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Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

It’s difficult to discern when a term comes into widespread use. In American politics whenever there is a newly elected president, the precedent seems to be to judge his performance based on what is accomplished during the first 100 days of his administration. In business, the same rule is often applied. The difference, according to authors George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check and Jorge E. Pedraza, is that an executive doesn’t receive the guarantee of a four-year term during which to work. As the authors write, “Your first 100 days on the job could be your last.” Their book The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team and Get Immediate Results is  the latest summary available from Soundview Executive Book Summaries.

The book is a vital success planning tool for any executive stepping into a new leadership position. One of its greatest strengths is a section that discusses the most common landmines that new leaders will encounter in their jobs. In addition to providing a detailed outline for success, the authors include a variety of tools (both in print and online) to aid leaders in acclimatizing to an organization and boosting their performance out of the gate. The authors clearly indicate the milestones (in terms of days) by which executives should attempt to implement certain goals. Though the book is divided into three parts, it is likely that readers will spend the most time focusing on the third section. With detailed information and interesting examples, The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan is a great guide to get any new leader the strong start he or she needs.

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