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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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Three Great NEW Soundview Summaries

Subscribers to Soundview Executive Book Summaries already received some great news this week, so I thought I’d share it with everyone else. There are three brand new summaries now available for download in any of Soundview’s eight digital formats. If you’re an iPad user (or iPad2 for that matter), make this the month that you check out Soundview’s new Smart Summary format. It’s the first business book summary format designed specifically for the iPad and other tablet devices.

Here are the new releases:

Real-Time Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott: In this eye-opening follow-up to The New Rules of Marketing and PR, David Meerman Scott reveals the proven, practical steps to take your business into the real-time era. Find out how to act and react flexibly as events occur, position your brand in the always-on world of the Web, and avoid embarrassing mistakes and missteps in this executive book summary of Real-Time Marketing and PR.

You Already Know How to Be Great by Alan Fine: This executive book summary of You Already Know How to Be Great offers a bold new approach to performance by one of the top coaches in the country. Alan Fine, an accomplished tennis, golf, and executive coach and a renowned authority on peak performance, has found the biggest obstacle to improved performance isn’t not knowing what to do; it’s not doing what you already know. Fine reveals his simple and proven approach to achieving breakthrough performance through an amazing process called G.R.O.W. (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward).

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by George B. Bradt, Jorge E. Pedraza, Jayme A. Check: Moving into a new leadership position is one of the toughest challenges an executive can face. Whether you’re a veteran leader taking over a new organization or a novice moving into your first leadership role, this practical guide will help you manage your leadership transition so you can take charge, build your team, and deliver results. This executive book summary of the second edition of The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan presents proven solutions and cutting-edge techniques for getting started successfully in your new role.

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