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Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions Hardcover – September 29, 2009

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About the Author

Michael D. Watkins is the cofounder of Genesis Advisers, a Newton, Massachusetts-based leadership development firm specializing in transition acceleration programs and coaching. He is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels (Harvard Business Press, 2003).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422147630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422147634
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Watkins previous book was extremely insightful and helpful--THE FIRST 90 DAYS. It offered clear cut advice to new managers.

This book is an attempt for experienced leaders to weather through sweeping transitions using his own model: STARS. Start-up, turnaround, accelerated growth, realignment, and sustaining success.

Great idea but the delivery is a bit flat. He's speaking to a very SMALL audience of people who probably would not seek out books like this to guide them. And some of the advice is just not practical or useful. Because the book focuses on some highly situational circumstances, the tome lacks depth and any sense of realism. Watkins obviously drew from years of experience here, but it seems as if he has a truly small niche of leadership that he deals with. Plus, Watkins barely addresses the sheer humanity we find in great leadership. This text is just far too pragmatic and limiting in its approach. A good mentor for leaders takes on the whole person, Watkins fails to do that in this book.

This will be one of those books that helps Watkins' career as he will no doubt use it with his clients. However, for a majority of coaches and leaders out there, this is a book I would never offer up to help someone navigate through transition.
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Do you ever dream of landing a promotion? Who doesn't? You could finally nab that corner office with a view. Your colleagues would start looking up to you as an adept leader (theoretically). Your newfound ability to buy a beach house wouldn't hurt, either.

The reality is different. Promotions, no matter how fantastic they sound, can pose a serious challenge. Just ask leadership transition expert Michael D. Watkins. This former Harvard Business School professor, who now chairs Genesis Advisers, previously wrote the renowned transition guide "The First 90 Days." In his newest book, he chronicles the obstacles that fresh-off-the-promotion leaders face.

"Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Successfully Navigating Major Career Transitions" explores how to effectively navigate eight common types of promotions. The types of promotions in the book cover common challenges that leaders face, from leading former peers to politicking correctly in your new position.

Each chapter in this guide is dedicated to one kind of promotion. Starting with a case study of a person facing the situation in question, you learn what risks come with the promotion, why they happen, and how to navigate your new role successfully. Watkins uses academic research, diagrams, and bullet lists to help you understand his points. You'll also learn how your company can help you with your transition in each chapter.

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The first chapter describes leadership challenges you might face after being promoted to a new position within your company. In the next chapter, you learn how to effectively navigate the challenges associated with leading former peers, such as asserting authority and changing your relationships.
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I have never read a book that more thoroughly spelled out the odd place a career transition can be, and offer tips to navigate the situation.
If you are mid-career and are mulling over the options before you, you may find this to be an indispensable read. It helps to clarify and shed light on aspects you may not have considered.
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From looking at the cover, I too thought this book was intended for a job-hunter who is looking to transition careers. If you are such a person, you might like reading this book but might not find much of the info to be beneficial to you yet.

Rather, this book is intended for consumption by those who have already found a new career and are now just getting settled into that new career. There are plenty of tips here that you will want to be aware of as you make such an important transition in your life.
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I liked the various personal stories that the Author used to illustrate each career move however; they did not hook me in enough to keep reading. However, overall the content was dry and seemed to rehash advice from the previous book The First 90 Days.

The audience that the book reaches out to is very narrow and frankly seems to address people who already have the job and are struggling to get control of where they are. If you are in a position and pay attention to the person above you in the organization you should be able to pick up the information there verse from this text.

As always, there are some good nuggets of wisdom

-Identify and understand the culture before you make changes.
-Don't confuse a title with influence and power.

It was just difficult to get through and not very gripping.
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Watkins attempts to crystallize a career of leadership lessons-learned through his STARS model (start-up, turnaround, accelerated growth, realignment, and sustaining success), designed to help senior managers to flatten the learning curve and prevent productivity limitations immediately following transitions.

Good enough. Although I did not find the model particularly novel or the tips especially insightful (contrast with a book like "Made to Stick"), my criticism for the purposes of this review is the book's very narrow target readership. Contrary to what I think a lot of readers may believe based on the title, this book is NOT professionals who are "navigating" in as much as they are weighing a career move. Instead, it is intended for a reader who already has the new gig and is looking for strategies to hit the ground running.

The decisions that this book seeks to improve are made by a very small group of people in a very small period of time in their careers. For those reasons, I don't even see this book making it onto b-school syllabi. There are few universal business or career lessons here.

In short, like the users' manual for your DVD player, Your Next Move may come in handy at exactly the moment you need it, but it won't be very useful to someone who has an operational DVD player, or a different one altogether.
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