The First 90 Days In Government

Peter H Daly & Michale Watkins



More than 250,000 public sector managers in the United States take on new positions each year and many more aspire to leadership. Each will confront special challenges—from higher public profiles to a greater number of stakeholders to volatile political environments—that will make their transitions even more challenging than in the business world.

Now Michael Watkins, author of the bestselling book The First 90 Days, applies his proven leadership transition framework to the public sector. Watkins and coauthor Peter Daly address the crucial differences between the private and public sectors that go to the heart of how success and failure are defined, measured, and rewarded or penalized.

This concise, practical book provides a roadmap that will help new government leaders at all levels accelerate their transitions by overcoming nine transition challenges, ranging from clarifying expectations to defining goals to building a team to managing personal stress. The authors also offer detailed strategies for avoiding major “transition traps.”

Zeroing in on the challenges faced by new government leaders, The First 90 Days in Government is the indispensable guide for anyone seeking to lead and succeed in the public sector.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Accelerate Learning: New leaders in government must quickly understand the political landscape, organizational culture, and the complexities of governance.

  2. Building Relationships: Establishing effective relationships with key stakeholders, both within the government structure and externally, is crucial for success.

  3. Setting Priorities: Identifying immediate priorities and aligning them with government objectives is vital to make a meaningful impact within the first 90 days.

  4. Creating a Vision: Crafting a clear vision and communicating it effectively can rally teams and departments behind a common goal.

  5. Navigating Political Dynamics: Understanding the political environment within government agencies and learning to navigate bureaucracy and power structures is essential.

  6. Gathering Information: Collecting information and data to make informed decisions while understanding the nuances of public policy and governance is critical.

  7. Team Assessment and Alignment: Evaluating existing teams, understanding their strengths and weaknesses, and aligning them with government goals are necessary steps.

  8. Quick Wins: Identifying opportunities for quick wins or early successes can boost confidence and credibility as a new government leader.

  9. Adaptability and Flexibility: Being adaptable to change and adjusting strategies based on feedback and new information is essential in a government setting.

  10. Seeking Mentorship and Support: Seeking guidance from experienced leaders or mentors within the government can provide valuable insights and support during the transition.

Language English
ISBN-10 1-59139-955-6
ISBN-13 9781591399551
No of pages 256
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Harvard Business School Publishing
Published Date 01 Jun 2006

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