Michael Watkins

Leadership transition expert, best-selling author, and pioneer of proven strategies to help professionals navigate both personal adaptive changes and organizational change challenges.


Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, 2023.


Ranked in 2021.

Previous positions:

#29 (2019).


The First 90 Days has sold 1.5+ million copies, has been translated into 28 languages, and is named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors. 


A leading expert on accelerating career transitions, Watkins created a set of principles to help leaders transition faster and more efficiently into new roles. He identifies eight key transitions in corporate life, and shows how leaders and their organizations can survive and thrive through change.


Watkins is professor of leadership and organizational change at IMD, and co-founder of Genesis Advisers. He is a former professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.


Master Your Next Move (HBR Press, 2019)The First 90 Days (HBR Press, 2013); Your Next Move (HBR Press, 2009); Shaping the Game (HBR Press, 2006); Predictable Surprises (HBR Press, 2004).


Media picks


“The on-boarding bible.”

The Economist on The First 90 Days

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