"...keeping you great" Ten Minutes with the Growth Guy
Top 10 business book -- I'm placing a bet that Todd Hopkins (and Ray Hilbert's) just released book this week will be the first growth company CEO's book to reach the Top 10 in business books! Todd is Founder & CEO of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
The Janitor: How an Unexpected Friendship Transformed a CEO and His Company -- a quick read in the style of Pat Lencioni's famous fable books (Five Dysfunctions of a Team, etc); with the emotional impact of a Ken Blanchard/Spencer Johnson bestseller; and the insights that only the leader of a growth company can share. Todd and Ray have written a classic book for this decade and beyond -- a book that will continue to move up the bestseller list as it virals its way around the business and personal development circles.
Let's help a fellow growth company leader -- you're going to purchase this book sometime anyway, so let's all pile on and give Todd and Ray a boost this summer. Please order this afternoon. And if you can wait a couple hours (don't, if you think you'll forget -- just do it NOW), place your order with Amazon or Barnes & Noble online between 4pm and 5pm EST today (Thursday). And most importantly, order the book this week or next since the book buyers use sales during a book's first two weeks to determine future positioning.
China's economy expected to grow north of 12% this year -- best economic growth since 1995, the entire world economy is on fire. If you read just one article this week, read Rik Kirkland's July 12 FORTUNE article entitled "The Greatest Economic Boom Ever." -- it supports the premise in my book
that ALL the real money is made in the decade after the boom/bust of a new technology. You should be making hay, as they say!
Best strategy of the week -- this from Kirkland's article "Last fall he (Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE) took a list created by Boston Consulting Group of the 100 most important companies in developing economies and arrayed it into four camps: customers, suppliers, competitors, and nonaligned. "I tell my leadership team, 'Our goal for this group is to have lots of customers, lots of suppliers - and no competitors,'" he says. Again, take 10 minutes and read this article!
Andy Bailey's Q3 Theme -- Here
are some great photos and PowerPoint (and Sumo Wrestling Video!) you can
download from the Q3 theme launch for Tennessee-based NationLink Wireless. Notes Bailey, President "we just rolled out the Q3 theme
based on a word I got from BOG (the MIT program in which I teach) -- Kakushin. I have attached a PPT that goes through the who, what's and why's. We had Koosh
balls and wild glasses to get everyone thinking about LOOKING at things differently to discover Radical Productivity Improvements... and as a reward we are hosting a Japanese dinner and renting Sumo Wresting suits for an all out assault on each other (there is a link in the PPT to a Sumo video that we played as well).
Everyone was pumped up and ready to go."
Still time to roll out a theme for the balance of the year and have your team take 20 minutes and go through the Rockefeller Habits checklist -- pick a couple habits and focus on them for the next 90 days. "Routine sets you free!"
And still time to order (and then read) Todd's book! This is enough for the week -- hope my northern hemisphere friends are enjoying the summer and my southern hemisphere friends are getting some work done (while still enjoying life like its summer, as they always do!)