Rhythm Blog | Business Speakers

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

The Blame Game

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

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

Ooh, here we go, he’s going to lift us up!

He leads with the notion humans are born with no innate skills. Thank you? Hmmm...I guess he doesn’t know you and me very well, does he?

He goes on to say that what we all do well is mess up. Big time. OK, well, there’s that.

Entrepreneurs are Different from Executives

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

I’ve started two handfuls of small companies, and I’ve won some, lost some, and sold some. This pattern was an odd one for my wife, an American Express manager at the time. How could I live with the uncertainty, the ups and downs, the “some place to be” versus “nowhere to be” pendulum that seemed to be my life? Being an entrepreneur, like being a parent, can offer some of the highest highs … and some of the lowest lows of your life. For entrepreneurs it can be exhilarating. It’s exciting to find problems and offer solutions, to compete, to build teams. Still – I could never quite explain it to my wife until she, too, became an entrepreneur.

I was recently reminded of this journey in conversation with John Warrilow, author of The Automatic CustomerJohn pointed me to his articles in Inc. Magazine, and when I read this one, titled “The Single Biggest Difference Between an Executive and an Entrepreneur,” I found the explanation that I wished I’d been able to share with my wife many years ago.

Why Is It So Hard To Influence Change?

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

My daughters and I just attended a morning seminar with Joseph Grenny, Co-Chariman, and Co-Founder of Vital Smarts and the author of Crucial Conversations and Influencer.  I love involving my family in learning from the great thought leaders of our day.

Grenny taught us that we are all social scientists in our practical and everyday lives, but most of us are really bad at it.  That is why we often become so frustrated when we see a behavior in ourselves or in others that we really want to change and are not able to make lasting change happen.

Leadership Means Learning from Mistakes

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

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

Even though I know that we all make mistakes, I still hate making them. If you are even just a little bit of a perfectionist (like me), then you probably can relate. I am detail-oriented and precise, and it kills me when I overlook or forget something. But, I am coming to see that I need to shift my attitude about mistakes.

In the time I have worked with him, I have heard Patrick Thean say on multiple occasions that if we aren’t making mistakes, then we aren’t learning fast enough. This perspective reminded me of Robin Sharma’s presentation at the recent Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando. Sharma, who wrote The Leader Who Had No Title, suggested that we are all paid to be scared; we should be pushing ourselves to expand our mastery by doing things that are outside of our comfort zone. Forcing ourselves to experiment with new ideas or ways of doing things and making mistakes in the process is the only way that we can truly grow, learn, and innovate.

Going Back and Giving Back

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

I was invited to speak on Rhythm and goal setting at Cornell University’s Engineering Leadership Certification class last week. It was great to go back to Cornell, my alma mater. So much has changed since the last time I was on campus back in 2000 when I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship. It is wonderful to see Cornell equipping engineers with leadership skills. The combination of technology and leadership is powerful preparation for engineers to contribute to the workplace when they graduate.

Perform Like a True Corporate Athlete to Maximize Your Performance and Execution

Alan Gehringer Mon, Aug 5, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

I recently attended the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida and had the opportunity to hear some phenomenal speakers share their thoughts on a variety of topics.  The one that topped my list was given by Dr. Jim Loehr.  Jim is the author of “The Power of Full Engagement” and “The Only Way to Win.”   I think the reason his talk hit home is that I have always been interested in trying to achieve balance in life - notice I said trying - and maintaining a fitness regimen to perform at my personal best.

Like It or Not, We're All in Sales

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

I was reflecting back on the Fortune Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida that I recently attended. One of the speakers that resonated with me the most from the many fascinating presentations we heard was Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human. Pink gave a statistic that really stuck with me; one in nine people in the United States have a sales job, and those of us who comprise the other 8 in 9 people spend 41% of our time doing what he calls "non traditional sales," or persuading people to listen to our ideas, invest in our companies, help with our projects, etc. Anyone who has ever had to "sell" a toddler on bedtime or eating vegetables knows that "non traditional sales" can be extremely hard work!

7 Keys to Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and your One-Page Strategic Plan at Taipan

Patrick Thean Thu, May 2, 2013 @ 08:27 PM
I was in Jakarta last week speaking at Taipan 2013.  We had the strongest showing at Taipan ever with 220 people!  CEOs with their teams worked hard on their business. I had a wonderful time. EO Indonesia and EO Malaysia were such wonderful hosts, making the event very memorable. My one day session on Rockefeller Habits and the One-Page Strategic Plan was adjusted for two different types of teams in the audience: teams being introduced for the first time to this framework and experienced teams who wanted to take it further.

Growth Summit: Questions to Consider after Annual Planning

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

At the Fortune Growth Summit in Phoenix this past October, the speakers raised several interesting questions that I am reflecting on now that our executive team has cascaded our Company's Annual Plan to everyone. 

Sharpen Your Saw by Going Fishing

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

Stephen Covey's 7th habit is to "sharpen the saw."  This habit is about rejuvenating yourself and your teams.  It's about working on being stronger, better, faster instead of using pure brute force to succeed.  Brute force allows you to succeed for a time and maybe even for a season.   But, then you get tired and it seems like it takes longer to get things done.  That's working with a blunt saw!   For continuous success that builds upon itself, you must stop, rest, and sharpen your saw.