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

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Harvard Business School Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
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Fully a quarter of all managers in major corporations enter new leadership roles each year. Whether their assignments involve leading a work group or taking over a company as CEO, they face very similar challenges--and risks--in those critical first months on the job. How new leaders manage their transitions can make all the difference between success and failure. 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 one's career. Concise and practical, The First 90 Days walks managers through every aspect of the transition, from mental preparation to forging the right alliances to securing critical early wins. Through vivid examples of success and failure at all levels, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides tools and strategies for how to avoid them.

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User Review  - lisacincy - Overstock.com

A colleague recommended this book when I was recently promoted to a new position. Although I am not new to this company I am new to this role. So making an impact in my first 90 days is very important. This book has really helped give me a different perspective which will hopefully pay off. Read full review

The first 90 days: critical success strategies for new leaders at all levels

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This earnest guide to career transition periods--when a new job or promotion puts an employee in an unfamiliar role--asserts, reassuringly, that navigating the all-important first 90 days is a ... Read full review

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Michael D. Watkinsis an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit at the Harvard Business School. He lives in Boston. Besides Right from the Start, Watkins has authored many cases, HBR articles, a workbook, and the Leadership Transitions eLearning program.

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