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The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan

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The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan

How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results


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What's inside?

To be a star in your new job, plan ahead. Here’s what to do before you report to work – and in those crucial first three months.

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This basic book drills readers with a fundamental message: Good leaders follow specific plans and put their subordinates first. The authors furnish specific tactics you can use to become a disciplined leader, ready and able to produce a top team. George Bradt, Jayme A. Check and Jorge Pedraza split their material evenly among tips on being a good leader, case studies and printed planning sheets to use to set up your first 100 days on the job. The information is easy to skim; but the authors make some important points, including why you should start meeting key people in the company before you begin working in your new position. getAbstract recommends this basic career-building and team-building guide for every new manager’s orientation kit. It’s a small price to pay to survive and thrive in your new job.


New Leaders Who Fall Short

It’s a sad statistic, but 50% of new leaders fail within their first 18 months. Most often, this failure occurs after they inadvertently create problems during their first 100 days on the job. But, when a new executive begins a job with foresight and a productive plan, the odds of failing go down to less than 10%. Take these three steps to increase your chances of success:

  1. Develop a systematic process for gaining a foothold in your new position. Put yourself in charge of developing your own future.
  2. Make a keen impression on your first day on the job. Work to gain momentum that you can convert into new energy as you spend more time on the job.
  3. The first 100 days are critical. Meet the new members of your team and gain their support. Form a strong bond with your team to build long-term success.

Create a plan for your first 100 days that includes these activities:

  • Before you start work, identify the crucial people you want to meet, from the company’s president to your direct reports and important customers.
  • Immediately begin to demonstrate that you are committed...

About the Authors

George Bradt, Jayme A. Check and Jorge Pedraza co-founded an executive transition consultancy. Bradt is a former executive at several Fortune 500 companies. Check has held executive positions in sales, development and strategy at major companies. Pedraza also founded a wireless telecommunication finance company and worked in new-media development.

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