The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Managers at All Levels

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More than 250,000 public sector managers in the United States take on new positions each year and many more aspire to leadership. Each will confront special challenges—from higher public profiles to a greater number of stakeholders to volatile political environments—that will make their transitions even more challenging than in the business world.

Now Michael Watkins, author of the bestselling book The First 90 Days, applies his proven leadership transition framework to the ...

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Overview


More than 250,000 public sector managers in the United States take on new positions each year and many more aspire to leadership. Each will confront special challenges—from higher public profiles to a greater number of stakeholders to volatile political environments—that will make their transitions even more challenging than in the business world.

Now Michael Watkins, author of the bestselling book The First 90 Days, applies his proven leadership transition framework to the public sector. Watkins and coauthor Peter Daly address the crucial differences between the private and public sectors that go to the heart of how success and failure are defined, measured, and rewarded or penalized.

This concise, practical book provides a roadmap that will help new government leaders at all levels accelerate their transitions by overcoming nine transition challenges, ranging from clarifying expectations to defining goals to building a team to managing personal stress. The authors also offer detailed strategies for avoiding major “transition traps.”

Zeroing in on the challenges faced by new government leaders, The First 90 Days in Government is the indispensable guide for anyone seeking to lead and succeed in the public sector.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591399551
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 151,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Peter Daly is a former federal executive agency head and Presidential Commission member. Michael D. Watkins is a Professor of Practice at INSEAD and founder of Genesis Advisers, a leadership and strategy consultancy. He is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : getting up to speed 1
1 Clarify expectations 17
2 Match strategy to situation 37
3 Accelerate your learning 57
4 Secure early wins 83
5 Build the team 103
6 Create alliances 131
7 Achieve alignment 155
8 Avoid predictable surprises 183
9 Manage yourself 201
Conclusion : accelerate everyone 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    Hot tips for rapid transition and success in your new government job

    Your first 90 days in a new public management position can be the most critical time of your career. Few people move into new jobs without an occasional gaffe, but the important thing is to weather the transition and get your agency or department headed in the right direction. Peter H. Daly, Michael Watkins and Cate Reavis' book should prove a major asset for anyone entering government service, or anyone who has received a promotion and is moving into the big corner office with all the headaches that come with it. The book could benefit from a more detailed discussion on coping with the uniquely dysfunctional character of most government bureaucracies, but we strongly recommend its rational approach. It is particularly useful in describing pitfalls to avoid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    See also my new book on negotiating for leaders in transition

    Shaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective Negotiating has also just been published and is a companion volume to this book. It provides tools and techniques for dealing with the many negotiations that new leaders need to conduct, both internally and externally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    This is not The First 90 Days for business leaders...

    This is a version of The First 90 Days written for people going into new roles in public-sector organizations. To get the original book for business leaders, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels, search for 'Michael Watkins' and click on the the book with the bright green and yellow cover.

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