Geared towards anyone moving into a new leadership position, regardless of the level, there's still a lot of good information for those who are well past that 90 days. I wish I had seen this book years ago!
"Fully a quarter of all managers in major corporations enter new leadership roles each year. Whether their assignments involve starting a new job, being promoted internally, or embarking on an international assignment, how new leaders manage their transitions can mean the difference between success and failure. In The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions, offers proven strategies for moving successfully into a new role at any point in one's career. Concise and practical, The First 90 Days walks managers through every aspect of the transition, from mental preparation to forging the right alliances to securing critical early wins."
Provides practical advice with real examples, from the author's study, with a business focus. Transitions covered are not necessarily personnel moves.
"Organizational transitions effect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change. Without a clear understanding of what transition does to employees and what employees in transition can, in turn, do to an organization, the job of managing workplace change can be difficult; managed poorly, the result can be disastrous to the morale and stability of the staff. As veteran business consultant William Bridges explains in detail, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in change. In short, successful change takes place only when employees are "on board" with it. Directed at managers on all rungs of the proverbial corporate ladder."
"This book brings a new perspective on why some leaders succeed more than others when taking charge of an organization. Based on in-depth case studies - in which four new leaders and their teams in large and complex international organizations were tracked for over a year - this book uncovers that success in managing transition is directly related to leaders' ability to balance seven tensions appropriately to the context. The reader will learn how the four leaders balanced these seven tensions (mission, relationship, reciprocity, decision-making style, pace of change, development dilemmas and loyalty), with more or less successful results. The reasons for each leader's effectiveness are explored and analyzed, allowing the authors then to extrapolate some general conclusions about the ways in which these tensions are revealed during all leadership transitions."
Focusing on the "soft skills" of success, this book provides specific details of what to do and not to do to be, well, nice. This may seem like common sense, but often it's not. Even if you know the tips in this book, the reminders are helpful. The rationale behind each helps you understand their importance, which may be helpful when you're tempted by expediency.
For those who find themselves in situations that need fixing, but who need the help of others to work through it, and lack sufficient agreement to approach a problem head-on. Instead of how to deal with the aftermath of transitions, this book talks about how to create the best ones you can.
"People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, or environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They cannot solve their problems in their current context; the larger system within which they are operating is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They cannot transform this system on their own, or by working only with their friends or colleagues; the system is too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And other actors whose cooperation would be necessary to transform the system don't understand or agree with or trust one another enough to work together. This book describes a powerful new methodology for dealing with these challenges. Transformative scenario planning is a powerful way for actors from across a whole system to work together to transform that system. It is a way for them to get unstuck and to move forward on solving their tough problems. Transformative scenario planning goes far beyond conventional, adaptive scenario planning, Often people find themselves in systems that are complex, conflictual, not working, and stuck. In such systems, people need a methodology not simply for adapting to the system but also for creating new, better futures. Transformative scenario planning is a way that people can work together with others to transform themselves and their relationships with one another, and thereby to transform their systems. In this simple and practical book, Adam Kahane explains this methodology and how to use it."
"Healing the Downsized Organization is for managers and employees who must make sense of dramatically changed workplaces after reengineering, restructuring, or downsizing. Here are "best practices" from those who are successfully reinventing their organizations and re-creating healthy workplaces. Documented examples from executives, managers, and employees who have bounced back from this challenge reveal how they minimized pain during downsizing and discovered promising possibilities for changed employer-employee relationships. Dramatic profiles of four organizations--representing manufacturing, media journalism, education, and health care--provide lessons you can practice today, whether downsizing is unfolding now or whether it looms in the future. From interviews with CEOs, managers, and employees, you will understand how individuals at all levels have handled the tension between personal and organizational goals, managed the human struggles, and achieved victories as they cut costs and redeployed resources to face competition or changing market conditions."
