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    The First 90 Days for Re-Launchers

    In this 30-minute 3-2-1 iRelaunch Podcast, Michael Watkins — best-selling author of The First 90 Days and its newly-updated essential companion, Master Your Next Move  is interviewed by iRelaunch Chairman and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen about the principles and techniques of making successful transitions into new roles through the lens of a "relauncher," or person returning to the workforce after a break.


    Among the topics explored in the podcast are:

    • How to regulate a 'sink or swim' mentality in a new position
    • Striking the right balance between learning and doing
    • Accelerating technical, cultural, and political learning
    • Common traps to avoid when taking a new role
    • How to match your strategy to the situation you are entering 
    • Creating alliances
    • Coping with anxiety associated with returning to work
    • Tackling front-end "update learning" (e.g., new software platforms)
    • Leading former peers
    • How to avoid creating barriers to your success


    You can listen to the full podcast on the following platforms:




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    Related resources:

    5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job (Harvard Business Review, April 2019) 

    What to Do When You're Returning to a Company You Used to Work For (Harvard Business Review, August, 2017) 

    Harvard Business Review Whiteboard Session: How to Get Up to Speed in Your New Leadership Role