The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

The First Days Updated and Expanded Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter Whether challenged with taking on a startup turning a business around or inheriting a high performing unit a new leader s success or failure is determined within the first days on the job In thi

  • Title: The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
  • Author: Michael D. Watkins
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  • Page: 226
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  • Whether challenged with taking on a startup, turning a business around, or inheriting a high performing unit, a new leader s success or failure is determined within the first 90 days on the job.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 TheWhether challenged with taking on a startup, turning a business around, or inheriting a high performing unit, a new leader s success or failure is determined within the first 90 days on the job.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 First 90 Days provides a framework for transition acceleration that will help leaders diagnose their situations, craft winning transition strategies, and take charge quickly Practical examples illustrate how to learn about new organizations, build teams, create coalitions, secure early wins, and lay the foundation for longer term success In addition, Watkins provides strategies for avoiding the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter, and shows how individuals can protect themselves emotionally as well as professionally during what is often an intense and vulnerable period.Concise and actionable, this is the survival guide no new leader should be without.

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    1. I think I must not be the target audience for this book because I found it dull. The book had a number of useful techniques but it was definitely targeted toward leaders in more traditional companies than my workplace. I would like to read a book with fundamentally the same content but written for folks in the more casual parts of the software industry.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 [...]

    2. Well, let's put it this way: if you need this book, then you obviously have no place in managing anything, and your pet goldfish is probably already dead out of neglect and lack of food.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 summ [...]

    3. I'm very skeptical of business books - I see them as slightly more serious versions of Get Rich Quick books and Self Help books. But this was actually helpful. As someone who's worked in less traditional office and business settings, starting a new job in a real organization would be a very different experience. The First 90 Days provided some productive ways of thinking about how offices and coworker and boss relationships work. It also gave strategies of thinking about how to hit the ground ru [...]

    4. The First 90 Days is focused on providing proven strategies for effectively getting through transitions from one job to another job or one company to another. The book is marketed at professionals in all levels of an organization, but there is a secondary emphasis on those in a leadership role. Don’t let that worry you if you are not in a formal leadership role. This book will still be helpful for you. I have read this book when I moved from a management position in one company to another. I r [...]

    5. As a keen student of new manager behaviour always on the lookout for new ideas, I picked up “The First 90 Days” with great anticipation. Michael Watkins sets out to provide new managers (he calls them “leaders”) with a 90 day plan for taking over in a new role. There’s lots to recommend this book. There’s also lots to question. In “The First 90 Days”, the author stresses the importance of building momentum during the critical transition phase from new manager to successful manage [...]

    6. The First 90 Days is now one of my favorites, right up there with Leadership 2.0 (a must-read for leaders). This book is a great and practical guide to help any leader transition into a new job, position, and organization—within 90 days (a critical timeframe to be considered as “hitting the ground running”). There’s a checklist at the end of every chapter to help you absorb key lessons, apply them to your situation, and tailor them to your own transition plan. The book is loaded with pra [...]

    7. The saying goes that you have 90 days in a new job or position to make an impact and demonstrate competence. This book is all about how to create and execute against a 90 day plan to ensure a successful transition.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:• start-up• turnaround• re-alignment• sustaining successEach of the [...]

    8. Obviously, I should circle back and review this book more thoroughly in a few months. But it seemed useful to me. When you start a new job as an individual contributor, you mostly have to figure out the subject material and your boss, which is relatively straightforward and can unfold at its own pace. But if you have direct reports, you need to figure out what you're doing, what you should ask them to do, how to operate in a new culture, how much to change how fast, and how to work with your pee [...]

    9. If I was transitioning into a more senior role and I read this book, I think I'd quit before I even got started. There's a lot of organizational development, change management, people management, knowledge management, to scare anyone off - especially if you are trying to get a handle on these things in the first 90 days! While it proposes that the 90 day strategy is useful for managers at all levels, it is skewed towards senior levels and Watkins' advice "even if this doesn't apply to you, read [...]

    10. I was given this book by my boss at Cisco, Shailesh Shukla, when I took on a new role as head of engineering for MARSBU. If you are curious about the acronym, yes, it is the Business Unit from MARS. I opened the book and randomly landed on page 115 which had a section titled "Educate your Boss"; that definitely made this a must read.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 [...]

