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#1 Book; Facebook’s Purpose; Google’s Five Hiring Attributes; Moog Music; Feb 28 Webinar

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"…insights for scaleups"


Michael Bungay Stanier distills the essentials of coaching to seven core questions. And if you master his simple yet profound technique, you'll get a twofer. You'll provide more effective support to your employees and co-workers. And you may find that you become the ultimate coach for yourself.
  Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive

Topgrading Case Study Webinar Feb 28, 2pm ET – Dr. Brad Smart will present his latest implementation case study on hiring – nothing instructs better than a real world example. More below, but first…

The Coaching Habit this is the title of the #1 book on coaching, the critical skill which has replaced managing. Michael Bungay Stanier has burst onto the biz guru scene with a sharp intellect and wit, detailing in a very practical way how we can effectively coach someone in 10 minutes using seven questions. Read the opening chapter titled "You Need a Coaching Habit" which highlights the 7 questions – then come hear Michael keynote the ScaleUp Summit May 23 – 24, San Antonio where he'll share how to put these questions into action.

Facebook's Purpose last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg outlined a more detailed vision for the world and how Facebook will play a role. Take 1 minute to read the first few hundred words of his 6000-word post. It's clear Facebook's Purpose revolves around the idea of creating a "global community" and he details five ways Facebook will support this and why. This HBR article does an excellent job of analyzing and summarizing Mark's thoughts. This kind of broader manifesto to explain your company's vision/purpose is nicely modelled by Mark.

Mindset More Important Than Talent Google and others have discovered that academic performance and testing don't predict lifelong success (accomplishing great things). This Margaret Heffernan BBC radio show titled "Is Talent Over-rated" takes a deep look at what does predict success. Having a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset; having grit; being open to feedback; being around the right people and places; and having a great coach do. And the most important attribute? A love of learning!

Five Attributes Google Found Predicts Success At 17:30 into Margaret's show she comes back to Google and highlights the five things used at Google to screen for the right people including courage and why this is critical! Toward the end Margaret notes the importance of using a very structured approach to interviewing which focuses more on behavioral alignment with values than particular skills – precisely what the Topgrading interview gives you. If you're a parent, leader, coach – or just interested in what it takes to be successful yourself, take 27 minutes (while doing email?) to listen to Margaret's show where she interviews many of the top thinkers in the field of success. Once again, it proves the importance of reading, watching, and listening to anything Margaret produces!! I do.

Moog Music Top Ten (Gazelles Case Study) Moog Music of synthesizer fame was just named one of the top ten most innovative companies 2017 in the music sector by Fast Company. Notes Nancy Eberhardt, their Gazelles Certified Coach, "they had a highly successful 2016 on all metrics in our first year of working with them." Congratulations to Moog and Nancy as Gazelles-coached clients continue to win industry awards.

Topgrading Hiring Process Webinar — Why Implementation Will Save You Thousands in Just 6 Weeks. Join Dr. Brad Smart, creator of Topgrading, in a live discussion where he will highlight one of his latest implementation case studies. This event will be a live interview, where you are encouraged to participate and personally ask Brad questions around implementing Topgrading in your company. Join Dr. Brad Smart on this live webinar on February 28th at 2:00pm EST. This event has limited capacity, so reserve your seat soon.

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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.