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The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded Audiobook

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

The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition. Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.
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The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition.

Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions - no matter where you are in your career. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions and adviser to senior leaders in all types of organizations, also addresses today’s increasingly demanding professional landscape, where managers face not only more frequent transitions but also steeper expectations once they step into their new jobs.

By walking you through every aspect of the transition scenario, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. You’ll learn how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. Each chapter also includes checklists, practical tools, and self-assessments to help you assimilate key lessons and apply them to your own situation.

Whether you’re starting a new job, being promoted from within, embarking on an overseas assignment, or being tapped as CEO, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail. Use this book as your trusted guide.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Michael Watkins (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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    R. Lewis San Diego 12-14-13
    R. Lewis San Diego 12-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    Where does The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book if you are looking to move up in your career following a new position. Beware though, that it makes many references to the charts, tables, graphs, lists, and figures contained within the actual book. Unfortunately, the audiobook does not come with these images which I felt were extremely important to the application of the book. It would be great if a pdf was provided which contained these items, but instead, I had to go out and buy the physical book as well. If you can find your way around this issue, it is well worth it. It does a good job of creating a visible plan for you to follow to ensure your success and upward mobility within a company. Don't wait until after you get the job to get this book though. I wish I would have read it before I even got the position to be able to go in with a legitimate plan and purpose. Instead I got it six weeks after I started which still helped tremendously.


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    Andrea Williams TAMPA, FL, US 04-07-15
    Andrea Williams TAMPA, FL, US 04-07-15
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    "Good book, but may need paper version"

    Contains a lot of great ideas, but makes many references to worksheets or visual information that is not available in audio format.

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    J. 02-04-15
    J. 02-04-15
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    "Good Content/ Dull Narrator"

    The content was good, and the way the tables were read in this audio flowed well with the entire reading of the book. The narrator's voice was a bit dull/boring and didn't seem to fluctuate very much.

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    sunrise 04-20-15
    sunrise 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good stuff..."

    I found this read to be a hard read but the information worth putting up with the dry reading. It was very informative and helped me see where I could have improved in previous employment. I would recommend this book to a friend.

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    @paulmmcaffrey Manchester 12-14-13
    @paulmmcaffrey Manchester 12-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Looking to improve my life one audio book at a time @paulmmcaffrey

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    "Perfect for your first big career move"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, no question if they are taking on a new role. It helped me greatly to plan the first 90 days after promotion


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    Jacquie Cushnie 01-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Watkins again?

    Possibly, depending on the content


    How could the performance have been better?

    This book was not meant to be an audio book as there were far too many references to figures and diagrams and charts.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Amazon Customer 01-12-16 Member Since 2015

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    There are a lot of good tips on here that can greatly improve your success

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    Peter Kenjosian 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    ii only gave the book three starts overall, but I I do believe the idea of the story will be of help to anyone.

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    Whitney 11-03-15
    Whitney 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book for the leader in transition"

    Listened to it on my drive to work and found it very valuable. It is a classic business book.

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    Autumn 11-01-15
    Autumn 11-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Getting rid of first day jitters through prep and action plan"

    Absolutely loved it. It was an easy listen and now I will order the book for easy reference and to have access to the many charts, checklists, and additional resources available in the book. Seems like key reading as a director embarking on my first day tomorrow. I feel like I will go into my meeting with my VP with an action plan, a greater sense of control and confidence. A must read....with some truly practical items to take into my first day. Only wish I had read it a month before starting to truly have a headstart.

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    "A fantastic book!"
    What did you like most about The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded?

    This is a great book for those moving into new companies or leadership positions and helps people focus on some of the often obvious, but sadly missed missed approaches to on-boarding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A factual and practical approach to joining a new company or position


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    I haven't listened to other books so couldn't comment


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    This book made me want to write a list and get stuck in!


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