Blame the SWOT; Replace with SWT; Advisory Board Advice; Best Values; Nov 13 – 15 Shanghai
May 2, 2013
5 Ways To Connect With Your Children
May 7, 2013

#1 Company; 5 Ways to Connect with Children; Animal Core Values; 13 Fun Facts

"…keeping you great" 


Five Ways to Connect with your Children
 – my latest

"Venture" column is on the newsstand and online (Fortune 500 edition)
listing five quick tips for staying connected with your children. The most
counter-intuitive idea is to NOT ask them about their day – this is something I
learned from Rabbi Stephen Baars, the Bliss parenting and marriage guru. And
just as he suggests, later in the evening (or week) your children will share
voluntarily what's up. Take 2 minutes to glance through the other 4 tips – and
then share it with others who have children – thanks.

Wal-Mart Back On Top
— with almost $444 billion in revenue in 2012, Wal-Mart
is again #1 on the list of the Fortune 500
released yesterday. The
other big news is that Apple broke into the top 10 and Facebook made the list
for the first time. Rounding out the top 10: Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Phillips 66,
Berkshire Hathaway, Apple, GM, GE, Valero Energy, and Ford – six of the top 10
fueled by the auto industry.

Fun Facts Fortune 500
— revenue was up 2.7% for the combined Fortune 500

last year, but profit was down .5%. These
are two of the 13 fun facts Fortune details as a sidebar to the list

– worth the 2 minutes to glance through especially if you're a "student of
business" and enjoy business trivia. One sad fact – there's one company that's
been on the list since the beginning – 1955 – that didn't make the cut this
year. I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. Anyway, find this answer and 10
more interesting facts like the company with the highest 5 year stock market
return (not Apple) at this link.

Core Value Characters
— as follow-on to the McIntosh
Perry core values
from last week, Rachel Farris, Chief of Staff for

Pet Relocation
, sent a list of her company's core values modeled after
animals that best represent each value. Notes Farris "we worked on the values at
the end of December and since we're a pet company we chose to model our values
after animals that best represent those characteristics. We have chosen a value
per quarter and have been placing animal decals on the wall representing that
quarter's theme (right now we have penguins all over our walls as our Q2 theme
is teamwork!)." Again, great to anchor each value with a visual image. Here's
a link
to the list with pictures – I particularly like the third one!!

Everything Fortune This Week
— it's a short insight as we have our Leadership Summit with Fortune
later this week in Orlando. I'll be back next week with some highlights and
short interviews.

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.