mar 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

I was researching stories of great execution for my book Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth. I came..

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Topics: 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."..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

The Power Of Writing A Book: The Author Learns The Most!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

I thought it took me three years to write my new book, Rhythm - How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth, until I..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rhythm - How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

All companies that reach out to Rhythm Systems to explore how we might help them have one thing in common. They believe that they need..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Special Blog: Congratulations Patrick!!

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Special Blog: Congratulations Patrick!!

From: The Rhythm Systems Team

 
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Topics: Strategy Execution

3 Secrets Why Elite Companies Grow When Others Fail

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Only 2% of companies ever reach the $10 million revenue mark, the elite 2%.  What are these companies doing differently? 

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Leadership Can Be Counterintuitive

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

I often find that what actually works for CEOs and leadership teams is counterintuitive. What was thought to be smart isn’t. And what..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Developing and Using Critical Numbers to Drive Success

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Are your critical numbers working for you?  The key to accomplishing your goals is execution.  Critical numbers help ensure you are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Now Is The Time to Make Critical Adjustments to Achieve Your Quarterly Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

You’ve invested the time and energy to come up with a solid plan for the quarter.  You looked at data and forecasts and insights from..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Use Rhythm to Commit to New Habits in the New Year

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

This time of year, we are all inundated with New Year’s resolution talk - people are committing to everything from losing weight and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, 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..

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

The Golden Question

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Sun, Dec 15, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
When I receive calls from executives who have yet to enter the world of asking a consultative facilitator to help them through an..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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

Have Solid Strategy and Execution, But Still Not Seeing Results?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Recently at the Fortune Growth Summit, Stephen M.R. Covey shared his book Speed of Trust.  His statement that a High Trust environment..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Take Your Execution to the Next Level Using Actions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

If you have been using our Rhythm methodology for quarterly planning, you probably have come up with a solid plan complete with SMART..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

The Secret Behind Great Execution that Delivers Exceptional Customer Service

Posted by John DiJulius on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

We would like to introduce to you our guest blogger, John DiJulius. John is a Customer Service Speaker, Author, and Consultant. He is..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

Gazelle-Like Companies are Learning Organizations

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

In the words of Peter Senge, learning organizations are ”organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tips for Facilitating a Meeting with Virtual Participants

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

How to Create a Healthy Rhythm for Your Company

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Does it always feel like your team is rushing to setup your annual or quarterly planning sessions? The days go by, and then all of a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Lessons on Execution: What Happens When You Ask an Entrepreneur to Run a University?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Stephen Spinelli at Philadelphia University (PhilaU) where Dr. Spinelli serves as the..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Say No and Do Less to be a Superachiever

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

What does it take to go from being an overachiever to a superachiever?  Darren Hardy, Publisher and Founding Editor of Success magazine..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How You Can Avoid a $125M Mistake

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 09:30 AM
You’ll find reports in every technology, sales, and business magazine - reports of businesses spending millions of dollars to purchase,..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

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?..

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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..

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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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Quarterly Planning for Companies With 50+ Employees

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 06:43 AM
Quarterly Planning time is upon us again.  In our company, Rhythm Systems, that’s a big deal.  Each one of our consultants will be..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

How to Close a Deal like Warren Buffet

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

I recently watched Tom Searcy present on his book How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffet: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker...

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

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

Like It or Not, We're All in Sales

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 @ 10:02 PM

I was reflecting back on the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida that I recently attended. One of the speakers that resonated..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Warning: Don't Be Blindsided

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 01:41 PM

Warning: Blind Spot Ahead!  Everyone has aspirations, goals, and wishes -- and they typically come complete with barriers and..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Growth Summit: Questions to Consider after Annual Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 07:41 AM

At the Fortune Growth Summit in Phoenix this past October, the speakers raised several interesting questions that I am reflecting on..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

S-C-O-R-E the Attention of Your Executive Team or Board

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:56 PM

You’ll be tempted to share the background story and details that lead to this moment with your executive team, board, or bank. You’ll..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Taking Rhythm to the Next Level: Preparing your Team to Cascade

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Taking the Rhythm methodology to the next level of management is a great way to achieve alignment throughout the organization and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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

Doing What Matters: Linking Strategy to Execution in a Way That Works

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 @ 08:33 AM

Doing What Matters, by James Kilts (Three Rivers Press, 2010), is an update of the frank-talking and insightful original released in..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Rhythm Cascade: 5 Ways to Drive Alignment in Your Company

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 @ 07:41 PM
  1. Proper Quarterly Planning Rhythms.  In order to achieve organizational alignment, there needs to be an established planning Rhythm that..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Sharpen Your Saw by Going Fishing

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Stephen Covey's 7th habit is to "sharpen the saw."  This habit is about rejuvenating yourself and your teams.  It's about working on..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Great Execution Requires Persistence

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 @ 10:03 AM
I was walking towards my gate at the Charlotte airport, and I heard a young boy ask his dad, "Dad, look!  Cinnamon buns!  Can I have..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Skate to Where the Puck is Going During Annual Planning

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 @ 01:10 PM

We are getting into Q4.  It is a good time to begin thinking about what the plan for the next year is going to be.  Consider how you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Understanding "What" to Do, But Not Sure "How" to Execute

