New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

How to take charge, build your team, and get immediate results. A step-by-step plan for every leader in a new role – with downloadable worksheets.

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"It made all the difference in the world"Todd

"I purchased your book and put it into practice.  After my 100 days I was exceeding my bosses expectations.  A year later I garnered an excellent performance review.  If I had this information twenty years ago, I would a different person.  Better late than never." – Art


[Note The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan is geared to more experienced leaders. First-Time Leader is more appropriate for, amazingly enough, first-time leaders.)

Overview

Moving into a new leadership position is one of the toughest challenges an executive can face. Nearly half of new leaders fail in their first eighteen months, often because of critical mistakes made at the very beginning. How do you avoid critical mistakes at the start of a new role? Whether you're a veteran CEO taking over a new organization or a novice moving into your first leadership role, this practical guide will help you manage your leadership transition to take charge, build your team, and deliver results. An easy-to-follow plan and timeline will keep you on track. Filled with real-world examples and downloadable worksheets, this one-of-a-kind book shows you how to master your new job – and the art of leadership.

3rd Edition - October, 2011

In particular, this edition has several changes and new ideas around:

Taking a BRAVE new approach to culture and context looking at Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment.

Applying social media to onboarding with a current, dynamic, iterative, and interactive approach to conversations across a network of multiple stakeholders, and across a wide variety of media.

Incorporating more robust crisis management techniques with a new appendix on a 100-Hour Action Plan for crisis situations already being deployed by the American Red Cross.

Providing advice for the new leader’s boss drawn from George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut’s Onboarding book.

Including sample 100-Day Action Plans to show what completed plans might look like.


Reviews

"The authoritative updated and revised action plan for leaders entering new roles...delivers expert guidance to prepare executives for their new leadership roles, accelerate their results, and reduce turnover."  Read Research and Markets review.

"THE book for any leader who is entering a new job and wants to do it right." Read Glen Kaufman's review (from The Leadership Room)

"if you are serious about making a successful leadership transition and making a positive impact in your new leadership role, you’ll want to give this book a try." Read Jennifer Miller's review

"my #1 resource to inform my ideas and to inform my presentation of myself as the new CFO and a new member of the leadership team." Read Rich Boughrum's review - #1 on his list of top five books to read to help manage a transition

"must-read book for anyone in a new leadership role" Read Eric Jacobson's review

"This is a great book that any new leader needs to read." Read Jim Estill's review

"I’m always looking for good information that can help leaders get set in their new role, and The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan does just that..."  Read David Burkus' review

"Do you care about your career? Do you invest in your future? Do you know where you want to go but don't know how? This book is a must read." Read Paul Nazareth's review

"a cohesive, comprehensive, and cost-effective system for anyone who is considering or who has just accepted a position that involves increased leadership and management responsibilities." Read Bob Morris' review


Podcasts related to book content:

Listen to Total Picture Radio interview by Peter Clayton with George Bradt

Listen to Leadership Caffeine interview by Art Perry with George Bradt


Readers' Comments:

"The book is great – it is Awesome because it is:

          Part Strategic – Part Tactical
          Part Career – Part Leadership – Part Team Building
          Has a Short and Long Term  - View and Action Plan
" - Ava

"...just started a new job and your book gave me a clear path to follow. [In] other transitions…I always felt that it took too long to get organized and up-to-speed. With your book, I was better prepared for this transition before I even started! I had a great first 3 days at work and this has set the right tone. I know I will be much more successful faster in my new job, with the tools and guidance from your book." – Nadia

"…an invaluable guide and source of inspiration."  – Peter

"This book is priceless and quenches my thirst for knowledge specific to how I am going to handle the first 100 days in my new career…your book is the perfect prescription. It gets to the point quickly and provides tips, ideas and solutions that can be immediately implemented.- Brad

"…not only did I re-read your book, it was, in part, BECAUSE of [it] that I decided change had to happen…“thinking” like a leader should, I decided if I couldn’t alter the path of the vehicle I was in, it was time to move to another vehicle that could offer me a chance to navigate, take control of my future & my career growth." – Al

"Truly one of the best  and most practical business books I've ever read. The downloadable templates are a real bonus as well." – Sue

"Got the job! Used your recommendations extensively during the interviews, negotiations, fuzzy front end, and now during my first weeks on the job. I recommended your book last week to my daughter. She bought it 2 days later, read the first few chapters over the weekend, and actually landed her Marketing Director job a day after her first interview last Monday. True story!" – Johan

"The information you've provided in The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan is invaluable. I have learned so much in the very short time since buying and reading the book. Additionally, the website is also an excellent place to reinforcement for those lessons learned.  

I am currently planning for my Day One, especially as it regards to the Team building effort.  I have approximately two weeks to do get it done, and I have not wasted any time starting – which means, I began implementing the many techniques from your book immediately upon notice that I was selected for a promotion.

One key idea I've learned from your book and website, is how everything I say, do, don't say, and don't do, will be interpreted by those in the new office. The first action I took to help my on boarding process was to scheduled an informal meeting with [the head of the new group] for which I’ll soon be working.  Through the 100-Day Action Plan, I learned to keep my “words” to a minimum and to listen and observe….and be observed, at this meeting.  I felt empowered by the courage I gained from following your advice on how to make a better first impression! It really works!  [My new boss] was so impressed by my proactive, informal visit that his exuberance was very hard to hide.

I am devouring sections of the book with gusto and using many of the tools to help develop my Action Plan. It has been an amazing self-discovery process and I feel opened to some amazing and wonderful strategies for thinking about successfully joining a new organization, as an executive. With your help, I am discovering new and meaningful behaviors to improve my leadership skills in ways that will allow me to facilitate the success of my future team, and accomplish the mission and goals of my new organization.  I cannot thank you enough for the advantage you've so generously shared." – Lynise
 


Endorsements

"Offers a comprehensive architecture with practical tools and techniques for new leaders to follow.  I believe that leaders who utilize the advice from this book will have demonstrative business and culture-building results." – Joe Bonito, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

"A must-read for all aspiring business leaders, from first-time CEO's to executives at every level of the organization. Also a great tool for human resources and talent management executives."
- Joe Griesedieck, Vice Chairman, Korn/Ferry Executive Search


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