Jim Collins’ Top 10 List; A Company’s Ideal; Facebook IPO; Embarrassed
May 25, 2012
Bubble or not; Essence of Strategy; Another Family Vacation Idea; June 5 Webinar
June 1, 2012

Coach vs. Manager; Summer Family Events; Kayak Atlantic to Pacific; Portland and Madison

"…out-learning the competition"


I just attended Kevin Lawrence's one day Rockefeller Habits seminar. I'm blown away by the content I received in this one day. Kevin's enthusiasm and willingness to ensure you "get it" takes his approach and teaching to a whole new level. Looking forward to taking my business to a whole new level
  Farouq Manji, CMO

Making Summer Plans? — two family opportunities highlighted below, but first…

Two Rockefeller Habits Workshops LeftPortland, May 31; Madison, June 27 (half-day). Fall schedule out soon.

Coach vs. Manager — after Brian Souza's presentation at the Fortune Leadership Summit, we need to get rid of the term "manager" and replace it with the word "coach" – precisely because that is the primary role of a manager. Brian brought advance copies of his book The Weekly Coaching Conversation (it's excellent!) to the Summit and though they won't be available to the general public until 17th July he's happy to make Advance Readers Copies (ARCs) available to Gazelles readers — $14.95/copy plus S&H. Email Brian directly [email protected]

Best Marketing Tool Ever — notes George Contos, World Wide Metric Inc., "The Fortune 500+ App may be one of the very best tools for marketing I have ever come across. Forget marketing email lists, most suck! I think LinkedIn is a great tool, but what Fortune has done is added steroids. My only concern is for all those listed there…they are going to get bombarded. I have spent over an hour just linking to so many contacts already. Can't thank you enough for that one." I couldn't agree more – and for $9.99 it's practically free.

Teaching Your Children Entrepreneurship — how to create real-world entrepreneurial activities for your children while enjoying a fun family vacation? My friend Yanik Silver, Maverick Business Adventures, is hosting a special, intimate event for successful entrepreneurs and their families – it's his 2nd annual Maverick Family Freedom Event going on July 1-5, 2012 in Park City, UT. If you have children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc) ages 6-18 this is a great way to let them get a taste for business and actually hit the streets during the 4th of July Parade selling what they create.

Parenting Guru Richard Eyre — And while the kids are learning about entrepreneurship the parents are taking part in discussions and workshops on raising more independent and less entitled children. This part is led by one of the top value-based parenting experts in the world, Richard Eyre. You may remember me recommending Richard's books and materials over the years. In fact, Julie and I are using his values book with our four children and teaching one value per month. Get more details and apply here (Make sure you indicate you're a Gazelles insight reader on the application.)

2nd Family Adventure — several of you participated in (and loved!) the Mother Nature, CEO "seminar adventure" in the jungles of Panama. Now the hosts of that event, led by Earth Train, the international youth leadership organization, have something for the entire family. Called the Junglewood Design Co-opetition, the program starts this summer with 8-day sessions that begin at its 10,000-acre ecological preserve in Panama where you'll be hands on building tree houses; testing extreme light weight inflatable boats; and advising on the design of a rural center to go with the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo currently under construction at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.

Kayak from Pacific to Atlantic! — The sessions conclude with a three-day hike and kayak trip from the preserve on the Pacific side of the continental divide to the Atlantic coast of the indigenous Kuna (only possible in Panama – one for your bucket list!). I'll be attending one of the sessions in a team with my two teenage sons, Cameron and Cole. The program description begins on the front page of www.earthtrain.org. Check out the videos in the Adventure section. Full Program: Centro Mamoni, Kuna Yala and Panama City. Includes all ground transportation, guides, food and accommodations. $2,900 per person. Children 10 years and below: $900 per person (partially tax deductible – see below).

Important Details — Participants in the trans-Kuna Yala hike and kayak expedition have to be 18 or older and in good physical condition. Ground transportation to our destination in Kuna Yala is available for those not doing the hike and kayak trip. In recognition of the contribution all adult participants will be making as voluntary advisors to Earth Train, a US federally tax-exempt public charity, your payment will be acknowledged as a contribution to Earth Train. For individuals paying US taxes, your gift will be tax deductible to the degree allowable by law.

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.