10 Traits of Super Successful Entrepreneurs; Most Powerful Women; Income Inequality; How to Win
September 11, 2015
Apple Store Best Practices; Near Miss 9/11; Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto; ZogSports
September 24, 2015

The B-Word; The New B; The Bad B; Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

"…insights for scaleups"


They hire people to tell them what to do; we hire people to tell us what to do.
                                                                                           Steve Jobs

Meet the New Boss — Hitachi has put in place an Artificial-Intelligence (AI) system to manage warehouse employees – we knew the day was coming. And it's already increased efficiency 8%, analyzing various processes, demand fluctuations, employee suggestions, and even the weather to adjust tasks on the fly. Think of it as a smarter iPhone, which manages most of your life anyway! The Agile Scaleup is replacing traditional management with cloud-based systems and then pivoting managers to coaches (to help us deal with our technologies!). Here's a link to more info. Thanks to Peter Diamandis' monthly newsletter for highlighting this new development.

How to Boast…Without Being a Jerk — publicizing your accomplishments is an important key to success. However, how you do it is critical. This 99U article by Christian Jarrett outlines five specific strategies for bragging effectively:

  1. Don't promote yourself unprompted
  2. Compare yourself to your own past
  3. Use a wingman
  4. Is the audience distracted or not
  5. Beware of excessive modesty

There are a lot of important details and nuances behind each of these strategies so take 3 minutes to read this article. Thanks to Adam Grant, author of Give & Take, for pointing me to this important piece of research.

How Executive Women Avoid the B-Word — Anne Fisher, in this insightful Fortune article yesterday, highlights some of the nine distinct ways top women execs get ahead at work – ideas extracted from Carol Vallone Mitchell's upcoming book (Sept 21) titled Breaking Through Bitch: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly. Notes Fisher:

In studying the women's careers, and interviewing them in detail, Mitchell found that "these are women being women: assertive, yes; driving, yes; in control, yes; but they have filed smooth the hard edges associated with stereotypical male leadership."

Take 2 minutes to read the article and then order Mitchell's book.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters — I just finished reading Dr. Meg Meeker's huge bestseller Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. Wow – that was a wake-up call! I've already had several conversations with my wife Julie about changes I need to make (thank goodness she has a therapy fund already). Many of you will meet my daughter Jade (12) at the upcoming Growth Summit – it's her turn to take over from her older brothers in helping out at the event. Remember, children of attendees (up to age 22) are welcome for just the direct cost of meals – $250.


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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.