Monday, October 22, 2012

The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: How To Take Charge, Build Your Team, And Get Immediate Results By George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check, Jorge E. Pedraza

The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results

The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: How To Take Charge, Build Your Team, And Get Immediate Results By George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check, Jorge E. Pedraza

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The authoritative updated and revised action plan for leaders entering new roles

Your first 100 days in a new leadership role are critical to the success of your mission, your relationship with your new team, and your career. Turnover is high among new leaders who "didn't work out" and the costs to them and their organizations are dramatic. The solution is for every new leader to have an "onboarding" plan. This updated and revised third edition of the bestseller The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan delivers expert guidance to prepare executives for their new leadership roles, accelerate their results, and reduce turnover.

With new chapters and sample action plans, the third edition:

  • Helps you assess the internal political culture you'll be facing
  • Explains why your new job doesn't start on "Day 1" but on the day you accept the offer--and how to use the valuable time before "Day 1"
  • Explains the "BRAVE" approach to motivating your new team members by understanding their Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment
  • Includes downloadable forms to help you plan
  • Provides advice for your bosses—so they'll know how to help you succeed

The third edition also includes a new 100-Hour Action Plan for crisis situations, which has been adopted by the American Red Cross. The new edition also explains how to use social media and other communication tools to reach and motivate your stakeholders.

Discover the right approach for your new role and engage your new colleagues by fully understanding the unwritten rules of the new context. The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan helps deliver better results faster.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #6484 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-10-04
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.33" h x 1.10" w x 6.30" l, 1.21 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 352 pages
Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap
Your first 100 days in a new leadership role are critical. They determine the success of your mission, your relationship with your new team, and the trajectory of your career. Turnover is high among new leaders who "didn't work out," and the costs to them and their organizations are dramatic. However, the odds are in your favor, if you have a comprehensive onboarding plan.

This updated and revised Third Edition of the bestseller The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan provides authoritative guidance to prepare exec-utives for an important transition and accelerate their results. Discover the right approach for taking charge in your new role, learn the key steps you should be making before Day One, and engage your new colleagues by fully understanding the organizational culture. This edition also adds a new 100-Hour Action Plan for crisis situations, which has been adopted by the American Red Cross.

With new chapters, sample action plans, and down-loadable forms to help you plan, this invaluable handbook will help you:

  • Assess the business context and internal political culture you'll be facing

  • Implement the "BRAVE" approach to motivating your new team members by understanding their Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment

  • Provide advice for your bosses so that they'll know how to help you succeed

  • Use social media and other communication tools to reach and motivate your new stakeholders

The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan will help you deliver better results faster. Ensure that you achieve all of your goals in your next leadership role by implementing an effective plan, starting even before Day One.

From the Back Cover
Praise for THE NEW LEADER'S 100-DAY ACTION PLAN

"What a book! New and experienced managers at every level will 'fly' with this programmed learning."
THE HONORABLE BRUCE S. GELB, former ambassador to Belgium; former vice chairman,Bristol-Myers Squibb; former president, Clairol

"I love this book and wish I had read it before stepping into my current leadership role. It provides a practical and indispensable road map to success that will help new leaders stack the odds in their favor. Read it—and don't be among the 40 percent of leaders who fail in the first eighteen months."
SANDY ROGERS, former marketing manager, Procter & Gamble and Apple Computer; former senior vice president, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

"The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan offers practical tools and techniques for new leaders to follow. Leaders who use this book can expect impressive business and culture-building results."
JON BONITO, Senior Vice President, Bank of America; formerly of Coach and Pfizer

"One of the most basic, yet comprehensive books I've read regarding the do's and don'ts of a successful onboarding process. A must-read for all aspiring business leaders, first-time CEOs, and executives at every level of the organization. Also, a great tool for HR and talent management executives."
JOE GRIESEDIECK, former CEO, Spencer Stuart; Vice Chairman, Korn/Ferry International

About the Author
George B. Bradt has a unique perspective on helping leaders move into complex, high-stakes new roles. After graduating from Harvard and Wharton (MBA), George spent two decades in sales, marketing, and general management around the world at companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and then J.D. Power as chief executive of its Power Information Network spin-off. Now, he is a principal of CEO Connection and managing director of PrimeGenesis, the executive onboarding and transition acceleration group he founded in 2002. George can be reached at gbradt@primegenesis.com.

