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Using Technology to Manage and Track your Strategic Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Oct 5, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

 

This time of year, leaves are turning, kids are in school, and many business leaders are spending a great deal of time, energy, and..

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2023 Annual Planning Process: Brainstorming 20 Ways to beat the Annual Targets

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 3, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

We were working on a CEO's plan for the next year when I noticed his team fidgeting and looking uncomfortable during our planning session...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What is Strategy Execution Software, and Why do I Need it?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

The world has changed dramatically over the past decade. Businesses have become increasingly globalized, competition has intensified, and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Your Customer Has Changed: Have You?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How CEOs Waste Time: 5 Things CEOs Do That Waste Time

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

CEOs spend their days working long hours, managing employees, and dealing with shareholders. They don’t have much time to focus on their..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams, New CEO

5 CEO OKR Examples

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Sep 19, 2022 @ 05:36 AM

CEOs are busy people. They spend most of their time working hard to run their companies effectively.  Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, New CEO, OKRs

Retrospective Meetings: Bringing the Post Mortem Business Meeting to Life

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

New Middle Market CEO Checklist: 11 Tips to Get Started as a New CEO

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Sep 7, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

What does it take to become a successful new middle market C.E.O.?

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Align Employees with Company Goals in 2023 Strategic Plans

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 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 to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership KPI Examples for Accountable Team Leaders

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As a team leader, you own the key results for your team, meaning that you will probably have a handful of KPIs on your list (2-3) that are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Importance of a 2023 Annual Plan: 9 Reasons Why Annual Planning Matters

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Leaders frequently ask me about how to build a performance culture focused on personal accountability, employee engagement, and results...

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

2023 Annual Planning Meeting - 5 Step Process to Create an Annual Plan with Agenda

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Did you know that nearly half of all companies fail to meet their financial targets? Much of this lack of success can be traced back to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Accountability: Build Accountability Leadership in your Team

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

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

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

Planning Meeting Agenda for 2023: Conduct an Effective Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

You can make an argument that your company’s annual planning meeting is the most important thing you do all year. It is where you have your..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Key Performance Indicators for Employees in 2023: KPI Examples for Employee Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

It is no secret that your people are instrumental to the success of your business. In order to have a great company, you not only have to..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Effective Team Meetings: How to Run a Team Meeting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 02:14 PM

Team meetings are a key component of any business. It’s important that the employees know and understand what’s going on with the company..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Don't Let Your 2023 Annual Plan Fail by Using Strategy Execution Spreadsheets

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 11:30 AM

Many companies have strong Annual Plans but fail to execute on them and miss their targets year after year. They know that they are missing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Write an Inspiring 2023 Annual Plan Using a Destination Postcard (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

I bet you’re not going into Annual Planning this year thinking, “Gee, I’d really like to have a pretty slow year where our company doesn’t..

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How to Improve Meeting Effectiveness: 27 Ways to Upgrade Meetings

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 09:30 AM

How often do you attend meetings where nothing gets accomplished? If you're looking for ways to improve meeting effectiveness, then look..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Annual Targets 2023: How to Set Performance Targets

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As Chris Cosper detailed in a previous post, we have the ability to record 3 types of metrics in our Rhythm cloud based strategy platform:

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Team Planning: How to do Team Planning for Team Focus & Alignment

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Aug 30, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

It’s time to slow down and develop a world-class team execution plan for next year. When we don’t slow down to plan our execution, our..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Goal Setting for Managers: A Guide to Goal Setting

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

Use the SMART Goals Framework

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

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

COVID 19 SWOT Analysis: SWOT Analysis in a Pandemic

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Sun, Aug 28, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Many planning tools are used on an annual basis—yet, they are often overlooked in the middle of a pandemic like COVID-19. There is an..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Listening Strategies - Expert Tips for Effective Listening Skills

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

One of the things I have to do as a business consultant is to be a great listener. This is a key leadership and communication skill for..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Staffing KPI Examples: The Top 27 Staffing Metrics (Template Updated for 2023)

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Aug 25, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we work with clients to ensure they are measuring the metrics that matter to allow them to achieve their dreams and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

CEO Focus for 2023: What Should a CEO Focus on?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

“Time is an inelastic resource. No matter how high the demand, we cannot rent, hire or buy more of it.”-Peter Drucker

A Quick Note: This is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Alignment: The CEO's Roadmap to Business Alignment

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Why are KPIs Important? The Importance of KPIs

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Aug 25, 2022 @ 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

How to Conduct a Meeting Audit to Eliminate Waste

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 @ 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 can..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

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

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

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

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

CEO KPI Examples from Balanced CEO Scorecards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As a general rule, CEOs need easy access to a few key performance indicators—they need a CEO KPI  dashboard that allows them, at a glance,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Your Priority Areas for the Next Quarter: Effective Goal Examples

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 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 do..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Top CEOs are Obsessed with Coaching

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

I recently read Dr. Steve Sjuggerud’s investment newsletter where he stated:

“It made me feel a bit like Tom Brady in the playoffs..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Zoom Icebreakers: 55 Pro Tips for 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 10:59 AM

As I was scrolling through my social media feeds this week, I noticed a trend that more tech companies are announcing a permanent move to..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Use Rhythm to Create a Culture that Unlocks Greatness in Every Team Member

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 @ 10:45 AM

Over the past couple of years, many work environments have often felt like a real-life game of Would You Rather - but with no great..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Signs You Need Strategy Execution Software

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

Agile Scrum and Rhythm Work Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Aug 12, 2022 @ 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

CEO Daily Routines: Successful CEOs Daily Schedule (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 9, 2022 @ 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

CEO KPIs: 23 KPIs Every CEO KPI Dashboard Should Consider

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Aug 8, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Having the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on your CEO dashboard is very important to ensure you are driving the right behaviors in..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Organizational Performance Management in Business

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

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

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

CEO Mistakes in Annual Planning for 2023: How CEOs Can Avoid High-Cost Mistakes

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sun, Aug 7, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

We are coming into that time of year where a lot of companies are gearing up or doing their annual planning to prepare for next year. In..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions

4 Questions to Test Your Brand Promise

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

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

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Strategic Planning Tips: 17 Expert Tips for Effective Planning

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jul 29, 2022 @ 10:57 AM

Strategic planning is a critical part of running a successful company or organization. Yet, too often, companies don’t take enough time to..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Write Goals for Work: Writing Goals 101 with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jul 28, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Writing goals for work using SMART goal setting is an essential skill for both personal goals and professional success. If you aren't..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Meeting Madness: Eliminate Unnecessary Meetings and Make Necessary Meetings Twice as Effective

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 11:17 AM

We all know the feeling… sitting through an hour-long meeting that could have very well just been an email. Nobody likes wasting their..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Weekly Staff Meeting: Time for a Meeting Makeover in 2022 [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly Team Meetings…we’ve all got them. Conventional business wisdom has proclaimed since the beginning of time that the weekly staff..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

27 Best Skip-Level Meeting Questions and Agenda [Updated for 2022]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

What is a skip-level meeting?

