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PLEASE NOTE: Gazelles HQ has moved to Florida – however, PLEASE don't mail us anything – we're totally virtual with no place to put stuff. ☺

Live Webinar Wed Jan 11 want to 10x your growth? Exponential Organizations author Salim Ismail is hosting a free webinar next Wed at 12pm ET – more info below.

Zuckerberg's 2017 Priority — each year Facebook's founder chooses a personal development goal and this year it focuses on raising his understanding of his customers – something all of us must continue to do. Here is an excerpt from his Facebook post this week:

Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of my work. In recent years, I've run 365 miles, built a simple AI for my home, read 25books and learned Mandarin.

My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year. After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future.

Going into this challenge, it seems we are at a turning point in history. For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.

My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year. It will help me lead the work at Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative so we can make the most positive impact as the world enters an important new period.

For the complete posting go to this link.

What is your personal growth challenge for 2017? Our One-Page Personal Plan (OPPP) can help you outline your personal goals – get a copy along with the instructions for filling out at – all complimentary.

Players Creed Key to Cowboy's Success? with the second best record in the National Football League, the Dallas Cowboys are crediting a new "players creed" crafted by a select group of teammates. Notes this SportsDay article:

Twenty-one sentences, 174 words are printed on a navy blue board that stands about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It is removed, shipped over to AT&T Stadium and secured to the wall inside the Cowboys' locker room during home games.

The equivalent of core values, as the Cowboys describe the creed, they keep them secret, not allowing them to be printed in the media or photos taken. And to seal the deal, every player on the roster signed and placed their fingerprint on the creed. Please take 2 minutes to read. about how the creed was created and the impact it's having on the team – proving once again that a strong culture driven by a set of core values is important. Thanks to Erik Darmstetter, CEO of Office Furniture Liquidations of San Antonio, for sharing this story.

75-Year-Old Non-Profit Soars (Gazelles case study) — my latest Huffington Post article highlights how The North Carolina Chamber turned around its finances and focus-and tripled its revenue without adding staff. Using the One-Page Strategic Plan and engaging the services of Gazelles Certified Coaching partner Jim Jubelirer,the chamber was just named in October the "State Chamber of the Year" Award from the national Council of State Chambers. Please take 2 minutes to read how the chamber also adopted the Topgrading method of hiring A-Players, updated their core values, and implemented the daily huddle to drive communication. Our Gazelles Social Initiative is focused on helping non-profits scaleup like for-profit firms. Let us know if we can help.

Scaling Up 2nd Best Selling Book in Spanish — according to Amazon Scaling Up was #2 of the Top 10 books printed in Spanish in 2016, just behind the latest Harry Potter book. This El Economista article highlights the complete Top 10 list. Thanks to Daniel Marcos, our marketing partner in Latin America, for helping to drive these amazing results. And it proves how hungry for growth the firms are in this region of the world.

10X Your Company Webinar — There are 10 attributes of organizations growing exponentially. Next week Salim Ismail, the expert on exponential growth, is going to host a LIVE Webinar to share these attributes with you and your team so you can 10x your business model for 2017. Join Salim Ismail Wednesday, January 11th for this Live Webinar that will help you 10x your growth strategy. This webinar has limited seating please reserve your spot here:

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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.