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Front Runners - Lap Your Competition With 10 Game-Changing Strategies For Total Business Transformation Hardcover – May 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Having led transformational efforts both as a management consultant and as a corporate executive, I found Rao's insightful, step-by-step approach on executing a business transformation to be an essential tool for managers looking to build or maintain their company's leadership position.''-Paul Brown, President, Global Brands and Commercial, Hilton Worldwide

''Any business transformation has strategic and tactical components. To make them work in unison is an art and a science. Mahesh, in his Front Runners, offers an exceptional framework that pulls all the key elements together in a well-choreographed fashion. I highly recommend this book for all business leaders.''-Chakib Bouhdary, EVP and Chief Strategy & Customer Value Officer, SAP

''In Front Runners, Mahesh Rao has written a smart, concise guide for business leaders looking to transform their company. This book provides valuable frameworks, approaches, and tips on how companies can improve their performance. Try any number of ideas in this book and not only will your business grow, but so will you!'' -David G. Thomson, Best-Selling Author, Blueprint to a Billion: Mastering the 7 Essentials of High-Growth Companies

''Front Runners is a must read for any executive when faced with the need to drive transformational change in their organization. The ten-step process is the perfect roadmap for the business transformation journey and can be applied at the department, business unit, or broader organizational level. The book is easy to read, structured for quick learning and provides the tools and skills for immediate application.''-Kevin A. Peters, President, North America Retail Office Depot

''When Mahesh Rao talks about business strategy, he does so with the insight of a practitioner and corporate leader. His 'ten game-changing strategies' offer readers fresh perspectives for transforming their enterprises--in good times and more challenging times. Those seeking new ideas for differentiating themselves and their organizations will find much value in this book.''-Prof. Dipak Jain, Dean at INSEAD Business School

''Front Runners is a practical and no-nonsense 'how to' book for general managers charged with reviewing, developing, and executing successful business strategies. Through a structured and disciplined approach, it teaches how to go from strategy development to results utilizing a number of effective tools and techniques. Front Runners is a thoughtful yet pragmatic book - a must-read for any business leader.''-Ana Dutra, CEO, Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting

''Front Runners is a must-read for every company seeking a competitive edge. The new world economy forces corporations to transform themselves by making transformation part of every employee's DNA, and Mahesh Rao offers a blueprint for how to go about it.''-Joseph M. DePinto, President and CEO, 7-Eleven, Inc.

''The principles in Mahesh Rao's book not only help transform companies, but help transform leaders within companies. This book will help you and those around you acquire the kinds of skills you need to be a true front runner.''-Bill Boltz, Senior VP, Home Depot

''I consider Mahesh Rao's Front Runners an action-packed transformational playbook--a must-read for every executive! I'll certainly be adding it to my reference material and to my suggested reading list.'' --------Alan Maxwell, Chief HR Technology Strategist, Lockheed Martin

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''Mahesh Rao has written a guide that businesses large and small can use to orchestrate constant improvement. The book is high-level enough to appeal to management, and contains enough nuts-and-bolts detail that all people can apply its directions to what they need to do. Grab the book and become a leader who puts your organization on a path to robust change!''-Bob Bozeman, General Partner, East Lake Ventures

''We all know that change is inevitable. When the inevitable happens, will you be leading the pack or struggling to keep up? In his new book, Front Runners, Mahesh Rao provides a roadmap that will enable you to transform your business by embracing change. Going beyond simply making the case, Rao offers a practical and systematic approach to the process, filled with real life examples from his many years of consulting with Fortune 100 companies.''-Katherine E. Simmons, President & CEO, NETSHARE, Inc.

''Front Runners provides the insight and mechanisms needed to transform companies from one generation of product to the next in the most effective way. Front Runners's approach will allow leading companies to maintain their innovation edge, and will help companies that are stuck to move on to the next generation with compelling products.''-Nick Ilyadis, VP and CTO, Infrastructure and Networking Group, Broadcom

''Front Runners will give you insight into what makes a company great--what makes a small company seem big and what makes a big company stay nimble. The lessons on how to drive company performance are outstanding.'' --Brad Cook, Global Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Informatica

About the Author

Mahesh Rao, a dynamic, creative, and highly-skilled executive consultant with more than twenty years of business experience, holds fourteen U.S. and international patents. Some have been industry-shaping. In 2005, he won the Japanese government's Most Valuable Patent award. Mahesh has received numerous corporate, client, and industry accolades for leading large corporate teams through projects and for coaching senior executives at Fortune 100 companies to become successful transformation leaders and organizational innovators. He has also founded startups that were taken through acquisition.

His work with large global companies and his wide exposure to numerous industries, schools of thought, practices, organizational needs, and corporate responsibilities account for his consummate ability to advance a vision through strategizing, planning, and execution on a global scale while managing risks. Mahesh Rao's extensive travel, keen cultural awareness, and proficiency in five languages--along with his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a previous degree in engineering--contribute to his ability to see processes clearly, from the big picture to the details.

