"...keeping you great"
Crazy Busy - this is the title of our latest online seminar by author
Ned Halloway, more below but first...
Hyper Growth - Fortune released their latest "100 Fastest Growing companies" list this week. #1 is Silver Wheaton which has purchase contracts with mines where silver is a by-product. With 14 major contracts that lock in a purchase price of $4/oz., they are mining gold at a sale price of $33/oz. No wonder they netted $575 million on $771 million in revenue. Why didn't I think of this!! Here's a link to full list. Not surprisingly, the industry with the most fast-growth firms is healthcare. More surprisingly, Apple came in at #8 - to think they can still grow over 50% with their huge revenues.
Mental Fitness - Wimbledon finals, Olympic gold medal, and slugfest winner of the US Open this week, tennis player Andy Murray is a living case study of the importance of mentally always "playing to win" vs. "playing not to lose." You could see Andy switch mental gears after winning the first two sets, playing more defensively in the third and fourth sets and losing both. The same happened with Victoria Azarenka who had the women's final all but won against Serena Williams and then started playing not to lose. And who has helped Andy finally win? In January he hired former tennis great Ivan Lendl. Underscores the importance of having a coach.
Executive ADD - many of you have met Mark Yaphe, CEO of ExecuThink, at our Fortune Summits (he'll be in Phoenix again for the Growth Summit). Here's a link to his latest white paper entitled "Executive ADD: Information Overload and Your Career." Notes Yaphe "We hear similar complaints all the time: people feeling that they are not as sharp as they used to be, less able to focus, less able to recall key facts and information at the right time. Often people will wrongly self-diagnose as having attention deficit disorder, when instead what they really have is a non-clinical issue that we call Executive ADD." Yaphe and Avner Stern's white paper addresses concrete ways to reverse the 5% - 10% brain functioning we lose each decade. Click HERE to download a copy.
Chronic Underperformance - Yaphe and Stern happen to refer to psychiatrist Edward "Ned" Hallowell in their white paper where they note "he suggests in an article in the Harvard Business Review, modern office practices are turning steady executives into frenzied underachievers. The ever-increasing noise in the environment overloads our central nervous system and causes smart people to under-perform." If you are interested in finding out more about enrolling yourself, your team, or your company in their cognitive training program, please email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. With an average executive experiencing over 28% gain in their trained cognitive capacity and with over 92% of their individual and corporate clients volunteering to be testimonials it's worth checking out to see if it will help you regain your peak mental capacity.
A Ferrari Brain -- ...with bicycle brakes! This is how Dr. Ned Halloway, psychiatrist and former Harvard Professor refers to entrepreneurs and children with ADHD. Here's a short 4 minute video that discusses why we need to celebrate Ferrari brains and just get these people (and children) better brakes!
Crazy Busy (the F State) - this is why we flew to Dr. Halloway's Boston office and produced a 42 minute online seminar - to help all of us crazy busy executives of growth firms gather some tools that strengthen our brakes and reduce having to live in what Dr. Hallowell calls the "F State:" Frantic, frenzied, frenetic, fearful, forgetful, frustrated and furious. Interestingly, many of the basic Rockefeller Habits naturally improve your brakes. Here's a link to his pay-for-view online presentation - worth a watch at your next monthly management meeting.