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Advice for Professionals in Transition

The First 90 Days

The First 90 Days

I have always found Michael Watkins’ book The First 90 Days a very practical guide to taking on a new leadership position. His principles have helped both my own professional transitions but have also served as great gifts for new leaders joining my teams.  The author illustrates 10 principles for a successful transition.

1 promote yourself
2 accelerate your learning
3 match your strategy to the situation
4 secure early wins
5 negotiate your success
6 achieve alignment
7 build your team
8 create coalitions
9 keep your balance
10 expedite everyone

Understanding these principles can also you in a job search situation as you evaluate opportunities, as well as consider how your current organization can be more effective – not just as it relates to the new people!