Jayme A. Check offers a dynamic and global perspective gained from executive roles in firms ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500 and leadership positions in sales, business development, and general management at companies including J.P. Morgan, Guidance Solutions, and Brice Manufacturing. In addition to being a PrimeGenesis founder and author of its onboarding and transition acceleration methodology, Jayme is President of Quantum Leap Associates, a firm focused on providing executives worldwide with authentic and measurable leadership skills. He earned a BS from Syracuse University and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School. Jayme can be reached at jcheck@primegenesis.com.

Jorge E. Pedraza, PhD, is a former professor and a founding partner of PrimeGenesis. He helped develop the PrimeGenesis onboarding and transition acceleration methodology and has since deployed it to found and build Unison Site Management, the nation's leading independent cell site acquisition and management company. Jorge can be reached at jpedraza@primegenesis.com.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

66 of 70 people found the following review helpful.
5All Performance, Not Hype
By Stephen Denny
You won't find this book touted in any web 2.0 blogs, business 2.0 magazines, or pundit 2.0 panel discussions at Demo. It lacks snarky, pithy and/or bloviating commentary. This is an un-hip book that focuses hedgehog-like on your being successful in your new job.

The New Leaders 100-Day Action Plan gives us an insight into an area of our business lives that has not been given enough attention, namely what the authors call, the 'executive on-boarding' experience. Many, many new executives fail in new roles, not because they are incompetent but because they are set up for failure before their arrival.

The invaluable lessons within this book include: 1) your first day begins well before your first day, 2) negotiate after your offer and before your acceptance, 3) know your stakeholders before you start -- get all of these issues ironed out before you accept the job; and many others.

I won't do the standard "Amazon book report review" here, but if you're in a position to transition into a new role, this is a book you really need to read, quickly.

I joined a company many years ago -- hot brand name, great technology, high riding stock price -- only to find out upon arrival that 1) the job I was promised wasn't agreed upon by other stakeholders, 2) that there were others in the company who also had 'my job', and 3) my boss was about to get fired. I left after seven months. Had I spent 15 minutes with this book, I could have unlocked a few of these secrets ahead of time. You live and learn, but you don't always have to learn the hard way.

Save yourself from having to learn the hard way. Highly recommended, quick read.

54 of 59 people found the following review helpful.
5The only complete book for starting a new job as a leader from A-Z
By M and K
We bought this book along with the "The First 90 Days" and read them side by side.

Pro:
-Delves into what questions to ask before the interview through the first several months... I found no other book that is this complete from beginning to end
-Promotes using the time opportunity BEFORE you start a job and in my experience is a major differentiator that I've been able to surprise and delight. Set up pre-meetings, arranging for email/phone and a place to sit, etc. as a chance to listen and learn without the pressure to perform and to begin forming alliances.
-Serves as a handy reference... excellent chapter summaries and a strong executive summary with a timeline and a meaty chapter outline are helpful both now and in the future
-Checklists are excellent and abundant, boiling thoughts down to the most essential elements in a more memorable (less verbose) way
-Checklists include not only job-related tips, but also cover moving-related items as well... handy!
-There are many good tips interspersed throughout the book that are good reminders of the basics you need to adhere to in order to be successful
-Breaks the "sink or swim mindset" often associated with starting a new position
-Excellent use of forms for introspective Q&A; creatively offers forms that can even be downloaded from the internet, a clever and fairly unique offering

Con:
-I think that assessments of what environment you'll be stepping into are underdeveloped and/or understated. You need to know if the team is under performing, just too new, etc.

Bottom line: Highly recommended as a must have text for the aspiring business professional. This book effectively serves as warning, motivation, and how to get results in your new role.

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
5Think Productive Condensed Wisdom
By J. B. Golliday
This is an amazing book! Actually, it's a distillation and synthesis of the most relevant content of many books, combined with lots of unique and very valuable insight from the authors, and arranged in a highly useful order.

Key eye-openers are:

*The importance of starting before Day One and how to do it

*The critical success factors of Day One

*The sequence, timelines and guidelines for the critical events in the first 100 days - and how much time you haven't got

Even on established concepts (e.g. establishing shared purpose, building the right team, conducting milestone meetings), this book adds valuable perspective and many effective practices to improve your probability of success.

While the book focuses on the essential steps to succeed in a new job in a new company, it's equally useful for consultants taking on a new assignment or leaders taking on new responsibilities in their current company.

The only downside is the "Ouches" you'll feel when you realize what you did wrong, and what you should have done, in prior experiences that could have gone better.

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