Rhythm Blog | Strategies for Growth

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

KPIs, Culture, and Habits to Improve On-Time Delivery

Alan Gehringer Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

I previously wrote a blog titled 21 Production KPI Examples to Improve Manufacturing Performance, and many people were interested in learning more about how to measure and improve on-time delivery, one of the specific KPIs I mentioned. So, let’s dig a little deeper into this topic. 

Conquer Complex Projects with Rhythm

Ryan Walcott Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Managing projects across multiple teams is really difficult. Isolated spreadsheets and email strings make it impossible for team members to follow and share updates. Traditional project management software is often too complicated, and everyone doesn’t always have access across teams because each team is using their own system. This leads to execution chaos. Multiple systems across teams, difficulty in communication and coordinating effort, slow/no information flow across teams, all resulting in late or failed projects.

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

Patrick Thean Thu, Dec 6, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Congratulations to Jeff Berstein, and the ImageFIRST Team! Calera Capital, a private equity firm, acquired a majority share of ImageFIRST, allowing Jeff and his team to successfully achieve their dreams. This unique win-win deal provides the following for key stakeholders:

A Better Way to Attract, Retain & Reward Top Talent

Guest Blogger Tue, Dec 4, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Written by Guest Bloggers Ryan Whitley, CFP® and Brian Swilling, Financial Advisors at Navipath Partners and sponsors of the 2018 Rhythm Systems' Breakthrough Conference  

What are the Top 8 Business Challenges for Mid-Market Companies? Survey Says…

Chris Cosper Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

At our annual Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte this year, we had the opportunity to survey our audience of over 150 mid-market executives and ask the question, “What are the top 8 business challenges for mid-market companies?” The term “mid-market” refers to the size of a company based on its annual revenue, usually between $10 - $500 million. It may seem like a big swing to go from $10 million to $500 million, but not so big when you consider that only 3% of all companies ever make it past the $10 million mark.

Scaling Rhythm for Larger, Complex Companies

Tiffany Chepul Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

So many Rhythm companies start off as what we consider “simple” companies. They are experiencing steady, but not explosive growth. They might only have the executive team using Rhythm. Some have a relatively flat structure with few locations and departments.

Why CEOs Need a Leadership Path of Progress

Jessica Wishart Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

CEOs are constantly being pulled in a million directions - they have shareholders, partners, investors, employees, customers, industry groups, community stakeholders and other constituents (not to mention family and personal relationships) to answer to on a daily basis. Even if you are somehow balancing all of these demands, running a successful business, and leading your team effectively, you still may not be doing everything you need to do as a CEO. According to a recent study by Harvard researchers, “It’s vital for CEOs to block off meaningful amounts of uninterrupted time alone, to give themselves space to think, reflect, and prepare.”

This idea of spending alone time “thinking” is counterintuitive to many CEOs, who may have gotten where they are today by working longer and harder than those around them. Taking time out of the rat race to think could be considered a weakness by some executive leaders. But, on the contrary, the research clearly indicates that this think time is an absolute necessity for CEOs.

Purpose: Why It Matters

Jessica Wishart Thu, Oct 4, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

When I was in college, I took a course called “The Meaning of Work” and enrolled in a corresponding internship program following the course. As part of the program, I met weekly with a small group to discuss the work we were doing and reflect on its meaning. I earned a minor in “Faith and Work” as a result and gained experience in the non-profit sector and higher education through my internships. As a Millennial, I was fully indoctrinated in the belief that where I spend the majority of my waking hours should be meaningful in some way and, like many in my cohort, I entered the workforce craving something deeper than a paycheck. As they say, life happens, and my career hasn’t been what I imagined it would be as a 22-year-old college graduate (no surprise there!). But, I do still believe in the importance of finding meaningful work, the critical nature of doing work that matters, that has some purpose deeper than feeding my family and paying the bills. And the research backs me up on this, too.

Studies have found that “employees who derive meaning and significance from their work are much more likely to stay with organizations."

Why CEOs Must Solve People Issues to Achieve Breakthroughs

Patrick Thean Tue, Oct 2, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

My previous blog shared about how people issues might be mistaken for execution issues. There are a number of reasons why it is difficult to solve people problems in growing companies. Most of these reasons come from an emotional place of fear. Fear paralyzes us even though logically we know that people issues don’t go away with time. They don’t work themselves out. In fact, they usually become much worse. These baby elephants grow quickly into large elephants.  

How Much Time Should I Allocate for My Quarterly Planning Session?

Alan Gehringer Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail – Benjamin Franklin

It is that time of the year again: time to prepare for your quarterly planning session. A question that I get frequently is, “should we plan for a one-day or a two-day quarterly session, and what do most of your clients do?”