    11. The First 90 DaysA review of an excellent tool for transitioning into new rolesI 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. This book was great. Very concise, and extremely well organized. From soup to nuts, it provides excellent guidance for those who find themselves in a new position of leadership within an organization. Chapter by chapter, Watkins provides effective tools for diagnosing specific types of leadership crises/ oppotunities and helpful suggestions for negotiating a path to success. I found the anecdotes he provided to be extremely helpful and not cheesy or inappropriate, as is often the case with a lot [...]

    14. This was a helpful book. It validated many things I already knew but did not offer too many new ideas. The systems and processes recommended for getting started are generally simple common sense approaches. 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 [...]

    15. A fantastic book for anyone newly in a position, or to prepare for moving into a position - great prep for a promotion. Teaches how to have big wins early on to set yourself up for success; also discusses inheriting a team and when/how to make changes.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 [...]

    16. This book is best suited for the cutthroat business executive than just "any leader" as the promo implies. There are some good ideas in here, but too much of it sounds like an academic who comes up with semi-good ideas and makes them into a book. I read this quickly and focused on the parts that seemed the most applicable to my own work.

    17. This book has now become a permanent part of my bookshelf. It is the most repeated read on my list. Each time my role changes, sometimes even slightly, I go back to this book as a framework I can use to onboard into the new role and follow a repeatable design pattern. I recommend this to all professionals who are going into new transitions in their careers.

    18. Today it's three stars but I suspect in the future it'll gain another. Whether you're in transition, working with people transitioning, or managing others' transitions this is a great book to read through quickly.Then keep on your reference shelf to dive back into useful sections deeply.

    19. Great book about how to succeed in a new leadership / managerial role. It is not just for reading though. Be prepared to actually dig in an make a plan (even if you are already entrenched in a role).I am going to read it again.

    20. Great insight, and helpful guidance on setting up w framework when you are in transition. It's an essential reference to managers, and executives.

    21. I recently interviewed for a project leader position in a small organization. I met with the HR representative at the end of the day and noticed “The First 90 Days” on the shelf in his office. He told me the organization gave this book to all new employees. Although I did not get that job, I figured there might be something of value in this book, so I gave the audio version a try. What I found was a pretty thorough description of the areas to spend time on when starting a new leadership posi [...]

    22. ## TL;DRProvides 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.## OpinionNot bad as management books go, he provides useful check-lists [...]

    23. I found this to be a helpful book for getting into the right mindset for my new job. Although some of the ideas and tools seem pretty obvious, and others are not highly relevant to me, it provides a useful framework to keep focussed and mentally prepare, particularly if you're going into a situation without clearly defined tasks. I also started this on audio and can recommend the narrator, though there are a lot of tables and I wanted to take notes so I switched to Kindle.

    24. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is becoming a new manager, or just got promoted. It's definitely a beginner's book, and I recommend starting to read it before you start your new job, but it's useful even after you begin.What helped me the most is that the book forced me to think about certain things that I thought were common sense, but didn't make the time to think through explicitly. Doing some of the exercises in here were incredibly illuminating for me.

    25. I would imagine this book would be more relevant to someone in the business world, but I spent too much time trying to translate terminology and concepts into churchy language. I did pick up some very helpful tips on the universal concept of leadership transition.

    26. A great book for a great start, I have learned a lot from this book specially chapter four.I wish from the author to make a special version for fresh graduates and another version for middle management staff.

    27. Quite a bit of corporate speak, though some of the principles apply anytime in one's life where there are transitions.

    28. Does exactly what it says.Watkins' advice is necessarily high-level because this is a book aimed more at people entering into senior management but it's all sound advice.I have recently started a new role and have referred to these chapters on several occasions over the last few months.

    29. 95% of this book is common sense, just typed out. It was really a struggle to read. The only thing I think could be valuable was how it split up the your company's status into 5 different stages and explained how to manage a startup as opposed to a steady company, as opposed to a growing company, etc, however even most of that was common sense. It you are a new supervisor and you dont already know the things in this book, you are in trouble. Lastly, there was constant repetition of the common se [...]

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