You're in Charge--Now What?: The 8 Point Plan

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Crown Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2005 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

Tom Neff and Jim Citrin are two of the world’s leading experts on leadership and career success. As key figures at Spencer Stuart (hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the number one brand name in executive search), they must understand the criteria for success when they recruit top executives for new leadership positions.

Through compelling, first-hand stories you will hear from people such as Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE, on how his career has been a series of successive first hundred days. Larry Summers, president of Harvard University, talks candidly about what he could have done differently in his early days to avoid dissipating goodwill among the diverse constituencies important for his future success. Gary Kusin of Kinko’s shares the specifics of the hundred-day action plan he crafted for himself before he started his new job. Paul Pressler of Gap Inc. shows how he developed a general strategic agenda that established fundamental principles and goals, waiting to prepare a more detailed strategic plan until later in his tenure.

Tom Neff and Jim Citrin’s actionable eight-point plan will be the foundation for your success—whether you are moving to a new organization or being promoted—showing how to:

• Prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally from the time you accept until the time you begin
• Manage others’ expectations of you—bosses, colleagues, and subordinates
• Shape and build the team that will work with you
• Learn the lay of the land and find out how things “really work around here”
• Communicate your story effectively to people inside and outside the organization
• Avoid the top ten traps that confront every new leader, such as disrespecting your predecessor, misreading the true sources of power in the organization, or succumbing to the “savior syndrome”

When you start a new job you are in what AOL’s Jon Miller calls a “temporary state of incompetence,” faced with having to do the most when you know the least. But with the eight-point plan of You’re in Charge—Now What? you’ll understand and be able to take action on the patterns that will build your success.

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Consultants with the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, authors Neff and Citrin (Lessons from the Top: The Search for America 's Best Business Leaders ) provide an eight-point plan to help ... Read full review

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Still incredibly helpful in 2014! I had a week before I started my job as a departmental director, so I ran to the library to brush up on management techniques. This was the best find that day! It's a very easy read. I skimmed through the book in a couple of hours, making notes as I went. As the author states, it's based on CEO's plans and stories, but it applies to all areas of management very well. This book helped reassure me that I was on the right track with my future position and also provided me with MANY other ideas of how to get my department off on the right foot. It's all practical tips. If I said anything negative about it, I'd say that the CEO stories are a bit too frequent in the book. When I say I skimmed the book, it was the CEO stories regarding specific companies that I began to skip completely. Everything else is GREAT information. Each chapter also has a "conclusion" numbered list of what you learned in that chapter, so if you're in a time crunch you could just go through and read those and get a pretty good picture of what the book teaches. 


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Thomas J. Neff is chairman of Spencer Stuart U.S. and has led its CEO and Board of Directors Practice. He is the coauthor of Lessons from the Top.

James M. Citrin leads Spencer Stuart’s Global Technology, Communications, and Media Practice. He is the author of Zoom and the coauthor of The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers and Lessons from the Top.

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