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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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Michael Watkins (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Very practical book

This is a very practical book, filled with tools that can be put to practice the moment you're done with it. The examples that it presents are very useful in tiying up all the theory it adresses.

I've read reviews that complain the audio book makes reference to graphs and charts not available in the audio format. Though this is true, they can be downloaded as PDF in audible.com

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Missing access to tables and charts

The audible version does not provide me access to the multitude of charts and tables that the author talks about. Those are the core of any action one can take after listening to this book. Amazon should atleast provide a PDF with those tables and charts.

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Great book to accelerate transitions(PDF Included)

Would you consider the audio edition of The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is excellent. I listened to it in the car though, and wanted to take notes while I listened. Lots of valuable information. I might listen again and jot down notes and look at the graphs more intently.

What other book might you compare The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded to and why?

The Power of Habit, Good to Create, Built to Last. All similar self-help / increase productivity at work / increase ability to transition books.

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Great audio book. Now comes with the PDF of charts and worksheets, you might have to visit the audible.com site and look at your book library. For me the PDF is in plain sight. Very useful.

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Excellent Content, But....

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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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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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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very valid for leadership transition very insightf

this book is a revelation.... really insightful it will definitely make leadership transition less complicated and more interesting lots of great ideas to be explored and the senarios are excellent

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No charts or tables in the audio version

They are referenced quite a bit, but aren't available. And, the audiobook costs more than the printed version.

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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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Dry.....

I think the content would be a lot better with a more upbeat moderator. I quit listening after 15min.

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  • 04-18-17

poor audio book. Must buy the book instead!

This is a reputable book with a storing following. however the audio book is terrible. There are references to diagrams in the book throughout. This leads to a disjointed audio experience.

The narrator is extremely mono tone...

You have two options:
1- buy the original paper book
2 - buy a different book on audible

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  • Georgio
  • 07-09-16

Good ideas, don't take everything in it for face value

Filter it through yourself from a private and professional perspective.
What factors apply or can be applied for your situation?
So don't try to take it as a dogma, don't 'copy-paste' it.
The author has a lot of experience with businesses, but lot of jobs are NOT sales / marketing related, so do a cherry picking: what applies to you?
You can even treat it as a hand book, and revisit interesting chapters (use bookmarks!) from time to time.
Tipp: I also bought the book, to read along. Maybe also consider doing the same. Worked for me.

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  • Vincent H.
  • 02-08-17

Performance of the audio book was disappointing

Book is great, but there were too many bugs, with the audio skipping parts of the book. Not a major issue (i think that the skipped sections were short), but disappointing.

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  • Mick Salami, Esq
  • 09-08-16

The all-time classic for aspiring leaders.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, initially I borrowed the book from a friend who works in the IT industry. Since then, I got hooked and have since introduced it to at least two people both of whom have bought their own copies. The book stands out from the rest. In relation to the audio book, the voice of the reader (Grover Garner) was pleasantly authoritative and felt like an uncle giving you unassailable logic and advice.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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  • D
  • 07-20-15

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

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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

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  • dave
  • 11-14-16

ok but a book for academics

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the premise for the book and the principals are great. This book as a audiobook is really hard to decipher into one of operational use. I felt once it got started you were sitting in a business school lecture and it was really hard to turn into practice.
When it finished I really felt let down because I only had managed to take a couple of workable actions into my new role, but knew I had probably been told more I just seemed to miss them.
However I then went and bought the 90 day summary book and I didn't fair much better

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  • Lorrita Agyeman
  • 03-11-21

Exceptional

narrator made it easier to follow, referring to the documents for further information and use.

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  • Helen Zulu
  • 02-03-21

Loved it.

A very practical piece of work. i will definitely read it again and again to in still the discipline

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  • J-Law
  • 12-13-18

Really Helpful Book For Leaders in The 1st 90 Days

I downloaded the accompanying PDF (available on the Audible website) which sets out all the figures referred to in the audio book. Together they are an excellent resource, jammed with great information and ideas to help anyone stepping up in to a leaderships role.

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  • subhas patel
  • 11-14-18

No tables or diagrams

This is a great book but without the tables and charts it keeps referring to, it feels like walking in the dark.

Valuable book if in print only !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-19

Most boring robotic voice ever

Would not matter how great the content is this robotic voice is killing me. Had to stop listening- waste of a credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-20

Dry but informative

This was a tough book to listen to via audio book. the speaker was very monotonous, which really didn't help make the content any less dry, since it was as dry as an overdone steak. While the content was definitely useful, I struggled to listen to it all because of how "step by step" it was, as opposed to telling a story. This is a book better read on paper.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Narrator was clear but robotic- was it a robot?

Content good narration dull and robotic
I lost interest and would find myself tuning out even though I wanted to listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-20

Good book for any new starter

good book, flows well, would have given 5 star but it didn't come with the pdf the book continually refers to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-20

Great book

Very good book. Anyone who is a leader or wants to be a leader should read this book.

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  • Craig Moseley
  • 02-16-19

One of the best.

While covering the 1st 90 days comprehensively in the 1st qtr of the book, the remainder covers supporting material that provided great depth in areas that I did not expect (e.g. office politics, career management, etc..,). I understand now why this book is rated in the top 100 all time best business books. Highly recommended.

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  • Bilbo Swaggins
  • 10-21-18

Great Checklist Read when starting a new job

I would highly recommend this book for those who are in the process of switching jobs, getting a promotion or thinking about trying something new career-wise. it touches a lot of feelings and issues you get when in some sort of transition within your career. (or just in a difficult patch).

I have marked this book for me to read again when I go through one of these periods. Really easy to listen to and provides a step by step guide through the suggestions provided. (also downloadable PDF with the diagrams shown in the paperback version). I highly recommend this book for managers and individuals who have to lead and inspire people within the workforce. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-18

Do yourself a favour if you are onboard in’s

This is a profound book. I am on boarding and was recommended I read this as part of my transition. Best investment I have ever made and hopefully I will be at break even quicker than I first thought possible. Thank you Mr Watkins

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  • Cath
  • 01-15-17

Essential tools

Wish I had this wisdom and toolset a long time ago - it would have helped tremendously.