45.04 Michael Watkins - Fit for purpose feedback loop

Episode 481,  Jun 13, 2019, 01:59 PM

Michael speaks about the sub-optimality in feedback loops when a new leader comes into an organization. He speaks about the relevance of early conversations with the stakeholders and Day 90/120 conversations to ensure that leaders get tailored constructive feedback to ensure that they are able to course correct early in their journeys.
Prof D. Watkins is Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change at IMD Lausanne in Switzerland. He has been a Professor at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, The Harvard Business School and INSEAD in France. He is one of the leading experts on accelerating transitions and is the author of two highly relevant books for leaders in transition. 1) The First 90 Days – Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all levels 2) Master your next move – The Leader’s guide to successfully Navigating Major Career Transitions (Recently published by Harvard Business School Press).
In our conversation, we speak about his perspectives around ROI of Transition Support for a leader who is moving in and the timelines that we should bear in mind when we think about transitions. We then spent time discussing three different types of transitions which are covered in details in his recently published book (Master your Next Move) – 1) CXO to CEO transition 2) Leading former peers and 3) On Boarding a new Leader. We spoke about some the missed opportunities when companies and the leaders approach these situations. Published in May 2019.
Deepak is a Leadership Advisor and an Executive Coach. He works with leaders to improve their effectiveness and in helping them make better decisions specifically around organizational and career transitions. He currently runs Transition Insight (www.transitioninsight.com) and works with leaders to handle phases of transition thoughtfully. He has worked as an Operations Consultant with KPMG in UK, Strategy Consultant with McKinsey in the US and as a Leadership Consultant with EgonZehnder (a Swiss Leadership Advisory firm) where he helped companies recruit CEOs, CXOs and Board Members and worked on Leadership Development. Deepak is a certified CEO Coach and is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad and London Business School. His detailed profile can be found at https://in.linkedin.com/in/djayaraman
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