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"…keeping you great"


Can You Grow Exponentially — take this quick diagnostic? — Companies like Uber, Waze, Amazon, Airbnb, TED, GitHub, and ING Direct, are leveraging openness, transparency and abundance in a new way. Their impact is disproportionately large, at least 10x larger compared to their peers because of these new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies. Fill out this diagnostic and find out how your company ranks amongst these Exponential giants. Once completed, you will receive a breakdown of your score compared to the top 10 Exponential Organizations. I remain a huge fan of Salim Ismail's groundbreaking book Exponential Organizations. My book Scaling Up failed to outline a few of the key points in Salim's book, so I consider it a must read if you want to scale-up your organization.

2 Second Leanthis is the title of Paul Akers' easy-to-read book full of simple ideas for making things run smoother at work and home. Take a look at this 6 minute YouTube video on organizing your desk drawers and walls – and start at 2:55 for a work desk example and 4:03 for organizing your overnight backpack with all your electronics, etc. This is a perfect activity for a high school intern. Paul is keynoting our upcoming Leadership Summit hosted with FORTUNE May 12 – 13, Orlandoand will be covering the topic of Lean more extensively – and everyone attending will get a copy of his book. It's all the little improvements that add up!

Cisco CEO — Role of CEO/Leader in 25 Seconds — the first 25 seconds of this FORTUNE interview of John Chambers, CEO Cisco, provides the most concise explanation of the role of a CEO as I've ever heard. Then listen to the rest of this 4 minute interview to learn the three reasons companies get in trouble. One of those three is failing to change as a leader – to grow. And the key – "if you're going to lead, you have to listen." Anyway, the entire interview is direct and summarizes much of the entire body of leadership literature in 4 minutes.

How Men Can Succeed…in the Boardroom and the Bedroom — Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg teamed up with Adam Grant (author of Give and Take) and wrote a four part series on women in the workplace. This is the fourth article in the NY Times. One key is involving more women on the executive team. Notes Sandberg and Grant, "Two chief executives, John T. Chambers of Cisco, and Carlos Ghosn of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, have said that they can't be competitive in the global economy without increasing their percentage of female executives." And the research supports this. It's worth 3 minutes to read through – and pick up some tips to help at home!

Congrats to Dubai-based Biz-Ability — for the second year in a row, our coaching partner in the Middle East has been named the Most Distinguished SME to Work for in the UAE. Congrats to Hazel Jackson and her team – great when you practice what you preach (one of our core values at Gazelles).


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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.