Google on Meetings; SpaceX vs China; Gazelle Sells; Social Beats Legal
May 5, 2011
Mid-Year Review; #1 Mistake of Growth Firms; Brain Fitness; Seattle and Denver
May 31, 2011

Inside Apple; 3 Barriers to Success; Brenneman OPP; No Unprofitable Customer

"…keeping you great"


Fortune Article on AppleFortune managed to get a recent two-hour meeting with Steve Jobs. Though his direct comments weren't allowed to be shared, they shaped what is one of the best "insider" articles written on Apple. Here's a good summary of the lengthy article

Wal-Mart Tops Latest Fortune 500 — the latest list is out

Fortune Leadership Summit Highlights — our Leadership Summit was a huge hit, with our largest audience of CEOs and executives of mid-market growth companies for our spring event. Take 9 minutes to watch my various short interviews with each of the keynote speakers to garner important "how to" lessons for your company. Specifically:


Greg Brenneman — on the structure of the one-page plans he used to turnaround Continental Airlines, Burger King, Quiznos, PwC and the 50 companies in which he's invested


Marshall Goldsmith (highest rated speaker ever at a Summit!) — on the top three barriers to CEO/executive success


Josh Bernoff — on the one area where the Fortune 500 crushes growth companies and how he "shocks" all companies


Graham Weston — why you should NEVER allow to have unprofitable customers, including prestigious customers that may look good for the company, but still lose money

Marshall Goldsmith Library — there's also a link on our Facebook page that points you to Marshall Goldsmith's extensive library of articles – all complimentary. He had a profound impact on all of us, especially taking us through a case study where as the "boss" we found ourselves focusing on a goal but destroying our mission. Wow, that was an eye-opener.

More Videos — by the time this is posted there should be more videos up on the Facebook page of Darren Hardy and Mark Aesch. And a huge thanks to Erik Darmstetter and Nan Palmero with SalesBy5 for taking the photos, shooting the interviews, and tweeting/posting all this content from the Fortune Leadership Summit.

Oct 25 – 26 Fortune Growth Summit — mark your calendars to be in Phoenix at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort for our next Summit. Don't fall behind the learning of those that attend!!

Barcelona, Rotterdam, Mexico CityMonterrey — I'm in Guatemala today with 400 CEOs and executives from YPO and EO. Hope to see many of you in the next couple weeks at our upcoming international Growth Summits!

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.