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An essential tool for changing jobs
on 17 February 2010
Michael Watkins is an expert in management transition, the move from one job to another. Your Next Move follows his highly successful earlier work, The First 90 Days. The structure of the book is laid out in the Introduction, each chapter is a look at one of eight popular types of transistion:
The Promotion Challenge
The Leading-Former-Peers Challenge
The Corporate Diplomacy Challenge
The Onboarding Challenge
The International Move Challenge
The Turnaround Challenge
The Realignment Challenge
The STARS Portfolio Challenge (a group of different challenges)
Each section uses an example. There are questions to think about during and at the end of each chapter, to help focus awareness for the person in transition. There were also references to a website with online tools.
The book is well worth reading. Most people who have, or who are about to change jobs, would benefit from reading through the relevant chapter, depending on the type of job move. There are some very useful tips on how best to approach certain situations, as well as a number of models to plan your transition strategy. I found it fascinating relating the book to individuals who I've observed coming into a new role in the last few years - and analysing their effectiveness in transition.
The questions in each chapter are a very good guide to the issues, focusing time to those aspects of the job which would benefit most time spent considering. I'm afraid I wasn't as impressed with the website, which was advertised as further help in the book.. I logged on to the site, and registered (which is free), but online tools were more just an advert for other books.
However, I would strongly recommend the book to anyone who is planning to, or already progressing in their career. It will give you some insight into what you may face, and a valuable steer as to how best to tackle potential situations.