Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role

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Harvard Business School Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 316 pages
Have you recently been handed a new leadership challenge? Are you about to start a new job, or are you expecting a big promotion? With today's surge in start-ups, spin-offs, and reorganizations, chances are that you'll be in a position to accept a leadership role sometime soon. Before you do, let "Right From the Start" prepare you for the often treacherous task of navigating an organization's strategy, politics, and culture. It will help make your leadership transition both smooth and effective.

Whether you are succeeding a much-admired boss or charged with implementing potentially unsettling change initiatives, a new role is fraught with obstacles that can undermine your efforts to establish authority and build support. In "Right From the Start," authors Ciampa and Watkins lay out an action-oriented plan to follow during the first six months in a new job. The tactical advice is supplemented with absorbing profiles of CEOs, COOs, and EVPs who candidly discuss their experiences -- the successes and the failures -- with transitioning to a new leadership role.

"Right From the Start," with its timeless lessons of leadership, succession, and transition, is for everyone who wants to ensure that their first steps in a new job will lead to enduring success.

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About the author (1999)

Dan Ciampa is an adviser to leaders moving into new positions and on creating a culture that sustains new technology and operational improvements. Michael D. Watkins is the founder of Genesis Advisers, a leadership and strategy consultancy. Watkins is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels.

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