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What Rockefeller Habits are you developing?

Verne Harnish, in Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It . . . and Why the Rest Don’t, spends some time applying the Rockefeller Habits to organizational growth and function.  If you are familiar with and are implementing the Rockefeller Habits in your own organization, would you share how your are doing so?  Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

“Scaling Up,” by Verne Harnish

Scaling Up, Harnish, coverI was recently in a board meeting, during which the conversation had drifted to some strategic planning discussion, when someone mentioned “the Rockefeller Habits.” This person started talking about how they – the Rockefeller Habits – had been implemented in his workplace, and how they had benefited his organization, and encouraged the rest of us to look into it. So, I went home and ordered a copy of Verne Harnish’s Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It . . . and Why the Rest Don’t, which had the unofficial subtitle of “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 2.0. The book primarily walks through the four crucial decisions that leaders have to make in growing their organizations, decisions related to:

  • Leading people
  • Setting strategy
  • Driving execution
  • Managing cash

Each section/category is broken down into more detailed explanation, with worksheets and documents to help guide the process. Along the way, woven into the four categories, are the applications of the 10 Rockefeller habits. Ultimately, the intent of the book seems to be to provide tools and strategy to help any organization grow significantly larger and still succeed. For that purpose, it is a very practical and valuable book, with excellent ideas. If, like me, you are not necessarily trying to grow your organization, but simply trying to lead it well so that it constantly improves, you can still find a lot of great help in the book. Some of the ideas are not so easily applied because I am not trying to grow my organization, but the principles are still legitimate and valuable, and I believe will certainly make any organization – including my own – better, if I will implement them. After the fact, I am glad I purchased the book, and have a number of excellent take-aways that I have already begun to use. No surprise, then, that I would also recommend this one for you.   Harnish, V. (2014). Scaling Up: How a few companies make it . . . and why the rest don’t. Gazelles, Inc.: Ashburn, VA.

Remember What Matters

I have recently been reading the book “Scaling Up,” by Verne Harnish, on the Rockefeller Habits and the four decisions every organizational leader must make (people, strategies, execution, and cash). In one of the early chapters, on the development and roles of the leadership team, the book suggests the use of a tool called a one-page personal plan (OPPP). Within this tool, there are five factors listed in the left-column that have been identified (based on research by wealth advisor James Hansberger) as the five things that matter most to people when they near the end of their leaves, in this order: Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, and Finance.


As I looked through and pondered this document, while also thinking about this current time of the year, I realized that those same five items become a significant part of our thought process during the season of Christmas. It’s the time of the year when we focus on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as a baby in Bethlehem, which then becomes the central purpose behind the season for me (Faith). It’s also the time of the year when we gather with family, reconnect with loved ones, and generously give to them (Family). It’s a time when we enjoy gatherings and parties and feasts and activities, all centered on the celebration of the season (Friends). Like it or not, it’s a time when we often over-indulge in food, followed by New Year’s commitments to get in shape (Fitness). And it’s a time of the year when we spend money, and are urged by advertising and stores to spend even more (Finance).


It seems that even if we don’t happen to be near the end of our lives, the Christmas season is one that causes us to be drawn to those things that really matter. It happens without us realizing it, so I would challenge you to make it happen intentionally. At this time of the year, think about what really matters. Start with faith – if you don’t already have a personally relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior, would you please consider speaking to someone about it? – and then think about the value of your family and your friends, and the wise care of your fitness and your finances. Allow this season to be one that helps you to purposefully identify those things that really matter, and make them a priority in your life. Don’t’ wait until your life is nearing it’s end; do it while you have the opportunity to enjoy that which really counts.