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Biomimicry – How Nature is Inspiring Radical Innovation

How can Biomimicry help my product or service gain a competitive edge?

Nature has already solved virtually every problem that humans are facing and in considerably better ways than anything humans have achieved.

Biomimicry is a rapidly growing design discipline that provides breakthrough strategies for solving business and technical challenges. At the center of this growing movement has been award-winning inventor and biomimetic entrepreneur Jay Harman, author of The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.

A 2013 Fermanian Institute report determined that by 2030, bioinspiration could account for $1 .6 trillion in total GDP, including $425 billion of US GDP. Savings in reduced resource depletion and pollution could amount to an additional $0.5 trillion worldwide.

There is not a business or product today that can’t improve profits, reduce liability, or solve intractable problems through the application of biomimetics.

“The Shark’s Paintbrush reveals how nature is inspiring design to be more efficient, effective, resilient, and beautiful.

In Nature’s 3.8 billion years of design experience, the roughly 99% of designs that didn’t work got recalled by the Manufacturer. The 1% that survived can teach profound lessons about how things should be made, how they work, and how they fit.

Jay Harman’s immersion in and curiosity about the natural world have made him one of the best biomimetic designers. The Shark’s Paintbrush is a masterly field guide for all designers and entrepreneurs who aspire to help the world of the made work like, and live harmoniously with, the world of the born.”

–Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Resources

  • asknature.org: explore or search for solutions by function, strategy, or organism

Articles

Books

To reach Jay Harman:

Email: jharman@paxscientific.com
Facebook: @TheSharksPaintbrush
Web: thesharkspaintbrush.com


This article ©2016 gazelles.com, from a program guide for The Fortune® Growth Summit, October 25 and 26, 2016, Dallas, TX, held in partnership with Gazelles.com.

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Develop a Continuous Scan for Disruptive Tech Trends

Our top sources for harnessing exponential and disruptive technology trends

We follow these sources every day – high-quality, can’t-miss information feeds. They are written in plain language, and discuss social and business implications of the technologies and discoveries. 

Peter Diamandis in Zero-Gravity

Peter Diamandis – diamandis.com

Technology Blog
Abundance Insider Blog
Exponential Wisdom Podcast (with Dan Sullivan)
Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity – EBook published January 2017

Why do we pay attention to what he says?

Bio: Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space.

  • In the field of Innovation, Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.
  • Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.
  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.
  • In the field of commercial space, his mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. Also Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.
  • New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.
  • Undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics, a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Ray Kurzweil – KurzweilAI.net

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One extremely smart and accomplished inventor and futurist.

Bio: Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes.  Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS selected Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. He is considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions.

  • Principal inventor of the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
  • 20 honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
  • 7 books, 5 national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy. His latest New York Times bestseller is How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.
  • In 2012, Ray Kurzweil was appointed a Director of Engineering at Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

MIT Technology Review – technologyreview.com

10 Breakthrough Technologies list – 2017
Subscribe to The Download 

In their words:

“Every day, we provide an intelligent, lucid, and authoritative filter for the overwhelming flood of information about technology. We do this with serious journalism, written in clear, simple language, by a knowledgeable editorial staff, governed by a policy of accuracy and independence.

We do this in features, news analysis, business reports, photo essays, reviews, and interactive digital experiences that invite our readers to probe deeper, examine data, and get to know experts and their opinions to see, explore, and understand new technologies and their impact.”

We agree.

Futurism.com

Alright, love-hate time. This source is the breathless fanboy of technological advance. Highly-visual format, interesting infographics, but sensational headlines. Put up with it, and the Toyota Prius-sponsored reality-video pieces, and there is really good stuff underneath. I roll my eyes on occasion, but I do keep reading.

Input from my colleagues in the ExO Network 

I asked my colleagues what they were following, and discovered a range of other sources.

The Exponential View – Curated by London-based researcher, Azeem Azhar. Exponential change: technology, business models, political economy & society. Recommended by Kaila Colbin: “One of my absolute favorites, a weekly curated collection of links, with a brief phrase or sentence as to why each one is interesting. I never miss an issue, and it usually generates a couple hours at least per week of worthwhile content.”

