Summary of Rhythm

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If you listen to most CEOs, you might think that strategic planning is a company’s most critical business activity. Considering that, it’s ironic that most strategic plans end up gathering dust. Serial entrepreneur Patrick Thean’s approach to strategic planning can help you transform this sadly neglected but worthwhile exercise into practical, implementable and beneficial corporate action. Thean’s engaging style showcases the basic common sense and easy application of his tactics. He provides chapter-ending worksheets and numerous helpful, real-world examples. getAbstract recommends Thean’s method to executives and managers – especially those at start-ups and growth companies – who must forge, implement and execute plans successfully.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the “Rhythm” system for corporate planning works;
  • How to put each component – “thinking, planning and execution” – of this system to work; and
  • How you can make consistent “winning moves.”
 

About the Author

Patrick Thean has started several companies. As CEO, he guided Metasys to 151 on the Inc. 500 roster. He is also CEO and co-founder of Gazelles Systems and the creator of Rhythm software.

 

Summary

“Complexity Ceiling”

Companies that enjoy robust growth inevitably run into complexity ceilings that hamper operations and make management difficult. These roadblocks tend to crop up at distinct milestones – 50 staffers, 100 staffers, $15 million in sales, $100 million in sales – which vary in their nature and timing from company to company. Such complexity barriers render previously productive management practices ineffective. Super-hot firms begin to cool down, and soon become indistinguishable from their stuck-in-the-mud competitors.


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    Greg Norfus 2 years ago
    great !
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    Steffen Wilhelm 2 years ago
    the summary reads as if it describes a basic strat book from the late 1990s...not enticed to read the actual book