The Missing Link Between Planning and Success

By: Ted SkinnerThu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 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 teams to help them envision, plan, execute and achieve their growth initiatives? I am lucky to be able to help lift leaders out of the day to day firefighting mindset to work consciously on their growth initiatives. Too often, companies get caught up in the immediacy of the urgent and don’t take the time required to work their long-term strategic initiatives. Just because it is urgent doesn’t mean it is important, and that’s where Rhythm Software steps in to fill the gap.

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Topics: Business Execution

4 Steps to Get Your Team Past Issues and Problems

By: Barry PruittFri, Mar 3, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Everyone hits a ceiling of complexity. Teens hit a level of complexity in sports, class, and social situations. Entrepreneurs hit levels of complexity in sales, collections, culture, communication, focus, size, number of members, and more. The teams and companies that succeed are the ones that figure out how to solve problems better, faster. And that’s a ceiling of complexity that I observe in many fast growth companies. A one-person entrepreneur shop can move fast, make decisions quickly, and re-chart direction as often as needed. Small companies with few employees can circle a conference table and hammer out solutions. Yet, as your company and teams grow, it gets progressively harder to solve problems in a timely manner.

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Topics: Ceiling of Complexity, Business Execution

Is Your Company Healthy?

By: Cathy McCulloughSun, Nov 27, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Organizations are like the human body. They are intricate systems made up of extremely complex interactions between interdependent parts. If one part of the system isn’t working right, then other parts of the system are affected as well. The result is an imbalance in the overall human system.

When it comes to your company’s health, things may seem like they’re going well, or at least good enough. The question, though, is: How do you know that? When was the last time you gave your company a physical exam? Doing so might open an understanding around where there are problems before they become potential longer-term illnesses.

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Topics: Business Execution

Rethink Your Role as an Entrepreneur

By: Alan GehringerSun, Nov 13, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

A few уеаrѕ аgо, I rеаd The E-Mуth Rеvіѕіtеd. It was аn еntеrtаіnіng eye-ореnеr thаt hеlреd сhаngе my thoughts on how to run a buѕіnеѕѕ. I have always like the idea of running your business like a franchise so that it is replicable and scalable. I also think the approach encourages you to run your business in a manner that makes it sellable when you are ready to do so. Evеrу реrѕоn thіnkіng of runnіng a buѕіnеѕѕ ѕhоuld аbѕоlutеlу read thіѕ bооk.

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Topics: Business Execution

9 Tips to Make Your Business Agile and Outsmart the Competition

By: Ted SkinnerTue, Nov 8, 2016 @ 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 business landscape. In today’s nonstop global economy, there is always somebody, somewhere trying to capture part of your market and your customers. You need to create an organization able to respond to the changes in the market more quickly than ever, or you will lose market share to the competition. Unfortunately, many of the legacy tools that businesses use don’t adapt fast enough to work in today’s cutthroat global economy and need to be modernized. Software teams realized this decades ago and quickly shifted from the outmoded Waterfall methodology to the Agile software development framework; it is time for the whole business to catch up to this advancement.

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Topics: Quarterly Planning, Business Execution

11 Ways to Kill Your Business Value

By: Barry PruittThu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Most entrepreneurs and leaders know when their team isn’t aligned or working in the most efficient way. It
shows up in petty arguments, protection of resources or turf, being blindsided by priority failure, customer issues, cash flow problems, and on and on. As a leader, you feel the knot in your stomach or a mental cloud that follows you wherever you go. Even if you can’t articulate the issue, you can feel it. I’ve seen hundreds of team and individual patterns, which can typically be traced to a lack of alignment and transparency. Ultimately, this can kill the value, if not the operation, of your business.

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Topics: Business Execution

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

By: Alan GehringerTue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 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 passionate people. There were family business owners, family business advisors, bankers, attorneys and other professional consultants. They all shared the same values and belief that family businesses are important and need special attention for the good of our business and economic community. Why are these special breeds of businesses important? For starters, there are 28 million of them. In addition, they make up about 90% percent of the small and mid market companies in the USA.

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Topics: People, Business Execution

The Predictable Revenue Stream – Three Additional Subscription Models

By: Ted SkinnerFri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This is my final post based on John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry. We have already explored the five reasons you want subscribers and six different business models covered in Blog 1 and Blog 2 that you may also want to check out. Today we’ll examine Warrillow’s final three business models ripe for consideration of your new subscription business.

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Topics: Business Execution, Think

Three Super (Subscription) Models

By: Ted SkinnerTue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

We've covered the first three subscription models from John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry. In this post, we’ll cover three additional models that might work in your business strategy to increase your recurring revenue through subscriptions. This post has a couple of the fun ones, but please promise not to tell my dog about them!

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Topics: Business Execution

5 Reasons to Create Subscribers Out of Your Customers

By: Ted SkinnerSun, Aug 9, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

At Rhythm Systems, one of our core values is to Keep Smart. In order to do that, we set aside an hour every week to come together virtually and learn something new. We call this time CABQ because we Communicate content, Ask questions, Bounce ideas off each other, and Question assumptions. A few weeks ago, I lead a review of John Warrillow’s The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Model in Any Business.

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Topics: Business Execution