Tech.EU – a European-focus tech newsletter, covering some of the more obscure emerging markets outside the major EU tech centers. Recommended by Pedro Pinho.

CB Insights – Our team comes to work every day to build technology that helps corporations guess less and win more. We aggregate and analyze massive amounts of data and use machine learning, algorithms and data visualization to help corporations replace the three Gs (Google searches, gut instinct and guys with MBAs*) so they can answer massive strategic questions using probability not punditry. Backed by the National Science Foundation and venture capital investors. Recommended by Pedro Pinho:”great BI in my opinion, comprehensive maps of startups per industry available for free which give you an index of companies to explore further.” 

The Millennium Project – Founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. Recommended by Evonne Heyning, Paul Epping

Future of Life Institute – With an advisory board that includes Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Morgan Freeman, Alan Alda, the co-founder of Skype and others, it is worth a visit for certain. “We are currently focusing on keeping artificial intelligence beneficial and we are also exploring ways of reducing risks from nuclear weapons and biotechnology.” Recommended by Paul Epping

Singularity Hub – published by Singularity University, Singularity Hub chronicles technological progress by highlighting the breakthroughs, players, and issues shaping the future as well as supporting a global community of smart, passionate, action-oriented people who want to change the world. Recommended by Evonne Heyning

The Economist Technology Quarterly – deeper analysis in plain language. Recommended by Nicole-Anne Boyer

Sites requiring a bit of sifting for the good stuff

As recommender, Eduardo Labarca points out: “Please consider that today there are a lot of “science” websites that distort news only to get more readers. We should filter and evaluate.” Great reminder!

Medium – Every day, thousands of people turn to Medium to publish their ideas and perspectives. Leaders. Artists. Thinkers. And ordinary citizens who have a story to tell. Posts range from scrutinies of world affairs to deeply personal essays. Medium sifts the best of these for you and delivers them directly onto your home page. Recommended by Tony Manley, who comments: Although the articles on Medium can be varied, the good ones tend to bubble up to the top pretty quickly. They often provide useful insights from people working with the technologies. Obviously, you need some idea of what you are looking for in order to get the best out of it.

Quartz – Quartz is a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy. Our coverage of this new global economy is rooted in a set of defining obsessions: core topics and knotty questions of seismic importance to business professionals. These are the issues that energize our newsroom, and we invite you to obsess about them along with us. Recommended by Evonne Heyning.

Thank you to all our contributors!

Biomimicry / Biomimetics

See our blog post: Biomimicry – How Nature is Inspiring Radical Innovation

What are your go-to sources for your ‘future-scan’? 

Contact me and I’ll add to the list…


Innovation by itself turns out
not to be the trump card we expected;
more important is the ability to scale innovation,
to blend creativity with discipline.

– Jim Collins
author, Great by Choice:
Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck
– Why Some Thrive Despite Them All


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Learn more and register at https://gazelles.com/summits/scaleup-2017/ Choose Ann Ralston or Gary Ralston as your coach for a significant discount.

– Gary Ralston, © 2017 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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10 Questions: Company Health Check

Elevate Your Game!

You work hard, you’ve invested in growth and yet you still feel like there’s opportunity to elevate your company’s performance. What’s missing? How can you amplify your game?

Below are 10 questions to help you assess your company’s overall health and readiness to scale up:

1. Do you have a clearly written and communicated CORE PURPOSE, shared by everyone?

2. What are your CORE VALUES? How well do you reinforce them throughout employee hiring and development?

3. Can everyone on the team articulate how your business makes money, and how they influence the bottom line?

4. Does your whole team know your 1, 3 to 5 and 10 year targets?

5. Who is your CORE CUSTOMER and are you reaching them effectively?

6. What 3 – 5 attributes differentiate you from your competition?

7. Do you have the right people in the right seats?

8. Do all team members have priorities with KPIs that are tracked weekly, quarterly and annually?

9. Do you have a MEETING RHYTHM that keeps your teams synchronized, focused, learning, aligned and motivated?

10. Do you have a ONE-PAGE-STRATEGIC-PLAN, and is your team aligned around it? Is it yielding the growth you want?

If you are struggling to answer any of these questions (or you don’t like your answers), we can help.