"A Manager's Guide to Strategic Retirement Plan Management focuses on current best practices regarding company-sponsored retirement plans within the United States. Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, this valuable guide will aid managers in applying strategic thinking to their retirement plan management activities--whether it be a 401(k) plan, investing in company stock, or a traditional defined benefit plan. It will also help you to view retirement plans in a holistic manner--ever more necessary given the unpredictable economy and recent troubles with companies such as Enron and WorldCom. Covering everything from administrative issues to financial and legal responsibilities, A Manager's Guide to Strategic Retirement Plan Management will allow you to make the best decisions possible while managing this ongoing process and help you find solutions that best fit your organization's specific needs."
"A riddle: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: Five Why? Because there's a difference between deciding and doing...Designed for corporate managers and CEOs caught up in the whirlwind of change, every chapter provides accessible ideas and wisdom for navigating the most demanding business transitions. The authors offer a unique hands-on perspective based on their work with top Fortune 500 firms. As they state: "Increasingly, the companies that win are those that learn faster, act quicker and adapt sooner. They will compress time by making and executing early, informed decisions about economic value creation, ruthless prioritization and focused resource allocation. They will use these decisions to take early firm stands on management deployment, organization structure and culture. Their actions will increasingly be linked to long-term, sustained economic value creation." The advice and expertise offered in this book can be used to solve a range of operational problems from speeding up new product development to merging two businesses; from changing company culture to repositioning a business in a while new marketplace. Whatever the challenges and opportunities facing you, your company, your industry, Five Frogs on a Log will move you from deciding to doing."
Learn how to foster a climate that encourages new, creative responses to circumstances. Hint: mistakes are good!
"When BIC, manufacturer of disposable ballpoint pens, wanted to grow, it looked for an idea beyond introducing new sizes and ink colors. Someone suggested lighters. LIGHTERS? With an idea that seemed crazy at first, that bright executive, instead of seeing BIC as a pen company--a business in the PEN "box"--figured out that there was growth to be found in the DISPOSABLE "box." And he was right. Now there are disposable BIC lighters, razors, even phones. The company opened its door to a host of opportunities. IT INVENTED A NEW BOX. Your business can, too. And simply thinking "out of the box" is not the answer. True ingenuity needs structure, hard analysis, and bold brainstorming. It needs to start THINKING IN NEW BOXES--a revolutionary process for sustainable creativity from two strategic innovation experts from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). To make sense of the world, we all rely on assumptions, on models--on what Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny call "boxes." If we are unaware of our boxes, they can blind us to risks and opportunities. This innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps:
* Doubt everything. Challenge your current perspectives.
* Probe the possible. Explore options around you.
* Diverge. Generate many new and exciting ideas, even if they seem absurd.
* Converge. Evaluate and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results.
* Reevaluate. Relentlessly. No idea is a good idea forever. And did we mention Reevaluate? Relentlessly.
Creativity is paramount if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change. Replete with practical and potent creativity tools, and featuring fascinating case studies from BIC to Ford to Trader Joe's, Thinking in New Boxes will help you and your company overcome missed opportunities and stay ahead of the curve."
Planned serenidipity sounds difficult, if not impossible. It's not always the fastest or most efficient, but taking the leap may be critical in our rapidly changing world.
"As the pace of change accelerates and the volume of information explodes, we're under great pressure to connect just in time with the people and ideas we need to thrive. But we can no longer plan our way to success-there will always be factors beyond our control. This uncertainty, however, cultivates one of today's key drivers of success: serendipity. More than blind luck, serendipity can produce quantifiable results: breakthrough ideas, relationships that matter, effortless cooperation, synchronized market timing, and more. Get Lucky shows businesses how to succeed by fostering the conditions for serendipity to occur early and often. Distills planned serendipity into eight key elements: preparedness, motion, activation, attraction, connection, commitment, porosity, and divergence...Planned serendipity is not an abstract, magical notion, but a practical skill. Get Lucky is the indispensable resource for anyone who wants to learn this skill and to make serendipity work for them."
To be effective, HR planners must consider both hard figures and "social, behavioral, and cultural insights." Includes tips specifically geared towards the public sector.
