Great Month; Great People; Great Culture; Great Fullness; Barrett Ersek
June 29, 2012
India Investment; Org Chart Challenges; Peter Diamandis Online; David Rich’s Move to Barcelona
July 6, 2012

Leadocracy; 12 Books; Avoid Stagnation; Microsoft WPC; Michael Dell

"…out-learning the competition"


Leadocracy is a refreshingly simple solution to the problem of government dysfunction.


H. Wayne Huizenga, Founder
Waste Management, Blockbuster, AutoNation

"A" Player Executives — Brad Smart, co-creator of Topgrading, found that "A" player executives read on average 24 books per year vs. B and C players. Below is a way to read 12 quickly…but first;

Send out FiveLeadocracy, Geoff Smart's new book is officially released TODAY. Geoff is the co-creator of the Topgrading hiring methodology and applies best practices of recruiting and hiring from his #1 bestseller Who: The A Method of Hiring to the challenge of fixing broken government. Order five copies on Amazon by clicking here and send to your local government leaders (Gazelles 200 and book club members will each receive two copies to send out). A well functioning government is critical to growth companies and the economies in which we operate.

Avoid Stagnation — In the book Geoff reveals an out-of-the-box idea for how to avoid career stagnation–do a stint in government! Yes you! It's something I did (US Department of Education in the Reagan Administration) which gave me tremendous insight into and demystified the big black box of government, providing me a sense of where and how to influence the process.

Microsoft Next Week — if you're attending Microsoft's World Partner Conference (WPC) next week, please stop in on my two presentations on Tuesday:

Running a First Rate Marketing Function – 2pm – 3pm July 10
The Crucial Pivot: Demand Driven Biz Models – 3:30pm – 4:30pm July 10

Michael Dell, Marc Andreessen, Mark Pincus — tune in LIVE online (complimentary) for FORTUNE's upcoming Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, where the innovators of the Fortune 500 meet the next generation of leaders to shape the future of business – July 16 – 18. Tune into the one-on-one with Michael Dell at 12:55pm ET Tuesday July 17, for instance. Here's a link to see the full agenda and to register for the virtual conference – pick and choose a few key presentations and tune-in.

12 Books — invest two days and "read" the equivalent of 12 books. We're back in Phoenix Oct 23-24 for the Growth Summit, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. Here's a look at this year's list of keynote speakers representing a dozen of the most important business books ever written (see how many you've already read) – come learn directly from the gurus I've handpicked to bring you the ideas you need to out-learn and out-compete in the marketplace. And just $250 deposit to hold a seat – balance not due until Sept 23 (helps you hold onto your cash!).

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.