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Scaling Up Public Workshops

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– Gary Ralston

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What is the Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop?

Fast-growing companies ― not small ones or big ones ― create almost all the jobs and innovation in our economy, and Verne Harnish has been an invaluable guide to leaders of such companies, like me. Scaling Up helps us put in place the disciplines critical to building a significant business.

Graham Weston, Chairman and CEO, Rackspace (NYSE: RAX)

Business Leaders who diligently apply the Scaling Up framework for rapid business growth can reasonably expect: 

  • 2x or more cashflow
  • 3x industry profitability
  • Valuation increase compared to the competition
  • More time for the right things, and
  • Enjoy the climb to success!

The Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop is a one-day hands-on session where we introduce the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. You and your leadership team will invest a full, productive day focusing ON your business rather than IN your business.

You will work through a series of powerful, simple one-page growth tools, including the One-Page Strategic Plan™ and the Rockefeller Habits Checklist™, 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 while enjoying the ride!

(Take a sneak preview – See sample One-Page Strategic Plans™ for a variety of industries, and download 11 of the 50+ one-page growth tools available, here.)


Join us for our next Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop in a city near you.

To learn more and register your team, go to http://gicoaches.com/ScalingUp-Workshops or contact Ann Ralston, events@ralstonconsulting.com or 614-761-1841 x2.

– Gary Ralston, © 2017 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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Get Your Free Scaling Up One-Page Growth Tools!

Simple, Practical, Actionable – and Downloadable Right Now!

Get Scaling Up on Amazon!Scaling Up Growth Tools are designed to get to the point and get results, helping you and your team scale up your organization like never before.

Based on Scaling Up, by Verne Harnish

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t [ read | listen ], is your definitive manual for learning and applying these tools to scale up your venture.

Three types of one-page tools are available:

11 Growth Tools for Business – If you are the do-it-yourself type, here are 11 core tools you can download and use in your business, in conjunction with the Scaling Up book. These tools are also featured in our Scaling Up Public Workshops (see below for our next course).

11 Growth Tools for Social Sector – Your Social Sector venture is not simply a Private Sector outfit with a different tax return! These tools are tuned to the specific needs of Social Sector organizations, using language that resonates with your board, staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Ask about our Scaling Up Social Sector Workshops…

50+ Growth Tools for RCI Clients – as one of our Business or Social Sector clients, we access over 50 (and growing!) powerful one-page tools to help your organization begin, advance and master Scaling Up! Call us to discuss if this route is right for your venture.

Sample One-Page Strategic Plans (OPSP)

All this talk of One-Page Strategic Plans – show me some examples!


Running a business is ultimately about freedom. Scaling Up shows owners and leaders how to get their organizations moving in sync to create something significant while enjoying the climb to success!

Best regards,
Ann and Gary Ralston

Supercharge business growth! Learn from 14 brilliant thought leaders in 2 days at the Scaling Up Summit presented by Fortune Magazine May 23 and 24, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. Choose from in-person and live remote streaming options.

Learn more and register at https://gazelles.com/summits/scaleup-2017/ Choose Ann Ralston or Gary Ralston as your coach for a significant discount.

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What’s your Critical Number THIS Quarter?

How Home Care Assistance Tackled a Bottleneck to Business Growth

What TOP “bottleneck” or choke point keeps you from scaling up your business in a meaningful way?

Bottlenecks are often resistant to simple hacks and half-measures. Removing your biggest bottlenecks is an ALL HANDS EFFORT, and takes SINGLE-MINDED FOCUS for a FIXED PERIOD to CHANGE THE SYSTEM.

