The First 90 Days.

Michael D. Watkins


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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.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Accelerate Learning: Watkins emphasizes the importance of quickly getting up to speed in a new role by learning about the organization's culture, strategy, key stakeholders, and challenges.

  2. Build Relationships: Building relationships with key stakeholders, including peers, direct reports, and higher-ups, is crucial for success. Establishing trust and credibility early on is essential.

  3. Create a 90-Day Plan: Watkins suggests creating a comprehensive 90-day plan outlining goals, priorities, and action steps to navigate the transition effectively and demonstrate early wins.

  4. Assess the Situation: Conducting a thorough assessment of the organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) helps identify areas for improvement and potential risks.

  5. Secure Early Wins: Achieving early wins builds momentum and establishes credibility. Identify quick wins that align with organizational priorities and demonstrate your value as a leader.

  6. Manage Your Message: Crafting a clear and compelling message about your vision, goals, and priorities helps align stakeholders and gain buy-in for your initiatives.

  7. Navigate Organizational Politics: Understanding the political dynamics within the organization and building alliances strategically can help overcome resistance and drive change more effectively.

  8. Drive Change: Implementing strategic changes and initiatives requires effective change management skills, including communication, stakeholder engagement, and conflict resolution.

  9. Focus on Execution: Watkins stresses the importance of execution and delivering results. Develop clear plans, set milestones, and hold yourself and your team accountable for achieving goals.

  10. Reflect and Adapt: Regularly reflect on your progress, learn from experiences, and adapt your approach as needed. Flexibility and agility are essential qualities for successful leadership transitions.

Language English
ISBN-10 1422124983
ISBN-13 9781422124987
No of pages 253
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Harvard Business School Publishing
Published Date 01 Mar 2008

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