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5 Best Books 2014; 8 Killer Tips; 1 Relationship Saver; #1 Amazon Biz Book

"…keeping you great"


Thank You — Amazon ranking results below, but first…

Top Five Biz Books 2014 — my annual Venture column in Fortune magazine naming the top 5 business books for the year is online (Nov 17 issue). Take 1 minute to scan the list and read the one-paragraph write-ups.

The One Sheet That Will Save Your Relationships — many successful business leaders find their personal relationships get sacrificed along the way, yet there is a tool that can help these relationships survive and thrive, tested with a group of execs the last 24 months. Here's my latest short article posted this week on LinkedIn – please take 1 minute to read.

8 Killer Tips — a record number of standing ovations summed up the impact Fortune's Growth Summit speakers had on our record audience of 632 leaders of growth firms. Here are short interviews with each of eight keynotes, drawing out a few of their best and most practical ideas for scaling up your business (listen while doing email). Go to and scroll down to see the list of videos. Here are the key points covered in the interviews (great to review with your teams – view one at a weekly meeting for the next 8 weeks):

Salim Ismail, author of Exponential Organizations – answers why leaders tend to miss the key trends that disrupt our industries and businesses.

Steve Martin, author of The small Big – the three keys to influencing people, and how to get a higher price!

Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts – how to embrace a rookie mentality to get big things accomplished – and why many people are stuck.

Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone – the single most important decision/activity senior teams must engage in to double the size of the business.

Randy Komisar, author of The Monk and the Riddle – the three types of CEOs needed to grow a business and what is the new role of a manager in firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, etc.

Jack Daly, author of Hyper Sales Growth – what sales teams can learn from sports that dramatically ups their ability to drive revenue.

Beverly Kaye, author of Love 'em or Lose 'em – the powerful input from conducting "stay" interviews with employees rather than "exit" interviews – and the questions you ask.

John DiJulius, author of The Customer Service Revolution – first to highlight the need for every company to create a "day in the life of a customer" video for employees.

David Marquet Dec 10 Switzerland — author of what I named the #1 biz book in 2012, Turn the Ship Around, David Marquet is in Europe speaking at Switzerland-based IMD university Dec 10 – part of their Global Leadership Series. For more details click here.

Flamenco Trio Shows — the fantastic reviews are coming in for Juanito Pascual's new album. He and his trio are hosting several live shows – enjoy.

NEW YORK:Friday November 14,
@ Subrosa (Two Shows: 7 & 9 pm; 63 Ganesvoort St.)
Saturday November 15
@ Cornelia St. Cafe (6pm; 29 Cornelia St.)

BALTIMORE:Sunday November 16
@ An Die Musik (4pm; 407 N Charles St.)

BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE: Saturday November 22
@ Regattabar (Two Shows: 7:30 & 10pm; 1 Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA)

WASHINGTON DC: Monday November 24
@ BLUES ALLEY (Two shows: 8 & 10pm; 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW)

Extremely Grateful — we did it together – Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) reached #1 of all biz books on Amazon last week. And we managed to get to #4 of all books, edged out by three children's comic books (I know what I need to write next!). Thank you to all who pitched in and ordered a book – hope you find it helpful as you prepare for 2015.

Chicago, Memphis, Vancouver, Denver, Detroit, and San Diego — and if you want to immerse your team in the new and updated one-page tools, these Rockefeller Habits 2.0 workshops finish out the year – dates and locations listed below or at this link.


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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.