EthoSolar’s Brutal Facts; Talking to Crazy; Top 40 Best Advice; Forbes 400 Youngest Billionaire
October 1, 2015
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October 14, 2015

Million Dollar Women; More Talking to Crazy; 100 Best for Women; Oct 16 Webinar

"…insights for scaleups"


Hire the best people, set strategy, and keep cash in the bank.
                                                      VC Fred Wilson

 Exponential Organizations Webinar Oct 16 — it's been a year since Singularity U founding Executive Director Salim Ismail published his breakthrough book Exponential Organizations – a book I'm happy Amazon automatically pairs with mine. Salim nailed some 10x strategies I absolutely missed in Scaling Up – so his book is a must read. On Friday, Oct 16th, 12pm EST, Salim will host an anniversary webinar. He will focus on the real cases and experiences he has seen over the past year, the challenges companies have overcome, and the key action items around implementing, all part of an Online Master Class he will be personally teaching – this is important if you want to 10x your firm. Click here to register!

Million Dollar Women — this is the title of Julia Pimsleur's book released Wednesday. Founder of children's language learning company Little Pim, she has a goal of helping one million women get to the $1-million-in-revenues mark by 2020. Even though women are starting businesses at twice the rate as men, only 3% ever cross the magical $1 million revenue mark vs. 6% for men. Julia details how she, as a wife and mother, did it – along with the case studies of a dozen other women – with the goal of achieving what she calls a Triple Win – Money, Meaning, and Mobility. One of many great lines in the book – "Remember VC Fred Wilson's advice: "Hire the best people, set the strategy, and keep cash in the bank." Julia has written a very heartfelt and practical book for women wanting to scaleup. Congrats.

Talking to Crazies Summary — It seems women have to deal with crazy people more than men. Last week I highlighted Mark Goulston, MD, and his new book Talking to Crazy. Here's a link to an excellent summary of the book by Mark in Bottom Line Personal titled "8 Ways to Manage the Impossible People in Your Life". Take two minutes to scan down through the 8 impactful and practical tips – then tape this article near your desk/phone. The "3 strikes and you're calm" technique" is particularly worth 20 seconds to read – and the reminder to remain poised.

100 Best Workplaces for Women Fortune just inaugurated their first top100 list of "Best Workplaces for Women" and congrats to perennial Gazelles client PPR for breaking into the Top 10 at #9! Also making the list include Infusionsoft, Hubspot, The Container Store, and Marriott (why we like to host our Summits at their properties).

How BuildDirect is Empowering Employees (Gazelles case study) — This week Kevin Daum is doing the heavy lifting for me with this Inc magazine piece he wrote highlighting $150 million BuildDirect and their use of the Scaling Up tools to create a highly empowered growing team of 315 associates. Twice winner of Aon Hewitt's "Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada", Daum outlines 7 approaches Jeff Booth, CEO of BuildDirect, uses to keep his culture strong. Please take 2 minutes to scan down through these workplace strategies and pick one to implement in your own.


Have you ever wondered if your company would be a good candidate to work with an executive growth coach? Click here to watch Gazelles International President Keith Cupp describes the four most important attributes of successful clients.


Align Software puts everyone on the Same Page – Literally! See, in real time every person in your organization and how they are progress on their priorities – alongside how these Align to the Company Priorities! Scale Up your Rockefeller Habits implementation with– on your computer and on your phone.

Better Book Club — What's your team reading? Increase your books read per team member. Easy, Proven, and in the Cloud at

Are you interested in becoming a Gazelles International Coach? Through ongoing education, relevant business partnerships, best-practice tools, and our exceptional community, Gazelles International coaches are equipped to dramatically impact their clients' success. See why Sean Evans relies on Gazelles International to provide him with the backdrop for his business as a certified growth coach.

If you are a business coach, you're invited to attend our Dallas Coaches Summit on Monday, October 19 to experience our community for yourself. Contact: [email protected] for more information.

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.