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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591841356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591841357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent book, that starts with the premise that to achieve breakthrough growth, you have to first get it right for your people. The book provides excellent frameworks for breakthrough thinking and is illustrated with many real world examples. I worked at PepsiCo for 14 years in marketing, and lived with several of the leaders sited in the book. The authors are very accurate in their portrayal of those examples. Most leaders are far more comfortable addressing business strategy challenges, and far too often miss the need to align the organization to support these strategies.

I was blessed work with and learn from breakthrough leaders like Roger Enrico. Sayle and Kumar have provided the opportunity for you to learn from them in this important book.
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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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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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This is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to grow beyond their self-imposed boarders. Dr. Sayles combines the best of self-help counsel with practical actions to enable people and corporations to start and stay on the path to innovation. His concepts of combining "magical thinking" with "heroic action" have become a mantra for me. You need both, because as he also says, "you can't outperform your mindset." But thinking alone is just that and nothing more. You need to set big goals, but then make plans and take actions that will lead you there. This wonderful book will show you the way.
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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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By Romil 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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Thank you for creating the "culture" for success with your book Riding the Blue Train. The awareness it takes to succeed one's business and inspire the "teamwork" in creating a positive culture for that success is truly what this book and path express'. Love the tools and insights given.

Paula Brown
Creative Director and author of "Fur Shui".
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