You're in Charge, Now What?

  • by Thomas Neff, James Citrin
  • Narrated by Eric Conger
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance. Tom Neff and Jim Citrin are two of the world's leading experts on leadership and career success. As key figures at Spencer Stuart (hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the number one brand name in executive search), they must understand the criteria for success when they recruit top executives for new leadership positions. Tom Neff and Jim Citrin's actionable eight-point plan will be the foundation for your success, whether you are moving to a new organization or being promoted, showing how to:

Prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally from the time you accept until the time you begin
Manage others' expectations of you, bosses, colleagues, and subordinates
Shape and build the team that will work with you
Learn the lay of the land and find out how things "really work around here"
Communicate your story effectively to people inside and outside the organization
Avoid the top 10 traps that confront every new leader, such as disrespecting your predecessor, misreading the true sources of power in the organization, or succumbing to the "savior syndrome" When you start a new job you are in what AOL's Jon Miller calls a "temporary state of incompetence", faced with having to do the most when you know the least. But with the eight-point plan of You're in Charge, Now What? you'll understand and be able to take action on the patterns that will build your success.


What the Critics Say

"What truly distinguishes this book from available management volumes, besides its inspiring hit-the-ground-running approach, is the material gleaned from...chief executives, which is full of entertaining, enlightening first-person anecdotes....A guiding light to many an incoming manager." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Solid, action-oriented advice

This is excellent business writing: on-point, pithy and with enough specific examples to bring their ideas to life. An extended marketing effort for Spencer Stuart? Quite possibly - but this is genuinely engaging stuff, and the authors clearly speak from experience. They do a particularly good job of broadening the scope of the message: how many of their readers/listeners will actually be CEOs? Probably not many. So they ensure there are clear learnings throughout for someone moving into a management role at any level. All this is presented in a digestible form which avoids the pitfalls of dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. Definitely worth a look.
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- Patrick

You're in Charge, Now What?

This book is mostly targeted toward CEO level and executives. Some of the information is difficult to relate to, while one can find some tidbits of useful information. It does give insight into the pyche of the CEO and some of the thought processes they go through. It's not what I was hoping for as I was looking for something along the lines of a 1st level manager. This book caters to positions much higher than that. The narration is good.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio