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    The First 90 Days®

    The First 90 Days®  is the world's most trusted guide for leaders facing a career transition. Authored by Michael D. Watkins, it offers practical strategies and tools to conquer the challenges of starting a new role. With checklists, self-assessments, and practical tools, readers can avoid common pitfalls and achieve early wins. Whether it's a new job or a CEO position, this essential guide helps readers successfully navigate through the crucial first 90 days.


    “…. It is no doubt that [The First 90 Days] has lasting-power and will remain popular and useful for many years to come.”

    — 800 CEO READ

    "The Onboarding Bible"

    — The Economist

    “His wisdom, and research, has helped many masterfully onboard into new positions.”



    Dr. Michael D. Watkins

    Michael Watkins coaches C-level executives of global organizations and is the founder of Genesis Advisers, a global leadership development consultancy specializing in transition acceleration for leaders, teams, and organizations. He is also a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD Business School, where he teaches a popular Virtual First 90 Days Open Program for leaders in transition. He has spent the last two decades working with executives - both corporate and public – to help them craft their legacies as leaders and is ranked among the leading management thinkers globally by Thinkers50 (2019).

    Watkins is the author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, aptly dubbed “The Onboarding Bible” by The Economist. With over a million copies sold in English and translations in 24 languages, The First 90 Days is the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard learning and development resource for executive onboarding. Amazon named it one of its top 100 business books of all time.

    Prior to joining IMD, Watkins was a member of the faculty at INSEAD, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation.