Verne Harnish

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Languages: English
Geography: USA and Canada

Verne Harnish founded the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO), now known as Entrepreneurs' Organization, and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, both international entrepreneurship organizations. He also serves as Co-Founder and Principal of Gazelles Growth Institute and as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gazelles, Inc., a strategic planning and "executive education" company.

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.

Harnish received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Wichita State University. Harnish is an author, often writing as the "Growth Guy" columnist for several publications. He has also contributed to CNNMoney.

In 2002, Harnish published Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, which has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He created the "Rockefeller Habits" concept based on the leadership and management practices used by John D. Rockefeller. In the book, Harnish outlines 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.The book received a positive reception from Forbes.

He has been called one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business" by Fortune Small Business, and appeared on the magazine's cover for its December/January 2002 issue.


  • Books Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm (2002)
  • The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time (2012), with the editors of Fortune
  • Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)
  • "6 ways to grow your business" (March 17, 2010), CNNMoney
  • "7 Tips for Business Success" (March 18, 2014), Asian Scientist