Master Your Next Move




Book Title:  Master Your Next Move
Author:  Michael D. Watkins
Publisher:  HBR Press
List Price:  $30.00 US
Format:  Hard cover, 224 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-760-7
Reviewer: S.C. Karmanoff
Review Date: December 2019





“Master Your Next Move” addresses the 8 most common and most difficult types of transitions encountered in careers. It provides principles and insights on how to successfully accelerate through these transitions and get up to speed in new roles. It also provides insights, from a corporate perspective on how to put processes in place to ensure an individual is successful in their transition.

This is a companion book to Michael Watkins’ “The First 90 Days”.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is arranged as a workbook. The Introduction provides an overview of the 8 types of transitions, which are expounded upon in subsequent, individual chapters. Each chapter provides insights into the challenges each transition present, followed by advice and processes to address/avoid the challenges, both from the perspective of the individual going through the transition and from the corporate perspective, on how to support a successful transition.

There is a very useful index in the back of the book, guiding the reader to specific areas of interest.


By structuring the challenges of a transition, this book helps identify areas for improvement, opportunities for success, and potential pitfalls to avoid. It’s well organized, easy to use, and very relevant for mid-level managers and executives who want to achieve success at the next level.


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About the Reviewer


Sylvia Karmanoff

Texas, USA



Sylvia Karmanoff is the Automotive Industry Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for DXC Technologies. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation and digital transformation strategy for automotive industry clients in the Americas.

Throughout Sylvia’s career, she has applied emerging technologies to create innovative solutions that incorporate artificial intelligence, big data analytics, Internet of Things, and remote monitoring and control to improve vehicle design, accelerate productivity, and enhance product capabilities within medical device, logistics, oil & gas, and automotive industries. Sylvia is a trusted advisor to government and industry organizations, helping to define visions for autonomous vehicles and associated infrastructure.

In addition to holding executive positions at Intel, General Motors, and other firms, Sylvia founded and ran a consulting practice, leveraging and applying technologies, such as analytics, IoT, VR, AI, miniaturization, and wearables to help clients expand into new markets.  Sylvia was instrumental in developing successful monetization strategies for vehicle telematics, connected vehicles, and connected medical devices. After developing the strategy, Sylvia and her firm led the product and program device (cardiac assist and TAH), Internet of Things, and transportation industries.

Sylvia is a patent holder and invited speaker at conferences and industry events on innovation, intelligent transportation systems, and the Internet of Things. Her higher education degrees include an MS in Computer Science and an MBA. She also serves on several professional and not-for-profit boards, and volunteers as a tutor and mentor for underprivileged children.

Sylvia is based in North Texas, USA.


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