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You're in Charge, Now What? The 8 Point Plan

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You're in Charge, Now What? The 8 Point Plan

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You’re in Charge—Now What? provides readers with the secret road maps of many prominent leaders, revealed for the first time. It also features a clear, sound eight-point plan which fully covers everything incoming business leaders need in order to build long term success.


Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house—you need to get the foundation right. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, which establishes the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

The authors of You're in Charge, Now What?, Tom Neff and Jim Citrin are two of the world’s leading experts on leadership and career success. As key figures at Spencer Stuart (hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the number one brand name in executive search), they must understand the criteria for success when they recruit top executives for new leadership positions.

Through compelling, first-hand stories you will hear from people such as Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE, on how his career has been a series of successive first hundred days. Larry Summers, president of Harvard University, talks candidly about what he could have done differently in his early days to avoid dissipating goodwill among the diverse constituencies important for his future success. Gary Kusin of Kinko’s shares the specifics of the hundred-day action plan he crafted for himself before he started his new job. Paul Pressler of Gap Inc. shows how he developed a general strategic agenda that established fundamental principles and goals, waiting to prepare a more detailed strategic plan until later in his tenure.

Tom Neff and Jim Citrin’s actionable eight-point plan will be the foundation for your success—whether you are moving to a new organization or being promoted—showing how to:

  • Prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally
  • Manage others’ expectations of you—bosses, colleagues, and subordinates
  • Shape and build the team that will work with you
  • Learn the lay of the land and find out how things “really work around here”
  • Communicate your story effectively to people inside and outside the organization
  • Learn the top ten traps that confront every new leader and how to avoid them

When you start a new job you are in what AOL’s Jon Miller calls a “temporary state of incompetence”. You are faced with having to do the most when you know the least. With the eight-point plan provided by You’re in Charge—Now What? you’ll understand and be able to take action on the patterns that will build your long term success.

Additional Information

Additional Information

ISBN 978-1400048663
Publication Date Mar-07
Author Thomas J. Neff & James M. Citrin
Format Paperback
Page Count 320
Manufacturer Random House