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"…keeping you great" 



As men get
more successful, they are better liked by men and women; as women get more
successful, they are less liked by men and women.


Sandberg, COO

Book This Week

— a book for both men and women, Sheryl Sandberg's book entitled

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
soared to #1 this week of all books. Here's
a link
to a quick interview of Sandberg by


magazine where she highlights the likeability gap I quoted above. As COO of
Facebook, she is probably the most powerful and influential woman biz leader in
the world. Take 3 minutes to read and watch her interview where she also
outlines 4 main messages for men in helping women (outlined below at the end).

Bossy Girls
— and

this 11 minute interview of Sheryl Sandberg
, on the highly-acclaimed news
program 60 Minutes, is something I'm having my 9 year old daughter watch tonight
with the rest of the family. I particularly love her observation that when a
girl is called bossy, it's because she's a leader!! Sandberg points to all kinds
of credible research on why women get held back resulting in a loss to
themselves, our companies, and the world.

Top School Leadership
— one of the top women biz gurus and former VP of Oracle University, Liz
Wiseman (author of
has a new book out next Tuesday entitled
The Multiplier
Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools
I've already gifted a book to the headmaster of our children's school.
Co-authored with two educators, the book takes a deep dive with more than 100 of
education's best leaders and explores the five disciplines that distinguish
Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent,
as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation.

the foreword by Clayton Christensen (Innovator's Dilemma guru)


Get access to Chapter 1 of the book


Accidental Diminisher

Is it possible that, despite good intentions, you've been accidentally
diminishing the people on your team (like me over all these years – why Liz's
first book was so painful for me to read)?

Take this 5-minute quiz to find out

Why The Multiplier Effect is an important Idea for both Business and

  1. We face what
    might be the challenge of this decade: To rethink and revitalize education at
    a time when the life we are preparing students for is changing as fast as our
    budgets are shrinking. We need leaders who can mobilize all the energy and
    intelligence in their schools. And, we need to do this across all our schools.

  2. In the
    current economic realities, we can't afford schools that operate on a fraction
    of the intelligence inside them.

  3. Our
    businesses need an education system that delivers new graduates who enter the
    workforce with critical thinking skills and able to lead in a new era where a
    leaders job is to access and unleash the talent and intelligence of others.

  4. The
    Multiplier Effect has a suite of extremely practical tools for any leader (in
    business or education) who want to begin practicing Multiplier Leadership. The
    ten, one-page "Multiplier Learning Experiments" and the "Accidental Diminisher
    Workarounds" are alone worth the price of this book.

Four Things Men Can Do
– back to Sandberg's book, below is the short list she
outlines in her short interview and elaborates in the book
– and she tells a
couple relevant stories in the interview that highlight what she means:

  1. Help women
    sit at the table; help women reach opportunities

  2. Push back on
    the success and likeability gap

  3. Have the
    honest conversation about sponsorship and mentorship

  4. Help women
    navigate through the child rearing years

I like how she describes her brother's handling of the pregnancy question in the

God's Architect – Antoni
— BTW, check out the short piece 60 Minutes produced on
Gaudi's famous SagradaFamilia – another reason I love Barcelona. It aired during
the same episode as Sandberg's interview.

Grand Rapids, MI
— first one-day workshop of the spring season – March 20. This is our 15th year
of offering workshops – going strong because the tools/methodologies work. Below
is list of full spring schedule – book a refresher course.

Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.