Michael D. Watkins Quotes.

1. "Studies have found that more than 40 to 50 percent of senior outside hires fail to achieve desired results."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

2. "recruiting is like romance, and employment is like marriage."
- Michael D. Watkins, Leadership Transitions: The Watkins Collection

3. "What is culture? It’s a set of consistent patterns people follow for communicating, thinking, and acting, all grounded in their shared assumptions and values."
- Michael D. Watkins, Leadership Transitions: The Watkins Collection

4. "Aligning an organization is like preparing for a long sailing trip. First, you need to be clear on whether your destination (the mission and goals) and your route (the strategy) are the right ones. Then you can figure out which boat you need (the structure), how to outfit it (the processes), and which mix of crew members is best (the skill bases). Throughout the journey, you keep an eye out for reefs that are not on the charts."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

5. "To be successful, you need to mobilize the energy of many others in your organization. If you do the right things, then your vision, your expertise, and your drive can propel you forward and serve as seed crystals."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

6. "Once people perceive that change is going to happen, the game often shifts from outright opposition to a competition to influence what sort of change will occur."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

7. "Joining a new company is akin to an organ transplant—and you’re the new organ. If you’re not thoughtful in adapting to the new situation, you could end up being attacked by the organizational immune system and rejected."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

8. "Leadership ultimately is about influence and leverage. You are, after all, only one person. To be successful, you need to mobilize the energy of many others in your organization."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

9. "Mission is about what will be achieved, vision is about why people should feel motivated to perform at a high level, and strategy is about how resources should be allocated and decisions made to accomplish the mission."
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

10. "Planning to learn means figuring out in advance what the important questions are and how you can best answer them. Few"
- Michael D. Watkins, The First 90 Days

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