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Here are a number of books Sue Edwards has found to be of value in working with coaching clients transitioning into a new organization or moving up to a more senior level of leadership. The Clearing the 90-Day Hurdle process draws on some of the material in these books.


What Got You Here Won't Get You There

by Marshall Goldsmith

 

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  • Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, pinpoints 20 bad habits that stifle already successful careers as well as personal goals like succeeding in marriage or as a parent.


The Next Level : What Insiders Know About Executive Success

by Scott Eblin

 

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  • Draws on in-depth interviews with leaders
  • Identifies nine key sets of behaviors and beliefs that rising executives must pick up and let go of to succeed at the next level.
  • Eblin describes the differentiators between success and failure for new executives. Many of his observations are consistent with the research interviews I had conducted in developing the Clearing the 90-Day Hurdle process. (A copy of the report, Top 10 Success Factors and Seven Deadly Sins for Leaders Transitioning Into Organizations can be downloaded here http://www.clearingthe90dayhurdle.com/top10-report.shtml)

The First 90 Days
Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

by Michael Watkins

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  • A strong, overall handbook on the topic.
  • Broken-down into 9 chapters focused on optimizing the first 90 days for leaders and a 10th chapter geared to establishing a process at the organizational level.
  • Contains a number of models which will be particularly appealing to some readers.
  • Written for leaders at all levels, but most geared to Director, Vice President level and above.
  • Some clients have found the book a bit daunting to read in this timeframe and it can be helpful to be pointed to particularly relevant chapters, depending on the client need.

You’re In Charge — Now What? The 8-Point Plan
by Thomas Neff and James Citrin

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  • Geared mainly to CEO level, but many principles are similar to other senior leadership roles.
  • A great airplane read.
  • Essentially the book provides anecdotes from well-known CEO’s on what they have done to ensure a great first 100 days.
  • Research is not overly academic, yet it still addresses the main success factors and derailers in transition.
  • Engaging stories to create connection with high potential leaders.

Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions That Make or Break a Leader
by David Dotlich, James Noel and Norman Walker

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  • Addresses 15 different types of significant transition experiences for leaders.
  • Easy to pick up and read in short intervals and still come away with very helpful reminders and insights.
  • Most relevant chapter for onboarding is "Joining a Company".
  • Other chapters of interest during transition (depending on the nature of the assignment) are:
    • "Moving into a Leadership Role"
    • "Accepting the Stretch Assignment"
    • "Assuming Responsibility for a Business"
    • "Living in a different Country or Culture"

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company
by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter and James Noel

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  • Book is particularly geared to senior human resources leaders and organization development professionals who are establishing succession planning processes for their organization.
  • However, there are some powerful insights describing the 7 types of transitions or promotions within organizations that represent significant shifts in skill-set requirements. For example:
    • "From Managing Self to Managing Others"
    • "From Managing Others to Managing Managers"
    • "From Functional Manager to Business Manager"
  • Very helpful tool in coaching individuals moving to a new level.
  • Appealing for leaders coaching managers who report to them.
  • During a time of transition, it is most useful for coaching clients to be pointed to the relevant chapter and not overwhelmed by the full content of the book.


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