The world's most trusted guide for leaders in transition.
Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.
In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions - no matter where you are in your career. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions and adviser to senior leaders in all types of organizations, also addresses today's increasingly demanding professional landscape, where managers face not only more frequent transitions but also steeper expectations once they step into their new jobs.
By walking you through every aspect of the transition scenario, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. You'll learn how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. Each chapter also includes checklists, practical tools, and self-assessments to help you assimilate key lessons and apply them to your own situation.
Whether you're starting a new job, being promoted from within, embarking on an overseas assignment, or being tapped as CEO, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail. Use this book as your trusted guide.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Michael Watkins (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
the premise for the book and the principals are great. This book as a audiobook is really hard to decipher into one of operational use. I felt once it got started you were sitting in a business school lecture and it was really hard to turn into practice.
When it finished I really felt let down because I only had managed to take a couple of workable actions into my new role, but knew I had probably been told more I just seemed to miss them.
However I then went and bought the 90 day summary book and I didn't fair much better
Yes, initially I borrowed the book from a friend who works in the IT industry. Since then, I got hooked and have since introduced it to at least two people both of whom have bought their own copies. The book stands out from the rest. In relation to the audio book, the voice of the reader (Grover Garner) was pleasantly authoritative and felt like an uncle giving you unassailable logic and advice.
Filter it through yourself from a private and professional perspective.
What factors apply or can be applied for your situation?
So don't try to take it as a dogma, don't 'copy-paste' it.
The author has a lot of experience with businesses, but lot of jobs are NOT sales / marketing related, so do a cherry picking: what applies to you?
You can even treat it as a hand book, and revisit interesting chapters (use bookmarks!) from time to time.
Tipp: I also bought the book, to read along. Maybe also consider doing the same. Worked for me.
This is a great book for those moving into new companies or leadership positions and helps people focus on some of the often obvious, but sadly missed missed approaches to on-boarding.
A factual and practical approach to joining a new company or position
I haven't listened to other books so couldn't comment
This book made me want to write a list and get stuck in!
"Excellent Content, But...."
Great book if you are looking to move up in your career following a new position. Beware though, that it makes many references to the charts, tables, graphs, lists, and figures contained within the actual book. Unfortunately, the audiobook does not come with these images which I felt were extremely important to the application of the book. It would be great if a pdf was provided which contained these items, but instead, I had to go out and buy the physical book as well. If you can find your way around this issue, it is well worth it. It does a good job of creating a visible plan for you to follow to ensure your success and upward mobility within a company. Don't wait until after you get the job to get this book though. I wish I would have read it before I even got the position to be able to go in with a legitimate plan and purpose. Instead I got it six weeks after I started which still helped tremendously.
"Good book, but may need paper version"
Contains a lot of great ideas, but makes many references to worksheets or visual information that is not available in audio format.
"Missing access to tables and charts"
The audible version does not provide me access to the multitude of charts and tables that the author talks about. Those are the core of any action one can take after listening to this book. Amazon should atleast provide a PDF with those tables and charts.
"No charts or tables in the audio version"
They are referenced quite a bit, but aren't available. And, the audiobook costs more than the printed version.
"Very practical book"
This is a very practical book, filled with tools that can be put to practice the moment you're done with it. The examples that it presents are very useful in tiying up all the theory it adresses.
I've read reviews that complain the audio book makes reference to graphs and charts not available in the audio format. Though this is true, they can be downloaded as PDF in audible.com
I found this read to be a hard read but the information worth putting up with the dry reading. It was very informative and helped me see where I could have improved in previous employment. I would recommend this book to a friend.
"Perfect for your first big career move"
Yes, no question if they are taking on a new role. It helped me greatly to plan the first 90 days after promotion
"Good Content/ Dull Narrator"
The content was good, and the way the tables were read in this audio flowed well with the entire reading of the book. The narrator's voice was a bit dull/boring and didn't seem to fluctuate very much.
"Great Book and it had example tables"
Great book for anyone taking on a new opportunity. Audio book listeners can go to http://download.audible.com/product_related_docs/BK_GDAN_000932.pdf for the related tables for you to use your 1st 90 days on the job
the author - no character needed
Recommend listening to the 1st and last chapter, and everything in between
"References a lot of visual aids"
This book was a pretty good primer for getting up to speed in a new setting. It includes a lot a frameworks; unfortunately, there is no downloadable context to see the tables, charts, matrices, etc references so you do not get the full experience from only listening. This book is a better candidate for written text consumption.
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