Verne Harnish

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Verne Harnish
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Harnish in 2013
Other namesGrowth Guy
Alma materWichita State University
OccupationEntrepreneur, Organizer, writer, columnist
OrganizationEntrepreneurs' Organization
Known forSuccess literary works

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 August 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Medina, Alejandro (September 26, 2017). "10 consejos de Verne Harnish para crear scaleups". Forbes México (in Spanish). Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entrepreneurs Have A 'Superman Complex' That Holds Them Back". Business Insider. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Whiting, Rick. "The Right Compensation Model". CRN. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Verne Harnish". Fast Company. October 31, 1999. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Verne Harnish's 4 Secrets to Building a Business That Lasts Forever". January 22, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Author Ram Charan on how businesses can improve their execution". Fortune. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Bowen, John (October 26, 2015). "The 4 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Get Right". HuffPost. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "ENTREPRENEURS: THE NEW HEROES". Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Courtenay, Adam (September 9, 2013). "Build it like Rockefeller". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Mariotti, Steve (December 3, 2013). "A Look into the Past: Empact100 Showcase Event Originates From ACE 100". HuffPost. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  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 August 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Greatest Business Decisions Of All Time". Fast Company. October 4, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "'99,9 procent van de ondernemers moet geen investering ophalen' | NU – Het laatste nieuws het eerst op (in Dutch)". Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Cutler, Zach (December 10, 2015). "4 Strategies for Scaling Up From a Business Guru". Entrepreneur. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  17. ^ Cutler, Zach (January 21, 2016). "5 Steps to Create a 1-Page Strategic Plan for Your Business". Entrepreneur. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  18. ^ LNP, MICHAEL MITCHELL | Special to. "Column: Using habits of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller to scale up your business". LancasterOnline. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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