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Powerful Question (Parents and Leaders); Holiday gift enclosed; Sample One-Page Strategic Plan

"…keeping you great"


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
  Corrie ten Boom

Holiday Present — a bonus chapter titled "Strategic Planning: Preparing and Leading the Planning Process" is now available to download for free at Hope it helps you prepare for a successful 2015 and beyond. Notes the Executive Summary for the chapter:

The key to success in most endeavors requires the right preparation, execution, and follow-through. In this bonus chapter accompanying Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0), we share a dozen key steps to prepare the team for a quarterly or annual planning session; suggested agendas; and recommended follow-through after the offsite meetings. And at the back of this chapter is a sample completed One-Page Strategic Plan.

Powerful Question (Parent or Leader) — the bonus chapter includes one of the most powerful questions a parent can ask their child or a leader can their team. Let's say your son or daughter brings home a great set of grades or wins the science fair. Right after you exclaim "congratulations" the most powerful question you can ask is "how did you do it?" Let them relive and share how they were able to accomplish their feat. The same with your team. We explain how to do this as part of a quarterly all-employee meeting in the bonus chapter.

Sample One-Page Strategic Plan (OPSP) — we're often asked to show a completed OPSP. The bonus chapter includes an example on the last two pages. We'll be creating completed samples for all the tools, and for various business types, in 2015.

Happy Holidays! I'm taking next week off; but back with a weekly insight Dec 30 to help prepare you for 2015, including five key (but tough) questions to ask.


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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.