Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role

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Taking on a new leadership role is fraught with obstacles that can undermine your best efforts to establish authority and build support. There are challenges inherent in succeeding a much-admired predecessor or carrying out radical change initiatives, whether you are rising from within your organization or joining from outside. Make no mistake, say the authors: the planning you do before you take the reins is critical to achieving your goals. If you don't get it right from the start, you may not make it. Filled ...
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Overview

Taking on a new leadership role is fraught with obstacles that can undermine your best efforts to establish authority and build support. There are challenges inherent in succeeding a much-admired predecessor or carrying out radical change initiatives, whether you are rising from within your organization or joining from outside. Make no mistake, say the authors: the planning you do before you take the reins is critical to achieving your goals. If you don't get it right from the start, you may not make it. Filled with timeless lessons of leadership, succession, and transition, Right from the Start is for everyone who wants to ensure that their first steps in a new job will be the ones that lead to enduring success.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780875847504
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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Dan Ciampa is an adviser to leaders moving into new positions and on creating a culture that sustains new technology and operational improvements. Michael D. Watkins is a cofounder of Genesis Advisers, a leadership development consultancy that specializes in the design of onboarding and transition acceleration solutions, workshops, and coaching for Fortune 500 companies.
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Table of Contents

1 The challenge 9
2 Securing early wins 41
3 Laying a foundation 69
4 Building credibility 95
5 Getting oriented 121
6 Learning 145
7 Visioning 167
8 Coalition building 195
9 Self-awareness and style 223
10 Advice and counsel 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    Check out his new book, older stuff good too.

    I work for a leading health care company and went through one of Watkins's transition forum programs here. If really helped me get off to a running start. We used his newer book on transitions, The First 90 Days. We also got his negotiation book, Breakthrough Business Negotiation, which also was very helpful. I've since also read his book on influencing government and business strategy, Winning the Influence Game. Definitely helpful if you are dealing with issues of regulation and reimbursement as we are. It's nice to see him getting recognition for the First 90 days, but his earlier stuff is just as good, if negotiation or influence are important to what you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Excellent read for the new leader

    Leadership skills can be learned. This book provides the necessary basic guidelines for effective leadership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    A 'must read' for anyone entering a new position

    I found Right from the Start an extremely well researched and comprehensive set of tools which will greatly benefit any manager entering a new position. It is the only book I have read which so clearly outlines the management pitfalls awaiting any new leader in his first few months on the job. I find it hard to imagine how even the most talented and experienced manager could not benefit from such a practical and common sense approach to the challenging task of taking over the leadership reins of a new job. As a venture capitalist and LBO investor, I plan to give copies to anybody entering the executive suites of all the companies in which my money is invested.

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