Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins

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Michael Watkins is a leadership transitions expert, bestselling author, and pioneer of proven strategies to help professionals navigate both personal adaptive changes and organizational change challenges. Michael is the Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, where he co-directs IMD's Transition to Business Leadership executive program for future enterprise leaders, and IMD's First 90 days LiVe virtual program for leaders taking challenging new roles. He is also the Co-founder of Genesis Advisers, a global leadership development consultancy specializing in transition acceleration for leaders, teams and organizations. Ranked among the leading management thinkers globally, Michael has spent the last two decades working with executives, both corporate and public, to help them craft their legacies as leaders. He is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, aptly dubbed “The Onboarding Bible” by The Economist. In addition, Michael is a sought-after keynote speaker and guest on popular business podcasts.

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