The First 90 Days

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

The First 90 Days: Updated and Expanded is one of the most concise and actionable guides that provides a framework for transition acceleration that will help leaders diagnose their situations, craft winning transition strategies, and take charge quickly. In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller, author Michael Watkins, a recognized expert and adviser on leadership transitions, offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions—no matter where you are in your career. Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter, provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them, and shows you how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. The book 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. Each chapter also includes checklists, practical tools, and self-assessments to help you assimilate key lessons and apply them to your own situation.


"His wisdom, and research, has helped many masterfully onboard into new positions."


"Watkins has taken a rather prosaic proposition (first impressions count) and built around it a handbook that grown-ups can use in business, particularly in times of change and transition."

—Idealog (New Zealand)

"A useful addition to leadership studies collections."

Choice magazine

"The First 90 Days is a rich source of material for any executive coach and of course any uncoached executive. I highly recommend it."

—Coaching Today

"The First 90 Days and its digital counterpart serve as valued resources for leaders just stepping into a critical new role—when first impressions matter so much, and every word or deed can tip the scale of public opinion."

—T+D magazine (American Society for Training & Development)

"No business holding should be without this expanded coverage."

Midwest Book Review

"Any person who gets a new job or promotion or position, can use this book to be more effective in the first 3 months on the job…. There is no doubt that [The First 90 Days] has lasting-power and will remain popular and useful for many years to come."


"…packed with practical suggestions for how to successfully navigate through new scenarios."


"In his seminal book The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins advises that, as a leader in The First 90 Days of a new leadership role, you should promote yourself, accelerate your learning, match your strategy to the situation, and create coalitions."