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Michael Watkins

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Michael Watkins - The First 90 Days: Planning Your Success

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A determined leader is often motivated by the desire to take risks and move forward. Michael D. Watkins, the transition guru and author stresses the importance of succeeding in your next career change. Success during the adjustment phase will propel you to more challenging roles. Failure will irreparably harm your career and organization. These are the main points of his best-selling books THE FIRST 90 DAYS and MASTER YOUR NEXT MOVE. Michael emphasizes the factors that affect an executive’s transition to a new organization— identifying the different kinds of changes that will be crucial to a leader’s career, from promotion to making an international move, or even to turning around a business in crisis. Join us and get to hear why companies prefer to hire external talents, the psychological barriers that hold back CEOs, and overcoming the “corporate immune system” for effective cultural changes. Episode Quotes:Why do most companies look for talents outside instead of promoting internally?Companies now have a big incentive to get people up to speed quickly, right? No question. Which is wonderful for me and the work I do. It's terrific. They have a pretty big incentive to provide those people with the tools they need to do that job. They have virtually no incentive in developing those people for future roles. Because the odds are very good, you've been eloquent about it, that they're not going to stay in that company. Why would you do that?Thoughts about undervaluing internal talentI do think that it's easy to undervalue your internal talent. It’s almost a version of familiarity breeds contempt or under appreciation, right? The shiny object on the outside can look a lot more attractive, even if you're paying more for it, and even if you have to bring that person up to speed. I'm not saying, there aren’t real cases sometimes for bringing in talent externally, but I don't think there's sufficient appreciation often of the internal talent. That feeds that cycle you're describing. People say, “Okay, I'm not going to be appreciated. I better go someplace else”.Relating the eight kinds transitions to Marshall Goldsmith’s What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Peter Principle Marshall Goldsmith's What Got You Here Won't Get You There —that's just so accurate because as you move up through an organization, it is indeed absolutely true, right? The skills that got you to a certain level are not necessarily the ones that are going to get you further. That's the root of the Peter Principle. You got promoted to your level of incompetence because you don't adapt. You continued doing what you've done in the past. And at some point, that's not just not good enough anymore.Does today’s pace of change require accelerated leadership development?By the nature of the speed of what's going on, the generational shift, the complexity of the issues people are facing—we need people to get up to that level of capabilities much sooner than they did before. And that presents some real risks. People just don't have the decades to season themselves as leaders, to do what they need to do today.Culture and transformation in the workplace You're not prepared to change your culture, you're not going to succeed in all the other kinds of transformations that you want to be pursuing. Whether it's digital transformation, new business models or new ways of working.Time Code Guide:00:01:55 Why wasn't there a field dedicated to the transition of leaders and executives00:03:48 How the author ended up working in this field00:07:00 Why aren't there more studies about what makes transitions successful for leaders?00:14:01 The classic feature of leadership00:17:02 Why do competent people resign from their jobs00:21:45 Becoming a better leader and the eight kinds of leadership transitions00:27:47 Michael Porter and the New Psychology of Strategic Leadership00:31:35 Managing expectations when planning and setting strategies00:33:36 Weighing your strengths at a corporate and individual level00:36:13 Knowing when you've matured for the role and ready to harvest the fruits of what you've sown as a new leader00:39:37 Psychological barriers to advising CEOs00:43:10 Overcoming the corporate immune system00:45:41 When new leaders have to create cultural change in the organization00:48:53 Managing unpredictable situations proactively00:55:43 Creating learning and development programs both at university and corporate levelShow Links:Guest ProfileIMD Faculty ProfileMichael Watkins on LinkedInMichael Watkins on TwitterHis WorkOfficial Website of Genesis AdvisersMaster Your Next Move, with a New Introduction: The Essential Companion to “The First 90 Days”Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career TransitionsShaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective NegotiatingThe First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

1hr 2mins

22 Nov 2021

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64 - Reimagining Work with Michael Watkins

Curve Benders by David Nour

Join David Nour on this episode of the Curve Benders podcast as he hosts Michael Watkins, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD, and the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, which The Economist recognized as "the on-boarding bible."  With more than 1,000,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 24 languages, The First 90 Days has become the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard resource of leading change. In 2011, it was named one of the best 100 business books of all time 800-CEO-Read. Amazon declared it "one of the 100 best leadership & success books to read in your lifetime." Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Watkins was an associate professor at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. While on the faculty of these institutions, he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation. Dr. Watkins is the author or co-author of eleven books and numerous articles on leadership and negotiation. In the field of leadership, these include Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Managing Critical Career Transitions (HBS Press 2009), Shaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective Negotiating (HBS Press 2006), and Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Avoid Them (HBS Press 2004). Predictable Surprises was named one of the best business books of 2004 by Strategy + Business and won the 2006 annual Kulp-Wright Award from The American Risk and Insurance Association. He also is the author or co-author of eight Harvard Business Review articles, including "It's All About Day One" (2013), "How Managers Become Leaders" (2012), "Picking the Right Transition Strategy" (2009), "The Leadership Team: Complementary Strengths or Conflicting Agendas" (2007) and "The Successor's Dilemma" (2000). In addition, Dr. Watkins has written extensively on business-government relations, international security, and negotiation, most recently co-authoring Case Studies in U.S. Trade Negotiation, Volumes 1 and 2 and Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leaders Should Know About Government. His books on negotiation - Breakthrough International Negotiation: How Great Negotiators Transformed the World's Toughest Post-Cold War Conflicts and Breakthrough Business Negotiation: A Toolbox for Managers, won the CPR Institute's prize for best books in the field of negotiation in 2001 and 2003. Dr. Watkins is the co-founder of Genesis Advisers, a transition acceleration consultancy. Originally from Canada, Dr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, did graduate work in law and business at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences at Harvard University.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/david-nour/message


