FREE GAZELLES SCALING UP TOOLS
The Gazelles Tools are used by over 60,000 firms worldwide. The following tools are available for you to use in your firm.
Note: No details are required to download any of these tools, simply click on the document to download.
- FACe – Function Accountability Chart.
- OPPP – One Page Personal Plan.
- PACe – Process Accountability Chart.
Learn how to use all of these tools and many more in our Scaling Up Workshops.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
In order to grow your firm, you need to keep finding better ways of operating, new insights, and new methods to apply to your firm.
The following list of books has been compiled in consultations with many IT firm owners and their teams.
Please bookmark this page, as we regularly update the listing as new books and thinking arrives to market.
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Or view some of the key titles that we recommend…
By Verne Harnish
It’s been over a decade since Verne Harnish’s best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t is the first major revision of this business classic. In Scaling Up, Harnish and his team share practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. These approaches have been honed from over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives and helping them navigate the increasing complexities (and weight) that come with scaling up a venture.
This book is written so everyone — from frontline employees to senior executives — can get aligned in contributing to the growth of a firm. There’s no reason to do it alone, yet many top leaders feel like they are the ones dragging the rest of the organization up the S-curve of growth. The goal of this book is to help you turn what feels like an anchor into wind at your back — creating a company where the team is engaged; the customers are doing your marketing; and everyone is making money.
To accomplish this, Scaling Up focuses on the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. The book includes a series of new one-page tools including the updated One-Page Strategic Plan and the Rockefeller Habits ChecklistTM, which more than 40,000 firms around the globe have used to scale their companies successfully — many to $1 billion and beyond. Running a business is ultimately about freedom. Scaling Up shows business leaders how to get their organizations moving in sync to create something significant and enjoy the ride.
Click here to see the book details on Amazon…
Good To Great
by Jim Collins
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.
But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?
Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world’s greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.
The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good?
Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness — why some companies make the leap and others don’t.
The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:
- Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.
- The Hedgehog Concept: (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.
- A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.
- The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructuring will almost certainly fail to make the leap.
“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”
Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
by Pat Lencioni
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.
Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
ON DEMAND SEMINARS
Online learning can be one of the most efficient ways to learn. You can choose when and where you would like to learn, and most online learning resources can be accessed by any mobile or desktop device.
Pay-As-You-Go access to pre-recorded courses of the world’s Top Thought Leaders.
These are short and fast paced courses, usually provided by the author or thought leader who’s book we have based the course on.
- Multipliers – Liz Wiseman
- The 5 Dysfunctions of a team – Pat Lencioni
- Who: The A Method for Hiring – Geoff Smart
- And many more…
Topgrading – 3-Month Intensive Course
“The Proven Method to Hire More ‘A’ Players.”
TOPGRADING® Master Business Course
Dr. Brad Smart
3 month intensive course to help you learn and implement Topgrading® in your company.
- A 3-hour online training video of Dr. Brad Smart, founder and president of Topgrading®.
- 6 online and interactive 90 minute webinars per quarter (1 webinar every two weeks).
- One-on-one 90 minute call with a Certified Topgrading® Coach.
- Support to build your own one page implementation plan.
- 2 free Topgrading® Snapshots.
When you enroll in the program you are assigned a Personal Coach who will make sure that you are 100% confident with and have a complete understanding of the course materials.
“Today, if you’re not disrupting yourself, someone else is; your fate is to be either the disrupter or the disrupted. There is no middle ground.”
Exponential Organizations Master Business Course
by Salim Ismail
Welcome to the new world of the Exponential Organization, or ExO. It is a place where neither age nor size nor reputation nor even current sales guarantee that you will be around tomorrow. On the other hand, it is also a place where if you can build an organization that is sufficiently scalable, fast moving and smart, you may enjoy success—exponential success—to a degree never before possible. And all with a minimum of resources and time.
An Exponential Organization (ExO) is one whose impact (or output) is disproportionately large – at least 10x larger – compared to its peers because of the use of new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies.
The Gazelles Growth Institute’s Master Practitioner course, Exponential Organizations, will give you the essential exponential skills necessary to compete in today’s economy no matter the size of your company or industry.
- Revolutionize your organization with the Hybrid Education Model
- Watch 8+ Hours of video explaining the ExO methodologies
- Learn the tools in a live workshop environment taught by Salim Ismail
- Implement the 10 attributes of an ExO with weekly assignments.