Elon’s No; Ferriss’s Yes; Mastering Leadership; Driving Customers; Feb 1 Webinar
January 26, 2017
Buffett’s Top 10; Growth Paradox; Founder’s Mentality; CEO Boot Camp
February 9, 2017

10 Tech Trends; Zingerman’s Change; Legal Monkeys’ Appreciation Board; Raleigh May 1 – 4

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ScaleUpU Launches in Raleigh are you a high potential growth firm in the Raleigh region? The state of North Carolina wants to know. Apply for this innovative program. More below, but first…

Because it's Easier/Faster more than half of all internet sales growth in the US in 2016 came from Amazon according to this Fortune article. And Amazon accounted for 43% of ALL online sales – incredible. Notes Slice principal analyst Ken Cassar:

Amazon maintains an obsessive focus on removing every pain point from the buying process. This is clearly exemplified with its Prime program, with free, reliably quick shipping.

The article goes on to note that Amazon is able to deliver packages in an average of 3.4 days vs. 5.6 days for everyone else. What are you doing to maintain an obsessive focus on removing every pain point in your customer buying and delivery experience? Bring this question to your weekly meeting – every week!

X-Prize Founder's Top 10 Tech Trends — Peter Diamandis has published his Top 10 tech trends for 2016. Go to p.2 to scan down the list of ten then to p.20 to dig into the Artificial Intelligence details. Please start figuring out which apps/partners you need to add AI to your products/services. You won't need to make it happen this year, but you need to start.

Zingerman's Change Process Now in Writing — Zingerman's, the $60 million "best deli in the world" co-founded by anarchist Ari Weinzweig, has the best change management process I've even seen – something Ari guided our audience through at last year's ScaleUp Summit. Ari has finally written down the process for getting employees to own their suggestions and drive improvement ideas through an organization – they create the vision, they get the buy-in, and they drive the improvement – plus it's fun. Go to this link to purchase this powerful (and well-illustrated) step-by-step pamphlet for driving bottom line change.

Legal Monkeys' Appreciation Board (Gazelles idea of the week) mentioned alongside Southwest Airlines and DreamWorks in this Entrepreneur article, Rockefeller Habits fans Legal Monkeys took an idea for an Appreciation Board from their Gazelles coach Andy Bailey and ran with it. It's an 8×10 picture frame where any employee can use a dry erase market to write a note of appreciation and then present it to another associate for display on their desk. Here's a 2-minute video (I like to see how other companies produce/use video) by CEO Corey Cormier where he shows a board, how it's presented, and then how they extend the appreciation through Facebook and other social media. He also explains how it ties back to their core values – and you also get to see video of their daily huddle. Nicely done Corey and team!

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ScaleUpU Launches in Raleigh — following the successful launch of ScaleUpU in Kansas City, serial entrepreneur and author Randy Nelson, champion for North Carolina, is seeking applications for the first 15 high potential growth firms in the Raleigh region for a May 1 – 4 launch of the inaugural "Class of 2019." Supported by RedHat, this program honors (including extensive media) the best scaleups in the region and takes them through, with the support of the local community, a 36-month process of education, coaching, and tech support to double their revenues. For more info contact Randy Nelson at [email protected] and visit this link

CEO Boot Camp — spend 4 fun and interactive days with Verne and 10 CEOs in Marathon, FL March 7 – 10. For more info [email protected]

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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.