Title: Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders Author: Jason Jennings Stars: ***
Jason Jennings interviewed the top CEOs in the nation (criteria provided in the introduction) to try to decipher the drivers that made them successful. He distilled their responses into 10 major rules for hitting the ground running. Some favorites of this reviewer are:
Rule 3 – Ask for Help Rule 7 – Simplify Everything Rule 10 - Be a Fish Out of Water
A different CEO is highlighted in each chapter. Jennings provides personal and business background information with interesting anecdotes. Each chapter also focuses on one of the rules.
It is interesting to hear those that have met with success explain how they achieved it. Granted, they may not always be correct in their assessments, but it still makes for an interesting read, and the book does offer significant learning opportunities.
Don't forget to take the quiz at the beginning of the book to see if you “have what it takes” to hit the ground running. Then take it again after you read the book. It’s a fun exercise.