Top 5 Biz Books 2018; Fortune’s Top Books; Personal Development Book
December 20, 2018
#1 Advantage; The Wei Way; 8 Pillars; Super Bowl Exiting Event
January 10, 2019

Wei Chen’s Passing; 7 New Year’s Resolutions; UK ERF Electrical; $2.99 Scaling Up Kindle

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If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough.
  One of Wei Chen's favorite quotes

Remembering Wei Chenit's with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of my dear friend and YPOer Wei Chen's passing. He, along with three of his leadership team, perished in a plane crash two weeks ago in Atlanta. An avid aviator and only Chinese citizen to fly solo around the globe, Wei and I met when he attended my workshop several years ago. He went on to champion and host that YPO International workshop with me throughout Asia and the US the past five years, positively impacting thousands of leaders and their employees. He always had such a giving heart and love for learning.

Successful Entrepreneur and Servant LeaderWith a perpetual bright smile on his face, Wei scaled Sunshine Enterprises in just 10 years from a one-man operation to over 400 employees, becoming one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of scaffolding products in North America and also the exclusive US distributor for the largest forklift manufacturer, Anhui Heli Forklift, in China. He was named Top Executive of the Year in 2006 and Top 40 under 40 in 2008. The company was also ranked one of the fastest growing companies in the US by Inc. Magazine. Continually seeking his next BHAG, Wei worked tirelessly to bridge the East and West – bringing Chinese and US business leaders together via cooperative ventures through his latest venture, Sun Capital. His memorial service is 10am Saturday in Memphis. For the many of you who have met him over the years, please send me your thoughts and stories which I'll share with his family this weekend.


7 New Year's Resolutions another dear friend and President of Vistage Spain, Conor Neill, wrote this insightful piece for Forbes detailing 7 resolutions for helping you be happier and more productive in 2019. #4 is my favorite – Network by Serving Others. This was precisely Wei Chen's key to both his happiness and success. Please take 1 minute to scan down through Conor's list for some powerful reminders of the habits that drive success.

UK's ERF Electrical Launches Core Values Video (Scaling Up Case Study) Robin Combellack, Managing Director of UK-based ERF Electrical Wholesalers, recently attended our CEO Boot Camp. One of the outcomes, besides streamlining KPIs to align with outcomes and launching their meeting rhythms, was the creation of two glowworm characters, Erf and Essen. They will bring alive the core values, quarterly themes, and other initiatives within the firm. To launch, this 1-minute video was created followed with cards and incentives for staff displaying the values represented by these characters. Later this quarter Rob will launch their version of "Dream On," collecting and granting the dreams of his employees. Noted Rob in his email "here is to a Bloody Fantastic 2019." I couldn't have said it better!! Thank you, Rob.

Top 5 Biz Books 2018 in case you missed my post prior to the holidays, here's a link to my LinkedIn article sharing the Top 5 business books of 2018

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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.