10 Aug 2021

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After Lockdown | Michael Watkins

In Other Words

Repaying debt to society often means a double cost: Time behind bars and discrimination upon release. In this episode, Michael Watkins talks about 32 years of struggle after serving six months of a prison sentence in Clinton, North Carolina. Part of a series supported by Pulitzer Center.


18 Jun 2021

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Epik Dakikalar'da Murat Gümrükçü, Michael Watkins'in yazdığı "İlk 90 Gün" kitabını yorumladı.

Teknoloji ve İnovasyon

Epik Dakikalar'da Murat Gümrükçü, Michael Watkins'in yazdığı "İlk 90 Gün" kitabını yorumladı.


28 May 2021

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BBM 078 | The First 90 Days in Government - Peter H. Daly, Michael Watkins, Cate Reavis | Claudia Paccieri

Book Movement

Business Book Movement. Revisión Online del Libro: The First 90 Days in Government. Autores: Peter H. Daly, Michael Watkins, Cate Reavis. Invitada: Claudia Paccieri. Ve la grabación en video por Youtube: https://youtu.be/m1AnEkuMoBU. Únete a nuestra comunidad en Discord a través del siguiente enlace: https://bookmovement.co/discord. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

29 Apr 2021

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Normalising on-boarding support for leaders with Professor Michael Watkins

Swim not Sink Leadership Podcast

I talk with Michael Watkins, author of the leadership classic The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up To Speed Faster and Smarter and co-founder of Genesis Advisers https://www.genesisadvisers.com who has dedicated his career to helping leaders get off to great starts. Points we covered•Why transition or on-boarding support is still not the norm despite it being a “no brainer” from a ROI standpoint (@2.25)•Why it can be hard to ask for support given “Darwinian Evolution” bias (@7.22), and the need to re-frame transition support as embodying huge acceleration benefits as opposed to compensating for weakness (@8.48)•Why he prefers to coach CEOs proactively versus reactively given “rescue missions” are fated by confirmation bias to rarely end well (@9.38). Thanks for listening, and if you think this can help a colleague, please share. If you haven´t yet subscribed, pop over to https://www.swimnotsink.com/swim-not-sink-podcasts and click on your favourite app. Once subscribed you´ll get a new episode delivered straight to your podcast app


22 Feb 2021

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Ep. 160: 1% Better Leadership Energy w/ Michael Watkins

The One Percent Better Podcast

My guest today is the author of The First 90 Days. It's a #1 Best Seller with 2,305 4.5 star reviews on Amazon. More than that, it is recognized as THE book for leaders looking to change culture, onboard employees, or inject energy into a struggling culture.  My conversation with Michael is wide-ranging.  Some of the areas we dive into: How to pick your battles in a new role What resume mistakes prospective clients make A 60-second framework on how to make better decisions  When to go first in a negotiation  How to take advantage of teachable moments  and much more. Email me at Joe@onpercentbetterproject.com As always, thanks for listening! --JF 


15 Nov 2020

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The First 90 Days with Michael Watkins

The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher

Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! Do you remember what it was like to start a new job? You want to make a good first impression and avoid making mistakes. But how do you know what your company is looking for? This week, I talk to Dr. Michael Watkins. Michael is the author of Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions and the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about what you need to do to transition successfully into a new role. Whether you are new to your leadership position or you hope to be promoted, this episode will show you the path to success.


15 Oct 2020

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Ep 119: Your First 90 Days as an Executive Director (with Michael Watkins)

Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

There are steps can be taken to ensure success and begin the process of crafting your legacy as a leader, even BEFORE you take on a new role. The post Ep 119: Your First 90 Days as an Executive Director (with Michael Watkins) appeared first on Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership.


10 Oct 2020

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You're Not Alone with Michael Watkins

Leader Talks with The MYC

This week Michael brings some incredible truths and encouragement for Pastors and Leaders who feel like they are alone.  You aren't! Tune in to hear how you can find relationship and success in the ministry Jesus has called you to.


28 Sep 2020