Airbnb’s Soul; 10 Great Logos; Tim Ferriss’s 3 Tips; CEO Boot Camp #2
January 19, 2017
10 Tech Trends; Zingerman’s Change; Legal Monkeys’ Appreciation Board; Raleigh May 1 – 4
February 2, 2017

Elon’s No; Ferriss’s Yes; Mastering Leadership; Driving Customers; Feb 1 Webinar

"…insights for scaleups"


This book is a testimony that love and power and clear purpose can co-exist.
  Peter Block on Mastering Leadership

Raise Industry Visibility  – member of a trade association? Want to earn some kudos? Rockefeller Habits practitioner? Consider recommending me to keynote your industry's annual convention and highlight your firm from the stage. I'm usually the #1 rated keynote, particularly in the opening or closing spot. Here's info you can share with the trade association leadership. Thank you.

If not "Hell Yeah" then No this 1-minute Tim Ferriss video emphasizes the importance of focusing on only the most important decisions.

Elon Musk's "No" to Customers and this Inc. article highlights how Elon understands the importance of NOT doing everything customers want and sticking to your strategy. As a result, you may want to lease vs. buy a Tesla. This 1-minute article will explain.

Mastering Leadership — this is the title of the most powerful and practical unified theory on leadership that exists. Subtitled An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results, co-authors Robert Anderson and William Adams have written a treatise on leadership – don't expect it to be easy reading. GPro and book club members will receive the book next week. Then join 1000+ CEOs and leaders of growth firms in San Antonio May 23 – 24 to hear Robert and William keynote our ScaleUp Summit.

Taking Stock if you're willing to be challenged, go right to "Chapter 13: Unity: Journey's End, Development Turned Upside Down" and read through this short and final chapter – or just go to the end of the chapter and read the four bullet points under "Taking Stock." I'm personally wrestling with bullet point 2:

To what are you attached, that if you let go of, would set you free?

And bullet #4:

Have you ever been introduced to the "you" that pre-dates you, that wants for nothing, that has nothing to lose, and that does not need development and never did?

In the end, leadership is an "inside" job – and their comprehensive assessment process will undercover your constraints and provide a development plan for becoming a great leader.

Leader "Literally" Driving Customers (Scaling Up Case Study) — Heath Phillips of the Barracks Townhomes in College Station, Texas, came up with a unique solution for gathering customer insights: He signed up to be a driver with a popular ride-sharing service and started driving for his clients to engage in conversations about his company. Notes Heath in this SmallBizDaily article that his Gazelles coach Rob Simons wrote:

As my company has grown I have been forced to continuously withdraw myself from the buyer and resident interaction." That realization ultimately led Heath to "envision what it would look like for the CEO of a company to try and get candid and legitimate feedback from customers.

Take 2 minutes to read some of the surprising things Heath has learned from his customers and whether or not he reveals who he is (and whether he charges them for the ride!).

Funniest Culture Video 2 minutes of pure satire on Aspen Heights' core values and culture – enjoy.

Salim's ExO Webinar #2 Feb 1 — The last webinar was so popular, with time running out on Q&A, that Salim Ismail is hosting a Part 2 webinar next Wednesday. It's important to note that Uber, Airbnb, and Amazon are no longer the only disruptive companies in their industry. Almost every industry has at least one disruptive company making big changes. And all the rest are falling behind.

Next week Salim Ismail, the expert on exponential growth, is going to host a second LIVE Webinar to share the 4 essential steps you need to prepare your leadership team to pursue these disruptions. Join Salim Ismail Wednesday, February 1st for this Live Webinar that will help you accelerate your business. This webinar has limited seating please reserve your spot here.

EXITING: Thinking about selling the business for $40 million or more? Want to get 25% to 200% more than you thought? Request the whitepaper from the Exit Strategies Summit at Harvard from Denise Richmond at (610) 299-6466 or email at [email protected]


Have you ever wondered if working with a coach might accelerate your company's growth, exponentially? Do you have what it takes to move the dial from good to great? Click here to watch Gazelles International President Keith Cupp describes the four most important attributes of successful clients. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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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.