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2017 Trends; Smell of the Place; 55% Lighter; Two Key Metrics

"…insights for scaleups"


Trends for 2017 my next Fortune column will look at the top 5 trends for 2017. I would love your input, see below. But first…

The Smell of the Place — you can often just sense whether an organization is good or bad place to work. The late LBS and INSEAD Professor Sumantra Ghoshal shared an insightful 8-minute presentation at the World Economic Forum many years ago where he made the case that it's more the environment leaders create that determines employee engagement than any attributes of the employees i.e. does your place feel like downtown Kolkata (Calcutta) in the middle of a blazing hot and humid summer or is it more like the breathtakingly beautiful forests of Fontainebleau? It's a wonderful 8 minutes – worth showing during a brown bag lunch or weekly/monthly meeting. Discuss what you might do to improve the work environment/culture. Thanks to coaching partner Georg von Laffert for sharing.

Fontainebleau Forest — Professor Ghoshal goes on to describe four components of this better environment:

  1. Stretch (versus constraint)

  2. Discipline (versus compliance)

  3. Support (versus control)

  4. Trust (versus contract)

This aligns precisely with the techniques/tools in Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0):

  1. Stretch – he describes the components of our one-page Vision Summary tool
  2. Discipline – equivalent to our 10 Rockefeller Habits
  3. Support – the need for leaders to be more coaches than managers
  4. Trust – the foundation of a healthy team (Five Dysfunctions of a Team)

Not surprising, companies implementing our tools are perennial winners of the Best Places to work awards in their communities, countries, and the world. Keep scaling!

Nature Instructs Airbus "Manufacturers Take a Page from Mother Nature" is the title of this WSJ article. Notes the WSJ:

When designers at Airbus Group SE and Autodesk Inc. sat down to re-engineer a divider for jetliner cabins, they found inspiration at low altitude: slime molds and animal bones.

The resulting design weighs less than half the previous divider. There is a 1-minute video at the top of the article detailing the design and process Airbus used to create this innovative part. Then take 2 minutes to read how other firms are discovering similar practical solutions taking lessons from nature. If the link doesn't work, then put the title in Google and it will provide a copy that doesn't require a subscription.

Geoversity (Mother Nature as Teacher) — join the CEO of Copa Airlines, the CEO of the biomimicry designed kayaks I featured, and 19 other leaders (like my dear friend Rick Sapio) for this pioneering Feb 7 – 12 executive program in Panama. I'm co-chairing along with David Ricketts from Harvard, Brian Dumaine from Fortune, and other top biomimicry, marketing, and organizational experts to explore all the practical ways nature can improve our companies. This is the future of products, services, and work environments. Here's a link for more information

Tracking Two Numbers (Gazelles Case Study) — My latest HuffPost piece highlights how Sam Hyder revived the nearly 50-year-old company his grandfather started by making some painful decisions and learning how to keep it profitable on a daily basis by tracking two critical numbers. Results: he stopped the bleeding, reversed a severe downturn in revenues, and will see the firm hit $30 million in revenue this year with record profits. Take 2 minutes to read this latest "how to" case study.

Input – Trends for 2017 — For my next Fortune column, I am writing about key trends affecting leaders in 2017. What trends in the economy, your industry and your life outside of work will affect how you and your business perform in 2017 in a big way? Which trends are over-hyped? I'd like to hear anecdotes from your business. Please include your company name, city, company size (in revenue and number of employees), and your job title – email directly to [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.