The First 90 Days was recently cited in in an article about executive exit strategies entitled, “Leaving Well: Why the Last 90 Days Matter.” The author makes the point that while much emphasis is placed on advising leaders in their initial months in role, little advice is offered on how to leave an organization despite the fact that more often than not executives are remembered for their departures—evidence to the effect of which can be found in this December 2017 Entrepreneur article: All the CEOs Who Stepped Down in 2017, and What You Can Learn From Them.

Having spent more than a decade helping leaders in transition, the importance of managing career moves effectively is a concept to which we are no stranger. And while The First 90 Days is about onboarding and integration, the competencies and concepts outlined in the book—which we call the Transition Roadmap™ framework—can be applied throughout an executive’s tenure in the broader context of career transitions.



To get a feel for the volume and variety of transitions a leader faces in his or her career span, consider the average number of transition challenges a new leader faces in a given role alone, as depicted in the diagram below.


Now put the above into an organizational context by imagining that at any given point in time an individual leader is impacted not only by their own transitions, but by those of their colleagues, peers, managers, direct reports, and so on (see diagram below). This regular churn of talent in an organization is such that if you can arm your workforce with the tools to make transitions more effectively—in other words, make them “transition capable”—you can enhance organizational performance, responsiveness and nimbleness significantly. And by creating a culture that espouses supportive talent management practices, you will attract better people to your organization, thus creating a virtuous cycle.



If the idea of creating a transition capable workforce resonates with you, register for our next Power Onboarding Webinar on February 28th entitled, “Case Studies in Enterprise-Wide Transition Support Solutions.” Hosted by Michael Watkins, best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Genesis Advisers Co-Founder and spokesman, the hour-long session will feature co-presenter Rose Hollister, former Director of McDonald’s Leadership Institute who recently joined Genesis Advisers as a Senior Associate. During her tenure at McDonald’s Rose was responsible for 1,600 executives worldwide and she has considerable experience designing and implementing onboarding systems.

With over 160 people registered for the webinar at time of writing, participants can expect to learn:

  • How supported transitions differ from their unsupported counterparts and the impact of failed transitions on an organization.
  • How the Transition Roadmap framework, concepts and tools can be applied across the organizational value chain from C-suite to director level and beyond.
  • That there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” organizational onboarding solution.
  • How Genesis Advisers co-designed and implemented three unique enterprise-wide transition support solutions illustrated by three client case studies.

But if you leave this Genesis Advisers blog post with a single impression, let it be this: The skill set and framework we aim to impart through our work, webinars, articles, and related resources, is one that is designed to be implemented enterprise-wide and is used in supporting leaders, teams and organizations.