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Marissa Mayer Unauthorized; 100 Fastest Growing Firms; Nassim Taleb’s Advice; “Undercover Boss” at Summit

"…keeping you great" 



100 Fastest-Growing Companies

annual list is out and Dublin-based Jazz Pharmaceuticals, maker of the world's
only narcolepsy drug, tops the list – 100% market share is a great thing. Coming
in at #10 was another "drug" company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Here's
a link
to the full list with perennial favorites Apple, Rackspace,
lululemon, and Under Armour still growing like "gazelles." The surprise on the
list, for me, was #65 Winnebago Industries, maker of recreational vehicles
(RVs). Proves its best to have shifting demographics – the aging population —
providing wind at your back (OK, I did pause to check out some of the new
models, but my wife talked me down off the ledge as did my dear friend Sam


— …and check out "40
Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
." My favorite is Map 29
which shows the shifting economic center-of-gravity of the world from 1 A.D. to
a projected 2025 – what goes around comes around. Then check out Map 28 which
shows coffee consumption per capita around the globe – which explains why Green
Mountain Coffee Roasters is the #10 fastest growing company on the planet.
Thanks to mentor and former owner of

Magazine, Arthur Lipper, for sharing this fascinating link – one I shared with
my children as well.

Nassim Taleb's 5 Ways to Have a Great Day
— author of

The Black Swan and
(both must read books) shares 5 quick suggestions for having a great day. #4
"Invite someone who doesn't have many friends for coffee." Picking up a pattern
here? And I definitely agree with his fifth way –

take 15 seconds, read
, and smile.

Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo!
— grab a cup of coffee and take every bit of 15 minutes
(perfect break between two 90-minute work sessions) to read
this extensive excerpt
from the unauthorized biography of Marissa Mayer, the
38 year old CEO of Yahoo! One of my favorite stories about a lesson Mayer
learned from her piano teacher's daughter Laura:

Mayer begins: "Laura tried out for the volleyball team her
junior year at high school. At the end of the tryouts, she was given a hard
choice: bench on varsity, or start on JV.

"Most people, when they're faced with this choice, would choose to play –
and they'll pick JV. Laura did the opposite. She chose varsity, and she
benched the whole season.

"But then an amazing thing happened. Senior year she tried out and she made
varsity as a starter, and all the JV starters from the previous year benched
their whole senior year.

"I remember asking her: 'How did you know to choose varsity?'

"And she said, 'I just knew that if I got to practice with the better
players every day, I would become a much better player, even if I didn't get
to play in any of the games.'"


This was one of the reasons she took the job at Google when it was just a
start-up vs. join McKinsey or one of the other 11 companies that offered her a
job straight out of Stanford. It's a well written excerpt with lots of savvy
insights from one of the youngest CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.

"Undercover Boss"
— speaking of women CEOs, we're excited that Dina
Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group (world's largest franchising
company of service trades) and Rockefeller Habits practitioner will be the other
celebrity CEO keynote, opposite Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, at the

Growth Summit in Vegas
. Many also know her from her participation on the hit
TV series "Undercover Boss." Just a few months ago she was invited back for the
"Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses" special. I'm looking forward to her insights from
going undercover and running a global business.


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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.