Summary of The New Boss

How to Survive the First 100 Days

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The New Boss book summary
Start being “The Boss” with a flying start (and without crash landing on your new subordinates).


7 Overall

8 Applicability

7 Innovation

7 Style


Perhaps you’ve finally reached the number one spot after years of working in someone’s shadow. Maybe you’re the hot new M.B.A. on the fast track, or you’re the highly suspect replacement for a venerated predecessor. Whatever your situation is, taking over as the “new boss” is never easy. Expectations run high, you have a limited time to make a good impression and the competitive pressure is relentless. Peter Fischer identifies “seven building blocks of successful leadership transition” to help you find your way. He devotes a chapter to each step, including checklists, pitfalls, suggestions, questions and a summary. Part two of the book contains case studies that focus on different “new boss” situations. Fischer’s unembellished, straightforward style makes his concepts easy to understand and implement. Though his last building block, “Using Symbols and Rituals,” is his most original entry, it could have been more fulsome. If you’re about to move into a senior management position, getAbstract would add this book to your “must read” stack.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What challenges senior managers face as they make the transition into a new job;
  • What steps constitute the “seven building blocks of successful leadership transition”; and
  • How to manage your pivotal first three months as the “new boss.”


How to Start
In the current corporate world, ambitious executives often move up the ladder every two or three years. Each new post brings fresh challenges. Management often expects new managers to hit the ground running and turn around failing departments, implement innovative strategies...
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About the Author

Peter Fischer has worked with executives making the transition to new assignments for more than two decades. He is a consultant and an industrial psychologist.

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    How to start your new leadership job in a way that makes your intentions, ambitions and abilities quite clear.

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