Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors
The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition
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.
Leadership Transitions Blueprint
The VP of my organization recommended this one to me when I took on a leadership role on the team. Within minutes of reading the first chapter my mind was racing at a 100 miles per hour. I thought it was enough to know about the different styles of leadership; my preference being the servant leadership philosophy. This book made me go many layers deeper into management philosophy and preparation.
The first 90-days are important in almost all walks of life. From school, to work, to relationships. So any learnings and frameworks to make this period run smoother is welcome. But frankly, much of the “advice” out there is rubbish. Mr. Watkins book stands out among the field. It offers many tools and insights for understanding why transitions can be hard and how to avoid those pitfalls.
Beyond the risk assessments, the books provides frameworks and methods for thriving in transitions of all types. There is a process for everybody, from getting a promotion, to the new-hire leader, to the re-organization scenario. The hard part is slowing down all the ideas that race through your mind while reading it. You should keep a scratch pad near by and go slow.