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Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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About the Author
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.
An investor in several scale-ups, Verne resides in Barcelona, Spain, with his wife and four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0978774949
- ISBN-13 : 978-0978774943
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 0.79 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Gazelles, Inc.; 1st edition (March 1, 2002)
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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• determining its core values,
• sharing and constantly repeating the core values,
• developing strategies and processes for the employees that support the core values,
• establishing and measuring goals, and
• holding people accountable to achieve the goals.
Some of the more important advice:
• Planning should be looked at in 90 day windows and 10 – 25 years from now
• Have the top five priorities for the year, the quarter, and the month
• Have a clear top one priority of the five priorities
• Have a theme that connects with your employees emotionally
• Everyone's individual priorities align with the company's priorities
• Measure daily, weekly, quarterly, and annually to know if you're acting consistent to your priorities
• Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual meetings to maintain alignment and drive accountability
I'm an entrepreneur myself with a great background in sales and marketing, but with no management skills at all, so, when my companies start growing and demanding more delegation and structure i started to desesperetelly looking for answers.
This book gave me the foundations needed to apply DOZENS of time management and general management books and content i read prior to this book.
If your juggling between DOZENS of objetctives, projects and ideas... And somewhat you can't find HOW to organize your ideas, this book will give you the TOOLS (not just content) to make some serious shifts happen.
Totally recommend it. Even if you're very familiar with general management concepts, i'm sure you can find information and insights that can give you great insights about getting an organization to grow to the next level.
1. "Does the organization have objective Top 5 priorities for the year and the quarter and a clear Top 1 priority along with an appropriate theme?"
2. "Does the organization have sufficient data on a daily and weekly basis to provide insight into how the organization is running and what the market is demanding?"
3. "Does the organization have an effective rhythm of daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual meetings to maintain alignment and drive accountability?"
These three questions suggest issues that leaders in any organization (regardless of size or nature) should regularly address with sufficient rigor and candor. Leaders in the ten exemplar organizations do so to ensure that (a) everything they do and are planning to do is of great importance to their current and prospective customers, and (b) everything they do or are planning to do will differentiate their organization from its competitors.
In my opinion, this is one of the most practical business books written in recent years, offering material based on a wealth of real-world situations and filled with insights and suggestions that almost any leader can put to immediate use. Yes, it can help to increase the value of a growing firm as its subtitle suggests; it can also help those leading start-ups to avoid most (if not all) of the mistakes that doom most new enterprises. I also highly recommend it to those now preparing for a career in business or who have only recently embarked on one.
I have read this book no less than 11 times and have recommended it to countless friends & associates. If you want to give yourself the gift of timeless wisdom - READ THIS BOOK - study it - implement it - and share it with any business person that you care about!
Also - the Author, Verne Harnish, gives away tons of tools & resources on his website (just google Gazelles or Verne Harnish). Check it out & you'll see why I'm such a fan.