ABLE WAS I ...During the famous "100 Days" after his escape from exile on Elba, Napoleon took control of France, reconstituted his army and threw Europe into panic. No one expects quite that much from a new managing partner, but those first days in the corner office can make or break a new leader's tenure. Consultant Patrick McKenna's short e-book, The First 100 Days: Transitioning a New Managing Partner, is full of trenchant advice for the new firm MP on setting your agenda, what to do before you take the position, developing support, and understanding why and how people treat you differently.

The monograph also includes the insights of a number of MPs from different professional services firms. Taken together, McKenna's advice and the MPs' comments offer a far better guide to a successful beginning than Napoleon; his 100 days, after all, ended at Waterloo.

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