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"…outlearning the competition"


A Dozen Important Books leaders are learners, and there is a dozen must read books. List below, but first…

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Zuckerberg/Gates Banter a few weeks ago Facebook's founder was invited to give the 2017 Harvard University commencement address this May, exactly a decade after another famous Harvard dropout gave the address – Bill Gates. Their 52 second "banter" is included in this short Inverse Culture article. It highlights an earlier Bloomberg interview where Gates noted:

It was unfortunate that I didn't get to stay there, but I don't think I missed any knowledge, because whatever I needed to learn, I was still in a learning mode.

Notes Henrik Weng, CEO & co-founder XanConnect, who alerted me of Gates' note:

Gates says that his well-known love of reading (he reads 50 books a year), taking online classes, and generally expanding his mind by any means available more than makes up for anything he missed out on at Harvard. "I'm kind of a weird dropout because I take college courses all the time," Gates says. "I love being a student."

Mirroring Gates love of learning, Zuckerberg reads 26 books per year. It's a fun article and video if you have 2 minutes.

Thomas Friedman's AdviceHenrik went on to note in his email to me about Gates, when he and his wife recently had dinner with the famous NY Times columnist Tom Friedman, Friedman noted:

Your education and major do not matter like it used to. All that matters is that you build the capacity to keep learning and renewing yourself, all the time.

But I Have Enough Ideas that's not how the brain works. When you learn an idea, it doesn't go away – it sits there waiting, combining with other ideas, to serve you when needed. Education is the one thing no one can take away from you. But ignorance is your own fault.

Dozen Books in 16 Hours How many have you already read from the list below? Not a fast reader? Want you and your senior team to absorb the wisdom of the following books in just 16 hours – before the competition does?

The authors of these top biz books will be keynoting our upcoming ScaleUp Summit May 23 – 24, San Antonio. Join 1000+ leaders of growth firms ($5 million to $500 million) who are investing two days to expand their minds. And we don't repeat faculty, unless they have a new book out – so don't miss this one-time easy way to ingest their ideas. The books:

Pre-Suasion — the father of Influence, Robert Cialdini's, latest breakthrough book

Everybody Matters — one of the most enlightened leaders of a $2 billion firm, Bob Chapman

Conscious Capitalism — co-author Raj Sisodia's book launched a global biz movement

The Founder's Mentality — also the author of Profit from the Core, Bain's Chris Zook and his books have influenced some of the most important companies of our time.

The Future Workplace Experience — Jeanne Meister has written the practical book on getting the employee experience right

Average Joe's Marketing Book — written by a drug addict turned marketing genius, Joe Polish is the most connected guy I know

Mastering Leadership — finally a unified theory of leadership, Bob Anderson and Bill Adams provide the most comprehensive integrated look at this critical topic

The Coaching Habit — as managers pivot to coaching, Michael Stanier's book has rocketed to the top of the pile in aiding this transition

One White Face — Hilary Corna is a former top exec at Toyota with an amazing story of personal discovery

Millionaire Success Habits — Dean Graziosi will join Joe Polish on stage sharing how he's put Cialdini's Pre-suasion techniques to work to make millions

Creating the Life You Desire — hypnotist and comedian Don Barnhart will share his personal journey while messing with our minds

Plus me, author of
Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0). Mark Cuban reads 3 hours per day to find just one breakthrough idea – you and your team will experience the same.

Win Use of Private Retreat All Spring Summit registrants who register on or before Friday, 14 April 2017 will enter a drawing to win an exclusive 4 nights/5 days team retreat at a private Villa in the Florida Keys.

Serial entrepreneur John Ratliff, owner and host of the Retreat in Marathon, will welcome one lucky company and their executive team* to enjoy an all-inclusive** stay at his luxurious Villa (access to 9 bedrooms). This retreat offers an inspirational and creative space ideal for team building, strategic planning and celebrating your successes.

Check out the amazing Retreat amenities where Verne Harnish and John Ratliff also host ScalingUp CEO Bootcamps. Register today for the San Antonio Spring ScaleUp Summit 23-24 May, 2017.

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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.