“The First 90 Days”: Book Review

*Disclaimer* Finish (with mastery and understanding) this book as quickly as you can! Do not wait, or procrastinate, or budget it out to last the 90 days! Do not make the same mistake I did in treating it like “The 90 Day Pocket Guide”! It should be called “What to Do and Expect in Your First 90 Days”. Read it, if possible, before you transition into your new role. You’re welcome.

Michael D. Watkins is a renown leadership development consultant. He hosts workshops and provides coaching to Fortune 500 Companies. He specializes in on boarding and transition solutions for companies seeking to facilitate growth in new leaders while harnessing the talent of their existing employees.

This book is about gauging, planning, and executing an impactful transition in role within a new or existing company, department, or organization.

In reading this book, I’ve picked out certain themes, quotes, and tips that aid in growing both as a professional, and as a full time “adult” human being.

Watkins urges the reader to research the role, culture, and history at the company of interest.

In transitioning and considering your role, you’ll need to assess your department, organization, or company.

How did your company come to be? What happened to the staff person that previously inhabited your position? What challenges did they, and subsequently you, have to overcome? Where is there room for growth, and how can you facilitate it?

Better still, I love how all his tips and tricks can be applied to betterment of your most important business: yourself. If they can grant the powers of personhood to a corporation, you can incorporate yourself with targeted branding, market research, and create your own board to help decide major transactions (life plans) and mergers (relationships).

Determine the S.W.O.T. for your own trajectory as you transition into new chapters of your own life; growing in understanding (profit) and deepening your connections to others (brand loyalty).

My job, like virtually all the ones I’ve had before, afforded me little to no training. “Fake it till you make it.” is my away message at this point. In realizing this common phenomenon, the book is more that helpful in ways you can arrange purposeful and informative meetings, gather intel, and assess your new opportunity for areas of success and growth points.

Working in social service, is an exercise in “I have no training, but experiential expertise will order my steps. Amen!” The turnover here is high. The reward is hidden deep in your heart, populated by “[your} little believ-ies!” (Yes, it’s a Loius C.K. reference, yes I know.), because it CERTAINLY isn’t buried in your bank account. We are largely women… and largely large women feeding our societal dissatisfaction with ethnic foods; the closest we can get to real vacations.

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