"…keeping you great"
2pm ET Today — On Friday Oct 10th at 2:00PM EST, the Gazelles Growth Institute is hosting a 1-Hour panel discussion on Exemplary Leadership, based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner's book The Leadership Challenge. This event will include a panel of qualified business leaders eager to share their personal experience implementing Jim and Barry's methodology and how this has helped them grow! You can register here:
Innovative Financing for Uber Drivers — the car-hire company Uber's "growth strategy involves financing drivers with someone else's money" notes this latest Fortune article. Uber has structured a deal with GM, Toyota, and a few financial institutions to help Uber drivers get favorable financing for new cars that fit their quality standards – a great way to "finance the instrument of revenue generation" for Uber, notes Brent Callinicos, a former finance director at Microsoft and Google and now Uber CFO. How might you get others to finance the instruments of your revenue generation? (just love that nerdy phrase!). Take 3 minutes to read the details.
Microsoft's Future in 2 Sentences — with a new CEO in place, it's time for a new BHAG to focus everyone's efforts at Microsoft. Summarized in roughly two sentences, Satya Nadella is quoted in a recent Vanity Fair interview as reported by Business Insider – it's worth the 30 seconds to read. And from this new focus, quoting the article:
Clif Bar's Employee Practices — Every seven years workers become eligible for a six-week paid sabbatical. This is one of many innovative employee practices that put 384-employee Clif Bar on the list of "Best Companies to Work For." And it's paid off. Clif Bar has just 3% employee turnover and received over 7,700 applicants for 114 positions the past twelve months – and they are not a sexy tech firm. It's also helped them average 20% annual growth the past 10 years – a real "gazelle" in the economy. Take 2 minutes to scan this article for additional employee best practices.
#2 and #3 — congrats to Professional Placement Resources (PPR — GazellesPro) and Ruby Receptionist (answer Gazelles' phones) for placing second and third on Fortune's "Best 25 Small Companies to Work For" list (25 to 249 employees).
#6, #7, and #13 — and congrats to Hagerty (GazellesPro), Atlassian, and Infusionsoft for making Fortune's "Best 25 Medium Companies to Work For" list (250 to 999 employees) – Rockefeller Habits-disciplined firms.
Top 40 Under 40 — Fortune just released online their top list of young business leaders – with Zuckerberg coming in 2nd – see who beat him out for the #1 spot. Here's a link to the list – good to know who is under 40 and rocking the biz world.