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

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

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Listening Length 6 hours and 58 minutes
Author Michael Watkins
Narrator Grover Gardner
Audible.ca Release Date April 23 2013
Publisher Gildan Media, LLC
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0725DV6R3
Best Sellers Rank #500 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Organizational Change (Books)
#6 in Workplace & Organizational Behaviour
#11 in Career Guides (Books)

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Reviewed in Canada on January 18, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear concepts deliver a an easy to digest plan - check if the writing style works for you first!
By LeviReviewsIt on January 18, 2018
I bought this book on the recommendation of my Company's CFO (who in turn was recommended by one of our board members). What strikes me as odd about this book is that it is somewhat of a standard within executive circles, however the concepts within are digestible for people at all levels of career and intellect. I find the language of the author alternates between plain, simple English and some rambling, run-on points. If I was to characterize the writing style, it reals like an oration or presentation; the words on the page come across as if someone was reading them to a group, interspersed with many rhetorical questions. Personally, I enjoy this writing style, as I find it helpful to reflect on how that point applies to my situation, but if you prefer a less florid, more direct approach, this would be a challenging read.

What I like
- Good balance between rhetoric building concepts and specific instruction
- Practical examples and exercises (see picture
- Book is structured in a way that builds on the previous chapters/exercised
- The segmentation of planning tasks into time-bound windows is helpful to approach planning sequentially
- Concepts presented are intuitive - they "feel" right when reading
- Introduces a number of points that someone in transition may not intuitively consider
- The authors affiliation with Harvard makes me feel like I can trust the material
- When you take the jacket off, the cover has a really nice 'grainy' feel in your hand (is that a weird thing to like?)

What I dislike
- There is a distinct absence of empirical research supporting the conclusions of the author; his points are either based on experience, or you have to assume the research exists but is not referenced.
- Some of the methodology for self assessment seems outdated
- Some of the models (in particular the cycles of building and destruction) include peripheral elements that seem tangential to the main point (most are fine)

I think anyone in transition would benefit from the book. Even if you don't plan on using the book's practical examples, it will unearth a number of subjects for you to consider. Strongly recommend.
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Tara Halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it's not impostor syndrome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars “The First 90 Days” is a book I’ve been searching to read for years
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Gavin Deadman
5.0 out of 5 stars Can reduce time to break-even by as much as 40%
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can reduce time to break-even by as much as 40%
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2020
Transitioning to a new role can cause anxiety and stress for weeks, but this book by Michael Watkins helps diagnose your situations, define the core challenges, and design plans to create momentum which results in a more successful and comfortable transition.

Hundreds of thousands of leaders have benefited from this approach, which independent research has shown reduces time to break-even by as much as 40%.

The book includes case studies of failed transitions and clearly explains how to avoid them by preparing yourself, setting your boundaries, listening, learning, collobrating, creating alliances, securing early wins and managing yourself.

"Effective leaders strike the right balance between doing (making things happen) and being (observing and reflecting)"...

...this nugget from the book is equally true even when you're not transitioning to a new role.

I'd definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third time purchasing this book
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