Book Review: Hit the Ground Leading

Book review “March 1992. I thought I had landed in the middle of the Wild, Wild West, but it was actually the former Yugoslavia. Crazy looking soldiers were everywhere. I say crazy because these guys had mismatched uniforms, and unrecognizable or ‘missing’ rank insignia…What did missing rank on an AK-47 gun-wielding soldier mean? My gut was telling me that this might not be a good thing!”

Right from the opening paragraph, I knew that Angela Mondou’s new book Hit the Ground Leading was not your typical business book, and that’s because Angela Mondou is not your typical businessperson. After school, Angela joined the Canadian Air Force, obtaining the rank of Captain before leaving for lucrative private industry jobs at Nortel and RIM (the Canadian company that brought you the Blackberry). Angela’s unique mix of real life experience in all sorts of situations (from the corporate boardroom to European war zones) makes this book stand out in the crowded genre of Business Leadership. Her greatest achievement to date may be that she successfully published and designed the book entirely on her own (with her team at Ice Leadership), no small feat.

Hit The Ground Leading!: Seize Your Leadership Potential And Do Incredible Things is a practical guide for entrepreneurs and people in business (at all levels) to take control of their future and start providing the leadership to themselves and others that is necessary to reach the echelons of success.

The book is particularly refreshing because Angela is only a couple of years removed from the corporate boardroom, and her combat days are still fresh in her mind. It is filled with real stories about how she put the Blackberry in the hands of everyone in the NFL (from players to coaches to scouts), or landed it on the Oprah show as one of her ‘favorite things.’ Angela’s practical business advice is summed up into Action Items after each chapter, which help the reader take concrete steps to developing great leadership.

I highly reccomend this book! It is a fantastic addition to every business and development library, and will stand out from the rest of your collection. You can order your copy online at her website.

Angela Mondou is a former Air Force captain and marketing executive whose unique and unconventional career has taken her from worldwide military operations to top-ranked high-tech companies, most recently Research in Motion, the creators of BlackBerry™.

As a military officer, while working for NATO in West Germany, Angela successfully developed the strategy to deploy the largest United Nations Peacekeeping contingent in history in 1992 into former Yugoslavia. While under fire and in just 10 days! She was also responsible for the rapid mobility planning and global logistics for the Canadian Forces Fighter squadrons during Operation Desert Storm.

After nine years in the Air Force, Angela moved on to the high-tech industry where she worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a global team leader she was responsible for numerous ‘rapid results’ initiatives including: dynamic marketing programs, channel development strategies and product and team launches for some of the most exciting wireless technology this decade!

Now an entrepreneur and chief creator of ICE leadership, Angela has taken her unique leadership experience to a whole new level. She is a powerful national speaker on leadership and career strategies, delivers leading-edge workshops and has just finished writing a unique leadership book.


Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin or reach him through his office at 519 772 4376.



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