The First 90 Days
January 16, 2013
If you just started a new job (or ever plan on moving into a new role within or outside your current company) - stop everything, and pick up this book. I have used this book as a road map for the first 90 days on the job in multiple roles and have recommended this book to countless people finding themselves in transtion as well.
For entry level analysts and CEOs alike, these pages can teach us some valuable lessons about how to ramp up quickly, learn the ropes and achieve our full potential in the new role. Based on a McKinsey study involving 200 senior execs, 5 key professional transitional time periods were identified. Without a doubt, most of us will land a role with more responsibility, lead a highly visible project, work outside of our comfort zone and possibly even start a new business or attempt to turn one around.
Michael Watkins takes an analytical approach to leadership transition and allows us to learn from real world examples - the good and bad. By the end of your first 90 days, you will have assessed your own interest in solving various types of problems, understand the importance of keeping track of your early wins and get the 5 crucial conversations under your belt.
I encourage you to use this book as a guide for yourself, pass it along to your co-workers and pick it back up during your next transition. We all know that change alone is the only constant.