IMD Executive Education

The First 90 Days

Available dates

Feb 26—27, 2020
2 days
Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 3900 ≈USD 3942
CHF 1950 per day
May 27—28, 2020
2 days
Zürich, Switzerland
CHF 3900 ≈USD 3942
CHF 1950 per day
Sep 24—25, 2020
2 days
Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 3900 ≈USD 3942
CHF 1950 per day


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About the course

Leadership transition success – it’s all in your first 90 days

Are you in transition – joining a new business in a leadership role or will do shortly? Or perhaps you are moving up internally.

To secure your success, you need to get up to speed quickly and find ways to create positive momentum in your new role.

During this NEW highly interactive, 2-day learning journey, you diagnose the situations you have inherited, define strategic direction, build your teams, create alliances, and secure early wins. And you establish a detailed action plan that shows you how to create successful momentum for your first 90 days.

  • Match your strategy to your situation, so you can lead the right changes in the right ways. Then align with your new managers and superiors

  • Identify key stakeholders and build an alliance to support your key initiatives

  • Assess, reshape, align and accelerate the team you inherited

  • Establish direction for yourself and your organization, plus the momentum to secure early wins

Conquer the challenges of transition in your first 90 days

Your learning journey consists of pre-program, program and post-program elements that you can arrange over 2-3 months. And you’ll spend only 2 days out of the office. Typical transition challenges include:

  • On boarding into a new organization or new unit
  • Promotion to a more senior level
  • Role of greater complexity
  • Geographic move
  • A combination of these


On registering, you gain immediate access to The First 90 Days resource portal and its e-learning launch resources. This includes introductory videos providing an outline of the journey ahead. Two weeks before the program starts, an online launch with program director Michael Watkins gives you a more detailed overview of the program and The First 90 Days Transition Roadmap® framework. This will orient you, regarding your pre-program case studies and reading assignments.


Over the 2 days, you explore in depth The First 90 Days Transition Roadmap® framework and toolkit and apply it. By analyzing your transition challenges and defining your goals (for you, your teams and your organization), you design a plan for your next 90 days and identify ways to deliver results immediately. This learning journey is highly interactive, offering you case discussions, assessment exercises, and peer coaching.


For 3 months after the program, you can visit The First 90 Days resource portal to review its videos and articles, plus share questions and ideas with other program alumni. The program director will also host a 60-minute webinar which will help you reinforce the key concepts you’ve learned, assess progress and adjust your approach if necessary.

Who should attend

You are a leader who has recently taken on a challenging new role or will shortly do so. For example, you may be joining a new company or business unit, or have been promoted to a more complex, senior role in your current company. If possible, you should take the program at the latest within four months of formally starting your new job.

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

Trust the experts

Michael Watkins

Michael D. Watkins is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. He has spent the last two decades working with leaders – both corporate and public -- as they transition to new roles, transform their organizations, and craft their legacies. Dr. Watkins is author of the internation...


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