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Most companies are notoriously good at creating wonderful strategic plans each year.  They'll spend a couple of days hashing through..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Execution - Adjustments to Consider For Your Summer Quarter

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

August just started - the second month of your summer quarter.  Summer can be a little unpredictable and can easily mess up your..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Business Execution - Getting Focused!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 @ 06:53 AM
It takes discipline to focus.  Many of us might fool ourselves into thinking we are focused.  Here are some signs that you may not be..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Remembering Stephen Covey - Thank you for your 7 Habits

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 05:52 AM

Stephen Covey passed away this week on July 16th, 2012.  I was very sad to hear of his passing.  Hewas one of the great all time..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Execution: Build an MVP (Minimal Viable Product)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 06:40 AM
Avidxchange is a software company working hard to provide the best ePayment (electronic payment) service to mid market companies. ..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

What to do When You Hit the Ceiling of Complexity...

Posted by Kristi Burns on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:19 AM

Blog written by Kristi Burns, Rhythm Coach

Have you reached a point in your business where your growth, while certainly exciting, has..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

10 Things to Do Now from Jim Collins (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 06:57 AM

Blog by Tiffany Chepul, Rhythm System Rhythm Coach

One of my favorite speakers from the recent FORTUNE Leadership Summit was Jim..

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Topics: 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..

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

What's Your 20 Mile March? Do You Have Great Business Execution?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 07:33 AM

It was great to catch Jim Collins at the last Leadership Summit in Atlanta.  Jim connected the dots of how his four books (Built To Last

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Key Learnings from the Entrepreneurial Masters Program in real-time

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 @ 08:12 AM
I am back at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, chairing year 2 of EO's EMP (Entrepreneurial Masters Program) this week.  This is..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 06:34 AM
After my keynote session yesterday in Chicago at UBA's (United Benefit Advisors) 2012 Spring Meeting, we continued into a breakout..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

UBA Keynote - Differentiate, Execute, Win

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

Mastering the complex sale - Taipan Masterclass 2012

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, May 11, 2012 @ 07:30 AM
Jeff Thull, author of Mastering the Complex Sale, was my guest speaker at the Taipan Masterclass 2012 in Manila Philippines.  I first..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Taipan Masterclass 2012 - Business Execution with Topgrading

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

I just came back from speaking at the Taipan Masterclass 2012, held in Manila Philippines.  We had a blast!  My hosts in Manila were..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Get Aligned! Don't let Elephants Derail Your Business Execution!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:30 AM

Q2 has already started.  We should all be off and running on our 13 week race.  Strong business execution needs a good rhythm.  I like..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership for Strong Business Execution

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

Leadership is often one of the surprising missing elements in business execution.  You can have the best ideas and a strong desire to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Picking A KPI That Motivates Your Team (Video)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 05:25 PM
Krister Ungerboeck, CEO of Ungerboeck Software shared his learning with me on using KPIs recently "We're often faced with priorities..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Business Execution: Are You Looking At Your Competition Correctly?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ 07:10 PM

It is important to know who your competitors are.  Without clear vision of your competitors, how will you design strategies that make..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Your Last Touch With Your Customer Is The Most Important One

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:35 PM
I just got off a wonderful cruise.  My family played for a week and I wrote for a week.  It's what I needed to get into the zone to..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

Is Your Business Execution "SMART"?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 08:33 AM
I was with a client, trying to accelerate his business execution and create a habit to be sure his priorities were not random but they..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

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

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

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

 

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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..

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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..
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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

Focus On Learnings And Decisions In All Your Meetings

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 06:33 AM
Meetings are very expensive.  Especially executive team meetings.  Here is a quick tip to get the most value out of your meetings...
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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

New Year Resolution: A Better Version of Yourself

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 08:13 PM
Daniel Pink's book Drive talks about what really motivates people.  His research shows that people are motivated by these 3 things:..
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Topics: 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

Continuing On Daniel Pink's 3 Things: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 @ 09:48 AM
Last time I wrote about Dan Pink's three things: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.  Let's talk about Autonomy!
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Have A High Performance Team?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:27 PM
I recently heard Daniel Pink, author of Drive, speak at the Fortune Growth Summit.  Pink shared how the best way to motivate your team..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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...

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

How To Execute With Autonomy

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 @ 06:12 AM

Daniel Pink, author of the best selling book Drive, shared his insights on how we are really motivated on more complex things. The key,..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Execution Best Practice - The Power Of Using A Daily Question

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

A client recently shared how amazingly well the daily question worked for them.  Their daily question this quarter is "How do I show my..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategy Execution

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

Got Rhythm? Ford (Alan Mulally) Certainly Does!

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:05 PM
Rhythm.  Execution Rhythm.  Rhythm builds momentum.  When you have momentum, it is much easier build on your momentum and succeed...
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

2X People Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

I received some questions via email after the webcast regarding the 2X People Plan tool.  Here are some questions and my thoughts on it...

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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..

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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..

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

Help Your Management Team Change... You Will Need A Lot Of Mangoes

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
Transformation.  How does a company successfully execute and navigate through changes? What should the CEO do? How should the board..
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Topics: 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..

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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..

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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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