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It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future!
  Yogi Berra

Scaling Up Fan Running for Mayor Ken Sim, co-founder of two highly successful businesses, is running for the Mayor of Vancouver. More below, but first…

Shark Tank Judge Dr. Glen Richards Sept 18 Sydney Dr. Richards scaled his first biz to over $800 million using the Scaling Up tools; and is doing it again with a new firm. Well known throughout Australia as one of the judges on their popular Shark Tank show, Dr. Richards is our partner in launching the ScalingUp Master's Program (SMP). He's hosting an introductory event Sept 18, 5pm – 7pm in Sydney. More below, but second…

Prediction from 2007 Alex Rusch, a dear Swiss friend in the publishing biz, came across a prediction I shared in my insights over a decade ago. Quote:

Conclusion: iPhone is poorly named, it will do well initially and morph quickly into a handheld Mac, and the and Plantronics of the world will be the "phone" distributor and manufacturers of choice. And like high end stereo equipment, we'll own and use a separate camera, PDA, and phone — three devices from three separate companies to do three distinct jobs.

It's making crazy dumb predictions like this that had me conclude that only the market can be the final judge. Over the years I've seen what I thought were home runs fail miserably; and ideas I thought were duds, like the iPhone, take companies to billions (or trillions).

Shoot Bullets, Not Cannonballs The market makes you look smart or dumb, so as Jim Collins suggests in Great by Choice (by far Jim's greatest book for scalesups – and one of the top 5 of all time) – shoot bullets, not cannonballs. Test your ideas, first, in a real marketplace and then invest crazily in the few things that work.

Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes this Bustle article highlights a military technique for falling asleep quickly. Sleep is so critical to everything we do as biz leaders – improving decision making and giving us stamina. Please take 1 minute to read then practice for six weeks as suggested (yep, takes practice!). Thank you to Scaling Up Certified Coach John Anderson for sharing.

Gazelles Member Ken Sim running for Mayor of Vancouver in Upcoming Election

On October 20, the citizens of Vancouver head to the polls to elect a new Mayor and a long-time GazellesPro Member is beginning to muster quite the notoriety as he throws his hat in the ring. Ken Sim, co-founder of two highly successful companies – Nurse Next Door (5000+ employees and over 180 franchise locations across North America) and Rosemary Rocksalt (six restaurants and growing) – is running for Mayor of Vancouver. Soon after Sim was elected with a clear majority by his NPA party to run for mayor, the Globe and Mail reported "Ken Sim is a catch for the Non-Partisan Association." If you live in Vancouver or have ties to the Pacific Northwest city, be sure to check out Sim's web site to learn more and reach out if you can. Ken needs your support to win the race. Good luck on your campaign, Ken!

Mini-Milestone thank you to all who have posted positive reviews of my book. This week Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) passed a mini-milestone – 500 reviews (thank you Chip – please let me know who you are if you read these insights)!

Scaling Up Master's Program | Sydney, Australia | October 24th, 2018

Where the rubber hits the road…The Scaling Up Master's Program (SMP) is being launched by Shark Tank's Dr. Glen Richards in Sydney on October 24th, 2018.

This 12-month fast-track leadership team program equips you and your team with the skills, discipline and focus to optimize, calibrate and grow as fast as possible. This program is designed for companies with an unquenchable bias for action and is being facilitated by successful Scaling Up entrepreneurs.

Glen is hosting a free information evening on Sept 18th, 2018, 5-7 pm in Sydney's CBD. For more information, please contact Anna Samios (+61) 0408 660 855 or email at [email protected]

CEO-BOOTCAMP: spend 3.5 days with Verne, serial entrepreneur John Ratliff, and 6 other CEOs in a beautiful retreat setting, addressing the constraints holding back you, your business, and your industry. October 2 – 5; January 15 – 18, 2019.

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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.

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