As defined in an article by Jared Lewis, "In a skip-level meeting, upper-level management bypasses mid-level..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The 10 Best HR Employee Engagement Metrics and KPIs [Updated for 2022]

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

After recently reviewing thousand of Annual Plans and Quarterly Plans, I can say without a doubt that improving employee engagement seems..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR vs KPI: What Are They and Why Do You Need Both? (With Examples)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 26, 2022 @ 11:20 AM

As a training and on-boarding expert at Rhythm Systems, I know a lot about KPIs. Recently, I’ve also learned a lot about OKRs. Many of my..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

Rhythm and Planning Cadence to Help New CEOs Succeed

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, New CEO

Weekly Strategy Meeting: 8 Ways to Make Meetings Strategic vs. Tactical

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jul 25, 2022 @ 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..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Fix the Meeting: Why Most Weekly Team Meetings Suck

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jul 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

You know what? Weekly team meetings suck. There, I said it. I know many of you were thinking it, but I went ahead and put it out there...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Make Better Business Decisions in Your Next Strategic Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 20, 2022 @ 02:35 PM
The best companies are already starting their Annual Strategic Planning process for 2023. They're engaging in pre-planning activities like
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Employee Engagement and Recognition: Fuel Employee Engagement with a Recognition Culture

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 19, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As a leader, you probably know that it is important to recognize your team members. However, research shows that there is a disconnect in..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

When to Do Strategic and Annual Planning vs. Budgeting?

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Jul 18, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Most companies do budgeting first and then strategy and annual planning. Think about this. If you have created a budget, you have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

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

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

Leadership Team Alignment: How to Align Your Leadership Goals

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jun 30, 2022 @ 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: Annual & Quarterly Planning

OKR Software: 5 OKR Pitfalls To Avoid

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

Organizational Alignment: How to Get Everyone on Board

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jun 27, 2022 @ 11:15 AM

Verne Harnish notes in his book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits that the difference between organizational vision and organizational..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Cascade Your Strategic Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, May 30, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, we believe that having a strong Think Plan Do Rhythm is essential to growing your business with purpose. And, we think..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session for 2023 [Strategic Planning Workshop]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, May 30, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As strategy planning experts, we often get asked how to run a strategic planning meeting, as great strategic meetings don’t happen by..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Balanced Scorecard KPI Examples: A Complete List for your KPI Scorecard

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, May 30, 2022 @ 08:11 AM

As the middle market strategy execution experts, we get asked a lot of questions about KPI scorecards  for firms to manage the metrics that..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Culture of High Performing Teams: How to Create a Team Rhythm for Success

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, May 24, 2022 @ 12:35 PM

How does culture play a role in team performance? What makes some teams perform better than others? Is it really possible to create a high..

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

The ROI of Business Coaching: Executive Coaching ROI Statistics (Updated)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, May 4, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

My last blog, 6 Excuses for Avoiding an Executive Coach (and Why You Should Think Again) talked about all the negative internal chatter..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rhythm Cascade: 5 Ways to Drive Alignment in Your Company

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Apr 28, 2022 @ 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

Employee Engagement Ideas for Manufacturing Industry: 11 Actionable Tips from our Experts

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Apr 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

I grew up in a manufacturing family. My grandmother had her own manufacturing company, and my father was a partner in a local manufacturing..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Keep Your Top Talent: 12 Actionable Tips for Engaging Talent

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Many successful mid-market companies have cracked the hiring code. Perhaps you use a hiring method like Topgrading to ensure that you bring..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Productivity Patterns of the Most Productive People

Posted by Liz McBride on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

On my flights to see clients, I always pick up a business magazine to read. It’s something that can spur an insight when I face a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Recruiting A Players: How to Find and Develop Topgrading "A Players"

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 @ 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: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Measurable Criteria for Employee Recognition: Samples, Ideas and KPIs for Rewards

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Apr 25, 2022 @ 09:13 AM

According to Gallup, “in their search for new ideas and approaches, organizations could be overlooking one of the most easily executed..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Avoid the Staggering Cost of a Mishire: The Cost of a Bad Hire in 2022

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Apr 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If you’re a hiring manager at your organization, chances are that you have had a couple of new hires that haven’t worked out the way that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Engagement and Motivation: How to Motivate and Engage your Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

In working with middle market CEOs and their employees and they often wonder about their employee productivity and professional..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strengthsfinder for Teams: Engage Your Team By Focusing on Their Strengths

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 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

Shoot For Shoes to Help Our Neighbors in Need

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Apr 19, 2022 @ 02:28 PM
We are so thrilled to be gathering our Rhythm Community in person in our home headquarters of Charlotte, NC, this May for our annual ..
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Topics: Go the Second Mile

Core Customer Value: 3 Steps to Identify and Define Your Core Customers

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Mar 31, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Philip Kotler implores us to do a better job of understanding “who” our valuable customers are and then to deeply please them, rather than..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

SMART Goal Setting Theory: To Create SMART Goals, Start With “Why”

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 @ 03:47 PM

Leadership 101 tells us that it’s important to set clear and specific goals for ourselves and for our teams in order to achieve business..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Virtual Strategic Planning Sessions: 7 Tips for Great Strategic Zoom Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

If you are like many of our clients, you may be considering adjusting travel plans for your team in the midst of the concern surrounding..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Job Scorecard vs. Job Description: What's the Difference in 2022? (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Mar 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Job Scorecards (or employee scorecards) have been a hot topic recently. Many companies are looking for a way to provide more constant and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Daily Huddle Meeting Template and Examples from Real Companies Just Like Yours

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Mar 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

What is a huddle meeting?  The daily huddle meeting has been common practice for many companies for ages. No matter your industry..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

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

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

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

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

Leadership Training and Development: Is There a Payoff?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Mar 23, 2022 @ 01:00 PM

In a study by McKinsey & Company, management development at all levels has been ranked as a #1 priority by 500 executives, and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Mar 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Sounds like a simple concept: Alignment.  What makes this so hard to achieve?  The fact is, if you are hiring the right people, you will..

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

9 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Charlotte [Infographic]

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

How Well are Referrals Working for Your Business?

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Welcome to Charlotte!

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

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

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

Team Huddle: How to Lead Impactful Huddle Meetings

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 09:03 PM

 

The foundation of a successful Daily Huddle Meeting, Team Huddle Meeting or Weekly Meeting  is a great facilitator to keep the weekly..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Power SWOT: Harness the Power of a 2022 SWOT Analysis!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 12:31 PM

A common tool used in planning sessions is the SWOT analysis.  The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Management Meeting Agenda: Make Your Management Meetings More Effective

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

In my last blog, I talked about how most meetings suck. Now, I want to focus our energy on ways that we can fix them and have effective..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

BHAG Examples for Setting your Big Hairy Audacious Goals

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

 

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

KPI vs Target: How Use KPI Targets Effectively

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:22 AM

I really enjoy learning during client interactions. When I’m working onsite in planning sessions, coaching executives 1-to-1, or working..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

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

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

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

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

Scaling Growth: How to Scale Growth without Drama

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Meeting Audit in 2022: Stop Wasting Precious Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
As we head into 2022, now is the perfect time to step back and take a hard look at your team's meeting rhythms. Much like your junk drawer..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Monthly Meeting Agenda Template [Updated for 2022]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

One of the many things I get to do in my role here at Rhythm Systems is work with our CEO Patrick Thean to coordinate and run our monthly..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

40 KPI Examples for the Service Industry (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 10:26 AM

Research shows that our economy is largely being driven by middle-market firms, especially those in the service industries. Key Performance..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

How to Run a Meeting: A Complete Beginner's Guide

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

One of the best practices we recommend to all of our clients is rotating facilitation duties for your team’s weekly meeting. There are a..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Examples of Core Competencies in Business to Innovate Growth in 2022

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Start Stop Continue Examples: What Should You Adjust to Increase Performance?

