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Finding the rhythm

Man sitting in markets playing a drum

Most things people do are guided by a rhythm. How we structure our days, spend our time, when we breathe, when we sleep, how we feel, our habits and routines, the list goes on.

Businesses have rhythms too. These are regular activities that once perfected create a consistent output for a period of time. For example, a successful salesperson or team will have a set process they'll go through to hit the sales numbers. This will need to align with the marketing teams activities, to ensure lead generation is optimised, and with the product teams workflow to ensure the right things are prioritised.

Each individual and team has their own 'beat' that builds into the rhythm of the company. This alignment drives outcomes for a business.

Workflow, productivity and ongoing communication practices are important because they help to align the rhythm.

When you're starting a business it's your job to set the rhythm for your company. As the leader, you're the one beating the initial drum. You control the pace at the beginning. As your team grows, each new person finds their own beat on their own instrument that contributes to the overall output.

If you feel like you haven't found your rhythm yet, maybe it's because as a leader, your not setting a strong enough beat. Or maybe you don't have the right people playing the right instruments.

Regular processes and practices, such as weekly meetings and daily standups, help to set the rhythm and make sure everyone is playing to it.

Finding the rhythm does take practice, the more you do it the better you become at finding and controlling it. So keep going until you find it, or until you find someone else whose beat you can play too.

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