"When a job opens or turns over, organizations must adjust seamlessly. In Positioned, some of the world's best people strategists examine how best to address the constant challenge of having the right people available when needed. Thought leaders including Dave Ulrich, John Boudreau, James Walker, Jac Fitz-enz, Peter Howes, Dan Hilbert, and Naomi Stanford weigh in on the future of strategic staffing, virtual workplaces, disruptive technologies, globalization, and what practices will-and will not-help organizations thrive. Positioned captures the best workforce planning practices from leading organizations such as Boeing, HP, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and others in the private and public sectors. The book's Analytics section examines the evolution of workforce analytics and the roles of HR professionals and consultants. In an era of globally increasing complexity and competition for talent, shortages and misalignment can derail an organization's effectiveness. This book helps them get back on track."
Have you ever noticed that when you do an unfamiliar hike, the way home often seems faster? I think it's because you now know the way, what to expect. This short book may help you orient yourself emotionally and psychologically for a transition, to help make the way through it a little easier.
"In TOUGH TRANSITIONS, Dr. Neeld takes the formula from her successful book Seven Choices and expands it to focus on adapting to changes of all kinds, from promotions to retirement, a new baby to empty nesting. Using a life map of her own creation, Neeld demystifies and illuminates the choices individuals will need to make to navigate the four Rs-Responding, Reviewing, Reorganizing, and Renewing. Through a thoughtful blend of scientific research, real-life stories, and wisdom of numerous traditions, she assists readers in gaining perspective and bringing a sense of equilibrium back to their lives as they learn the difference between surviving and thriving."
Skip the first two chapters: chapter 1 is filled with scary statistics, and chapter 2 has dated information on health care options. After that, verify any specifics because of the date. Still, the book lays out important information clearly and simply, helping you understand your options from dealing with your parents' finances, to making hard choices about lifestyle changes.
Practical advice, with checklists, worksheets, and resources for more information. Don't wait until you're ready to retire for this book. Includes information both on early planning, and how to have the best life possible when you actually retire.
"The first authoritative and comprehensive guide to "aging in place"--a burgeoning movement for those who don't want to rely on assisted living or nursing home care--which allows seniors to spend their later years living comfortably, independently, and in their own home or community...Aging in place takes some planning and foresight--which is why clinical psychologists and aging specialists Mary Languirand and Robert Bornstein have created this indispensable guidebook to take you through every step of the process. Useful, actionable advice on financial planning enables you to set aside the resources you need, while a detailed explanation of Universal Home Design will help you hire the right contractors and modify your home to make it safe and livable for the long-term. With concrete guidance for obtaining necessary social services, transportation assistance, health care, and even home maintenance help, How to Age in Place teaches you to anticipate problems before they arise and plan accordingly. Whether you're interested in a new post-retirement career, keeping your brain nimble, discovering (or rediscovering) your life's purpose, or strengthening your social network, How to Age in Place will help you live the good life into your 80s and beyond. It's never too late--or too early--to begin putting your plan in place."
Geared towards those who find it difficult to adjust to retirement.
"The Psychology of Retirement is the first self-help guide to retirement based on highly proven psychological coping strategies...RECIPE: Resources (e.g. sufficient money), Exercise, Coping strategies, Intellectual activity, Purpose, Engagement (social support)."
"A practical guide for workers who have been downsized or forced to take retirement before they're ready, Retirement for Workaholics: Life after Work in a Downsized Economy explains workaholic behavior, why it develops, and what can be done about it. Rather than taking a negative approach to work addictions, the book provides a sympathetic and logical way of understanding and coping. Organized around research explaining work addictions and the problems workaholics have coping with retirement, the book also includes numerous personal stories from workaholics and case studies of work-addicted individuals. These stories illustrate the effects of work addiction on self, friends, and loved ones, as well as how people have dealt with the overwhelming need to work. More positively, it offers concrete suggestions for dealing with postretirement issues, such as loneliness, boredom, and substance abuse, and for finding satisfaction and fulfillment whether through volunteer activities, a new career, or the pursuit of previously shelved passions."
Basic information with helpful case studies. Reading online, I found the structure to be confusing, bouncing between basic tips, support, interviews, and case studies.
