5 Things That Make Your Weekly Meetings Suck

By: Patrick TheanSun, Mar 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Did you know that $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings? I will let that sink in for a minute. If you are wasting even a fraction of that, you need to de-suck your meetings and get productive! How do you know that your weekly meetings are time wasters instead of time savers?

Here are five reasons why meetings suck, and a couple of tips to de-suck them.

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How to Integrate New People into a Weekly Adjustment Meeting

By: Tiffany ChepulThu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

With so many Rhythm client companies growing like crazy, many of my clients have needed to integrate new hires into existing Weekly Adjustment Meetings recently.

For most newbies, participating in a Rhythm Weekly Adjustment Meeting is a welcomed change. Most people are used to boring status meetings that end up being a waste of time. They are floored by how effective Rhythm teams are in having meaningful discussions and solving problems. It's refreshing to see things actually getting done at a weekly meeting!

So, how can you make sure the magic rubs off on the new hire?

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Eliminating Waste: How to Conduct a Meeting Audit

By: Jessica WishartTue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 09:00 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 can sometimes be a real waste of time. At Rhythm Systems, we help our clients establish the right rhythm or cadence of meetings and use best practices to ensure the time spent in meetings is valuable. We believe that our Daily Huddles, Weekly Adjustment Meetings, Monthly Meetings, Quarterly Planning, Annual Planning, and ongoing think rhythms help your company (and each of you) work more effectively, solve problems more proactively, and make critical adjustments so you can achieve success. That being said, you probably have some meetings on your calendar that you wonder, “What’s the point?"

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Topics: Weekly Meeting, Execution

How tо Imрrоvе Yоur Wееklу Mееtіngѕ

By: Alan GehringerTue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Jасk Wеlсh оnсе said, "Whеn mаnаgеrѕ аѕk quеѕtіоnѕ, they aren't lооkіng fоr answers, thеу'rе looking fоr vаlіdаtіоn." Quеѕtіоnѕ аrе a роwеrful mееtіng tool. They еlісіt раrtісіраtіоn, ideas and creativity. Evеn іf уоu аlrеаdу knоw the аnѕwеrѕ, аѕkіng thе rіght questions engages реорlе. Pеорlе embrace and own what thеу participate іn. Participation сrеаtеѕ оwnеrѕhір, ассоuntаbіlіtу, and a grеаtеr соmmіtmеnt tо produce thе rеѕultѕ.

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Think You’re Ready for Your Next Meeting? Take This Quiz

By: Jessica WishartThu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Ineffective meetings waste more than your precious time - they also hit your company’s bottom line. In fact, there’s a Meeting Calc app that you can use to determine exactly how much the meeting costs based on the salaries of the people in the room and how long the meeting runs. As they say, “It takes a really good meeting to be better than no meeting at all."

Even if you aren’t a “numbers person,” take a moment to consider who’s in the room at your next meeting. Think about the opportunity cost - if those people weren’t sitting in this meeting, what else might they be doing? Closing sales? Servicing customers? Finding new partners or channels? Developing products? Coaching their teams? Thinking up brilliant new revenue growth strategies

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Not Just Another Meeting: Use a Planning Checklist

By: Jessica WishartTue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Meetings. Most executives spend their days in a haze, bouncing from meeting to conference call to another meeting - back to back to back. Sadly, many of these meetings leave the attendees wondering, “What’s the point?” or “Why didn’t you just send that in an email?”

You can’t escape them, but you can make sure that you aren’t contributing to the meaningless, monotonous meeting marathon by practicing careful preparation for any meetings you schedule. Preparation is the key to ensuring that your meetings are productive and achieve the desired outcomes in the allotted period of time.

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Topics: Weekly Meeting, Meeting Facilitation

Weekly Meetings: What Your Team Wants You to Know (SlideShare)

By: Toni SwintFri, May 20, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

How many of you are involved in a weekly staff meeting? My guess is that all of you participate in at least one. If you are an executive team member or departmental leader or part of cross-functional teams, you could be participating in a meeting like this every day. How many of you ever feel like my friend Nicole in this photo? If you are honest, most of you have probably - at some point - been bored out of your mind in a weekly meeting. According to a Harris poll, 17% of employees would rather watch paint dry than sit in a meeting. Yikes!

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Lose the Bad Habits and Rejuvenate Your Weekly Meeting

By: Patrick TheanSun, Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

I’ve been a good boy, eating right and exercising daily. My good habits were working. My weight was trending downwards (one of the few downward trends you celebrate). Then last month, I traveled a ton. I was in Singapore, Switzerland, and Philadelphia. And to top if off, for spring break, I took my family on a Disney Cruise. After all the fondue, client dinners and all-you-can-eat cruise food, my bad eating habits were back. It’s easy to get distracted and fall back into bad habits, not only with your diet but at work, too. With my weight trending upwards that meant my health KPI (Key Performance Indicator) had moved from green to red! So it was time for an adjustment. My adjustment was to drastically change my eating habits to “shock myself” out of my bad eating habits. It’s nasty! So, let’s not talk about it… but it works for me. My weight is trending downwards again and my health KPI has moved from red back to green.

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Which KPI Dashboard Should We Use at Our Weekly Meeting?

By: Tiffany ChepulSun, 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 specific purpose and drives a particular discussion. So, how do you know which dashboard view will serve your team the best, prompt the right discussions, and drive results? 

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Topics: Weekly Meeting, KPI, Rhythm

8 Ways to Make Weekly Meetings Strategic vs. Tactical (Video)

By: Cathy McCulloughTue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

I hear this all the time: “Our Weekly Meetings are just routine report-outs about who’s doing what; they’re so tactical!” If this is your challenge, you’re not alone. I recently sat in on a client’s Weekly Meeting because the CEO wanted my help in making suggestions on how to make their meetings more robust and strategic. What I discovered was an executive team narrative that simply consisted of short, silo-oriented “report-outs” with little to no strategic discussion. 

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