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 07:10 AM
Every quarter, my team and I complete a Start-Stop-Continue (or start-stop-keep) exercise to get us thinking. It's a valuable process that..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Creating Synergy Between Departments and Teams (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 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 includes..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

The Trouble with Accountability

Posted by Jonathan Walters on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

The trouble with accountability is that, well, you have to live it. Patrick Lencioni writes; “Once we achieve clarity and buy-in, it is..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Manufacturing KPIs to Improve Production KPI Performance (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to grow the top line of your business on an annual basis, but you also need to make sure the bottom line is healthy which..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Implementation Process: Implementing New Processes and Procedures

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 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

Productivity vs Efficiency: Difference in Manufacturing

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are productivity and efficiency. Do you know what..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Quick Tips to Set SMART Goals [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

In a former job, I had a manager who called all of his direct reports together to tell us some exciting news! We were embarking on a big..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

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

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

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

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Topics: Increasing Sales, Strategies for Growth

Create Your Personal BHAG [Examples]

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

It is very common to develop a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business. What is not so common is to develop a BHAG for your..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Lack of Accountability in the Workplace is Expensive, Fix It

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Feb 16, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

In a recent client conversation, a CEO said to me, “He’s really (really) smart, but it’s just hard to hold him accountable. On top of that,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Run a Meeting in 2022: 6 Steps for Great Meeting Execution

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Feb 15, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

It’s a fact in today’s business world that meetings typically take up a large part of your day. In fact, some days are spent running from..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Books

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Summary: 4 Key Decisions

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Prepare for An Effective 2023 Strategic Planning Session [Video]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 3, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

At this point in the year, many companies are gearing up to plan for the next year as part of their strategic planning process. Before you..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Cross Functional Coordination: How to Manage Cross Functional Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Feb 3, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, I have had the opportunity to work on several exciting cross-functional projects to help our company move forward. I’ve..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Run a Lean Company-Wide Goal Setting Process

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

The Right Meeting Rhythm Will Set You Free! (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 1, 2022 @ 08:57 AM

It sounds so simple.  But, I was just discussing scaling up meeting rhythms with one of my colleagues, and she told me that it took her..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Meeting Cascade: The Art of the Daily Huddle

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 31, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

So, how’s your huddle? I’ve written about huddles before and honestly believe they can be a breakthrough component in building..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

4 Essentials for Successful Hybrid Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 30, 2022 @ 07:01 PM
 
While we may not know exactly what's coming in 2022, it's safe to say at this point that hybrid work is certainly here to stay. While..
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Sales KPI Examples For Successful Sales Teams

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sun, Jan 30, 2022 @ 03:38 PM

One of my favorite teams to coach through the Rhythm Cascade process is the Sales team.  Having been part of a large sales organization..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Digital Marketing KPI Examples with Template

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jan 29, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Recently, our digital marketing team sat down and talked about our annual plan. Marketing departments have many campaigns they focus on..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Does Your BHAG Connect to Your Company's Hedgehog?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

4 Ways to Improve Performance Culture

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

When things aren’t going right and your business is in a slump, most people look to new ideas, adjust their KPIs (key performance indicators

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Cross-Functional Alignment Simplified

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 @ 10:01 AM
Integrating acquisitions, launching new products, deploying new company-wide systems or processes, shifting your organizational structure,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Cascade Meeting: Top 3 Things to Decide Prior to Cascading to Teams

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Implementing a new methodology for your team that requires people to be more focused, aligned and accountable doesn't always have everyone..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Signs That I Need Executive Coaching

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Sales KPI Examples and Leading Indicators That Drive Revenue Growth

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Driving new sales revenue is a common theme that comes up with the clients I work with. In fact, I can’t think of many companies that have..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, KPIs & Dashboards

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Delegation in Leadership: How to Effectively Delegate as a Leader

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 08:29 AM

Managing the daily, weekly, and monthly workload is a challenge for team members and leaders alike, but in very different ways. Teams have..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Tactical Leadership vs. Strategic Leadership: Which Management Style Are You?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

We read a lot these days about strategic leadership and tactical leadership (as we should). Leaders find themselves up against a multitude..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Does Your KPI Dashboard Measure What Matters?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

I have to admit that I am a data geek. I do know that I have a unique personality type and most people aren’t interested in digging deep..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

Top 22 KPI Examples for Technology Companies (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

It can be intimidating to sit down to a blank slate and begin working on your company’s first official KPI dashboard! Over the years, I’ve..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Why Meetings are not Productive: Bad Meetings Kill Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

“I can’t wait to get out of this meeting to get my real work done!” 

“I’m in back to back meetings. I won’t get anything done today!"

..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Use Job Scorecard KPIs to Drive Your Performance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 23, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If you read our blog often, you know that we frequently recommend using a Job Scorecard (often called an employee scorecard)- we find this..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability Examples: How to Use the 5 Cs of Team Accountability in 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 21, 2022 @ 10:41 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we are all about helping companies and teams achieve their dreams and goals. 

We have the right systems and skills to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Questions for 2023 and Beyond

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 @ 11:17 AM
As we begin 2022, there are a lot of questions we just can't answer. We'll continue to experience uncertainty about the ongoing impact of..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

Drive Your Remote Team's Morale, Maintain Productivity and Win

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

History is the ultimate reality TV show; it's getting a first-hand view of people's bad decisions, conflicts, trials, and successes. We can..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Using OKRs for Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 20, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

In working with hundreds of mid-market CEOs as a consultant at Rhythm Systems, I often get asked about KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, OKRs

Leadership Meetings in 2022: Align Your Team and Engage Employees Monthly with this Agenda

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 @ 12:30 PM

For many companies, the idea of the monthly leadership meeting can feel like a burden in an already overly scheduled calendar. Why is this..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

Blog written by Cindy Praeger & Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Scaleable Processes: How to Make Scalable Process Improvements in 2022

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

How Expert Facilitators Run Great Zoom Meetings in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 17, 2022 @ 11:04 AM
If you had told our team of expert facilitators this time last year that they would be doing 90% of their strategic facilitation work..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Lead the Best KPI Discussion Ever in Your Weekly Team Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Jan 15, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

The struggle is real. We’ve all been in meetings about our metrics that produce seemingly endless discussion about the numbers, with no..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

20 Mile March: My Introduction

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jan 15, 2022 @ 06:46 AM

I am a big fan of Jim Collins and have used his book “Good to Great” as a business tool for many years. I was recently introduced to the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Unbeatable Return on Payroll of Engaged Employees

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Jan 14, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Rhythm Systems is proud to announce the release of its newest white paper, "The Unbeatable Return  on Payroll of Engaged Employees,"..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

OKR Goal Setting Steps: 5 Keys to Drive Better Results

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Jan 14, 2022 @ 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, OKRs

Essential KPI for Remote Teams: Employee Health Index

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Managing a remote team is challenging, even in the best of times. In our current environment, it is really tough to keep the team engaged,..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Bargain Nicely: 6 Ways to Negotiate Without Being a Jerk

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Many of us believe in a false dichotomy about negotiations: either you have to be really tough, or you’re a pushover. Recently, our Rhythm..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Roll Out Job Scorecards (Infographic)

Posted by Chris Cosper on Thu, Jan 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are an executive team member, a department leader, or a member of the team, the role you play in the company is unique and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Spring Is Here! Time to Refresh Your Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:03 AM
It's undeniable the new season has arrived—everything's in bloom, days are getting longer and warmer, and it's time for spring cleaning,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Using Zoom to Facilitate Your Strategic and Execution Planning Meetings for Stellar Results

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

As in the past many years, I entered 2020 with a full schedule of strategy and execution planning work with my clients. Then the pandemic..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Company BHAG Basics: How to Get Started [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If the idea of coming up with a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG) for your business seems a bit overwhelming, that's okay. After all, it is..