You can get more information about Mahesh Rao at maheshcrao.com and beFrontRunner.com


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Mahesh Rao, a dynamic, creative, and highly-skilled executive consultant with more than twenty years of business experience, holds fourteen U.S. and international patents. Some have been industry-shaping. In 2005, he won the Japanese government's Most Valuable Patent award. Mahesh has received numerous corporate, client, and industry accolades for leading large corporate teams through projects and for coaching senior executives at Fortune 100 companies to become successful transformation leaders and organizational innovators. He has also founded startups that were taken through acquisition.

His work with large global companies and his wide exposure to numerous industries, schools of thought, practices, organizational needs, and corporate responsibilities account for his consummate ability to advance a vision through strategizing, planning, and execution on a global scale while managing risks. Mahesh Rao's extensive travel, keen cultural awareness, and proficiency in five languages -- along with his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a previous degree in engineering -- contribute to his ability to see processes clearly, from the big picture to the details.

You can get more information about Mahesh Rao at maheshcrao.com and beFrontRunner.com.

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This in fact is more helpful for me as I can use the illustrations as a workbook and use the tools over and over again.
Jackie
The author has succeeded in providing an easy to read step by step guide to business improvement through transformation of your organization.
Texas Family
Any executive wanting to consider the benefits of transformation (that should be all of them) will do well to read Mahesh Rao's book.
Darrel Walters

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By bay area user on April 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
this book is a very helpful effective guide. especially turning the complex process of change into a step by step recipe. Everyone should be able to follow it successfully.
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I have read some chapters more than once) and I can say without hesitation it was great.

I was quite pleased with the positive tone and liked the structure. I believe the book would serve as a good primer, guide, and outline for anyone entering into a transformational endeavor. Though not exhaustive, I felt it was an easy to consume, clear and straight-forward treatise of a not always clear and straight-forward process. I feel there was value to the tools included, even if to help illustrate the concepts discussed at a glance. The case studies helped illuminate various real-world scenarios that a transformational leader might encounter while implementing various stages. I was also glad to see that the author pointed out various risks along the way such as assumptions often made by executives looking for the short path.

I must also compliment the publisher, as the quality of the book, type face, and heavy pages not only elevated the reading experience, but appear to be built well enough to withstand the rigors of constant reference.

On that note, I look forward to recommending "Front Runners" on my list of required reading and on-hand reference during my next transformational engagement.
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A rich and practical guide on how to deal with change for business success. In fact, it is a treasure-trove of advice and good practices even if you're not planning any change - just to run a business very well. The book hands out detailed guidance and tips on a platter and you can pick and choose what you want, even everything! Chapters are strewn with numerous questions leaders and managers should be asking at every stage - great to prime your thinking juices and keep you on the right track. Key takeaways and case studies at the end of each chapter capture the essence for nice summaries. Buy a hard copy as it should be on your desk for reference.
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This is the must have book for all executives, managers and change agents who are implementing organizational change within their department, division, company or institution.

This is the essential tool for organizational change. Mahesh Rao's book is the text I have been looking for to accelerate my comprehension of how to get the job of organizational change, DONE.

There are many authors out there who will provide philosophical insight, conjoined with limited or no practical implementation guidance. Mahesh Rao's book provides the approach, the tools and the practical guidance you really need. All you have to do is fill in the forms and you are already on the way to building a comprehensive and result orientated change plan. Reading the narative and applying his guidance will accelerate you further towards a successful transition.

This book joins my select few (less than 4) business books, that provide the practical guidance for me to be a highly effective strategy planning manager.
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By Jim Grebey on August 15, 2011
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Mahesh Rao his tackled a difficult subject in a very understandable way. In today's economy, being a front runner can be matter of survival. His pragmatic approach gave direct, useful tools to help transform any operation into a winner.
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Front Runners by Mahesh Rao

Front Runners is one of the best books on organizational transformation that I have read. I found many valuable transformational tools and convincing management philosophy that I will use as in my company. Mahesh masterfully weaves compelling arguments for gathering, analyzing and using data to affect meaningful and measurable change. The book is as much an operator's manual on data collection as it is an inspirational guide to getting the best performance from your company's people. Mahesh finds a way to keep the general business reader's attention during the most dry subjects that quantitative experts and policy wonks would find exhilarating. He navigates the tricky issue of what should come first, the people or the dream. He contends that the issue of selecting qualified people for key positions in the organization can be balanced by development of current employees. The bottom line according to the book is that the newly devised strategy takes priority over old relationships and the right people must be put in the right roles. I appreciate his attention to employee motivation and rewards systems. He spends a great deal of time emphasizing the quality, scope and timing of recognizing the small as well as the great accomplishments. Front Runners is a comprehensive how-to guide for evaluating where you are as a company, where you want to go and how to get there. Managers at all levels will find something useful in this book. Mahesh shares his wisdom and experience in great detail and with enthusiasm. I will go to Front Runners from time to time to get a great refresher on optimizing my organization.

Michael L. Shelton
President and CEO
Shelton Business Services, LLC
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The author has succeeded in providing an easy to read step by step guide to business improvement through transformation of your organization. While on first view it may seem like over simplification as I read into each topic they were thoroughly covered. This is not only an insight producing book but a desk reference for all business leaders.
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