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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.'
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'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 th
Published April 1st 2006 by John Wiley & Sons
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May 15, 2013Patrick rated it it was ok · review of another edition
This book is pretty much just as the title says. It's a self-onboarding guide for people moving into a new leadership position. At this, I felt it was both too detailed and not detailed enough.
It was too detailed in that there were many detailed plans that seemed like they may fit certain situations, but definitely not others. It was not detailed enough in that many steps in the plans were distressingly high level.
A couple of minor gripes: this falls into the category of business books that com
Jan 01, 2008Steve rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone taking on a new job or a new leadership role
This book is highly useful and straightforward. The content is focused on developing an effective plan and why, with a minimum on filler stories and narratives which serve to stretch most business books to a requisite number of pages to qualify as a 'book' instead of an article. There is an overall summary, as well as summaries for each section and chapter....more
Dec 24, 2017Vasyl Pasternak rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Jan 30, 2021Ninad Bhangle rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Onboarding tools
Practical tips for anyone entering into a new leadership role within or outside the current organization. Good read!
Apr 07, 2021Aaron Mikulsky rated it it was amazing
All leaders, not only new leaders, should read this book. The firm PrimeGenesis, that invented the 100-day action plan approach, claims to have reduced the failure rate for new leaders from the industry average of 40% to less than 5%. This book is an excellent resource for every leader regardless of what stage they are in. The executive summary at the front of the book provides enough material to be very helpful in and of itself. This book is filled with a plethora of tools and templates for one...more
May 06, 2014Michael Weening rated it it was amazing · review of another edition

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Over the years I have always been a fan of re-reading certain books when I transitioned roles. My favourite has always been The First 90 Days by Watkins as well as HBRs On Managing Yourself - specifically the Primal Leadership article which is a great reminder of the dangers of the pace-setter approach to leadership while under pressure.
I finally read this book and will now add it to my 'Re-read when changing roles' list. Filled with a common sense approach, if you couple it with the learnings o
Dec 27, 2012Omar Manejwala rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I actually bought this book prior to starting a new senior level leadership role and found it to be extremely helpful. The advice is very practical and I found that sticking to the recommendations made my first 100 days very successful. I would recommend this, with the caveat that if you are starting a new leadership position, particularly large organization/senior level, that you finish reading it well before you start, even before you interview.