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Topgrading Interview: 10 Expert Tips for Recruiting and Keeping A Players

Posted by Chris Cosper on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Topgrading is a methodology of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining top talent developed by Brad Smart and Geoff Smart..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Align Company: Why CEOs Find it Hard to Align Teams When Scaling their Companies

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

One of the toughest challenges CEOs face is finding effective ways to align teams and keep..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Listen Up - A Critical Leadership Skill We Often Take For Granted

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Effective listening is a key attribute for leaders (and for people in general). If you are a manager, this skill can help you unlock the..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to be a Good Facilitator: Top 10 Qualities of the Best Facilitators [Updated for 2022]

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Are your meetings the butt of work-related jokes? Why is it that we roll our eyes with disdain when our calendar is loaded with meetings,..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Accountability Scorecards: Build Team Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

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

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Building Accountability into Your Culture: Does Your Team Have an Accountability Problem?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Most clients I’ve worked with say they understand the key role accountability plays in making a company operate more efficiently (and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

Do you ever..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Agile Business Plan: Utilizing Agile Business Planning for Growth

Posted by Ted Skinner on Mon, Jan 10, 2022 @ 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 changing..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Vision Casting in Business: A Skill of Great Leaders

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How Do Core Competencies Influence My BHAG?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

OKR Examples for Manufacturing: Measure What Matters for the Quarter

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

In any industrial company, there are business goals to hit, KPIs to measure and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to complete. In..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, OKRs

5 Steps to Having an Accountability Conversation (Video)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Most of us just don’t like to have hard accountability conversations. Conversations in which you need someone to hear you can be tough for..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2022 Strategic Planning Template

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 10:03 AM

It may seem daunting to tackle your Strategic Annual Planning session for 2022. With so much uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic, it..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

What Kind of Manager Are You? 7 Habits for Managers

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 6, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

"How do I become a highly effective manager? To answer that question, let’s climb out of the crevices of the 'day to day' so we can see..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

Manufacturing KPI Dashboard: 25 KPI Examples (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Because Rhythm strategy execution software acts as a framework for pulling together into one single system many improvement initiatives and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Executive Meeting Agenda: Optimize your Weekly Executive Meeting

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:29 AM

Executive Weekly Meeting Team Size

For the most effective weekly team meeting, your weekly leadership meeting team should consist of 8-10..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

How to Make Team Meetings More Engaging: Increase Engagement in Staff Meetings

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

In your next weekly team meeting, take a moment to look around. What are you seeing? Are your team members engaged—are they looking at each..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

5 Steps to Integrate Your Employee Culture After a Business Acquisition

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Jan 5, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

You just completed an acquisition in business, time to celebrate and break out the champagne. For some companies, acquiring businesses..

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

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

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

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

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

Most Companies Fail Due to Poor Strategic Execution

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

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

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Your BHAG

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Accountability Culture: 5 Things All Accountable Cultures Need (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 4, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

Accountability can be a scary word. For many, it sounds punitive - and that’s because most of us associate “accountability” with..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jan 4, 2022 @ 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

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

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

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

Here are 10 Quarterly..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Follow Up: The Key To Leadership Development

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Jan 3, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

"The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” - Peter Drucker

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Weekly Update Meetings vs. Weekly Status Meetings (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 2, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Establishing the right meeting rhythm with your executive team is key. Many executives spend the majority of their days in one meeting or..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

The Test of True Accountability (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Patrick Thean on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

This happens all the time. You are holding someone accountable to get something done. Yet you find yourself checking in and chasing for an..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

EOS® Rock Examples: Using Quarterly Rocks to Align Your Company in 2022

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:15 AM

It is that time again. I am working with my clients to help create quarterly execution plans with their top company quarterly rocks so they..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Job Scorecard Examples and Template (Updated for 2022)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

According to Gallup, only about half of workers in companies worldwide “strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at work.”..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Creative Skills - The Top 10 Skills in 2022

Posted by Liz McBride on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

With the emphasis on core subjects in budget crunched public schools, art programs are being asked to pack their paint brushes and go...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Crucial Conversations STATE My Path

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

When strong emotions, high stakes and opposing opinions collide, it can be explosive and, potentially damaging to results or a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company KPIs: Creating Business KPIs That Drive Success in 2022

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

The body has four main vital signs that doctors use all around the world to determine the condition of a patient. The four vital signs are..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

All in One System to Simplify Your Employee Performance Reviews

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 24, 2021 @ 11:15 AM
For many team leaders, HR professionals and individual contributors, the performance review process is one of the most dreaded exercises..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Meeting Planning Checklist: Not Just Another Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Dec 24, 2021 @ 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...

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Topics: Effective Meetings

4 Signs Your Culture Is Affecting Performance

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Dec 23, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

When things aren’t going right and business is in a slump, most people look to new ideas, adjust their KPIs (key performance indicators) or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Clear Expectations: How Your Employees Know What Success Looks Like

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Dec 21, 2021 @ 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 in..

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

Know Your Leader Template: 6 Good Questions to Ask

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Dec 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

It’s fairly understood that great leaders don’t lead processes; they lead people. You’re probably aware, too, that great bosses have truly..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Using Red Yellow Green Performance Indicators Examples That Are SMART

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Dec 16, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Each KPI and Priority should have clearly defined success criteria. What is success? What is failure?  Discuss, debate and agree as a team.

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Growing Team Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Dec 6, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

In my last blog, “Lack of Accountability is Costing You,” I reviewed the expense that accompanies the lack of accountability. As I noted at..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Company Culture Checklist for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Dec 4, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

We’ve known for a while that an increase in remote work was coming, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. Many workers are eager to..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

CEO Podcasts: 8 Best Podcasts for CEOs

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Stress Test Your Quarterly Plan (Video)

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 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 the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

KPI Audit: Measure What Matters in 202s Audit KPIs with Examples

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

It may still feel like the middle of winter to some, but you might find that it is time to do some spring-cleaning when it comes to your..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Keep Smart in 2023: Nine Ways CEOs and Leaders Can Learn, Lead and Grow

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Nov 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Learn as much as you can to energize yourself and bring your best to the business!

I am a big fan of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (even..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Ultimate Digital Brainstorming Tool to Move from Ideas to Action

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Nov 26, 2021 @ 09:45 AM
In our ever-changing world, one thing we can count on is disruption; there are no shortages of problems to solve, opportunities to chase..
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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to Be a Fit Mid-Market CEO for 2022 and Beyond

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 26, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

To give your business an edge against the competition in 2019, you might be considering some ways to level yourself up in the process...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Align Your Team's Calendar to Achieve a Healthy Operating Rhythm

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Mon, Nov 22, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

The holidays are just around the corner and everyone is hustling to wrap things up before some well deserved time off. Did your team have..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Ways to Bring Your BHAG to Life

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Smart Priorities: Are Your Priorities SMART?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Thu, Nov 18, 2021 @ 05:44 PM

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

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

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

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

What We Learned about Remote Meetings by Planning a Virtual Conference

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Nov 16, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

The feedback surveys are still rolling in, but I can say without a doubt that our first virtual conference was a success! Our amazing..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

2 Reasons You May be Failing to Grow Your Company and Have a Life

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Nov 15, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

There are two main reasons that entrepreneurs fail to grow their business and maintain a healthy personal life. Dr. Ollie Malone, author of

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Telltale Signs of Trouble and How to Prevent Departmental Silos

Posted by Alison Brown on Thu, Nov 4, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

No one wants to have silos in their company, but even in my short career I’ve seen many companies that do. You need organization and..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

5 Advanced Rhythm v5 Features to Save Power Users Time

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Nov 3, 2021 @ 11:02 AM
Strategy Execution Software can be tricky - it  needs to be easy enough for anyone to pick up and use, but powerful enough to get the job..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

OKR vs KPI vs MBO: What the Best Goal Types Have in Common

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Businesses looking to implement goal setting best practices are often drowning in a sea of acronyms that can be hard to navigate. What’s..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

5 Steps to Having a Productive Monthly Zoom Meeting

Posted by Nicole Hradek on Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Remote workers and companies are becoming more popular these days. In a recent survey, Gallup reported 37% of workers said they worked..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Cascade Planning: The Value of Team and Company Alignment

