Saturday, August 1, 2009
The book this week was The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan by Bradt, Check and Pedraza. I have been really excited to read this book because I am moving into a new job as a leader. I did not expect the book to be written like it was though. I was surprised to find it more of a workbook than anything else and very affective in doing that.
As you progress through this book each chapter explains a point in the onboarding process, then tells you how to prepare, and then at the end of the chapter it helps you write out that preparation in a "fill in the blank" style. Not only does it give you the organization of these preparation forms in the book but the same forms are downloadable on the books website. Very handy in my opinion.
One thing that made me wish that I would have read this book before I did is that they start the onboarding process into an organization before your first interview. They identify the common interview questions and give you example answers which were very helpful. This book follows the principle that you can't say yes or no to a job you never get an offer from, so go all out and try to get an offer from as many companies as you can and then after all the offers are on the table, and only after, do you due diligence on that company and find out if they are the best fit for you. In this economy I couldn't think of a better way to go about getting a job. Go for everything under the sun and then you'll leave yourself with more of a selection. And if you use this book as a guide you should be able to perfect you impressions and really make a great impression come interview time.
Overall, as I read through this book most of the information was common sense. However, it is nice to have it all laid out because if you don't have everything you ought to do fresh in your mind on your first day... chances are you will forget it. Then as you progress through your first 100 days at your new job, using this book as a guide/workbook, you should be making early wins and bringing all the "right" types of people aboard your team. These two things are key to making a big impact on any organization and getting ahead faster than you thought possible.
I think this book is perfect for everyone out there who is in the process of looking for a job or internship. I wish I would have known that onboarding starts even before the interview and how the early wins even before your first day can influence your overall career outcome. Addtionally, to those of you that have a steady job, even though a lot of the information in this book was common sense, I know that if you read it you'll learn at least one thing that you will be able to apply to you leadership role within your organization.... and wouldn't that make it worth it? If you have any questions on the book don't hesitate to ask me a question. I would be more than happy to help anyone that needs it.
Amazon Link to buy The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan