Genesis News

HBR Live in London: Master Your Next Move

Posted by Genesis on October 18, 2019 at 9:53 AM

With Michael Watkins, leadership transitions expert and author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days.

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Topics: Executive Search, Harvard Business Review, HR, Michael Watkins, Transition, Career Transitions, Master Your Next Move, Book Launch, Leadership Transitions, HR Magazine

How To Build A Strong Relationship With A New Boss

Posted by Genesis on May 31, 2019 at 4:32 PM

Have a new boss? Michael Watkins contributes practical suggestions on how you can assist their transition in his Harvard Business Review article, "How to Build a Strong Relationship With A New Boss." Some key suggestions include finding common ground, being empathetic, and, as with any transition, helping them achieve early wins. Read an excerpt below highlighting the key concepts outlined in the full article


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Topics: News, Executive Hire, Harvard Business Review, HR, Integration, Onboarding, Career Transitions, Accelerate Leaders

Power Onboarding Webinars On Demand With Michael Watkins

Posted by Genesis on May 30, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Genesis produces a Power Onboarding Webinar series hosted by our cofounder Michael Watkins, best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Master Your Next Move, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD Business School, and world-renowned authority on leadership transitions. Offered quarterly and attended by professionals in transition as well as HR and talent management leaders, the series covers topics related to onboarding and integrating leaders, teams and organizations. 

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Topics: Case Studies, First 90 Days, HR, Michael Watkins, Onboarding, Enterprise Onboarding, Team Transitions, Power Onboarding Webinars

Interview With Emerson's Corporate Director of Learning

Posted by Genesis on May 30, 2019 at 9:09 AM

We are excited to share an interview with Emerson’s Corporate Director of Learning, Terrence Donahue and Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days and Co-Founder of Genesis, about Emerson’s Successful Leadership Transitions Workshop — a customized onboarding system based on The First 90 Days® Transition Roadmap™ Framework. 

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Topics: Emerson, Executive Hire, First 90 Days, HR, Integration, Leadership Development, Michael Watkins, New Hire, Onboarding, Transition, Career Transitions, Accelerate Leaders, Onboarding Journeys, Leadership Transitions

Research Points to Five Key Transition Tasks

Posted by Genesis on May 30, 2019 at 6:45 AM

The following is an excerpt from "Onboarding Isn't Enough" (Harvard Business Review, June 2017), co-authored by Genesis Co-Founder, Michael Watkins. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the news item.

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Topics: First 90 Days, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School, HR, Leadership Development, Michael Watkins, New Hire, Onboarding, Talent Acquisition, Transition, Executive Onboarding Effectiveness Assessment, Onboarding Isn't Enough

Onboarding Isn't Enough: You Need to Integrate Your Executives

Posted by Genesis on May 30, 2019 at 6:25 AM

In "Onboarding Isn't Enough" (Harvard Business Review, June 2017), Michael Watkins writes, "Many businesses think they are doing a good job of executive onboarding when they actually aren’t. Nearly all large companies are competent at the administrative basics of signing up new hires. However, many do surprisingly little to help onboarding executives understand the business, integrate into the culture, and connect with key stakeholders. Companies vary vastly in how much effort they put into the integration of executive hires, with major consequences for time to performance, derailment rates, and talent retention."


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Topics: Egon Zehnder, First 90 Days, Harvard Business Review, HR, Michael Watkins, Onboarding, Talent Acquisition, Onboarding Systems, Onboarding Isn't Enough, Research

How Effective is Your Company at Onboarding?

Posted by Genesis on May 30, 2019 at 4:59 AM

It is a well-supported fact that supporting new-hire onboarding dramatically increases time-to-performance and reduces failure rates by 50%. Based on Michael Watkins' in-depth research into the vast array of HR onboarding programs employed by global organizations published in his article “Onboarding Isn't Enough” (Harvard Business Review, June 2017), Genesis created an assessment to help you gauge how effective your organization is at onboarding executives in comparison with the global sample used in the article.

