Stories for Fortune; Corporate Athletes; Playing the Game; May 17 Webcast
May 14, 2013
Best Annoying Video; Best ROI Video; Best Passion Video; Best Short Corp Videos
May 24, 2013

Pot Party; Dog Poster; Listen to Twitter; Next Topgrading Class

"…keeping you great" 


Tomorrow May 17, 1pm ET Webcast

— no charge, one-hour re: Rockefeller Habits for companies with 100+ employees

Link to register:

Power of Repetition – this
poster of a man and his dog
was on the back door of Commander David
Marquet's door – reminding him that the main job of a leader is to stay on
message and just keep repeating until the organization falls into alignment. As
Marquet notes "if it seems like you are repeating the same thing over and over
again, that's the way it SHOULD be." BTW, he borrowed the image from CEO Hatim
Tyabji who used it to remind himself of the same thing in growing Verifone from
$30 million to over $350 million in 48 months. Hatim is one of my favorite CEOs
– and this past Fast
magazine article
is worth the read (8 minutes, so it's long, but
just read the first two paragraphs).

Pot Party — and this
is the One-Page Strategic Plan
for EOer Dave Kerpen's company, featured in
his bestselling book Likeable. Notice his Theme in column 6 – it was
actually a physical pot where they collected money to fund their quarterly
celebration. It's a great example of a One-Page Strategic Plan – which has
helped drive 100% annual growth the past four years (60 employees today).

David Marquet on Flawless Execution — receiving a standing ovation,
David Marquet, author of what I named the #1 biz book written in 2012, Turn
the Ship Around
, laid out a very practical approach to driving
accountability and leadership down through an organization. Unable to hire,
fire, or change the pay of 135 sailors on the Santa Fe, he used a series of
practical techniques to take the Santa Fe from worst to first in the nuclear
navy – if he can do it with the hand he was dealt, so can you. Here's
a 2 minute interview
that touches on a couple of the key points. He has
given us permission to produce a one-hour online seminar from his presentation
at last week's Leadership Summit.

Dave Kerpen on Twitter — you should be listening (monitoring) Twitter –
go to
and search your company name and/or key words and connect with potential
customers. Case in point, one of the attendees at the Leadership Summit did this
for the first time during Dave's keynote working session and found out his firm
had just been tweeted by a US Senator! (positive tweet!). Dave outlined 6 more
of over a dozen similar practical ideas covered in his book Likeable.

Take 2 minutes to watch my interview of Dave Kerpen

Parents and Graduates Teaming Up — with bleak job prospects, many
parents and their graduating children are buying franchises together.
Gazelles200 member, Nurse Next Door, was featured prominently in this NY
last week providing an example of a father/daughter
teaming up to launch one of their franchises.

Nurse Next Door Topgrading Case — with 60+ graduates, the new online
Topgrading course is proving popular as the war for talent continues to heat up.
A New Topgrading Class Launches June 13For

  1. the Nurse Next Door Topgrading
    case study
  2. Review the full outline of the
    class including learning objectives for each of the six sessions
  3. Experience the class discussions

Online course
includes one-to-one coaching; 9 hours of online learning; and peer group
sessions via webinars – the next hybrid model of education that saves travel
time and money. Price is $1450/leader.

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.