"...keeping you great"

HEADLINES:

Can You Grow Exponentially -- take this quick diagnostic? -- Companies like Uber, Waze, Amazon, Airbnb, TED, GitHub, and ING Direct, are leveraging openness, transparency and abundance in a new way. Their impact is disproportionately large, at least 10x larger compared to their peers because of these new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies. Fill out this diagnostic and find out how your company ranks amongst these Exponential giants (http://growthinstitute.com/exosurvey/?s=1). Once completed, you will receive a breakdown of your score compared to the top 10 Exponential Organizations. I remain a huge fan of Salim Ismail's groundbreaking book Exponential Organizations. My book Scaling Up failed to outline a few of the key points in Salim's book, so I consider it a must read if you want to scale-up your organization.

2 Second Lean --
this is the title of Paul Akers' easy-to-read book full of simple ideas for making things run smoother at work and home. Take a look at this 6 minute YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eKyKMr7W8) on organizing your desk drawers and walls - and start at 2:55 for a work desk example and 4:03 for organizing your overnight backpack with all your electronics, etc. This is a perfect activity for a high school intern. Paul is keynoting our upcoming Leadership Summit hosted with FORTUNE May 12 - 13, Orlando (https://www.gazelles.com/summits/FortuneLeadershipSummit-2015/) and will be covering the topic of Lean more extensively - and everyone attending will get a copy of his book. It's all the little improvements that add up!

Cisco CEO -- Role of CEO/Leader in 25 Seconds -- the first 25 seconds of this FORTUNE interview of John Chambers, CEO Cisco, (http://fortune.com/video/2015/03/16/how-cisco-survived-5-leadership-transitions/) provides the most concise explanation of the role of a CEO as I've ever heard. Then listen to the rest of this 4 minute interview to learn the three reasons companies get in trouble. One of those three is failing to change as a leader - to grow. And the key - "if you're going to lead, you have to listen." Anyway, the entire interview is direct and summarizes much of the entire body of leadership literature in 4 minutes.

How Men Can Succeed...in the Boardroom and the Bedroom -- Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg teamed up with Adam Grant (author of Give and Take) and wrote a four part series on women in the workplace. This is the fourth article in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-adam-grant-how-men-can-succeed-in-the-boardroom-and-the-bedroom.html?_r=0). One key is involving more women on the executive team. Notes Sandberg and Grant, "Two chief executives, John T. Chambers of Cisco, and Carlos Ghosn of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, have said that they can't be competitive in the global economy without increasing their percentage of female executives." And the research supports this. It's worth 3 minutes to read through - and pick up some tips to help at home!

Congrats to Dubai-based Biz-Ability -- for the second year in a row, our coaching partner in the Middle East has been named the Most Distinguished SME to Work for in the UAE (https://www.zawya.com/story/bizgroup_named_Most_Distinguished_SME_to_Work_for_in_the_UAE_for_the_Second_Consecutive_Year-ZAWYA20150317095559/). Congrats to Hazel Jackson and her team - great when you practice what you preach (one of our core values at Gazelles).

TECHNOLOGY
:

Better Book Club -- What's your team reading? Increase your books read per team member. Easy, Proven, and in the Cloud at
www.BetterBookClub.com.

Align Dashboard -- Want to keep track of your plans and progress in the cloud? The complete Growth Tools and Rockefeller Habits disciplines in a SaaS offering (http://www.alignwithgazelles.com/).

COACHING:

Need help implementing the Rockefeller Habits? (https://www.gazelles.com/implement_rockefeller_habts.html)

EDUCATION:

Leadership Summit Presented by FORTUNE (https://www.gazelles.com/summits/FortuneLeadershipSummit-2015/)

Orlando, FL - May 12-13, 2015

Growth Summit Presented by FORTUNE (https://www.gazelles.com/summits/growth-2015/)

Dallas, TX - Oct 20-21, 2015

Scaling Up Business Growth Workshops 2015
(https://gazelles.com/g/growth-workshops)

Have Big Plans to Execute in 2015? Learn how to use the proven Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies to scale up smarter.

Montreal, QB - March 31, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Montreal.html)
Tulsa, OK - April 2, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Tulsa.html)
San Diego, CA - April 21, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_SanDiego.html)
Edmonton, AB - April 23, 2015
Singapore - April 27, 2015 (https://scalingup2015.eventbrite.sg)
San Antonio, TX - April 28, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_SanAntonio.html)
Dallas, TX - April 29, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Dallas.html)
Charlotte, NC - April 29, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Charlotte.html)
Seattle, WA - May 7, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Seattle.html)
Toronto, ON - May 26, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Toronto.html)
Dubai, UAE - May 27, 2015 (verneharnishdubai.com)
San Francisco, CA - June 2, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_SanFran.html)
Portland, OR - June 4, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_Portland.html)
Iselin, NJ - June 9, 2015 (http://gicoaches.com/ebulletins/springSUW_2015/gic_SUW_NewJersey.html)
Auckland - Aug 31, 2015 (http://www.thegrowthfaculty.com.au/education-program/go-for-growth-14-scaling-up-2/#.VPyg1vyUeSo)
Brisbane - Sept 1, 2015 (http://www.thegrowthfaculty.com.au/education-program/go-for-growth-14-scaling-up-2/#.VPyg1vyUeSo)
Melbourne - Sept 2, 2015 (http://www.thegrowthfaculty.com.au/education-program/go-for-growth-14-scaling-up-2/#.VPyg1vyUeSo)
Sydney - Sept 3, 2015 (http://www.thegrowthfaculty.com.au/education-program/go-for-growth-14-scaling-up-2/#.VPyg1vyUeSo)
Los Angeles, CA - September 29, 2015
Toronto, ON - September 29, 2015
Calgary, AB - September 29, 2015
Oklahoma City, OK - October 1, 2015
Nashville, TN - October 6, 2015
Seattle, WA - October 8, 2015
Vancouver, BC - October 27, 2015
Richmond, VA - October 29, 2015
Las Vegas, NV - November 3, 2015
Waukesha, WI - November 3, 2015
Surrey, BC - November 3, 2015
Portland, OR - November 5, 2015
Washington, DC - November 5, 2015
Philadelphia, PA - November 10, 2015
Cedar Rapids, IA - November 11, 2015
Austin, TX - November 12, 2015
Memphis, TN - November 12, 2015
Derby, UK - November 12, 2015
Indianapolis, IN - November 19, 2015
Dallas, TX - December 2, 2015
San Diego, CA - December 15, 2015

Gazelle's Growth Institute® Online Executive Education

Baseline Selling - Dave Kurlan
Creativity and Personal Mastery - Srikumar Rao
Daring Caution Approach to Pricing - Robert Sherlock
Fearless Leaders - Cathy Greenberg
How to Create Leadership at Every Level - David Marquet
Mastering the Complex Sale - Jeff Thull
Nail It Then Scale It - Paul Ahlstrom
Sumo Advantage - Bernie Brenner
The Seven Imperatives of Great CEO's - John Wilson
Why Growth Companies Stop Growing - Dave Power

Online Master Practitioner Certification courses:

Topgrading (http://growthinstitute.com/topgrading/)

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits (http://growthinstitute.com/rockefeller/)

Summits & Conferences

Great Game of Business with Jack Stack

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