"...keeping you great"
Urgent Media Request from FORTUNE Small Business Magazine -- May 27 deadline -- looking for small business owners/CEOs who have cut their own salaries (permanently or temporarily) sometime in the last two years to help keep the business running and seen positive results. They are looking for upbeat stories, told by people who are willing to be honest about their experiences. They are NOT looking for start-up stories where the entrepreneur didn't take a salary for a couple years. If you think you fit the bill, or know of anyone who does, please email Megan Erickson at Megan_Erickson@Timeinc.com.
What Jim Collins Say About Circuit City and Fannie Mae -- Two of the "Good to Great" companies, many have wondered what Jim has to say about these failures. He dedicates a long passage in his new book, How the Mighty Fall, defending Good to Great -- and he shares some thoughts in a major Sunday NY Times piece. To quote Jim from the article "Just because a company falls doesn't invalidate what we can learn by studying that company when it was at its historical best."Take five minutes and read this article more for an insight into Jim Collins the person, how he writes, hires assistants, his personal goals, and his amazing discipline.
Sleep and Time Logs -- among Jim's disciplines are to make sure he sleeps enough, so he remains creative, and that he spends at least 50% of his time on creative work. He went to a sleep lab to understand his sleeping patterns and has found that he needs 70 to 75 hours of sleep over a ten day period, so he keeps a sleep log (I think I'm running short myself and I'm going to track for a few weeks). To track his creative time, he keeps a stopwatch in his pocket which tracks three times -- his creative time, his teaching time, and his "other" time. To understand "mastery" take five minutes and read the NY Times article about Jim -- lessons in there for all of us.
Only 18 Speeches per Year -- notes the article "Mr. Collins also is quite practiced at saying 'no.' Requests pour in every week for him to give speeches to corporations and trade associations. It could be a bustling sideline, given that he commands a top-tier fee of $65,000 to dispense his wisdom. But he will give only 18 speeches this year, and about a third of them will be pro bono for nonprofit groups. "BTW, one of those top-tier speeches is at our upcoming Growth Summit, October 20 -- 21, Dallas, TX. Joining Jim will be four other best-selling authors.
Private Luncheon with Jim Collins -- companies that send an executive team of four or more to the Growth Summit will receive a seat at a private luncheon with Jim Collins (eight or more will receive two seats).
Front Ten Tables Already Reserved -- instead of playing games with early bird discounts, etc., we're more like a rock concert -- the earlier you reserve a seat (simple deposit of $250) and the more seats you reserve, the closer your table is to the stage. Companies have already reserved the front ten tables. Reserve your seats and the balance isn't due until Sept 20 (help you save cash), so grab the best seats now.
June 1 Full Page Ad for Growth Summit Reaches over 1 Million CEOs in FSB magazine -- we usually get a big spike in reservations when the ad hits. We want you to have preferential seating -- so reserve seats now and beat the crowd. Here's a link to the ad
How the Mighty Fall -- It's time to grab market share and gain a leg-up on our competition. It's been over 70 years since we've had similar market conditions. In 48 hours we'll give you the ideas, tools, and techniques to take advantage of this opportunity. It's the bold that win during times like this, not the faint at heart. Come join a growing list of winners at our upcoming Growth Summit 2009.
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