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Sat, Oct 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Looking back at the most recent quarter turnover from Q3 to Q4, I realize that I introduced 14 new cascade teams to the power of Rhythm! ..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

OKR Video: How to Get Started with OKRs and the Best OKR Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In 2021, it’s hard to have confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. We survey our contacts regularly on how confident they feel..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, OKRs

Your Journey to Great Strategic Execution in 2022

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Sun, Oct 24, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

How much did misalignment cost your organization last year? 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 to Welcome a New Team Member Virtually

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
If your company has hired anyone over the last year, chances are you've had to do at least some of that new hire's onboarding and training..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Strategic Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic: Business Planning for 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Dynamic Meetings: Ditch the Decks and Engage Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 @ 10:52 AM
Think about the last meeting you facilitated... was there a slide deck involved? If so, chances are you (or your admin) spent quite a bit..
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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

20 Ways to Achieve Your 2022 Annual Plan

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 @ 07:40 AM

What should you do if you cannot seem to come up with enough sales opportunities to hit the revenue target for next year?  This scenario..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Avoid Overload: Manage Your Team Workload at a Glance

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 5, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
With the rise in popularity of hybrid and remote work, staggered schedules or just the increased demand on your team's time, it feels..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 @ 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 and..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

OKR Spreadsheets: Why You Should Upgrade Your OKR Software Game in 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Strategy Spreadsheets: The ROI of Replacing Spreadsheets with Systems

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Sep 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 a..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

3 Things to Do when Yearly Planning

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

 

2020 was an extraordinary year on many fronts. Most people I know are very glad it is behind them, and now that it is and we are a month..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Accountability Tips: Quick Tips for Building Accountability

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Holding people accountable can be a chore for most leaders building an accountability culture. For a multitude of reasons, it’s simply not..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Today's Roadblocks to C-Suite Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

As a member of your company’s executive team, you have a lot on your plate. And, particularly in middle market companies, C-suite..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Using Leading Indicator KPIs To Help You Make Adjustments

Posted by Patrick Thean on Thu, Sep 23, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

Leading indicators and results indicators are both key performance indicators (KPIs). I love leading indicators. The right leading..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Annual Planning Like A Pro in 2023: Strategy Execution Made Easy

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 23, 2021 @ 11:15 AM
At Rhythm Systems, we have been helping companies build strategic execution plans for the last 15 years. We've learned a lot in that time,..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Focus: How to Keep Your Teams from Being Consumed by Countless Distractions

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 21, 2021 @ 10:40 AM

For many, our current environment is more distracting than any other time in our work lives. With a pandemic raging, a U.S. election..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Transform your Team Meetings with Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
In my career, I've been in some pretty dismal meetings—ones where I struggled to keep my eyes open, ones where I watched the clock in..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

7 Productivity Tips to Be Your Best While Working From Home

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 @ 10:38 AM

Many leaders and team members have found the stay-at-home orders draining—and prolonged weeks of this inherently stressful situation can..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

The Impact of Education on a CEO's Career [Infographic]

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Written by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief of Fundera

As the CEO, you’ve either started and cultivated your own company, or worked hard to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

2022 Annual Planning: It's a Process, Not an Event

Posted by Chris Cosper on Tue, Sep 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

A CEO has many responsibilities, and among the top is ensuring the company has a sound plan and budget going into each new year. Seasoned..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

How CEOs Prepare for an Effective Quarterly Planning Session

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Excited. Ready. Anxious. Eager. Let’s go!

Worried. Tired. Stressed. Done. Overwhelmed.

At the end of a meeting, we usually recommend..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

9 Steps to Make Coaching Your Sales Team Predictable

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

 

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

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

Hybrid Work Strategy: Work Smarter with Hybrid Work Software

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 @ 10:32 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 the..
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Topics: Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Level 5 Leadership Examples- How to be a Level 5 Leader

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

The Level 5 Leadership Stage is Set…

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a Good Executive Coach Already Knows About You

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Aug 12, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

As an Executive Coach, it’s my job to know you in terms of your leadership strengths and your leadership skills. Both are imperative to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Business Coaching: Increase CEO Effectiveness with The CEO Multiplier Effect

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

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

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

Leveraging Your Core Competencies to Create a Competitive Advantage with Examples

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Are Your KPIs Leading Indicators? Does Your Team Know What Critical Adjustments to Make?

Posted by Patrick Thean on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:30 AM

Kaihan Krippendorff, master strategist and author of Outthink the Competition and columnist for Fastcompany interviewed me on the topic of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Personal Accountability Exercises - How Does Your Team Stack Up?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:30 AM

Quite a few years back, a good friend of mine introduced me to John Miller and his book “QBQThe Question Behind the Question.”  I had..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Get Stuck on Your Job Scorecard (Template)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

One of the priorities for our Consulting and Client Services team here at Rhythm Systems this quarter was to nail down Job Scorecards (or..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Virtual Alignment for Your Team in a Work from Home World

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Getting and staying aligned with your team is a challenge even when you are all in the same office. When everyone is remote or working from..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Team Accountability Begins with a Personal Accountability Model

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

I love what I do for a living. I meet the most incredible people who are building amazing companies. Most recently, I was sharing this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Getting Your Remote Team's Mojo Back During a Lockdown

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

With the pandemic disrupting expectations for projects and revenue goals for many this year, it's no surprise that a major focus for this..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Rockefeller Habits Scaling Up Your Business Execution

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Growth Strategies: Are There Gaps in Your Business Strategy?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Personal Path of Progress: The Secret to Reach Your Full Potential

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Tue, Jul 20, 2021 @ 12:14 PM

I have made it a priority to be a lifelong learner which aligns well with one of our company’s core values of “Keep Smart.” As an employee,..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Focus and Alignment: 4 Questions to Ask Your Team

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

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

Successful companies..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Get Valuable Time Back by Planning Your Week in Rhythm

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jul 13, 2021 @ 11:02 AM
There are never enough hours in the day. I can't seem to keep up with it all. I'm constantly fighting fires and don't have time to focus..
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Resourcing Across Strategic Priorities

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jul 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
Many companies are figuring out how to do more with less as a result of the pandemic and ensuing economic hardships. Some are relying more..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Do You Know if Your Boss is Happy with Your Work?

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Wed, Jul 7, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Many people wonder and worry about whether or not they are doing a good job and if their boss is happy with their work. It is one of the..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Executive Coaching Insights You'll Gain from the Best Business Coaches

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Wed, Jun 30, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

The famous mountain climber, Phil Powers, said it best during an interview on NPR’s "This I Believe” segment: “Concentrating on how I move..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

How Does Effective Communication Affect Collaboration in Organizational Accountability?

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jun 25, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Sometimes, you just have to slow down to speed up.

Communication Leads to Better Connectivity and Team Accountability

Communication is a..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

7 Job Skills for the Future

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Succession Planning: Are You Building A Business for the Future?

