Five ways to get organized for work
August 14, 2014
Zillow’s CEO; Most Livable City; Critical Book; Best CEO Traits; Southeast Asia Tour
August 28, 2014

Killer Apps; Live Longer; Less Sleep the Better; Silent Killers; GGOB Summit

"…keeping you great"


Stories Needed for Next Fortune Column — see below, but first…

Five Ways to Get Organized my latest Fortune column (Aug 14 edition) is online. With those in the northern hemisphere preparing to head back to work after vacations in August, it outlines five ways to improve your efficiency:

  1. Ditch the open-door policy – what to do instead
  2. Avoid digital distractions – automate using two specific apps
  3. Limit mental friction – deploy this technique
  4. Streamline scheduling – utilize this app
  5. Protect your sleep – wear these

Please take 1 minute to scan for the details – always a quick read.

Four Research Studies, Less Sleep is Better — four studies independently found that people who sleep approximately 6 1/2 – 7 hours each night live longer and have better cognitive function than those sleeping 8 hours or more. Click here to read the whole story.

Living Longer and Better — there are lots of health recommendations. Last week I shared the stage with David Kekich, President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation and author of Smart, Strong, and Sexy at 100. A highly successful entrepreneur, he turned his attention to anti-aging in 1998. At age 71, he looks 45, and has some simple keys to a better, longer life:

  1. No grains or dairy
  2. High intensity exercise (4 min Tabata)
  3. Meditation
  4. Intermittent fasting
  5. Financial independence (so you can afford the bleeding edge stem cell therapies)

Your Brain's Silent Killers — Your lifestyle choices play a fundamental role in determining your brain's destiny. That is the powerful message that leading neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter shares in his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Grain Brain:The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers. Dr. Perlmutter presents strong scientific evidence that links dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune diseases, ADHD, anxiety, and depression with the consumption of wheat, carbs, and sugar. He outlines a comprehensive action plan that includes a diet that replaces carbohydrates with higher amounts of healthful fats, colorful vegetables, and moderate amounts of high-quality protein. Amazingly, this type of diet alone can reduce your risk of developing dementia by 65%.

Avoid Statin Drugs Grain Brain is also filled with compelling research on the importance of cholesterol to your health and why you should avoid taking statin drugs. He also explains the powerful gut-brain connection, as well as key nutrients to take, and diagnostic tests you should do to evaluate your disease risk. This is a must read for anyone wanting to transform their health and vitality. Dr. Perlmutter was recently on Village Green Apothecary's Essentials of Healthy Living radio show where he shared some fascinating facts about the toxic effects of wheat, carbohydrates, and sugar on the brain. Click here to listen. Marc Isaacson, CEO of Village Green, is a regular attendee at the Fortune Summits – track him down to discuss.

Great Game of Business — a reminder for all the Jack Stack fans – his 22nd Annual Gathering of Games, the largest open-book management event on the planet, will be taking place in St. Louis, MO September 3-5, 2014. It is the conference to attend if you currently practice any form of transparency in your company, or want to become more transparent with you employees. Use code ggobgazelles to receive $100 off your conference registration. Visit to learn more and register. We hope someone on your team has the opportunity to attend The Annual Gathering of Games this year!

Need Stories for Next Fortune Column — I am looking for tips on how to maximize sales in the fourth quarter. What strategies have your company used to determine if it is selling to the right customer — and to weed out customers who distract you from your core focus? How are you getting deals closed now, before customers check out for the December holidays? Please include the name of your business, the city where it is located, what the company does, annual revenues and if the company is profitable. Fortune requires this info.


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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.