Master Your Next Move: Proven Strategies for Navigating the First 90 Days ― and Beyond Hardcover – Illustrated, 9 April 2019
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Michael D. Watkins, PhD, is the world's foremost expert on accelerating leadership transitions. He is cofounder of Genesis, a leadership development consultancy based in Boston, Massachusetts, and author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which was named one of the 100 Leadership and Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon editors in 2016.
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What I like about the book is the fact that it contains 7 types of career moves challenges you can either read from A to Z or you can just read the chapter most relevant to your next move. Whatever option you select, this book will teach you the step by step guidance to master your next move.
Here are the 7 types of challenges covered in the book.
1. The leading-former-peers challenge
2. The corporate diplomacy challenge
3. The onboarding challenge
4. The international move challenge
5. The turnaround challenge
6. The realignment challenge
7. The business portfolio challenge
I decided to start with #1, #2, and #3. Having worked Internationally from the start of my career, #4 wasn't really relevant to me. So, I brushed over it.
Overall, it's a good book to have and to consult anytime you move to a new role; whether in your current organization or in a new organization.
At some point, Michael Watkins realized that he needed to shift his attention to other challenges, the unique challenges posed by different types of transitions and how to apply essentially the same principles but within a different context. That is, Watkins examines the unique challenges of promotion, leading former peers, corporate diplomacy, onboarding, international move, turnaround, realignment, and business portfolio.
The two books are best viewed in combination: The First 90 Days provides a framework and tools as well as dos and dont's to keep in mind that can guide and inform a successful transition; Master Your Next Move suggests which challenges will probably be encountered and how to adjust the framework and tools to accommodate them.These are among the several dozen passages of greatest interest and value to me, also listed to suggest the scope of Watkins coverage:
o Relationship engineering (Pages 41-51)
o Corporate diplomacy (59-77)
o Alliances (68-69 and 72-73)
o Cultural adaptation (88-93)
o Alignment of expectations (97-104)
o Creating an onboarding system (100-105)
o Challenges of international move (107-127)
o Principles for international move (111-126)
o Business system analysis (133-147)
o Business model (140-144)
o Dynamic adaptations (145-147)
o Changing behaviors (161-163)
o Driving execution (176-183)
o Early success (177-182)
o Transition acceleration systems (189-197)
Credit Watkins with brilliant use of reader-friendly devices, notably an Introduction that really is well-worth reading and then re-reading as well as a "Checklist" section at the conclusion of Chapters 1-7 that will enable those who read the book to crystallize the key lessons and apply them to their and their organization's needs, interests, concerns, objectives, and resources. This book will be at least 3-5 times as valuable if read in combination with The First 90 Day...and vice versa.
How well an organization completes the transitions it encounters will depend almost entirely on how resilient its people are. As indicated earlier, Michael Watkins focuses on eight of the most frequent transitions and suggests how to respond effectively to the separate but probably interdependent challenges associated with each. In essence, he has identified the WHAT, HOW, and WHY. It remains for each reader to absorb and digest the material to master their next move...and each of the other moves that are certain to follow.