Lori Wengerd, Owner and President of Home Care Assistance Columbus, is setting out to change the way the world ages. Her firm provides premier live-in and hourly care for older adults to ‘age in-place’. Last fall, she determined that her biggest bottleneck to growth was the frequency with which her caregivers needed to reschedule their work at short notice (“call-offs”). While clients continued to receive great service, handling each call-off was costly to the organization in many ways. If not addressed, growing the business and adding caregivers would only make the situation worse.

The Critical Number is simply a business measure or KPI that tracks early and ongoing progress removing the big bottleneck. Leaders set a Company Annual Critical Number and supporting Company Quarterly Critical Number. In a given quarter, EVERYONE is focused on ONE THING to help scale up the company.

Lori attended our one-day Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop in October, 2016, where she built a One Page Strategic Plan™, and set a Critical Number for Quarter 4, 2016 – “percentage of call-offs” – measured weekly. In the balance of the quarter, Lori and her team reduced weekly percentage of call-offs by as much as 75%, seriously reducing internal drama and opening new opportunities for profitable growth!


Lori reports: “I regularly read books on business growth and am good at implementing ideas that fit my business model. However, it wasn’t until I attended the Scaling Up Course led by Jon Iveson and Gary Ralston that I finally learned how to put a plan in place that is both solidly grounded in core business values and fluid in its implementation.

In the short time since I attended, I’ve already led my team to undertake dramatic shifts in our planning process, and improve staff accountability and bottom-line performance.”


The Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop focuses on the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. You and your leadership team will invest a full, productive day focusing ON your business rather than IN your business.

You will receive a series of powerful, simple one-page tools, including the One-Page Strategic Plan™ and the Rockefeller Habits Checklist™, 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, while enjoying the climb to success!

Supercharge business growth! Learn from 14 brilliant thought leaders in 2 days at the Scaling Up Summit presented by Fortune Magazine May 23 and 24, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. Choose from in-person and live remote streaming options.

Learn more and register at https://gazelles.com/summits/scaleup-2017/ Choose Ann Ralston or Gary Ralston as your coach for a significant discount.

– Gary Ralston, © 2017 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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2017 – A Brand-New Ending!

– Ann and Gary Ralston
© 2016 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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Three Brilliant Podcast Series to Make You Think!

Podcasts rock!  I’ve stopped listening to NPR and even music when I drive. Instead, I’m enjoying and learning from podcasts.

If you haven’t explored the world of podcasts, you are missing out. You can find just about anything!

The bad news for beginners: you can find just about anything. :-((  There are so VERY many podcasts, with lots of clutter and noise, so let’s start you off right!.

Three podcasts in particular continue to change how I think about and perceive my world:

timferrissshowart-500x500The Tim Ferriss Show

On his podcast, author and entrepreneur, Tim Ferriss, “deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use.  This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more..”  His guests are amazing and DIVERSE. Actors, Athletes, Artists, Doctors, HIGHLY successful entrepreneurs, soldiers, writers and researchers. I’ve gone back to listen to MOST of over 100 shows.

Josh Waitzkin – A Chess Prodigy on Mastering Martial Arts, Chess and Life

Josh was the basis for the book and movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer. In the process of life as a chess prodigy, world champion in Tai Chi Push Hands, he has perfected learning strategies that can be applied to anything. Author of the incredible book, The Art of Learning, Josh now spends his time coaching the world’s top performers, whether Mark Messier, Cal Ripken Jr., or elite hedge fund managers. Josh also appeared on Episode #2, but this is the place to start…

tony-robbinsTony Robbins – Several Episodes!

I’ve not been a huge fan of Tony Robbins in the past, yet I really enjoyed all of these episodes:

cal-fussmanCal Fussman – Master Interviewer, Writer and Storyteller.

