The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins 1591391105 9781591391104
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Whether challenged with taking on a startup, turning a business around, or inheriting a high-performing unit, a new leaders success or failure is determined within the first 90 days on the job. In this hands-on guide, Michael Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions, offers proven strategies for moving successfully into a new role at any point in ones career.The First 90 Daysprovides a framework for transition acceleration that will help leaders diagnose their situations, craft winning transition strategies, and take charge quickly. Practical examples illustrate how to learn about new organizations, build teams, create coalitions, secure early wins, and lay the foundation for longer-term success. In addition, Watkins provides strategies for avoiding the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter, and shows how individuals can protect themselves-emotionally as well as professionally-during what is often an intense and vulnerable period. Concise and actionable, this is the survival guide no new leader should be without. Few companies develop a systematic on-boarding process for their new leaders, even though this is a critical function with major organizational implications. Michael WatkinssThe First 90 Daysprovides a powerful framework and strategies that will enable new leaders to take charge quickly. It is an invaluable tool for that most vulnerable time-the transition. -Goli Darabi, Senior Vice President, Corporate Leadership & Succession Management, Fidelity Investments Every job-private- or public-sector, civilian or military-has its breakeven point, and everyone can accelerate their learning. Read this book at least twice: oncebeforeyour next transition-before getting caught up in the whirl and blur of new faces, names, acronyms, and issues; then read it again after youve settled in, and consider how to accelerate transitions for your next new boss and for those who come to work for you. -Colonel Eli Alford, U.S. Army Watkins provides an excellent road map, telling us what all new leaders need to know and do to accelerate their learning and success in a new role.The First 90 Daysshould be incorporated into every companys leadership development strategy, so that anyone making a transition in an organization can get up to speed quicker and smarter. -Suzanne M. Danielle, Director of Global Leadership Development, Aventis Michael Watkins has nailed a huge corporate problem and provided the solution in one fell swoop. The pressure on new leaders to hit the ground running has never been greater, and the likelihood and cost of failure is escalating. Watkinss timing withThe First 90 Daysis impeccable. -Gordon Curtis, Principal, Curtis Consulting The First 90 Daysis a must-read for entrepreneurs. Anyone whos been the CEO of a start-up or early-stage company knows that you go through many 90-day leadership transitions in the course of a companys formative years. In this groundbreaking book, Michael Watkins provides crucial insights, as well as a toolkit of techniques, to enable you to accelerate through these transitions successfully. -Mike Kinkead, President and CEO, timeBLASTER Corporation, serial entrepreneur, and Cofounder and Trustee, Massachusetts Software Council

Author: Michael Watkins

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 253

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press

Publication Date: 2003-09-18


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