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Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  17 reviews
After three months in a new job, are you up to speed? Will you sink … or swim? Transitions into new roles are the crucibles in which leaders get their toughest tests, and they're the defining factor in professional careers today.

Yet far too often, leaders fail to move effectively into new roles. The resulting costs are high, for your career and the organization.

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published 2009)
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K.D. Absolutely
I brought this book because there is a certain kind of uncertainty in my current company. The title seemed to talk to me: what will I do if I lose my job?

What will I do? What is my next move?

Then while reading, I realized that I got the wrong book. This one assumes that you are already in your new environment: new job, new promotion, new company, international posting, etc. It is not about losing your job and a guidebook on how to either find another job or start your own business or whatever.

Patrick Neylan
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, owned
Unusually for a 21st Century business book, this isn't littered with jargon or mystical mumblings (although it's not entirely free of it: almost every action is "leveraging"). But it doesn't sink to the ridiculous depths of Clever or The Idea Hunter. It uses plausible examples to show the challenges facing executives undertaking their next step up and offers practical, generally sensible advice on how to tackle those problems.

Despite what the title might suggest, it isn't a handbook on how to s
Brendan Davis
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I had thought it was a career development book, fast read, more of a sequel to Watkins' The First 90 Days. Definite food for thought and worth a skim, or diving into specific chapters.
Michael Wolcott
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Preferred his other book (First 90 Days) more to this. It was a little more specific to business cases and not necessarily as applicable to other arenas. Got a few tips above the other book but not much.
Jeff Lampson
This is excellent material. I am working through it again and each read harvests deeper insights and practices.

Michael Watkins' sequal to "The First 90 Days". In this one, he brings practical insights and practices as he applies his STARS model to a broader variety of executive transitions including: promotions, leading former peers, international assignments and assignments where broad and significant influence without direct authority is required.

It provides excellent insights to experienced e
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Michael Watkins wrote a very good book called The First 90 Days, and this is a follow up volume about how to handle career transitions. Unfortunately, the advice here rarely rises above the commonsensical. There are a few useful checklists of what not to forget when you start a new job, but beyond that little new ground is broken here.
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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This book provided case studies and relevant studies highlighting seven types of transitions a leader will be required to make in their corporate career. While the tone and style is not as engaging as other books (at times even didactic), overall the information provided is useful.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author has a great narrative style. The book resonates well with the realtime scenarios that one may encounter in corporate world. Practically compiled well, summarizing a phased approach one can take to deal with/prepare for such scenarios in one's career. Amazing read!

Suresh Sankaran
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
This is a very useful book to understand different types of scenarios (STARS) that one can expect during a career change through promotions, change in responsibility, new organization, new geography etc.
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, career
This book is written for high level executives. Even so, it has useful cautions for being promoted over people who formerly were your peers, adjusting to a new level in the organization, adjusting to a foreign assignment, etc..
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
To be read with "the first 90 days"
Mariangellys Rodriguez
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
Similarly to The First 90 Days, it focuses on upper management transitions. Yet, the Checklists at the end of each chapter provides broad questions which are useful at any level.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read, very helpful!
Awful. Couldn't get through it.
Feb 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Boring and simplistic. The book covers a few common management transitions including promotions, onboarding, and moving to a new country.
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“YOU'VE GOT BIG IDEAS AND AMBITIONS IN YOUR CAREER, and you've done well ... so far. But are you ready for your next move? Because your path to the top will be built step-by-step through a series of major career moves. And each time you make a change, you have the opportunity to shine or to stumble. Shine and you will be positioned for still greater things. Stumble and you may never recover.” 0 likes
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