Summary of Your Next Move

The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions

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Your Next Move book summary
How to handle the eight most common career transitions – do it right or go home.


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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. Likewise, moving from one corporate business unit to another or taking an executive position at a new company present difficulties. So how should you handle yourself? Leadership development expert Michael D. Watkins outlines eight common executive-career transitions and lays out how to deal with them. He explains why leaders making career moves must step carefully amid office politics, corporate life-stage changes, overseas challenges and business pitfalls. getAbstract recommends his sage advice and savvy suggestions to any executive making a career move. Here’s how to do it right.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the seven principles are that govern all career moves,
  • How to handle the eight most common career transitions, and
  • How to gauge a firm’s lifecycle stage.


Career Moves Are Vital Tests
The way you handle job transitions is critical to how far your career will progress. New positions offer serious challenges. Tactics that worked in prior roles may no longer be appropriate. Seven basic principles apply to all career moves:
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About the Author

Michael D. Watkins is cofounder of a leadership development firm. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling The First 90 Days.

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