5 ways to tone your operations
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Brain Scan; Deadly Combination; 5 Op Tips; Top Companies for Leadership Training

"…keeping you great"


Do You Have a Healthy Brain? — how would you know if you never looked at it? I did just this last week and the insights were powerful (I'm making changes already). Dr. Daniel Amen, the best known psychiatrist in the US, keynoted the Growth Summit last week and showed us pictures of some of the over 100,000 brain scans he's taken. FYI, he's the guy that is working closely with the NFL re: brain injuries – and has a protocol for repairing the damage. See his offer below, but first…

5 Ways to Tone Your Operations — my latest Venture column in Fortune is online. Not enough attention is paid to process – and like hallway closets and garages, if you don't keep them cleaned out, then you have to get bigger ones (throw people at the problem). Here are the five ways to tone your operations:

  1. Demand Pushback
  2. Plug Tiny Leaks
  3. Encourage Self-Service
  4. Prevent Errors
  5. Go Lean

Take 2 minutes to read the details behind each idea. Thanks to Jeff Frushtick, CEO, Leonard Automatics; Steve Hall, CEO, DriversSelect.com; Guy Levine, CEO, Return on Digital; and Guy Parsons, co-founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute for contributing specific ideas to this column.

Deadly Combination — in this latest Entrepreneur magazine piece on Liz Wiseman's new book Rookie Smarts, it notes:

As business growth advisor Verne Harnish said in an interview for Rookie Smarts, "In their freshman venture, entrepreneurs know nothing, so they make mistakes and learn. When they win, they win big.

Added Harnish: "This experience kills them the second time around. Confident that they know what needs to be done, they often misread markets and miss important signals." Experience plus hubris makes for a deadly combination.

Experience and hubris are the two biggest barriers to serial entrepreneur success.

Top 20 Companies for Leadership Development — P&G, Microsoft, GE, Coca-Cola, and Unilever fill the top 5 positions on this annual list based on a survey of nearly 18,000 individuals at more than 2,200 companies from 125 countries. Notes the research:

Top companies take a holistic approach to leadership, employing strategic practices aimed at developing and motivating up and down the organization. The Hay Group report says that 73% of what it considers the Top 20 leadership companies make development opportunities available to every employee, compared with 47% of other companies.

To view the entire list, and read about the research, go to this link.

Brain Health — what gets measured gets done. And what could be more important than the health of your brain (besides the body carrying it around). The Amen Clinics would like to extend the offer Dr. Amen gave on stage at the Growth Summit this year, to attendees and Weekly Insights readers (including family members – my wife Julie is also getting a brain scan). $600.00 off the Full Evaluation or Integrative Evaluation; $276.00 off the Executive Evaluation. For more information on what services each package includes or to schedule, please contact [email protected] or (949)236-8603. And if you would like to obtain the slides from Dr. Amen's presentation, text (949)220-0891.


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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.