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Your First 100 Days: How to Make Maximum Impact in Your New Leadership Role (Financial Times Series) [Paperback]

Niamh O'Keeffe
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Book Description

11 Oct 2011 Financial Times Series

This book will coach you through the real-time challenge of the first 100 days in a new role, providing an all-in-one solution through a combination of structured planning, commercial insight and leadership coaching, all in a deliberately concise 100 minute speed-read.

The first 100 days in a job are a pressurised moment of need, this book addresses both the practical and emotional challenges faced by leaders, offering realistic guidance, thoughtful insights, and useful advice in bite-sized portions, which are easily understood and immediately implementable.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273751328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273751328
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With a track record of 19 years career experience across leadership advisory services - including strategy consulting, head-hunting, and executive coaching, Niamh O' Keeffe has become an internationally regarded expert on the performance acceleration of leaders and their teams. Niamh spent the first eight years of her career with Accenture as a strategy and management consultant, followed by two years as Chief Executive of a non-profit
education & training centre. Prior to setting up First100 in 2004, Niamh worked for 2 years as a head-hunter in the City of London. Niamh will publish her new book Your First 100 Days: How to Make Maximum Impact in Your New Leadership Role (Financial Times Series) in October 2011.

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“An insightful 100 minutes read for a great First 100 Days.”

Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive of Management Consulting, Accenture.


“A structured and disciplined approach to transitioning into a new role that recognises both the practical and emotional challenges. Will help you get off to a fast and focused start.” 

Alan McIntyre, Chief Operating Officer, Oliver Wyman Group.


“Provides a practical and challenging framework to give senior executives the support they need in their first 100 days.”

Tony Hanway, Director, Telefonica O2






Targeted at the time-poor, ambition-rich business leader, this fast, focused and practical book gives you the critical insights and practical tips you need to create and execute an effective plan for your first 100 days in a new role. It will help you accelerate your leadership success during this crucial early phase.


§          100 day timeline approach – everything you need to know, do and plan in order to hit the key milestones in your journey to leadership success


§          100% practical – structured guidance, expert insights and critical advice in immediately implementable bite-sized sections


§          100 minute speed-read – when you want results fast, this book is the answer to the real-time challenge of your first 100 days

About the Author

Niamh O’Keeffe is the founder of First100, a business dedicated to accelerating the leadership performance of executives in their first 100 days, established in 2004. On average, her clients have evaluated their leadership performance to have improved by at least 30% as a result of the First100™ program. She knows first-hand the needs of this market and is well-qualified both by training and experience to meet their needs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I needed! 9 Nov 2011
Having taken on a more senior role at work, I came across this book at the tight time. Well written, accessible and engaging. It's refreshing to read a book on leadership with nothing superfluous in it. I would recommend this to anyone who feels they have bitten off more than they can chew after promotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an inspiration ! 25 Nov 2011
By Sigga
I highly recommend this book for all leaders.

This book is a great inspiration and the fact that it is written from the specialist/advisor angle gives it the credability that ranks it above other books on the first 100 days. The book can be applied both for someone that is taking upon a new leadership role as well as for the one that is in the need of an inspiration in his or hers current role.

The book offers you good leadership tools and challenges you towards a new way of thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars paf. 8 Jun 2013
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Didn't enjoy this -couldn't really get into it. I'm seeking the advice of some old hands instead which I'd recommend much more than reading a book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Leads the way 8 April 2013
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This book gives a good insight in to a good approach to managing your 1st 100 days in a new job. Would reconmend,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Concise 24 Sep 2012
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Unlike other books which dwell on theory, this book introduce you to the topic and then start the practical stuff.
Each idea introduced is translated into reality through real life scenarios. The book is divided into 3 different stages (30, 60 and 90 days) to guide you through your journey of the first 100 days as an executive.
The language is easy to assimilate and you don't get bogged down by confusing or highly technical jargon.
Diffenitly, a smooth introduction for the novo niche and no time waster for the experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple concept, highly effective... 20 Nov 2011
Given how much time we invest to find the right job, it seems obvious that we should prepare to make an impact from Day 1. Why don't we do it then? I no longer have an excuse - this book offers the framework to move me from action-to-insight that I have been looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The real value of this book is that it is a catalyst for sustainable leadership success. It has four distinct strengths - its holistic approach, to people and context - its pragmatism, in blending leadership theory to the reality of the 21st century business environment - its framework, to provide a foundation and structure on which individuals are enabled, and can build, to achieve their personal leadership potential - finally like all good ideas and approaches, it is simple because it allows individuals to deliver for themselves and others. I can only highly recommend you invest the 100 minutes it takes to read this book in yourself and start your journey towards your leadership potential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful techniques for management coaches 14 Nov 2011
I'm always interested in reading management and leadership books, looking for new ideas that could benefit my work as a management coach and trainer. This book details the main focus areas that a leader in a new role should consider, and act on, during their first 100 days. I liked the practical bias of the book - and specifically that it gave me a structure and an approach that I could use when working with newly appointed managers. It provides a template to be used by leaders/coaches to develop a plan for those first 100 days. It also provides checklists of questions that I could use when coaching a manager, at monthly reviews of their progress against their first 100 days plan. Also included is a simple model of leadership that I think provides an interesting framework to base conversations about leadership around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather formulaic with little new insight
Published 1 month ago by Wendy, Sheffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A great simple read that prepares you for your new role and provides a clear strategy for ensuring you can succeed in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philip Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Usefull
Some good advice for those entering their new position or even if you want a fresh start in your current one.
Published 2 months ago by neil
1.0 out of 5 stars too abstract to be of much value
I found the book very 'blue peter' like in its simplistic and bland description of key activities, e.g "now children, let's solve world poverty". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a disguised sales pitch - not useful or helpful
This book was really just a sales pitch for the company that provides the coaching services and the constant pitching was so blatant I struggled to even finish reading the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guidance for a new role.
I gave the book an excellent rating because it really helped me focus on what was important.
It provided a great framework to plan my first 100 days. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paraic Keogh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration and tips
Great source of inspiration with very good tips and perspectives, even if you don't follow the recipe to the dot.
Published 10 months ago by F. Trolia Slamic
5.0 out of 5 stars First100 is First in Performance Acceleration
O'Keeffe's method accelerates the performance of leaders within the First100 days of a transition such as a new job, a promotion, global transfer, or maternity return. Read more
Published 11 months ago by KelleyJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for executives
This is a great summary with valuable tips on how to make your transition to an executive role easier. Very easy to read, with lots of useful templates. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lisa Grantham
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful but sells the company as much as anything which is a...
Very useful book to read before you start any new role but does sell the company a bit too much for my tastes.
Published 14 months ago by Osprey
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