HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

A MANUAL FOR NEW LEADERS

by Jason Jennings

Hit The Ground Running, profiles and reveals the tactics and strategies of the American CEO’s who created the greatest amount of economic value in their first five years on the job. Companies and CEO’s profiled include: JM Smucker, Harris Corporation, Mohawk Industries, Humana, Goodrich, Hanover Insurance, Allegheny Technologies and Staples.

Jason and his research team spent nearly three years identifying the companies and interviewing their CEO’s. As they studied the CEO’s and companies’ three things became obvious:

  • All of the CEOs produced results fast.
    They didn’t dawdle around for an eternity before making things happen. They truly hit the ground running.

  • Each is guided by rules that defy conventional thinking.
    While they were able to diagnose underperformance quickly, stop any bleeding, build a plan, get buy-in and implement needed changes fast – their rules were different than those we’ve been told are the best practices of an aggressive, tough-minded, high achieving executive.

  • They make everyone proud.
    What each CEO did and the rules they used to do it were right for investors, right for employees, right for the community, right for the short run and right for the long run. They didn’t need any spin or any “the ends justify the means” rationalizations.

The book contains all the golden rules for hitting the ground running.

Like Jason’s previous best-selling books on business and leadership this book is jammed with hundreds of practical takeaway tips and advice on the right ways to grow and build an enduring business.

Jason and his team spent eighteen months crunching numbers to find these best performing CEOs. Each was evaluated on revenue, earnings and share price growth.

The CEOs identified head a rich mix of companies:

  • Jeff Lorberbaum, the CEO of Mohawk – the world’s largest floor covering company

  • Mike McCallister, the CEO of Humana – a health insurance company

  • Howard Lance, CEO of Harris Corp. – develops and manufactures high tech communications products

  • Marshall Larsen, CEO of Goodrich – this former tire maker is a worldwide leader in the aerospace industry

  • Tim and Richard Smucker, Co-CEO’s of J.M. Smucker – America’s top producer of jams and jellies

  • Fred Eppinger, CEO of Hanover Insurance – provides auto, homeowners and workers compensation insurance

  • Pat Hassey, CEO of Allegheny Technologies – manufactures specialty steels and metals

  • Keith Rattie, CEO of Questar – oil and gas exploration

  • Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples – America’s number one office supply super store

©2020 by Jason Jennings.