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Crazy Busy; Ferrari Brains; Fastest Growing Companies; Executive ADD

"…keeping you great"


Crazy Busy
– this is the title of our latest online seminar by author
Ned Halloway, more below but first…



released their latest "100
Fastest Growing companies
" list this week. #1 is Silver Wheaton which has
purchase contracts with mines where silver is a by-product. With 14 major
contracts that lock in a purchase price of $4/oz., they are mining gold at a
sale price of $33/oz. No wonder they netted $575 million on $771 million in
revenue. Why didn't I think of this!!

Here's a link to full list
. Not surprisingly, the industry with the most
fast-growth firms is healthcare. More surprisingly, Apple came in at #8 – to
think they can still grow over 50% with their huge revenues.

Mental Fitness
– Wimbledon finals, Olympic gold medal, and slugfest winner
of the US Open this week, tennis player Andy Murray is a living case study of
the importance of mentally always "playing to win" vs. "playing not to lose."
You could see Andy switch mental gears after winning the first two sets, playing
more defensively in the third and fourth sets and losing both. The same happened
with Victoria Azarenka who had the women's final all but won against Serena
Williams and then started playing not to lose. And who has helped Andy finally
win? In January he hired former tennis great Ivan Lendl. Underscores the
importance of having a coach.

Executive ADD

– many of you have met Mark Yaphe, CEO of

, at our Fortune Summits (he'll be in Phoenix again for the Growth

Here's a link
to his latest white paper entitled "
ADD: Information Overload and Your Career
." Notes Yaphe "We hear similar complaints all the time:
people feeling that they are not as sharp as they used to be, less able to
focus, less able to recall key facts and information at the right time. Often
people will wrongly self-diagnose as having attention deficit disorder, when
instead what they really have is a non-clinical issue that we call Executive
ADD." Yaphe and Avner Stern's white paper addresses concrete ways to reverse the
5% – 10% brain functioning we lose each decade. Click
to download a copy.

Chronic Underperformance

– Yaphe and Stern happen to refer to psychiatrist Edward "Ned" Hallowell in
their white paper where they note "he suggests in an article in the Harvard
Business Review, modern office practices are turning steady executives into
frenzied underachievers. The ever-increasing noise in the environment overloads
our central nervous system and causes smart people to under-perform." If you are
interested in finding out more about enrolling yourself, your team, or your
company in their cognitive training program, please email Mark at

[email protected]
. With an average executive experiencing over 28% gain in
their trained cognitive capacity and with over 92% of their individual and
corporate clients volunteering to be testimonials
it's worth checking out to see if it will help you regain your peak mental

Ferrari Brain
— …with bicycle brakes! This is how Dr. Ned Halloway,
psychiatrist and former Harvard Professor refers to entrepreneurs and children
with ADHD. Here's
a short 4 minute video
that discusses why we need to celebrate Ferrari
brains and just get these people (and children) better brakes!

Busy (the F State)
– this is why we flew to Dr. Halloway's Boston office and
produced a 42 minute online seminar – to help all of us crazy busy executives of
growth firms gather some tools that strengthen our brakes and reduce having to
live in what Dr. Hallowell calls the "F State:" Frantic, frenzied, frenetic,
fearful, forgetful, frustrated and furious. Interestingly, many of the basic
Rockefeller Habits naturally improve your brakes. Here's
a link
to his pay-for-view online presentation – worth a watch at your next
monthly management meeting.

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.