Facebook’s Priority; Tool for Doubling Execution; Edgy Interview; London, Amsterdam, Barcelona
April 18, 2013
Blame the SWOT; Replace with SWT; Advisory Board Advice; Best Values; Nov 13 – 15 Shanghai
May 2, 2013

Crazy Busy; FState; Second Death of Jobs; What Successful People Do; May Workshops

"…out-learning the competition" 


Apple Profits Fall – First Time in a Decade
— I'm in London with the EO chapter (reminiscing about the
early days and Steve Jobs) and this

BBC headline starkly reminded me of Jobs passing
. I still think Apple needs
to buy FourSquare so they "acquire" Dennis Crowley. Apple needs another Steve
Jobs and Dennis is the best guy for the job.

Crazy Busy
— (me too, so short insight today) this is the title of Dr. Ned Hallowell's
book, subtitled
Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to
Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life
He's an MD who taught at Harvard Medical School for 20 years who wrote the
Harvard Business Review
article entitled "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform." To save
you time, he helped us produce a 42
minute online presentation
perfect for one of your monthly management
meetings or to view on your own. You'll learn:

  • The six
    habits you can start using today to multiply your productivity dramatically.

  • How to
    identify your sweet spot – the work where you excel and advance your mission
    best – so you can minimize unproductive uses of your time.

  • The art of
    prioritizing and setting boundaries at work.

  • Ways to break
    from time-draining smart phone dependency and electronic addiction.

  • Strategies
    for avoiding common time drains, from over commitment to people who suck away
    your time and energy like leeches.

— Even if you have a full plate at work, you don't have to live in what Dr.
Hallowell calls the "F State:" Frantic, frenzied, frenetic, fearful, forgetful,
frustrated and furious. Instead, he explains how to get to the "C Stage" where
you will perform at your best. This is a state where you are creative, careful,
concentrated, curious and courteous. Setting up your life so that you live in
the C Stage will allow you to get a lot more done in less time, and live a more
satisfying, healthier life (where his MD training kicks in). It's a matter of
managing your life and not letting life manage you – techniques that align with
the Rockefeller Habits. Take
a look at his presentation
– always money back guarantee.

Accountability Partner
— one of the keys to sticking to your priorities, which I've highlighted in
previous insights, is to get an accountability partner. Take
3 minutes to scan this latest Fortune article
written by Laura
Vanderkam, a regular contributor to Fortune.com and the author of
the Most Successful People Do At Work
, out April 23. Priced at just $2.99 (Kindle), this is the
third mini ebook, following her bestselling mini-ebook
What the Most
Successful People Do Before Breakfast
, where she outlines how to take advantage of our often
ignored morning hours to achieve our dreams; and the sequel,
What the
Most Successful People Do on the Weekend
, where she revealed why the key to a better week is a
better weekend. All very quick reads.

May Workshops
– Rockefeller
Habits workshops
coming up in Oak Brook, IL; Baton Rouge, LA; Philadelphia,
PA; Austin, TX; Santa Fe, NM; Portland, OR; Toronto, ONT; and Melbourne, Perth,
Brisbane, and Sydney, Australia.

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.