The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
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. The...more
Since I did find the book useful but boring, I include a detailed summary below.
The first 90 days after a transition are critical for establishin ...more
Really?? Is this one of the best business books of the last years? Published by Harvard Press? For the love of god... As Dilbert would say, I was blinded by the obvious time and again and got tired of the oh-so-original (NOT!) charts and diagrams very soon. What practical advice the author gives could have been s ...more
In “The First 90 Days”, the author stresses the importance of building momentum during the critical transition phase from new manager to successful manager. A 90 day acce ...more
Four specific types of transitions are covered in detail with examples of both success and failure and the conditions which contributed to the end result.
The four types of transitions are called the STaRS model:
• sustaining success
Each of these trans ...more
This book is designed to give a structured approach to changing that behaviour, setting you up for success. Each chapter has a summary of points, lot ...more
That said, I think it is a great book for someone earlier in their career. I really could have used this many years ago when I inherited a senior team with a promotion. It offers sound and practical advice for situations of this nature and many others. It is a very solid read for a first time ...more
The book is definitely a quick read and I had to pace myself so that I don't read it all in a couple of sittings and quickly forget all that I had read. There are so ...more
This book is, quite simply, an excellent do-it-yourself manual for anyone who’s moving roles, either within or outside their current organization. It is a simple read, that doesn’t need flowery language or complicated models to give it credibility. It’s based on a lot of extremely solid research. And most importantly, it lays out, chapte ...more
A review of an excellent tool for transitioning into new roles
I recently have been going through some career transitions. As part of this I’m necessarily engaging in new roles with new organizations in different capacities. I did what we always do when we wonder if anyone else has found a solution to this challenge. I googled it. I mean, why recreate the wheel if best practices already exist in the public domain? Is there a cheat sheet?
It turns out there is.
This is how I came a ...more
I think you'll find this book by Watkins quite disappointing if you're expecting some extraordinary insight on how to successfully take on a new role. This book isn't a summary of theory backed up by research. Nor is it a collection of motivating war stories.
This book is much more suitable if treated as a checklist. Assuming you agree that having a strategy is critical to successfully transitioning to a new role, how do you go about formulating this strategy? How do you make sure you've consider ...more
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly to anyone about to enter a transition period in their career, especially when taking on new challenges. I've lent my copy out so many times the pages are dog-eared throughout and it seems to be a w ...more
Then keep on your reference shelf to dive back into useful sections deeply.
I am going to read it again.
Provides some structure to how to approach a new management job, with useful "reminder lists", but nothing out of this world. If you're new to management or looking to improve your political skills on higly hierarchical organizations it might be useful. The author is too forceful trying to sell his ideas and focus a lot on adapting to the environment and only rock the boat when needed, which is an approach I dislike.
Not bad as management books go, he provides useful check-lists ...more