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Riding the Blue Train: A Leadership Plan for Explosive Growth Hardcover – November 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591841356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591841357
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sayle and Kumar's "breakthrough" management style turns out to be little more than self-help psychology with a corporate spin. Their "holistic, congruent approach" splits the business world into two kinds of operational modes: the Red Train, which runs on defensive pessimism and never gets very far, and the Blue Train, whose passengers are creative optimists who "embrace the opportunities inherent in change." In order to get themselves and their employees on that track, business leaders need to switch from "Full-Off" to "Full-On" mode, say the authors, divesting themselves of resigned and cynical thought patterns and cultivating a mindset enabling them to truly believe themselves capable of anything. Sayle and Kumar festoon this simplistic advice with buzzwords, but they only sketch the practical aspects of turning one's staff into "Magical Thinkers who utilize their Five Powers and work in congruence," with vague advice along the lines of staying away from energy drainers and cultivating motivational influences. Even the examples from companies like Wrigley (where Kumar is a chief executive) are drawn in glowing, broad strokes that give the Blue Train a fairy tale sheen. (Nov. 2)
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About the Author

Bart Sayle, Ph.D., (top) is CEO of The Breakthrough Group, a management and innovation consultancy based in London.

Surinder Kumar, Ph.D., is the chief innovation officer for Wrigley, based in Chicago. This is their first book.

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A must read for leaders and leaders to be.
Rock
Congratulations to the authors for making seemingly complex issues understandable and providing practical answers applicable to real life situations.
Vaneet Arora
This enables a common future vision and acceleration of personal as well as business growth.
Ravinder Chopra

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Furlong on January 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
How many Corporations, Government Branches, and/or Educational systems really understand in how to build a business, or instill justice, or educate our youth? This book advises you must first build the people to be the best they possible can be. This book was inspiring to the degree as a manual in "How to Succeed."It should be required reading in all H.S. and colleges throughout the nation. Lets instill in our people the 5 powers of Insight, Inspiration, Intentionality, Intentional language, and Congruence to establish bold visions as so stated by the authors.As a practitioner in the field of holistic medicine, someone once said future medicine shall prescribe no drugs,thus the wholistic aproach on life.Maybe the Breakthrough Journey (the core message) will bring us into a more positive and healthy relationship with the rest of the world and the future.A unique approach in motivating and stimulating the people. Thumbs up on this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Kumar on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Riding The Blue Train not only inspired me professionally, but personally as well. It has changed my point of view on the kind of person/employee I strive to be and the type of company/individual leader I envision working for. Kumar and Sayle discuss the Breakthrough Journey, which is a road I highly desire to travel on. "Breakthrough leadership is a product of bold vision, intense focus, and hard work. There are few 'born leaders' in the world from a Breakthrough perspective, but it is a skill one can learn and nurture." This book illustrates how you can accomplish this skill to become a great leader by Riding The Blue Train. I have given this book to many people as a gift, including the management team at my office who are also now Riding the Blue Train! My company now sees our success in the corporate world from a new, energizing perspective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vaneet Arora on November 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a physician and having read the book, I was amazed at how much the author's approach was valid for a person in my profession. The holistic approach presented in the book is applicable to anyone and everyone looking for a thurst for personal and/or professional growth. Congratulations to the authors for making seemingly complex issues understandable and providing practical answers applicable to real life situations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rock on November 25, 2006
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A must read for leaders and leaders to be. The title had me hooked on. I have to applaud the authors for an excellent narrative of an area that is thought of as out of bounds by common man. This book is able to reach readers of every generation and all walks of life. (I have had three generations in my family read it over Thanksgiving). Highly motivational and easily adaptable ideas and tips for practical life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rajeev Arora on December 5, 2006
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Lots of books exist for "self-help" - this book is one of the few gems that really exists for "team help". How do you create energy out of passion? How do you aim every individual on your team towards using that energy creatively to foster innovation? How do you use Innovation to supercharge growth? These are issues that we all face in business today - from Startups to Fortune 500.

Kumar and Bart show us real life examples of what energized teams can achieve and how we as leaders can really achieve success by the age-old maxim of "investing in your people".

Having already started to use some of these concepts in our company now, I can honestly say that this book is a must read and must pass-on to high performance organizations everywhere. Thanks!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ravinder Chopra on November 5, 2006
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"Riding the Blue Train" is one of the best books that I have read recently. It combines tools for an individual's personal and professional growth that could easily act as a catalyst for business growth as well. The book is an easy read with real life examples and practical applications in each chapter.

The authors emphasize the importance of common goals across individuals and the organizations that they represent. The authors call it a `line of one' where the individual, the team and their organizations work together harmoniously in a `Full-on-Mode'. This enables a common future vision and acceleration of personal as well as business growth.
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