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5.0 out of 5 stars The only complete book for starting a new job as a leader from A-Z, May 28, 2007
This review is from: The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results (Hardcover)
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.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2008 10:16:10 AM PDT
which book was better 100 days or 90 days??? This is maddening. It doesn't say anywhere in the reveiw which is better. why would I buy two books when I could if I knew WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 2:05:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2008 2:08:05 PM PDT
M and K says:
We reviewed both books here on Amazon so, in fairness to the other author, please read our other review there if you want to have a more balanced/complete assessment of which book might be best for you.
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