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

Posted by Libby Anderson, CAE on Apr 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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Bestselling book The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins is a coach in a book on how to navigate a new job, new position or supervise new staff members. It’s a handbook for leaders who are transitioning into new positions. Missteps that occur in the first three months can be extremely difficult for new leaders to recover from. Implementing this book into an onboarding process benefits the individual as well as the organization.

Watkins guides the reader through a process that focuses on five key points:

  • Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Diagnosing your Situation
  • Securing Early Wins
  • Negotiating with Your Boss
  • Building Your Team

Each of these focus points educate and challenge the reader not to rely on what has always worked for him or her in the past, but to look at a new position as a new adventure and new approach. 

Watkins shares examples of success and pitfalls. The most innocent of intentions can go awry if executed poorly. This could stifle the effectiveness of a leader and their vision.

Our organization is embarking on a new five-year strategic plan. I intend to utilize the First 90 Days with my team to reassess how we approach our roles. This book is useful at any stage of a team or individual career and is beneficial to all leaders, both new and seasoned.

Have you used strategies provided in this book for your own onboarding process? What has worked for your organization?

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