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  • The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded

  • Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
  • By: Michael Watkins
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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Summary

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

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Loved it.

A very practical piece of work. i will definitely read it again and again to in still the discipline

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The all-time classic for aspiring leaders.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Mandatory reading

First 90 days pugs forward a tangible realistic framework that would be suitable for anyone working through a leadership transition.

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No tables or diagrams

This is a great book but without the tables and charts it keeps referring to, it feels like walking in the dark.

Valuable book if in print only !

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Excellent

Very informative, plenty of ideas with practical application. Sets out potential challenges and opportunities by reference to different transition types and uses examples.

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Exceptional

narrator made it easier to follow, referring to the documents for further information and use.

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Practical advice

I can see why it's a bestseller – the book is full of actionable advices and it's a great framework to set the mindset right. Even though it's for leaders, I found a lot of things applicable for any kind of transition. The only downside – the text refers to a lot of figures that are ofc not available in audio only experience, but I found it useful anyway.

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Great book for leaders in transition

This guide gave me a very sound structure for my particular case: moving up and into a new company in an unfamiliar industry. Which questions to ask who, and when. What to mind more and less. How to assess influence network quickly. A very useful and practical book.

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Good ideas, don't take everything in it for face value

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.

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Great book for career transition. In 90 days?

This is an amazing book for career transition. highly recommended. Great ideas, insights and tools for career transition. Two challenges: all suggestions cant be implemented in 90 days and examples of how tools are used will be great. Overall, it is an insightful and useful book

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