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Nov 06, 2017John Stinebaugh rated it really liked it · review of another edition
So after my first pass through this book it is to be determined how useful a resource this is truly going to be. My intent was to go through it on audio the first time and then go back and revisit it using the tools described with a more complete understanding. I will revisit this review at that time to see if subsequent readings, and using the tools that they have available make this an even richer experience.
Mar 29, 2013Lori Grant rated it really liked it
A should-read book new managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
May 12, 2019Yamato rated it liked it · review of another edition
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Great book for new leader's or already experienced leaders that need a refresh as they start a new position. I read this book, as I start each new position to remind me of key strategic areas and focuses to have with my new role. Lays out a plan for first 30 days, 45, 100 days, etc. to walk you through the process. I use many of the suggestions to help with fuzzy front end start time and throughout the first 100 days. Worth the read and happy I was given this book 10+ years ago by a recruiter as...more
Dec 10, 2018Chandrashekar BC rated it it was amazing
Must read for all leads who need to manage a 'Team'.
This book does not take 'Personality development' approach with emotional quotient in it, instead takes practical approach which deals with
- how to plan
- Self learning
- information gathering ,
- prioritizing
- How to foresee risks and mitigation plan
- Importance of proactiveness etc..
Lessons are very simple crisp, with point wise listing of information.
Apr 15, 2020Adam Puar rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
It’s a highly recommended books for new leaders who are starting a new role either within their current organization or in a new organization. It contains the practical tips techniques and templates on how to manage and organize workload, build relationships, communicate with teams within and outside the organization and most importantly how to build a strategy for long-term success.
Dec 31, 2016Ezgi ☕️ rated it it was amazing
Great tool for new leaders. It gets into every detail you will need for your new position. I would recommend getting when you start your job hunt- it gives good insight to interviews and understanding of the company you want to work for.
Very weak book. The only positive I can offer is that it will only consume 20 minutes of your time. The one piece of advice offered here is to learn as much as possible about the position and walk in prepared on day one. The rest of the book is filler.
An okay book and probably worth reading for anyone stepping into a new leadership role. Although it seemed mostly useful for upper management so it would be better served for those stepping into middle management as that is where most new leaders start.
An excellent business book, recently updated. Very consumable and applicable to starting off on the right foot as a leader - lots of great advice I wish I knew before!
Nov 19, 2020Maggie Simmonds rated it it was ok · review of another edition
New leader onboarding plan
was given to me by my new job
read this BEFORE you start the new job
May 19, 2021Shivam Bahuguna rated it really liked it
A true gem book for new leader
Aug 12, 2021L E rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Really well done. Easy to follow. Tons of additional resources to help generate a successful first 100 days in your new role.
Dec 09, 2013Beverly McCall rated it really liked it · review of another edition
As part of new job I took, this book was on the reading list. New Leader’s 100-day Action Plan by Bradts, Check & Pedraza wrote this guide to assist executives in their transition into their new leadership role. They introduce the reader to a new lens that looks at their strengths and their challenges. They go a step further and provide case studies and advice as well as sample planning tools. The culminating activity that the reader walks away with is a 100-day Action Plan. In some circles this...more
Mar 10, 2013Crissman Loomis rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Fantastic book on the most important actions to take as a leader in a new job. Read this before starting your new job, or you'll regret some of the things you'll realise you could have done to improve your position. The book marks the the big winners that often people don't do, like meeting with the key stakeholders before your official first day.
Just the approach to weekly staff meetings alone is worth reading the book for. I can't wait to implement in my company.
A must read for all executives.
I am using this book as a guideline to getting a better job in my field. So far it has offered nothing but excellent advice on securing a job, negotiating a salary, and how to spend your first 100 days on the job to secure a solid long term position with the company.
I would read this in Junior year of college so you are prepared before entering the job market. I showed this book to a few people who were upset they missed out on such useful information.
There are some great ideas and thoughts in this book. I am happy to have read it. It was light on preparation ideas. How does one research and plan, and I thought it was long on the actual implementation or execution. The Book had good information about communications. I liked the information even though one could argue that its old information that was covered better someplace else. I would argue that good ideas are worth repeating, and this is the right place to express those ideas.
Mar 14, 2012Caroline Gordon rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Fabulous book, put this on your must read list if you are looking for a job or about to change jobs. It has the best interview advice I have read anywhere, and lots of advice for leaders of all levels. It is suitable for front line managers as well as executives. There is specific advice to follow before you start and during your first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job.
Feb 09, 2015Todd Mckeever rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book with all of its goodies in there and a very well thought out agenda of making maximum use of the start of each experience.
I found this to be a good book to read along with 'my first 90 days' book as well. Check out the web site to get free all the graphs etc that we're mentioned in the book.
Apr 06, 2015The Lion King rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Practical and clearly drawn from real life experiences
As a current CEO bows moving to run another organisation, I found this book incredibly insightful, I formative with real life solutions and suggestions. My only regret is that I wish I had found it sooner before I became CEO for the first time. Highly recommended
Feb 02, 2017Flora rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A book which is quite easy to read and follow, listing out the key milestones and 'to-do' list with a corresponding target date. Useful in providing guidance on what to look out for when you start a new role.
Probably more relevant for people starting on more senior leadership roles, in which culture and HR issue is more critical. Still worth a read and make notes on.
Dec 30, 2017Vlad Vasilis rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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Fantastic book with a great oversight, but also insight to how to manage the critical first 100 days of your newly rewarded management position. I like it a lot and what surprised me is that the book has a link to a website which gives you amazing tools with which you can work after you finish reading it. I just love it. I totally recommand it because it is very practical.
If you are starting, or planning to start a new job, this book is a really FABULOUS resource for plaing your cards right and providing valuable insight to 'weasle' your way up the top of the corporate ladder. Really, it's a great book....more
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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that leadership in today's world requires a wide range of soft skills.

Employees don't want to work for inauthentic founders, executives, or managers. Team members don't feel empowered when working with people who don't have a reasonable level of emotional intelligence. Partners, vendors, and clients don't want to be associated with companies that aren't transparent about the way they do business--and the masses don't want to support companies whose actions don't align with their mission statements.