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 @ 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: Accountable Leaders & Teams

11 Books for Every CEO's Summer Reading List

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

Halftime Adjustments: Mid-Year Planning is Critical in 2022

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
Think back to the fall when most of you created your plans and goals for the year. There was so much uncertainty - nobody knew how quickly..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Using KPI Data to Predict Success & Prompt Action

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Those of you using the Rhythm tool to track and discuss your KPIs weekly have probably seen the Projected, Actual and Variance fields on..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

KPI Examples for Non-Profits

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, May 5, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
One of the many wonderful aspects of the Rhythm software platform and methodology is that it is industry agnostic. It works in healthcare,..
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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Stop Measuring Everything: The CEO KPIs That Should be Prioritized

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, May 3, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Business dreams and future strategic direction are exciting, motivating and even invigorating; however, they are of no value if you run out..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Scaling Up Software for Larger, Complex Companies with Rhythm

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Mergers & Acquisitions

Maximize Your Zoom Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:04 AM
I'm not going to lie, I miss being in a room with my team members. Seeing their real, 3-D faces when we talk would be amazing, but, for..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

BHAG and the Benefits of Taking a More Strategic View

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

The Power of Maintaining Your Rhythm of Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 @ 12:03 PM

Like many others, I’ve spent the last few weeks working from home which includes splitting up homeschooling and childcare responsibilities..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Accountability in Customer Service: Hold Each Other Accountable to Deliver Great Customer Service

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Apr 10, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

We’ve all been there… you call customer support at your cable company or phone service provider and instead of getting help for your..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Meeting Best Practices for Hybrid Teams

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As some teams head back into the office, many are facing a unique challenge for the first time - running a meeting where some team members..
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Topics: Effective Meetings

Strategic CEO Coaching for Busy Executives: 6 Excuses to Avoid

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

If you believe the adage, ‘time is money,’ then you’re saying that the concept of time (and the elapse  of that time) costs you and your..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Essential Tech Stack for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 @ 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

Leading through Disruption: Embrace Your Own “Leadership Summits”

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
“Calamity is the test of integrity.” – Samuel Richardson

Never are the Five Characteristics of Great Leaders more relevant than when..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Players: Attracting, Engaging and Keeping Topgrading A Players

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

If you read our blog often, you know that we are fans of Topgrading, and we frequently talk about hiring and developing A Players. In a ..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Tools That Assist Team and Culture Growth While Working Remotely

Posted by Guest Blogger on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

2021 will be the first year of remote working being the international standard: not just an option for many professionals, but actually the

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Developing New Leaders: Leadership Development Tips for New Leader Training

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

How an employee moves through the ranks and advances in a company usually starts with them being an exceptional entry-level employee. The..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Use Core Values to Strategize Your Post-COVID Return to the Office

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
Now that vaccinations are in sight for most of us, many leaders whose companies have been mostly remote for the last year are..
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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Not to Be Ignored: Artificial Intelligence

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Team Accountability: The Missing Link

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Mar 21, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Why don’t they just do what they are supposed to do?

How is it possible that my people keep letting me down?

I wish they would just hold..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

3 Situations When You Wish You Had Done Job Scorecards

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Tue, Mar 16, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

The purpose of having Job Scorecards in place at your company is to help avoid costly pitfalls. Inevitably, when I speak with CEOs who are..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

6 Tips for Accountable Leadership [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

We've all heard it... "Why doesn't Jane just do what I've asked her to do!?" or "How can I hold Tom accountable?" Chances are, if you lead..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Quarterly Rocks: The Difference Between KPIs and Quarterly Rocks

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 09:30 AM

What's the difference between KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and Quarterly Rocks? This can be a very confusing question, especially for..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

Are Your Employees Feeling the Love?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Feb 9, 2021 @ 11:03 AM
As we celebrate Valentine's Day this year, are your team members feeling the love? How's your company culture holding up in today's world..
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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Predictable Results: How Successful Companies Tackle Growth Challenges and Win [Book]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 06:26 PM

A best selling book written by Thean, Cosper, Gehringer, Chepul, Pruitt, McCullough, McBride, Skinner, Enriquez. This book provides a..

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Topics: Books

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

How to Run a Weekly Meeting with Rhythm Software

Posted by Jarret Vaughn on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 04:29 PM

Learn how to run a weekly meeting in the Rhythm software (6 minute demo)

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Topics: Webinars

How Integration APIs Help CEOs Eliminate Expensive Mistakes

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 04:27 PM

Learn how integration APIs help CEOs eliminate expensive mistakes (28 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

How to Create a Strategy to Grow

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:30 PM

Learn how to create a strategy to grow (44 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

CEOs Need a Business Execution Platform

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:28 PM

Learn why CEOs needs a business execution platform (53 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

Rhythm Basic Package Demo

Posted by Jarret Vaughn on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:26 PM

Get a basic-walkthrough of Rhythm's basic package demo (6 minutes)

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Topics: Webinars

Rhythm Systems Basic-Walkthrough Demo

Posted by Jarret Vaughn on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:24 PM

Watch a basic-walkthrough of a Rhythm Systems demo (3 minutes)

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Topics: Webinars

The Framework to Align Your Strategic Efforts and Your Executive Team [Webinar]

Posted by Christine Rutherford on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:20 PM

Learn the framework to align your executive team and strategic efforts. (27 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

The 5Cs: A Framework to Drive Change and Alignment Successfully [Webinar]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:11 PM

Learn the 5Cs to drive change and alignment successfully in your organization. (55 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

Getting Back to Business: Top Ideas to Create Your Go-Forward Plan [Webinar]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:07 PM

Need inspiration? Learn top ideas to create your go-forward plan. (1hr 3 minute webinar)

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Topics: Webinars

The Rhythm Platform: Keeping Remote Teams Focused on the Work that Matters [Webinar]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 03:03 PM

Learn how the Rhythm platform keeps remote teams focused on the work that matters all year long (53 minute webinar) with Cindy Praeger.

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Topics: Webinars

It's Easy to Start and Adopt the Rhythm Software [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 02:59 PM

Steve Hoffa, CEO-Cannon Safe, and Mark Nussbaum, COO-Signature Consultants, talk about the ease of getting started and using the Rhythm..

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Topics: Videos

Rhythm Software Is For Everyone [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 02:54 PM

A few of our clients talk about how our Rhythm business software can help any industry, CEO, Department, and Individual get more..

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Topics: Videos

What The Rhythm Software Solves [Video]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 02:52 PM

Listen to some of our clients talk about how Rhythm software has helped them solve problems from sales, tracking strategic initiatives,..

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Topics: Videos

Intelligent Work: How mid-market CEOs confidently execute their growth strategies & win [White Paper]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 02:32 PM

In an era of rapid and continuous disruption, the old ways are not agile enough to keep up. CEOs need something new to move their companies..

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Topics: Whitepapers

Overcoming the Hurdles of Growth [White Paper]

Posted by Cindy Praeger on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 01:29 PM

Scaling a company is one of the greatest challenges a CEO faces. You are likely no exception. CEOs find they can no longer directly manage..

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Topics: Whitepapers

Execute Without Drama [Book]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 01:20 PM

Execute Without Drama is a book written by serial entrepreneur, Patrick Thean. Read Patrick's informative book on the power of the RIGHT..

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Topics: Books

Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth [Book]

Posted by Patrick Thean on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 01:00 PM

Learn How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth.

Patrick Thean provides practical tips and tools to help companies..

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Topics: Books

How CEOs Sustain Team Alignment in a Constantly Changing Environment

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

In 1998 I was traveling on I-95, just south of Cocoa Beach, Florida, where brush fires burned along the highway. When I arrived in Fort..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

HR Process Improvement Examples

Posted by Melissa Perna on Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

Over the last year, Rhythm Systems team members have really focused on the importance of process improvements. How do we do our jobs..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Top 10 Business Problems CEOs are Facing Today [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 31, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we specialize in helping middle market companies achieve their dreams and goals. We believe that we can make a big..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

21 COVID-19 KPIs to Monitor Now

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 @ 12:03 PM

These are crazy times we find ourselves in right now. I have heard more than one person say that they have never experienced anything like..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

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

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sun, Jan 24, 2021 @ 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 tremendous..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

BHAG. B-What?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Increase the Value of Your Weekly Team Meetings with Expert Coaching & Feedback

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

There is no way around it—the quality of your Weekly Team Meetings makes or breaks your Quarterly Plan. Most teams simply update each other..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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 to..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

M&A KPIs: The Right Merger and Acquisition KPIs and Metrics to Prevent Failure

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are not for the faint of heart. Any CEO who has navigated those waters will tell you it is a tremendous..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Mergers & Acquisitions

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Zoom Facilitation: Host a Virtual Meeting Like a Pro

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Think about the last in-person meeting or conference you attended. Close your eyes and visualize the space. Was there a stage? What was on..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Pressure Test Your Plan

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 9, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

This year, our expert consultants have been recommending a more agile approach to strategic planning; rather than hunkering down for two..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

CEO Secret Weapon: Simple, Proven System for Success

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Dec 2, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

For over a decade, our consultants have worked with client CEOs to help them exceed industry standards and build great companies. Having..

