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Hit The Ground Running: How Great New Leaders Drive Extraordinary Growth:
The title of Jason Jennings new book from Portfolio, the business imprint of Penguin Putnam Publishing
New York City - May 28, 2008
Preliminary art for Jason's new book
Hit The Ground Running: How Great New Leaders Drive Extraordinary Growth, will be the title of Jason Jennings new book from Portfolio, the business imprint of Penguin Putnam Publishing.

The book profiles and reveals the tactics and strategies of the ten American CEO's who've created the greatest amount of economic value since the year 2000. Companies and CEO's profiled include: JM Smucker, Harris Corporation, Mohawk, Humana, Goodrich, American Eagle Outfitters, Hanover Insurance, Allegheny Technologies, Staples and Questar. Jason and his research team spent nearly two years identifying the companies and interviewing their CEO's. Jason says that 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.
Jason promises that the book contains all the golden rules for hitting the ground running. It's scheduled for release in the late fall of 2008.

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 is already beginning to use the discoveries he and his team made into his in-demand keynote speech, The Four Secrets of the World's Best Performing Companies.

>> CLICK HERE to read more about Jason's new book.

Jason Jennings next business and leadership book, Hit The Ground Running: How Great New Leaders Drive Extraordinary Growth, will be published at the end of 2008 by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Putnam.

This new book answers a simple question; who are the CEOs who have created the greatest amount of economic value and what did they do to achieve it?

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:
Mohawk – the world's largest floor covering company
Humana – a health insurance company
Harris Corp. – develops and manufactures high tech communications products
Goodrich – this former tire maker is a worldwide leader in the aerospace industry
J.M. Smucker - America's top producer of jams and jellies
American Eagle Outfitters – This mall retailers sells hot clothes to 15-35 year olds in more than 900 mall locations
Hanover Insurance – provides auto, homeowners and workers compensation insurance
Allegheny Technologies – manufactures specialty steels and metals
Questar - oil and gas exploration
Staples – America's number one office supply super store

The research team: Vivek Sriram, Jennifer Colvin, Jason Jennings, Steve Epstein Grace Tan.

Chief Researcher Laurence Haughton and Jason join J.M. Smucker Plan Manager Bill Erickson for a tour of the mammoth jam and preserve manufacturing facility in Orrville, Ohio

Researcher Steve Epstein and Jason go over his action plan with Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples at company headquarters in Massachusetts


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