"Now that you're retired, you finally have the chance to do a job you want to do - rather than one you have to do. Whether you are looking to earn a supplemental income or keep busy during your golden years with volunteer work, Reworking Retirement will help you successfully re-enter today's job market. Filled with expert advice, company case studies, and stories from other retirees returning to the workforce, this is your complete reference guide to post-retirement employment. It takes the difficulty out of finding, applying, and working a job while retired."
With longer lives in retirement, many are choosing to go back to work for economic, health, philanthropy, or other reasons. This book does not talk about general retirement planning.
"Working After Retirement For Dummies shows retirees and workers approaching retirement age how to stay in the workforce and thrive after 65 or get back into the workforce after retirement. The book covers new job searching and resume writing; how to overcome employer myths about retirement age workers; and the flexibility of various career options from telecommuting to job sharing. In addition, it also covers nontraditional job search methods that work particularly well for seniors. Even retirement age workers who just want to volunteer their time will find helpful, straightforward advice on getting back to work at any age."
Basic information from multiple sources, compiled and simply presented.
"Hundreds of thousands of military members are making the transition to civilian life each year. This transition is a move into unfamiliar territory, and can be an extremely uncomfortable process. But there are resources in place that can relieve much of the stress of the challenging situations that may arise."
Clear, non-judging, financial guidance for those at retirement, whether you intend to manage your retirement funds yourself, or to work with an advisor. Does assume you have money saved, even if it may not be enough for your whole retirement.
"Inside are twenty major financial decisions which could profoundly impact your lifestyle over the next forty years. For many retirees, these decisions come as a surprise and must be made hastily without proper consultation. But by reading the expert, commission-free advice in this book, you'll learn how to manage your assets and prepare for the best possible retirement. - Do I have enough money to retire now? - How will I cover my medical expenses during retirement? - When should I begin taking Social Security? - How much should I invest in stocks, bonds, and cash? - What criteria should I use to identify the best investments? - Should I cancel my life insurance policy? - Should I pay off my mortgage at retirement? Ray E. LeVitre is a Certified Financial Planner with nearly twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, working for Fidelity, CitiCorp, Mutual of New York, and Merrill Lynch before starting his own firm...A fee-only advisor, Ray does not receive commission from any product or service he recommends."
The example retirees tend toward CEOs and business owners, but the information is not just about finances, but covers what you should consider about what to do and where to live, as well.
"As you think about retirement, you've got facts to face, planning to do, decisions to make and numbers to crunch. With the experts at The Wall Street Journal to guide you, you'll learn how to tailor a financial plan for the lifestyle you want. Answers your biggest question, "How big does my nest egg need to be?" by linking it to your particular hopes for how you want to spend your days in retirement. Shows how to translate your dreams and interests into daily activities, whether traveling, opening a business, volunteering or going back to school. Provides a timeline for decisions to make and steps to take ten years, five years and one year before you retire. Offers tips on investing wisely and working with the right financial adviser. Tells you how to maximize your benefits from Social Security and Medicare. Guides you through the intricacies of 401(k)s, IRAs, annuities and other financial tools and resources. Today, the average person can expect to spend two decades in retirement: why leave it to chance? For all of its changes and challenges, a well-planned retirement could very well be the best part of your life."
Financial planning for retirement, for those who may not be naturally comfortable with financial planning. Whether you've retired yet or not, this can help you create a plan.
"You'll analyze your investments and start getting the highest possible returns--with the least amount of risk; take a real-world look at your total financial picture, without inappropriate planning assumptions; and make use of a new concept called the Retirement Autopilot, which can help you budget more wisely today and ensure that your investments will last a lifetime."
For those who need encouragement to stay active and engaged in retirement, or those who want tips for fun ways to do so! Lighthearted and humorous, this is an easy read. The advice may be harder for some.
"Life after work contains a selection of some of the best retirement ideas ideas from our best-selling title, Enjoy retirement. It reveals some brilliant ideas for keeping your body working at its best and your mind active and alert. Life after work will inspire you to use retirement years to make your personal mark on the world."
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