Inside Apple; 3 Barriers to Success; Brenneman OPP; No Unprofitable Customer
May 12, 2011
Malcolm Gladwell Seminar; Demand Wins; Peacetime CEO vs. Wartime CEO; Can You Scale
June 2, 2011

Mid-Year Review; #1 Mistake of Growth Firms; Brain Fitness; Seattle and Denver

"…out-learning the competition"


Two weeks later and I'm still marveling at the quality and experience of your Leadership Summit in Houston. I now forgo other learning experiences in order to have my 'think break' listening to the world-class speakers you bring to us. Thank you. Bruce Powell, IQ PARTNERS.

Over 1800 CEOs and Execs — 5 major Summits in four regions of the globe; three workshops; and two speeches later, we educated over 1800 CEOs and executives of growth firms (representing 22 countries) this past three weeks. And universally, we heard time and time again, like the note from Bruce above, that "this is the finest day of executive education I've spent in my career." Thank you to all that participated and for your patience while I took a couple weeks off from writing my insights. Like always, the occasional Tuesday insights bring you more educational resources; the regular Thursday insights bring you the latest tools and techniques for growing your business.

9th June — It's time for your Mid-Year Review. Half the year is already over – will you be able to look back with no regrets? Learn the top 3 things you must do NOW to make sure you finish the year strong. Join Patrick Thean, author of Execute without Drama, for a complimentary webcast on Thursday, June 9th at 1:00 EST. He will provide you with a mid-year checklist, help you figure out the critical adjustments you need to make in the next 6 months and show you how to develop the right people plan to finish the year strong. Please note that this is a Private Webcast for companies with revenue at least $10 million annually. REGISTER NOW.

Executive Brain Power — after age 40 our brain functioning (THE competitive weapon of the information age) declines roughly 1% per year. Given the slowness of this decline, an executive might not notice a difference for a decade or more, but over time it gets harder to recall important information and remain laser focused like when they were young. ExecuThink is helping reverse this trend among executives. Four CEOs and I went through their 6 – 8 week program (twenty-four 30-minute online training sessions) and netted a 32% improvement – this was like getting three decades of decline back. And I can personally tell the difference, especially after coming off three grueling weeks of presentations – my mind was much more resilient. I'm now moving into a maintenance phase – working out my mind like you would your body – key to mental and physical fitness. Check them out and their success stories.

#1 Mistake of Growing Companies – my answer to this question and many more about the traits of successful entrepreneurs; why I chose Rockefeller as the focus of my book; and a review of my new 7 Strata of Strategy is included in this 24 minute interview by my Dutch friend Klaas Weima with Energize. Play it in the background while doing some email. Here's a link – look for my interview listed in the right hand column (or choose one of the other thought leaders!).

Denver 7th June; Seattle 23rd June — these are the final two "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits" workshops before the summer break (winter down south).

October 25 – 26, Phoenix — and mark your calendars for the Fortune Growth Summit, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa. Learn from the authors of a dozen of the most important books for your business in two energizing days.

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.