Michael D. Watkins is 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.
Dr. Watkins is author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, referred to as “The Onboarding Bible” by The Economist. With close to a million copies sold in English and translations in 24 languages, The First 90 Days has become the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard resource of leading change. Amazon named it one of its top 100 business books of all time.
Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Watkins was an adjunct professor at INSEAD, and an associate professor at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. While on the faculty of these institutions, he designed and taught world-class programs for high-potential leader development, corporate diplomacy, and strategic negotiation.
Dr. Watkins is the author and co-author of 11 books and numerous articles on leadership and negotiation. He also is the author or co-author of eight Harvard Business Review articles.
Originally from Canada, Dr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, did graduate work in law and business at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences at Harvard University.