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Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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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The author has a great narrative style. The book resonates well with the realtime scenarios that one may encounter in corporate world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by AMZ Customer
Although I am happy I feel that have less content than expected...Published 9 months ago by Luis L.
Your Next Move is helpful for leaders and professionals climbing the corporate career ladder. It is a good complement to the First 90 Days, which describes how to accelerate... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dr. Paul Vanderbroeck
This book is good for understanding an executive's move to their next position, but there wasn't enough for me to work with when thinking about my next move up the ladder if I... Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Dave Anthold
So far, I'm enjoying the book. I'm involve in a transition process and It make think about different aspects that I forgot after been working in the same organization for almost... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Roberto C Villalvazo
If you are in the process of changing careers, this book will really help you to get a perspective on how to handle these changes best.Published on April 9, 2013 by CNeely
The advice in this book is excellent. Anyone who follows it will do better with their next transition. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by New England Yankee
If you've just been promoted into a major executive position at your firm, here's hoping you can dodge the bullets your new colleagues will aim directly at your head. Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
I started to read this book when I found out my position in senior management was being eliminated. Based on the title, I thought this book would help me consider what I bring to... Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Doug Milligan