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Hit the Ground Running

A Manual for New Leaders

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Jason Jennings, leadership and management author, introduces readers to top CEOs—those who have “terrific” instincts, challenged conventional thinking, and spelled success for their companies and employees. Through interviews with numerous CEOs, Jennings has come up with 10 rules to help you “hit the ground running” and he accompanies each rule with a solid case study from organizations such as the JM Smucker Company to Goodrich. Although EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization—an approximate measure of a company’s cash flow) performance was a criterion for finding the highest performing CEOs, Jennings’ stories focus instead on the people—who they are, what made them stellar leaders, and what they did to excel. The case studies are easy to read, yet thought-provoking and, at times, inspirational. While I enjoyed reading Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders, I am not sure that there is anything ground-breaking here. Jennings chose his leaders based on history since 2001, as the world has changed so much since then, but I’m not convinced that the top leaders are really doing things much differently. Great leaders seem to stand out, regardless of the times.

 

Lisa Sansom