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Topics: Egon Zehnder, Executive Hire, First 90 Days, Harvard Business Review, HR, Integration, Michael Watkins, Onboarding, Transition, Enterprise Onboarding, Accelerate Leaders, Executive Onboarding Effectiveness Assessment

The First 90 Days 2-Day Open Enrollment Course

Posted by Genesis on August 16, 2017 at 7:52 AM

Are you in transition—having recently joined a new business in a leadership role or about to do so imminently? Or perhaps you are moving up internally. To secure your success, you need to get up to speed quickly and find ways to create positive momentum in your new role.

During this NEW highly interactive, 2-day learning journey offered by the IMD Business School and led by onboarding expert, best-selling author and professor, Michael Watkins, you diagnose the situations you have inherited, define strategic direction, build your teams, create alliances, and secure early wins. And you establish a detailed action plan that shows you how to create successful momentum for your first 90 days.

The First 90 Days 2-Day Open Enrollment Course offered at the IMD Business School four times a year is favored by Fortune 500 organizations like Nestle, Beiersdorf, Schneider Electric and Caterpillar. Read their impact stories to find out why.  And watch the video recording of a recent informational webinar presented by course instructor Michael Watkins in which he describes the offering in detail. 

  • A high-impact program designed to accelerate transitions into new roles (promotion, onboarding, expat moves, leaders taking on new teams)
  • Taught exclusively by onboarding expert and best-selling author, Michael Watkins
  • Based on The First 90 Days Transition Roadmap Frameworkthe recognized standard for onboarding used by Fortune 500 companies
  • Proven to reduce the time it takes to reach full performance by 50%
  • Create your first- and next-90-day transition acceleration plans
  • Engaging mix of participants from a variety of companies, industries and geographies
  • Consistently rated 4.8+ out of 5 by course alumni and endorsed by Fortune 500 companies


Your learning journey consists of pre-program, program and post-program elements that you can arrange over 2-3 months. And you’ll spend only 2 days out of the office. Typical transition challenges include:

  • Onboarding into a new organization or new unit
  • Promotion to a more senior level
  • Role of greater complexity
  • Geographic move
  • A combination of these


Over the 2 days, you explore in depth the First 90 Days Framework® and apply it. By analyzing your transition challenges and defining your goals (for you, your team and your organization), you design a plan for your next 90 days and identify ways to deliver results immediately. This learning journey is highly interactive, offering you case discussions, assessment exercises, and peer coaching.


For 3 months after the program, you can visit the First 90 Days Resource Portal to review videos and articles, plus share questions and ideas with other program alumni. This means you reinforce the key concepts you’ve learned, assess your progress, and can adjust your approach by attending a 60-minute reconnect session with the program director.

Is this program right for you?

You are a leader who has recently taken on a challenging new role or will shortly do so. For example, you may be joining a new company or business unit, or you may have been promoted to a more complex, senior role in your current company. If possible, you should take the program at the latest within four months of formally starting your new job.

Although this is a program for individual leaders taking new roles (and not for teams), it is ideal for leaders who are taking over new teams or who want to take their team in new directions. In this case, you should come with a reasonably good understanding of the transition situation you are experiencing or will soon experience.

Your class

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

Admission process

Once you submit your application, it is forwarded to the program director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Executive Development Services will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee electronically. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

For details on how to enroll and the costs and logistics associated, please follow this link:

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Topics: First 90 Days, HR, Michael Watkins, New Hire, Onboarding, Transition, Career Transitions, IMD Business School

5 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Boss

Posted by Genesis on May 12, 2017 at 5:35 AM

Whether you’ve just been promoted or newly hired, it’s difficult to adjust and find clarity in new circumstances. Face the challenge and talk things out with your boss with these five conversations, guaranteed to bring you peace of mind and clear expectations.

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Topics: First 90 Days, Harvard Business Review, HR, Michael Watkins, Onboarding, Talent Acquisition