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CFO Outlook; Top 5 Biz Books 2012; Reverse Aging; Holiday Gifts

"…keeping you great (and healthy!)"


CFO Outlook Report — Bank of America Merrill Lynch is proud to have sponsored the 2012 FORTUNE Growth Summit. For insights on what CFOs are thinking on the economy, priorities and prospects of business growth, please view their complete CFO Outlook report – worth the read!!!

Top 5 Biz Books 2012 — my annual Top 5 Must-Read Book list is published in the latest Fortune magazine (Nov 12) and online. Those attending our Fortune Summits this year heard from three of the authors; the fourth, Jim Loehr, will present at the Leadership Summit May 9 – 10, Orlando. Take 2 minutes and see how many of the five you've read.

Thanksgiving Gifts –Thanksgiving in the US – a perfect time to thank customers for making a great decision to do business with you. And what better gift over the next month of holidays than a book (put a box in your trunk and pass out at biz luncheons and customer visits) – maybe one of the top 5 or The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time – something quick to read that will spur ideas for their own business. Bulk discounts available (36 to a box).

Reverse Aging/Look Younger/More Energy. More years and more energy — what every growth company executive needs to fulfill their vision. As such, I've been part of a five-year initiative to slow, and in many cases reverse, the aging process. The key nutraceutical supplement is Stem Cell 100. So far no side effects, just subtle positive changes over time.

Manhattan Beach Project — David Kekich, the founder of Maximum Life Foundation, started the Manhattan Beach Project to Reverse Aging by 2033 and works with virtually everyone in the life extension field including Ray Kurzweil, Aubrey de Gray (author of Ending Aging), Michael Fossel (author of Reversing Human Aging), Bill Faloon (co-founder Life Extension and editor of their magazine), Michael West (founder of Geron and CEO of Bio Time, Inc.) and many others.

Smart, Strong, and Sexy at 100 — this is the title of David Kekich's ebook. Subtitled New Skin, New Hair, New You…7 Simple Steps to Strive at 100, spend $150 and get Stem Cell 100; David's 318 page ebook; three products that rejuvenate the stem cells in your face to look younger; and an anti-aging diet and exercise plan – and you'll also be sponsoring his Boulder, Colorado-based Centagen project. David is running an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. I signed on for the $1000 level and had my 45 minute call last week with one of the top life extensive PhDs in the world, Dr. Bryant Villeponteau – picked up 8 ideas. He's also the project director of the Centagen initiative and formulator of Stem Cell 100, which has benefited me greatly. This is as serious team doing serious work.

Relevant at 87 — Gazelles200 member Mike Maddock posted a moving Forbes column on what entrepreneurs have in common with Mother Teresa (who passed away at age 87) – and references a needlepoint that Mother Teresa had placed on the wall of her small concrete room in Calcutta. Its famous words are likely familiar to you, but always worth re-reading.

Two Short Interviews — Max Nisen with Business Insider interviewed me last Friday and produced two very short online articles (1 minute each to read) – one on how "Entrepreneurs have a Superman Complex that holds them back and the other on "When success is the biggest roadblock to success.

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.