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

Operational KPIs: 33 Productivity KPI Examples to Measure

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Mon, Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

According to a recent article I read in Harvard Business Review, "most employees want to be productive, but the organization too often gets..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Engaging Remote Employees: How to Engage Employees That Work from Home

Posted by Ted Skinner on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Employee engagement for remote workers is a huge topic in the market today, especially with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) limiting travel and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Hedgehog Concept Examples: How a Hedgehog Supports a BHAG

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Does your who do what? It sounds somewhat funny, but this is really a serious question. Many people know what these terms are, but for..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Models for Successful Cross-Functional Planning

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Mon, Nov 23, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

One of the biggest challenges for companies is aligning their priorities across the entire organization. As a leader, you need the right..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

3 Rhythm Tips CEOs & Sales Leaders Use to Hit Their Numbers

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

If you ask any salesperson what their #1 Priority is, they will say, “Make my numbers!”

Truer words were never spoken, eager salesperson!

..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

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

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

A better way to scale a family-owned business

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

How to Drive Revenue Growth Consistently [Case Study]

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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 up..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

How to NOT Treat Your Customers

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Preparation is Key: 21 Quotes to Inspire Your Planning Process

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Over the last few months, my husband and I have been re-watching AMC’s Mad Men, a show we started a long time ago and never finished in the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Do You Need a Strategy Refresh?

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Breakthrough 2020: Key Insights and Takeaways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Psychology of Goal Setting & Why You Can't Skip Planning

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 8, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Many companies are tempted to power through the end of the year and see what happens. That approach could prove catastrophic for your..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Improve Team Mental Health with Your Weekly Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

A recent survey from SHRM found, "Work-related concerns left more than 40 percent of employees feeling hopeless, burned out or exhausted as..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Keep Team Productivity High While Working from Home [VIDEO]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

In March, when many teams moved to work from home for the first time, I heard a lot of questions from clients about how to know if their..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

Departmental Silos: The Silent Productivity Killer [New Research]

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

Written by Cindy Praeger and Eskinder Assefa

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Breakthrough 2020 Goes Virtual: What to Expect

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

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

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

Done! How to Close Out a Quarter

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As we wrap up Q3 and move on to Q4, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and my team about the best practices for closing out a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Communication and Empathy Are Key to Leading Mid-Crisis

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Sep 11, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

I have two small children sleeping quietly (for once) as I write this a little before 6 am. While the COVID-19 crisis has been hard for..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

5 Simple Ways To Nurture Leadership Skills In Your Growing Team

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

2020 has been a disastrous year in general, and the business world has certainly suffered major losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic:..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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, make..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

5 Year End Tips to Prepare for a Successful New Year

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

It’s that time of the year again where we all wonder where 2017 went.  It seems like it just started!  Soon our friends and family will..

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Create a Virtual Plan for Grief during COVID-19

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

This Saturday, my aunt will be buried. She's the last of my dad's generation for my family. She passed due to complications of cancer, and..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

What Does It Mean To Be a High-Performance Organization?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Blog written by Guest Blogger, Eskinder Assefa

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Don’t Let COVID-19 Disrupt Your Strategy and Execution Planning Cadence!

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Most companies we work with are still operating in a virtual or semi-virtual world, and fortunately, employees are adapting well. It is..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Help Us Inspire Hope in the Midst of COVID-19

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

The Anatomy of a Great Quarterly Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Aug 1, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Your Quarterly Planning session is arguably the most important day or two out of your next 90 days. You need to emerge from that session..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

10 Questions to Determine if Your Team Needs a Virtual Planning Session

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 04:34 PM

I facilitate a lot of strategy and execution planning sessions throughout the year. The majority of the time, I do this on-site with a..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Coaching Accountability: How to Improve Accountability by Coaching Your Team

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Many leaders find personal accountability comes naturally - often, it is a muscle they have strengthened  significantly through years of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Effective Leadership Development [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Leadership development is a growing concern for middle market companies. Growing your leaders is a challenge - whether you are succession..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 are..

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Topics: Strategy Execution, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

KPI Targets: Know the Difference Between Key Priorities, KPIs and Targets

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 08:30 AM

The most common pitfall I see in companies who are new to Rhythm and the Rockefeller Habits is thinking that setting targets for their KPIs

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

How to Fix a Meeting in 4 Easy Steps [Agenda and Video]

Posted by Ted Skinner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Weekly staff meetings are often a huge waste of time and money. Too often, they are just boring status updates that could have been better..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Adaptive Leadership Theory: Adaptive Leadership Framework

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Prepare for Virtual Strategic Planning

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

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 had..

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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

Customer Success KPIs: How to Measure Client Satisfaction with KPIs

Posted by Patrick Thean on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are key indicators used to measure the success or performance of a business and are most commonly used to..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, KPIs & Dashboards

How Your Attachment Style Shows Up at Work: The 4 Attachment Styles

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 02:40 PM

90,000 hours—that’s how long an average person spends at work over the course of a lifetime, according to a study cited in Business Insider.

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Topics: 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 external..

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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 was..

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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, according..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Rockefeller Habits One-Page Strategic Plan: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Have You Defined Your Company Core Purpose Statement? CPS Examples

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Work From Home Expert Tips: 23 Tips for Remote Work

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 02:55 PM

As the COVID-19 news unfolds and more people are staying in (check out www.cdc.gov/covid-19 for the latest accurate information), some of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 kind..

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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 has..

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

7 Signs Your Remote Team's Health is Suffering

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

For many managers, leading a remote team is something new. After a few months, you’ve probably worked out many of the technical issues and..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How the Best Remote Teams Fight Zoom Fatigue

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

According to CNBC, since the onset of COVID-19, Zoom use has surged to over 300 million daily participants. Microsoft Teams has more than..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Critical Number: The MVP Metric of Your KPIs

Posted by Ted Skinner on Sat, Jun 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In my initial blog “How to Create KPIs that Drive Your Company's Success,” we  focused on the most common form of metric, Key Performance..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

What Typical Performance Reviews Miss

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Let’s imagine you are going into your quarterly performance review, armed with all the great results you’ve achieved over the last 90 days...

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How the Balanced Scorecard Keeps You Balanced

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

The Balanced Scorecard, originally developed by Dr. Robert Kaplan of Harvard University and Dr. David Norton, can keep your company..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Employee Engagement: 6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Financial rewards are just the beginning of what keeps employees active in their job role. Another, more overlooked factor, is job..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Lack of Alignment Leads to Million Dollar Mistakes and Rework Waste

Posted by Patrick Thean on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Rework is such a pain and such a waste of resources. It costs you time, energy and emotional distress. Nobody likes to clean up their..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 team..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

15 Zoom Tips and Tricks for Your Virtual Meeting

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

At Rhythm Systems, we’ve been using Zoom for many years as a way to share screens, audio and video with our clients who are all over the..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Team Bandwidth: How to Accurately Calculate Your Team’s Bandwidth

Posted by Deb Colson on Fri, May 22, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever been in your departmental quarterly planning session, and you feel resistance from a team member about taking on another..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Meeting with Yourself: The Key to Personal Productivity

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

If you do not operate your business using Rhythm or the Rockefeller Habits, you might be asking yourself "why would I have a meeting with..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

How to Know Your Remote Team is Productive

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Whether it is trying to figure out how to do more with less, frantically converting in-person business to a virtual model, working to save..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Cash is King – Do You Know Where Your Cash Is?