Oh, the stories! Cal is a New York Times bestselling author and a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he is best known for being a primary writer of the “What I Learned” feature. The Austin Chronicle has described Cal’s interviewing skills as “peerless.” He has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with the icons who’ve shaped the last 50 years of world history: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Woody Allen, Barbara Walters, Pelé, Yao Ming, Serena Williams, John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, and countless others.

revisionist-history-gladwellRevisionist History with Malcom Gladwell

Malcom Gladwell, a brilliant storyteller “reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Again, my favorite three, each a must-hear:

  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Generous Orthodoxy
  • The Blame Game – I hope it helps us reflect on how much the news media distorts information, and sadly, how quickly we believe them. We simply take what they say as truth, when it can be far, far from it.

abundancebookcoverExponential Wisdom with Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan

I found this podcast after our work with (and subsequent certification in) the Exponential Organizations Masterclass. The podcast holds “Insights from Dan Sullivan and Peter Diamandis on the Human-Technology Relationship”.  This is a fascinating conceptual playground, as the speed of change is outpacing our ability to govern, learn and understand the impact on our future world. Diamandis’ fundamental premise is that we are entering a time of abundance, globally, thanks to technological advances, with evidence that counters the media’s negative, sensationalist biases.

Diamandis and Sullivan offer a deeper understanding of topics such as Brexit, Artificial Intelligence, longevity, healthcare, education… each one fascinating! Go back to the earlier podcasts – even episode one – for the best flow.

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the podcasts in these series.   Hope you enjoy!

– Ann Ralston,
  © 2016 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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Learn Even Faster From Podcasts – Overcast.fm app

overcast-itunes-logoxparentOvercast.fm is a podcast app for iPhone and iPad that saves me more time than any other player I have used, without sacrificing comprehension, and perhaps improving it!

By now, most everyone knows you can save time by speeding up playback of audiobooks and podcasts, and even web videos (see below). But after a point, increasing playback speed reduces comprehension. I can easily listen to 1.25x playback speed, and even up to 1.5x, but I start to fatigue beyond that as the words and phrases get too compressed.

The ‘Smart Speed’ effect analyzes the podcast and intelligently removes silence between spoken words and phrases.With the playback set to 1.5x, effective playback speed increased to 1.8x, 2.1x or faster depending on the material, and I experience much less fatigue. The result is more intelligible speech in less playback time. A win-WIN!

The Overcast app is also a great podcast manager. Subscribing to podcasts has been seamless. Automatic downloading just works. If you sign up for an optional online account, Overcast.fm synchronizes your record of what you have listened to across your iOS devices and even offers a simple web-based podcast player.

BONUS TIP: If you have a spoken-word mp3 file you want to listen to faster, you can upload up to 2 GB of files it at https://overcast.fm/uploads .

Overcast.fm. Get it. Learn faster. Have more time to put it all into practice.

videospeedcontrollerscreenTip: Accelerate HTML5 Video Playback

Video Speed Controller is our new preference for watching HTML5 video on Chrome on our desktop computer. It is particularly useful in speeding up videos from our executive education partner, the Gazelles Growth Institute.

– Gary Ralston
© 2016 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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Why is Scaling Up Your Organization so HARD?

Much like our own body weight, organizations have a ‘set point’ they gravitate to, be that $5 million, 10 people, $50 million, 100 people, $250 million, and so on. And much like our own body weight, organizations can be quite stubborn about deviating from that set point. This is obvious at a gut level (*ahem*) to anyone who has tried to change either their weight or their organization’s size, relying only on sheer grit and willpower.

If we don’t change the underlying systems and structures, first, and in the right sequence, any change we achieve through willpower will be short-lived.

Fortunately, UNLIKE our bodies, we can dramatically change the fundamental, underlying systems and structures so that the organization can rise to a new, desired set point. Of course, one can do a lot of damage to an organization by changing the wrong systems, or changing things in the wrong sequence.

Learning to Scale Up an organization is not necessarily hard, but to be effective requires specific knowledge, skills, processes and discipline in four key domains: People, Strategy, Execution and Cash.

Check out this short (2 min 14 sec) video, then chat with Ann or Gary to learn more about how you can more easily and effectively Scale Up your organization.


Our next Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop will be held in Columbus, OH October 6, 2016. For more information or to register your leadership team, please visit http://ScalingUp.cvent.com/Columbus .

– Gary Ralston
© 2016 Ralston Consulting Inc.

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