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Professor of Leadership & Organizational Change at IMD, Best-Selling Author

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Michael Watkins Biography

Michael Watkins is the co-founder of Genesis Advisers, an Inc. 5000-ranked, global leadership development consultancy based in Boston, MA (USA), specializing in transition acceleration for leaders, teams, and organizations, where he coaches C-level executives of global organizations. He is also Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD Business School, and a Thinkers 50-listed global management influencer, who has spent the last two decades helping executives — both corporate and public — craft their legacies as leaders.

Prior to joining IMD, Watkins was an adjunct professor at INSEAD, and an associate professor at Harvard Business School and professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. While on the faculty of these institutions, he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation.

Watkins is the international best-selling author of eleven books, and is best known for The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, which The Economist named “The Onboarding Bible.” With over 1.5 million copies sold in English and translations in 27+ languages, The First 90 Days is the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard resource for leading change. Amazon named it one of its top 100 business books to read in a lifetime. Other works in the field of leadership include Master Your Next Move: The Essential Companion to The First 90 Days (HBR Press 2019), Shaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective Negotiating (HBS Press 2006) and Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Avoid Them (HBS Press 2004). Predictable Surprises was named one of the best business books of 2004 by Strategy + Business and won the 2006 annual Kulp-Wright ARIA Award.

Watkins is a regular contributor to leading business journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Review. Among his Harvard Business Review feature articles are: “How Insider CEOs Succeed” (2020), "Initiative Overload" (2018), "Onboarding Isn't Enough" (2017), "Leading the Team You Inherit" (2016), "It's All About Day One" (2013), "How Managers Become Leaders" (2012), "Picking the Right Transition Strategy" (2009), "The Leadership Team: Complementary Strengths or Conflicting Agendas" (2007), and "The Successor's Dilemma" (2000). A number of these articles have been selected for inclusion in the following guides: HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People, Vol. 2 (2020), HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership, Vol. 2 (2020), HBR Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives (2020), and the HBR Guide to Collaborative Teams (2021). He has also contributed numerous digital articles to HBR.org over the years, including: “How New CEOs Can Balance Strategy and Execution” (2021), “The Surprising Power of Peer Coaching” (2021), “When Do We Really Need Face-to-Face Interactions” (2021), “Onboarding a New Leader – Remotely” (2020), “How to Onboard New Hires at Every Level” (2019), “7 Ways to Set Up a New Hire for Success” (2019), “Five Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job” (2019), “When is Teamwork Really Necessary” (2018), and “Internal Hires Need Just as Much Support as External” (2016).

Originally from Canada, Michael Watkins received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, did graduate work in law and business at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences at Harvard University.

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The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

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Michael Watkins Biography

Michael Watkins is the co-founder of Genesis Advisers, an Inc. 5000-ranked, global leadership development consultancy based in Boston, MA (USA), specializing in transition acceleration for leaders, teams, and organizations, where he coaches C-level executives of global organizations. He is also Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD Business School, and a Thinkers 50-listed global management influencer, who has spent the last two decades helping executives — both corporate and public — craft their legacies as leaders.

Prior to joining IMD, Watkins was an adjunct professor at INSEAD, and an associate professor at Harvard Business School and professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. While on the faculty of these institutions, he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation.

Watkins is the international best-selling author of eleven books, and is best known for The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, which The Economist named “The Onboarding Bible.” With over 1.5 million copies sold in English and translations in 27+ languages, The First 90 Days is the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard resource for leading change. Amazon named it one of its top 100 business books to read in a lifetime. Other works in the field of leadership include Master Your Next Move: The Essential Companion to The First 90 Days (HBR Press 2019), Shaping the Game: The New Leader's Guide to Effective Negotiating (HBS Press 2006) and Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Avoid Them (HBS Press 2004). Predictable Surprises was named one of the best business books of 2004 by Strategy + Business and won the 2006 annual Kulp-Wright ARIA Award.

Watkins is a regular contributor to leading business journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Review. Among his Harvard Business Review feature articles are: “How Insider CEOs Succeed” (2020), "Initiative Overload" (2018), "Onboarding Isn't Enough" (2017), "Leading the Team You Inherit" (2016), "It's All About Day One" (2013), "How Managers Become Leaders" (2012), "Picking the Right Transition Strategy" (2009), "The Leadership Team: Complementary Strengths or Conflicting Agendas" (2007), and "The Successor's Dilemma" (2000). A number of these articles have been selected for inclusion in the following guides: HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People, Vol. 2 (2020), HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership, Vol. 2 (2020), HBR Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives (2020), and the HBR Guide to Collaborative Teams (2021). He has also contributed numerous digital articles to HBR.org over the years, including: “How New CEOs Can Balance Strategy and Execution” (2021), “The Surprising Power of Peer Coaching” (2021), “When Do We Really Need Face-to-Face Interactions” (2021), “Onboarding a New Leader – Remotely” (2020), “How to Onboard New Hires at Every Level” (2019), “7 Ways to Set Up a New Hire for Success” (2019), “Five Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job” (2019), “When is Teamwork Really Necessary” (2018), and “Internal Hires Need Just as Much Support as External” (2016).

Originally from Canada, Michael Watkins received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, did graduate work in law and business at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences at Harvard University.

Michael Watkins Videos

  • The First 90 Days as a Leader W/ Michael Watkins
  • Michael Watkins On Transition Challenges for Enterprise Leaders ...

Michael Watkins Books

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  • How to book Michael Watkins?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Watkins for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Watkins, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Watkins or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Watkins?

    Booking fees for Michael Watkins, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Watkins, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Watkins?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Watkins for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Watkins for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Watkins or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Watkins or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Watkins is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Watkins for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Michael Watkins generally travels from Newton, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dave Logan, PhD, René Carayol, Erik Wahl, Patrick Lencioni and Daymond John. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Watkins for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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    Michael Watkins On Transition Challenges for Enterprise Leaders ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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