Congratulations 2016 Inc. 5000 Winners!

By: Patrick TheanMon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

With the launch of new levels of our certification program, development of breakthrough software features, preparing for our second conference, and bringing on a new hire, 2016 has been a big year for us. Obviously, I was excited to hear that Rhythm Systems was listed as #3946 on the Inc. 5000 list. After scanning through the list, I was elated to see the number of our clients who also made the list.

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Topics: Winning Move

3 Ways to Build Your Moat Before Competition Takes Your Castle

By: Barry PruittThu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

As you approach planning for another quarter, take a moment to check in on your Winning Moves. These are specific strategies that have the potential to double your revenue over the next 3-5 years. Many companies lose focus and momentum on these by only discussing them once a year during Annual Planning. Don't be one of them.

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Topics: Winning Move

Business Lessons from the Story of David and Goliath

By: Barry PruittWed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

“Goliath had as much chance against David as any Bronze Age warrior with a sword would have had against an opponent armed with a .45 automatic pistol.” - historian Robert Dohrenwend

Over three thousand years ago, a shepherd boy, smallest and last in his family, ran onto a field of battle to face a giant of a warrior. He carried with him five smooth pebbles and a sling. This boy and his story have much to teach us as men and women business leaders.

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Topics: Leadership, Winning Move

YPO Innovation Week Workshop (Video)

By: Patrick TheanTue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

As a strategic partner of Young President’s Organization, last month we were privileged to be a part of their inaugural YPO Innovation Week

A weeklong series of 30+ events took place all over the world to inspire forward thinking among today’s business leaders. I presented a workshop, Winning Moves to Double Your Business, in Dallas to help YPO members brainstorm, rank, test and validate their growth strategies. My partner, Cindy, had the once in a lifetime experience of ringing the bell at NASDAQ for the Innovation Week closing ceremony.

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Topics: Winning Move

How AvidXchange’s Strategy Rhythm Sky Rocketed Them to $48 MM

By: Patrick TheanTue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

The fast growing Charlotte-based YPO company, AvidXchange, has grown from $12 to $48 million in the past three years and is shaping the future of the electronic payment industry for the middle-market. A major part of the company’s success is attributed to discipline and a series of regular rhythms:

  1. A rhythm to work on growth strategies; 

  2. A rhythm to plan what the business is going to do every quarter; 

  3. And a rhythm of communication, making sure the work is done every week and every day. 

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Topics: Quarterly Planning, Winning Move, Think

Winning Moves Breakthroughs at the Breakthrough Conference

By: Alan GehringerThu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In the fall, we had our first annual Breakthrough Conference in Charlotte, NC. The gods did not
 provide us with abundant sunshine for the event, although they did provide us with an abundance of breakthroughs for our customers!

The event consisted of two-keynote sessions from none other than our own Patrick Thean. Both were incredibly well received, and as one of our consultants said in our debrief session, I was not sure if I was a participant or part of the conference team, as I sat there in full learning mode.

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Topics: Winning Move, Breakthrough Conference

Congratulations Fellow Inc. 5000 Winners!

By: Patrick TheanWed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

With the launch of the Rhythm book, new breakthrough software features and 8 new hires, 2014 was a big year for us. Obviously, I was excited to hear that Rhythm Systems was listed as #3000 on the Inc. 5000 list. (#3000, crazy number right?) But, after reading through the list, I was even more excited to see the number of our clients who also made the list.

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Topics: Winning Move

Forecasting & Prediction: Execute with Confidence

By: Jessica WishartFri, May 22, 2015 @ 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 Challenge in our forms. In response to your feedback, we are featuring a series of blogs on your biggest business challenges! This post is a response to the challenge “Forecasting and prediction."

How many times have we been disappointed by an inaccurate weather forecast? The local news meteorologist smiles and says in a cheesy voice, “Get out your golf clubs and dust off the barbecue pit; Saturday will be sunny and 70 degrees. A perfect day…” Then, we wake up to thundershowers that bring in a cold front.

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Topics: Adjustments, Leading Indicator, Winning Move, Dashboards, Think

Trusting Luck is the Worst BHAG Advice You’ll Ever Get

By: Barry PruittTue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

I owned a company while in my late twenties that wasn’t glamorous but it was profitable - a commercial cleaning business. This was the one time, the one business where I got lucky and reached a poorly defined BHAG. 

I determined that my BHAG was to grow a business large enough to sell through a broker. There was no inspiration, just the dream that a broker would find someone to buy it. This was a type of financial BHAG, and now, an approach I don’t recommend because luck is not your best strategy and without inspiration doesn't engage the energy of your team.

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Topics: Winning Move, BHAG

Fire Bullets Before Cannonballs to Get the Most From Winning Moves

By: Alan GehringerMon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

As we approach the busiest season for annual planning, I am encouraging clients to spend more time working on their Winning Moves.  It is best if these are worked on all year long and not just during planning sessions, but this is a great time to review your growth moves in depth to prepare for your upcoming planning session.  You want to ensure you are willing to allocate valuable resources and place the company’s future in these moves.  As a quick refresher, Winning Moves are specific strategies that have the potential to double your revenue in a three to five year period.  It sounds like a lot, though a company growing at 15% a year will double in five years and one growing at 22% or more annually will double revenue in less than three years.

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Topics: Annual Planning, Winning Move