Posted by Barry Pruitt on Thu, May 14, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

It was the 2007-2009 recession, and markets were uncertain. Things were generally OK with my business, yet with years of experience through..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Discipline is the Key to Success

Posted by Ryan Walcott on Tue, May 12, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Working from home can certainly be a challenge. I've been working from home for the last 12 years, and over those years, I learned a key to..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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

Work Execution Platform: CEOs Need a Business Execution Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 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

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

Continuous and Never-Ending Improvement to Scale Your Company

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution, Effective Meetings

Composite KPIs - Changing the Conversation at Weekly Meetings

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Many times, the Key Performance Indicators we review at the executive team level are actually the sum or average of several smaller KPIs...

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

How Can I Source Ideas From Remote Employees Without Being Disruptive?

Posted by Ted Skinner on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

How can I better source ideas from employees, even when they are working from home?

When looking for new ideas, some large organizations..

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Topics: Effective Meetings, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 their..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Strategy Execution

Engaging Remote Employees Through Culture

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

With the recent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) more and more people are being asked to work from home.  Today’s business landscape..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Purpose: Closing the Gap between Saying and Doing

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Managing Remote Employees: 5 Best Practices

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

At Rhythm Systems, some of our team works in the office, but most of us work remotely. As an office worker with the flexibility to work..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

A Well-Balanced Annual Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Many of our clients whose fiscal year doesn't match the calendar year are about to close the books on another successful year! That means..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

3 Better Email Habits to Improve Team Productivity

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

Effective communication is a key leadership trait and one of the 5 Cs of team accountability, and in today’s world, a lot of that..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Role Clarity: Setting Clear Expectations with Goals

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

My husband used to coach a 3- and 4-year-old soccer team (the “Gorillas”) at our neighborhood YMCA. If you’ve never watched toddlers play..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Achieve Synergy with Your Team: A Tribute to Sir George Martin

Posted by Alan Gehringer on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Synergy is an often overused term, although incredibly effective when actually achieved. Merriam-Webster defines synergy as "a mutually..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Questions Every Good Weekly Meeting Facilitator Should Ask

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Virtual and Remote meetings are harder to facilitate because the physical and emotional cues can't be read. Video helps, but only to a..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Your Core Purpose - Why You Should Start With Asking Why?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 01:47 PM

This blog was written by guest blogger, Jonathan Herps

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Super SMART Goals - Do You Have Them?

Posted by Melissa Enriquez on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 07:06 AM

You have just finished a very successful Quarterly Planning Session with your team, and now it is time to get to work.  Your team is fired..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, KPIs & Dashboards

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 Sosa,..

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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 a..

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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

4 Tips to Improve Your Company's Focus

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Focus. Sounds good, right? It may sound easy enough, but I’ve seen over and over again that people, companies and teams with the best of..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Practice the Rockefeller Habits to Drive Accountability and Response-Ability

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

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

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

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

Planning Session Preparation Tips

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Preparation is one of the keys to a successful planning session.  One of best things you can do to ensure that you’ll have a solid plan at..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leadership Tips to Help Your Employees Solve Their Own Problems (Part 2)

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In my last leadership problems post, I began exploring the question of how to help your people master the skill of problem-solving. While..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Patterns in Core Values of Manufacturing Companies (Infographic)

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth

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

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

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

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Annual & Quarterly Planning

Leading Indicators: How to Create a Leading KPI with Examples

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

When thinking about the most important numbers to measure in your business, most of our clients have no trouble coming up with a list of..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Becoming a Transformational Leader: 3 Tips for CEOs

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

There was a pause in his verbal stride as we talked. It was an awkward pause, which is why it caught my attention. As I looked at him, I..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Employee Engagement Mistakes to Avoid

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

In the past year, employee engagement has been a hot topic: how to encourage employees, how to measure it, and why it's important. Not so..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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 with..

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Topics: Strategy Execution

Mastering a CEO's Most Important Skill: Listening

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

If you are a CEO or founder, you’ve likely gotten where you are today because of your ideas - you are probably passionate about your..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Take Action

Posted by Paige Wilcox on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

The way to eat an elephant is, of course, to take one bite at a time. With that in mind, have you ever  taken a look at your projects or..

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Topics: Effective Meetings

Corporate Culture and Investment Returns: The ROI of Company Culture

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

If ROI matters to you, then you might consider “cuddling up” to the power of your company’s culture. I say this, of course, a bit..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Examples of Crucial Conversation at Work: 5 Common Causes in the Workplace

Posted by Alicia Croke on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Recently we held a webinar with VitalSmarts on Crucial Conversations in the workplace. I learned a lot from both Patrick and Chase. I..

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Topics: 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 the..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

The 5 Product Manager KPIs Everyone Should be Measuring

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Guest Post by Sara Estes, Content Marketing Manager at Pendo

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards

Accountable Leaders and Teams: How CEOs Grow Them [Video]

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

The question of how to grow an environment of accountability is a common one.

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

How to Delegate Properly and Hold the Team Accountable [Infographic]

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

All leaders are faced with the realization that when you manage a team, you're not just an individual contributor anymore. The great work..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

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

Crucial Conversation Skills: Manage Your Emotions When Stakes Are High

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Our team recently participated in a day and half of training on Crucial Conversations in which we learned and practiced communication..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Value of Professional Facilitation for Quarterly and Annual Planning

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Unfortunately, I’ve seen leading companies spend (aka “waste”) time in a one or two-day Annual Planning orQuarterly Planning Session. The..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

Using Week In Sync Notes to Solve Problems and Drive Alignment

Posted by Tiffany Chepul on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

Our recommended Weekly Meeting Agenda involves talking about three things:   1. your company  2. yourself  3. your clients/employees.  The..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Effective Meetings

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

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

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

3 Team KPIs for A Successful Team

Posted by Alicia Croke on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Every week you sit down with your team and discuss what you need to get done to be effective. How often do you enter the meeting dreading..

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Topics: KPIs & Dashboards, Effective Meetings

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

Great Leaders are Inquisitive Explorers

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

First and foremost, truly awesome leaders are Inquisitive Explorers (i.e., they have a natural curiosity about what is going on…not so..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Encouraging Accountability in Your Organization

Posted by Chris Cosper on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:04 AM

“We need more accountability around here.”  “We need to hold people accountable.”  This is one of the most consistent themes we hear from..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning, Accountable Leaders & Teams

Making Aspirational Leadership a Reality: Developing Accountable Leadership

Posted by Cathy McCullough on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

The key question relative to becoming an accountable leader is this: How do you turn an aspiration into a reality?

At a recent Rhythm..

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Topics: Accountable Leaders & Teams

Enthusiasm in Sales: It Sells

Posted by Christine Rutherford on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Recently while attending a trade show, I watched my young junior sales rep presenting our execution platform to a group of prospects. His..

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Topics: Increasing Sales

Customer KPI Examples: Are Your Customers Happy?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Are you actively working to attract and retain the right customers? Whether you are business to consumer or business to business, there’s..

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Topics: Increasing Sales, KPIs & Dashboards

3 Year Strategic Plans to Grow Revenue and Stay Competitive

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

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

There is a solution. But before we..

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Topics: Strategies for Growth, Strategy Execution

Annual Planning Focus: Do You Have the Structure in Place to Focus This Year?

Posted by Jessica Wishart on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Fall is upon us. School is back in session, the leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks…..

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Topics: Annual & Quarterly Planning