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What’s different about this leadership book?

“…the most practical, detailed, and truly useful [leadership book] I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

“…a clear, detailed blueprint to being successful.”

“...the first well-researched book I’ve read that got me asking the important questions for how to become better.”

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Here’s additional content for your journey to becoming a catalyst leader. Join in on the #YourFirstLeadershipJob conversation to help other first-time leaders.

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Change: It’s about the People
Innovation: Be Prepared to Fail Early and Often
Your Next Career Move and Next Adventure

Tools

New Leader Checklist
Personal and Practical Needs
Discussion Planner
Energy Magnets
Strategy Execution Tool
Ways to Recognize Individuals
Interaction Skills Simulation
Video on Delegating
Networking Skills Self-Assessment
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“…the most practical, detailed, and truly useful [leadership book] I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

“…a clear, detailed blueprint to being successful.”

“...the first well-researched book I’ve read that got me asking the important questions for how to become better.”

“…a must-read for any newly promoted people manager…”

“…a valuable and practical resource for any aspiring leader.”

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Chapter Tools & Resources for a Catalyst Leader
 

Discussion Guide
This discussion guide will help facilitate great conversations and insights on key topics like your leadership brand, nurturing your business networks, and a woman's first leadership job.

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Catalyst Leader Self-Assessment (Tool 2.1)
Catalyst leaders find opportunities to ignite action in others. Are you a catalyst leader? Take this self-assessment to find out.

Success Profile Checklist (Tool 2.2)
How do you stack up against the success profile? Which skills are strengths? Which do you need to develop?

Leadership and Sushi
What do the two have in common? An article from Rich offers a powerful way to reframe how we think about leadership—as a profession.

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New Leader Checklist: Navigating Your First Six Months
Successfully navigate through your transition with this user-friendly, month-by-month checklist with development activities and suggestions.

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Never Do / Always Do (Tool 4.1)
Most people have wondered what they would do—or avoid doing—if they were the boss. Use this tool to capture some examples.

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Personal and Practical Needs
Read the research and get the science behind effective conversations and relationship building.

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Discussion Planner
Download the single-greatest organization tool to prepare for critical conversations.

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Execution Self-Assessment (Tool 9.1)
Executing a strategy requires focus, measurement, and accountability. Use this tool to pinpoint your strengths and areas for improvement in these three areas.

Identifying Your Top Priorities (Tool 9.2)
Constant distractions can disrupt focus and derail you from success. Use this tool to clarify your team’s top priorities.

Where Does My Time Go? (Tool 9.3)
Successful leaders maintain a proper balance between managing and interacting. How well do you balance your time? Use this tool to find out.

Strategy Execution (Tool 9.4)
What’s on your radar? Analyze and prioritize your time using the three elements of execution.

Energy Magnets
Use these tips to manage the work distractions in your life.

Strategy Execution Tool
What’s on your radar? Analyze and prioritize your time using the three elements of execution.

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Motivation Matters (Tool 10.3)
Job satisfaction hinge on a host of motivational issues. Use this tool to rate 30 common motivational facets most prevalent for the job you’re hiring.

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Ways to Recognize Individuals
Building a culture of acknowledgement? Here are some ideas on why and how to recognize good performers.

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Interaction Skills Experience
Try out your leadership skills! See how you fare in an online simulation with a direct report.

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Delegating
Can’t let go? Watch a video with Tacy on delegating with purpose and confidence.

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Networking Skills
Take a quick self-assessment on the Four Practices of Networking. Discover your strengths, gaps, and next steps.

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Leading Nervous Agents through Change
Get additional tips on finding the right words to plan your conversation.

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Sparking Action
How have leaders like you made a difference in inspiring ways? Get our free ebook Spark!

New Leader Checklist
On your first 6 months as a leader? Start strong with this to-do list for your first days, weeks, and months.

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Read the Research
Take a deeper dive in DDI’s studies and insights we shared in the book.

Endorsements for Your First Leadership Job
Pam Benoit
Pam BenoitExecutive Vice President and Provost, Ohio University
“There are so many leadership books and so little time for new leaders, but if there is one book to squeeze in, it would be Your First Leadership Job. It is a combination of important insights, theory, and research on leadership that follows up with a section that emphasizes mastering the skills. This section is filled with no-nonsense, practical information and examples punctuated with thoughtful questions and checklists that encourage self-reflection for the individual interested in taking on the challenge of being a leader for a living.”
Donna Porter
Donna PorterManager, Organizational Development and Learning, Whirlpool Corporation
“At Whirlpool, we put millennial new hire sales reps into a house together for 10 weeks and call it the “Real Whirled.” They learn technical skills about our products as well as the interaction skills in this book. Both are crucial to their success. Every new hire, whether a formal leader or not, should read this book.
Jack Zenger
Jack ZengerCEO, Zenger Folkman; co-author of The Extraordinary Leader
“The transition from individual contributor to supervisor or manager is the single most difficult transition for most leaders. This book is a marvelous compendium of practical advice to assist in successfully navigating that move. Building on decades of practical experience, the authors present their wisdom in an easily digestible way.
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