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Prof. Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins is a pre-eminent authority on the subject of leadership transitions. Ranked among the top fifty management influencers globally by Thinkers50, he is the bestselling author of The First 90 Days and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Institute of Management Development in Switzerland.
Michael Watkins is the co-founder of Genesis Advisers, a global leadership development consultancy, where he coaches C-level executives in transition. He is also Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the IMD Business School. He has spent the last two decades working with executives—both corporate and public—as they transition to new roles, transform their organizations, and craft their legacies as leaders. A recognized expert in his field, he is ranked among Thinkers50 top fifty management influencers globally. He is author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, the globally acknowledged handbook for leadership and career transitions and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Leadership Books. He has also written numerous books and articles on the subjects of leadership and negotiation. Prior to joining IMD, Watkins was an adjunct professor at INSEAD and an associate professor at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While on the faculty of these institutions, he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation. He earned his PhD from Harvard University in Decision Sciences.