“We have the answers, all the answers; it’s the question we do not know.” – Verne Harnish, Gazelles Founder/CEO

Below, please find a number of helpful resources and suggested books.


  1. One-Page Strategic Plan
  2. Rockefeller Habits checklist
  3. Gazelles One-Page Description
  4. 15 Exceptional Company Questions
  5. Functional Accountability Chart (FACe)
  6. Process Accountability Chart (PACe)
  7. Seven Strategy Strata
  8. Strengths, Weaknesses, Trends
  9. Power of One
  10. Vision Summary
  11. Who, What, When
  12. Cash Acceleration Strategies (CASh)
  13. Sample Meeting Agendas – Daily, Weekly, Monthly
  14. Talent Assessment Form

Bill’s Suggested Reading List

Of the hundreds of business books I have read, these are the ones I believe are worth the time and effort to find the nuggets buried within the pages.

General Business

  1. Scaling Up*
  2. Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer
  3. Great by Choice*
  4. The Third Wave
  5. The Curve Ahead
  6. Leaders Eat Last*
  7. Team of Teams
  8. The Metronome Effect*
  9. The Automatic Customer
  10. The Founder’s Mentality*
  11. First, Break All the Rules*
  12. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting Things Done *


  1. Strategy that Works
  2. The Founder’s Mentality*
  3. Competing Against Luck*
  4. How Companies Win*
  5. Jobs to be Done: Theory to Practice*
  6. Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed*
  7. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works


  1. Smart Tribes*
  2. The Advantage -Enhanced Edition: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything*
  3. The Ideal Team Player*
  4. The Five Temptations of a CEO*
  5. Tribal Leadership
  6. Managing Oneself – The Key to Success*


  1. Go Put Your Strengths to Work*
  2. The Sales Acceleration Formula*
  3. Turn the Ship Around*
  4. The Power of Habit
  5. Uncommon Service*
  6. Smarter, Faster, Better
  7. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
  8. The ONE Thing – The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results*


  1. Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits*
  2. Daring Caution


  1. Will it Fly?
  2. Nail it, then Scale it*
  3. Lean Customer Development*


  1. Creator’s Code
  2. You Already Know How to Be Great*
  3. Gamestorming
  4. Willful Blindness
  5. Exponential Organizations
  6. The Two-Second Advantage*
  7. Pre-Suasion – A revolutionary way to influence and persuade*
  8. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions*

*Must Reads

Bill’s Suggested Podcasts

  1. How I Built This
  2. Hidden Brain
  3. TED Radio Hour
  4. Freakonomics Radio
  5. Two Guys on Your Head
  6. Invisibilia
  7. Radiolab
  8. Startup

Be Exceptional!