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Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

Tom Neff and Jim Citrin are two of the world's leading experts on leadership and career success. As key figures at Spencer Stuart (hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the number one brand name in executive search), they must understand the criteria for success when they recruit top executives for new leadership positions.

Tom Neff and Jim Citrin's actionable eight-point plan will be the foundation for your success, whether you are moving to a new organization or being promoted, showing how to:

  • Prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally from the time you accept until the time you begin
  • Manage others' expectations of you, bosses, colleagues, and subordinates
  • Shape and build the team that will work with you
  • Learn the lay of the land and find out how things "really work around here"
  • Communicate your story effectively to people inside and outside the organization
  • Avoid the top 10 traps that confront every new leader, such as disrespecting your predecessor, misreading the true sources of power in the organization, or succumbing to the "savior syndrome"

    When you start a new job you are in what AOL's Jon Miller calls a "temporary state of incompetence", faced with having to do the most when you know the least. But with the eight-point plan of You're in Charge, Now What? you'll understand and be able to take action on the patterns that will build your success.

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    ©2005 Thomas Neff and James Citrin; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

    Critic Reviews

    "What truly distinguishes this book from available management volumes, besides its inspiring hit-the-ground-running approach, is the material gleaned from...chief executives, which is full of entertaining, enlightening first-person anecdotes....A guiding light to many an incoming manager." (Publishers Weekly)

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    • Patrick
    • CentralHong Kong
    • 06-06-05

    Solid, action-oriented advice

    This is excellent business writing: on-point, pithy and with enough specific examples to bring their ideas to life. An extended marketing effort for Spencer Stuart? Quite possibly - but this is genuinely engaging stuff, and the authors clearly speak from experience. They do a particularly good job of broadening the scope of the message: how many of their readers/listeners will actually be CEOs? Probably not many. So they ensure there are clear learnings throughout for someone moving into a management role at any level. All this is presented in a digestible form which avoids the pitfalls of dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. Definitely worth a look.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    You're in Charge, Now What?

    This book is mostly targeted toward CEO level and executives. Some of the information is difficult to relate to, while one can find some tidbits of useful information. It does give insight into the pyche of the CEO and some of the thought processes they go through. It's not what I was hoping for as I was looking for something along the lines of a 1st level manager. This book caters to positions much higher than that. The narration is good.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    • Brian
    • Phoenix, AZ, USA
    • 02-24-07

    CEO focused

    There are a few good guidelines that are of value for not making gross mistakes (such as overestimating your own abilities, or assuming you have the perfect plan from day one), but although the book claims to be applicable to all management (from middle managers to CEOs), 95% of the book is focused on the CEO level. I would recommend this for VP-level and above, or those that deal with boards on a regular basis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Marina
    • PanamaPanama
    • 09-01-05

    Great tips

    Although it might seem that the tips are only for CEOs, if you read between the lines and have a more wide view, you will find several great tips for middle managers that are starting new jobs or positions or why not..tips to correct mistakes in your actual job.
    I really recommend it if you are about to take a new job or position and what to enter with the correct foot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • J. Cho
    • Portland, OR
    • 08-30-05

    this is no panacea for your first day

    however, the book does give insightful knowledge regarding how to prepare yourself in your new position. i wish i had read this book (was aware of it but did not get around to it) when i got promoted. still, any plan is only as good as the execution, and the book doesn't help you there. it's still up to you to act.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Sergio
    • Monterrey, Mexico
    • 06-23-05

    Great Book

    Great book when changing jobs from a lower position to a higher position. Great examples and good advice for the new job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Quek
    • SingaporeSingapore
    • 05-28-05

    Great book, great narration

    Absolutely gripping narration makes book a pleasure to listen to. Nice inflection and not monotonous at all. The 6 hours or so didn't seem that long. Great advice by authors backed by solid research and credible interviews.

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    Love the Book ! - Hate the Chapters/Section Breaks

    Would you consider the audio edition of You're in Charge, Now What? to be better than the print version?

    Same content, but why aren't the section breaks aligned with the actual chapters in the written book? It is hard to find a spot that I want to listen to again.

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    awesome tips

    Loved it! Helped me so much, have heard the audio 3 times already, 100% applicable

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    Good book to start!

    A short read/listen and goes directly to the point, this book provided good insight on taking on a new leadership position.