Verne Harnish

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Verne Harnish
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Harnish in 2013
EducationWichita State University
OrganizationEntrepreneurs' Organization

Verne C. Harnish is founder of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO), now known as Entrepreneurs' Organization,[1] and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.[2] He also serves as co-founder and Principal of Gazelles Growth Institute and as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gazelles, Inc.[3] He chairs the "Birthing of Giants" leadership program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MIT/WEO Advanced Business Program for entrepreneurs over 40.[4][5][6][7][8]


Harnish received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Wichita State University, where he founded and chaired the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.[9]

Writing career[edit]

Harnish is an author, often writing as the "Growth Guy" columnist for several publications.

In 2002, he published Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. He created the "Rockefeller Habits" [10][11] concept based on the leadership and management practices used by John D. Rockefeller. In the book, Harnish outlined three "pillars" to the habits: "Priorities", "Data" and "Rhythm". He recommends the practice of holding "huddles", or short daily meetings, in order for small business to maintain focus on strategic goals and establish accountability.[12][13][14][15]

His newest book is Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't, which received several awards.[16][17][18]


  • Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm, Gazelles, Inc. 2002[19]
  • FORTUNE The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business, Liberty street, 2012[20][21][22]
  • Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0), Gazelles, Inc. 2012[23]


  1. ^ Pimsleur, Julia. "3 Questions To Stay Cutting Edge In Business". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  2. ^ Medina, Alejandro (2017-09-26). "10 consejos de Verne Harnish para crear scaleups". Forbes México (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  3. ^ "Entrepreneurs Have A 'Superman Complex' That Holds Them Back". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  4. ^ Whiting, Rick. "The Right Compensation Model". CRN. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "Verne Harnish". Fast Company. 1999-10-31. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  6. ^ "Verne Harnish's 4 Secrets to Building a Business That Lasts Forever". 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  7. ^ "Author Ram Charan on how businesses can improve their execution". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ Bowen, John (2015-10-26). "The 4 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Get Right". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  9. ^ "ENTREPRENEURS: THE NEW HEROES". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  10. ^ Courtenay, Adam (2013-09-09). "Build it like Rockefeller". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  11. ^ Mariotti, Steve (2013-12-03). "A Look Into the Past: Empact100 Showcase Event Originates From ACE 100". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  12. ^ Buchanan, Leigh. "The Art of the Huddle". Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "5 tips van groeigoeroe Verne Harnish om je bedrijf sneller te laten groeien". Sprout (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  14. ^ "The Greatest Business Decisions Of All Time". Fast Company. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  15. ^ "'99,9 procent van de ondernemers moet geen investering ophalen' | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op (in Dutch)". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  16. ^ Cutler, Zach (2015-12-10). "4 Strategies for Scaling Up From a Business Guru". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  17. ^ Cutler, Zach (2016-01-21). "5 Steps to Create a 1-Page Strategic Plan for Your Business". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  18. ^ LNP, MICHAEL MITCHELL | Special to. "Column: Using habits of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller to scale up your business". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  19. ^ Verne., Harnish, (2002). Mastering the Rockefeller Habits : What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm. New York: Gazelles, Inc. ISBN 9780978774974. OCLC 779141589.
  20. ^ Verne., Harnish, (2012). The greatest business decisions of all time : how Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business. New York, N.Y.: Fortune Books. ISBN 9781603200592. OCLC 813136505.
  21. ^ Nisen, Max (October 8, 2012). "The Single Greatest Business Decision of All Time". Business Insider. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  22. ^ Kruse, Kevin (May 22, 2013). "The Top 5 Business Decisions Of All Time". Forbes. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  23. ^ Verne,, Harnish,. Scaling up : how a few companies make it... and why the rest don't. Gazelles Inc., (First ed.). Ashburn, Virginia. ISBN 9780986019524. OCLC 879528393.

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