Being an effective leader today, and especially while navigating our 'new normal,' is about honesty, plain and simple. It means being honest in your day-to-day interactions, honest in the way you do business, and honest about the status of the organization. As many leaders learned back in March (including myself), these are not easy times to navigate--but being open and transparent with your team is crucial to long-term success.

Personally, I believe the coronavirus crisis will change the way people think about leadership forever.

Here's what I think being an effective leader in our new normal will look like, moving forward.

1. Leaders must be proactive in their efforts, and deeply care about how the people around them are doing.

When you work in an office, you can generally assess when somebody is having a bad day or if they're upset about something.

Digitally, this becomes much harder. Both at the leadership level as well as the managerial level, we have to be more thoughtful about how we check in on people. This means proactively asking questions like, 'How are you doing these days?' and actually taking the time to listen.

Instead of hopping on a Zoom call and immediately diving into work-related items, take a moment to show you care.

2. Leaders need to share how they're feeling, as well.

But when everyone is working remotely, as difficult as it can be to get a read on how your employees and team members are feeling, it can be even more difficult for them to get a read on how you're doing--since they don't get to see you walking around the office.

I'm not advocating for oversharing, but especially with your executive team, I do believe it's important to be open and honest about your own feelings as well. I remember back in March, prior to letting people from our company go, I cried while talking to our leadership team. I was really upset, and felt horrible about the decision in front of us. And the other leaders within the company went down that emotional journey with me.

Being an effective leader doesn't mean being emotionless.

It means having the capacity for the whole range of emotions, and still being able to make sound, logical decisions for the business.

3. Leaders must create a safe environment where people feel a sense of belonging.

One of the questions we ask in our employee surveys is whether they feel that their manager cares about them.

Personally, I believe everyone finds fulfillment in their work only if they believe the people around them care about them as human beings, first. As a leader, it's then your job to create an environment where people feel this sense of belonging, and know that the hours they spend working toward the company's mission mean more than just earning a paycheck.

4. Leaders have to solidify their mission--and live it out in the world.

Now more than ever, the mission of a company matters. Customers care about it. Employees care about it. Investors care about it. Everyone wants to know that where they are putting their time, energy, money, and support is behind an organization they believe is impacting the world in some sort of positive way.

Second, and as more and more social impact campaigns shift the world, how your company's mission fits into these larger narratives of humanity can dramatically change the way people see your brand.

Your mission, and how it ties into current events, is extremely important.

In a world of uncertainty, adaptability is key. It has always been true that leaders must constantly be thinking 10 steps ahead. But during a global crisis like Covid-19, flexibility and being able to make quick, informed decisions is crucial to keeping the business moving forward.

This means making it a regular priority to sit down and run through hypotheticals. 'What would happen to the business if X happened? What would we do if we lost Y? How would we think about the future if we couldn't do Z?'

It's far better to have answers to these types of questions before, rather than during, a difficult time.

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6. Leaders have to remain optimistic about the future, without sugarcoating the present.

Building a company inherently requires some level of optimism. It's very difficult to build something that doesn't exist yet if you're a pessimist.

Once a company is off and running, though, the optimism can't stop. Your team needs it. Your co-captains and fellow leaders need it. Everyone around you needs to feel as though they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, just like you can.

That said, you also have to guard optimism from delusion. Being optimistic can't mean lying to or deceiving those around you--or especially yourself. Instead, it means being brutally honest, while at the same time acknowledging both the good and the bad, the lessons learned, and the growth to come.

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Right now, especially, every leader should be overcommunicating with their teams.

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On the one hand, this means making sure people are receiving the information they need, when they need it. While working remotely, this might require you to do more frequent check-ins with employees or to set reminders to send status updates to key decision makers every day on Slack.

On the flipside, though, effective communication also means leaving room for others to speak up. For example, I held an all-hands recently and ended the meeting by asking, 'Does anyone have any questions?' I let that question hang in the air for 20 or 30 seconds. And it took a while, but eventually someone spoke up and asked a great question. Digitally, creating space for this type of serendipity is crucial--and asks leaders to pause and not be so quick to just end the Zoom meeting and move on to the next thing.