In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?
Triggers confronts head on the challenges of behavior and change, looking at the external factors (or "triggers") - both negative and positive - that affect our behaviors, our awareness of when we need to change, our willingness (or otherwise) to do so, and our ability to see the change through. Drawing on his unparalleled experience as an international executive educator and coach, Marshall Goldsmith invites us to understand how our own beliefs and the environments in which we operate can trigger negative behaviors or a resistance to the need to change. But he also offers up some simple, practical advice to help us navigate the negative and make the most of the triggers that will help us to sustain positive change.
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I love Marshall Goldmith's book "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There" and I've talked about it for years. In much the same vein, he ups the ante with this book in building on those core skills and behavior modifications.
The key to this book is being open to change. There's no point in investing your time in something you will not do. And knowing is not the same thing as doing. He is truly the best kind of coach - helping us to define our own personal goals and then helping us to change our mindset and back up our commitment to change with real skills.
This is not magic. It's simple, but not easy. I know this is another book I will listen to again multiple times and recommend to many people. We have within us what we need to love a happier and more fulfilling life on our own terms. Marshall Goldsmith is a wonderful guide to making the most out of our individual life journeys.
I've listened to this book twice now. Probably the best book on adult behavior change I've read. After reading books like Switch, The Power of Habit and Change or Die, which were great prerequisites that shaped my mind concerning the our behavior, Mr. Goldsmith really nails the concepts associated with the impact of our environment on our habits and reactions to triggers. This book is definitely moving to the required list for my management team. Thanks, Marshall for your insights!
Clever actionable insights
Many Aha moments from powerful perspectives. Triggers operate whether we know it or not... Goldsmith lays them on the table in a way that they become tools for personal and professional improvement.
Knowing more about what triggers our responses is empowering. Ultimately, we can improve control, create an environment to match the tasks we need to approach, and accomplish more in all we do.
Definitely. Marshall has a depth of knowledge and experience not matched by many people in the business world.
Everyone because everyone knows how to change, but sometimes we need to hear it from someone such as Marshall to give us that extra push.
The majority of info contained in this book will seem like common sense to most people. As Marshall points out in the book, this is intended. If we all know how to change, then why don't we? Sometimes we need to hear it from another person (Marshall in this case) to give us the extra push we need.
I do enjoy the content, however I think this book could have been half as long. I caught myself drifting off countless times because of all the filler between the important points. Nonetheless, if you are looking to make some changes in your life, I do recommend you listen to this book.
Goldsmith provides a good mix of stories and statistics to help keep things moving along. The steps and guidelines her provides seen simple, but it's the doing that is difficult.
I've been doing daily questions now for several weeks and have enjoyed the changes in my mindset that it have resulted. I've also implemented weekly questions to review with my wife that hit on our family culture goals, such as reading family meals together, giving each other focus in the moment, doing fun things, etc.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book.
Marshall Goldsmith does a fantastic job of narrowing the gap between what we think we want and what we actually want.when we say we want something typically requires us to change from where we are now in order to do that we have to be willing to take action...daily, and even hourly action. Not the action that is the change but the action that questions the effort toward the possibility of change.
Personally gave me some clarity about why I'm not changing the areas that I want to change and why I need to focus more effectively on questioning my efforts.
I like that this book not only reinforces the messages and methods of self-improvement from his previous books, but also guides the reader to identify triggers in the environment prohibiting lasting and meaningful improvement. Marshall's narration is a bonus as well. It makes the book more personal. If you've never seen him speak in person or had a chance to speak with him directly, I highly recommend it. He's very engaging and down to earth.
This book gave me tremendous insights that I look forward to utilizing in my professional and personal life. I highly recommend it to anyone who is eager to change.
There are already many good books available on building habits and this book doesn't offer much new except daily active questioning. For example, having a friend call you every night to ask how would you rate yourself on your efforts to achieve _____ (which are the goals you had identified for yourself). The monitoring and daily reminders from the friend keep you motivated. Since the monitoring is on your efforts (not completion of the task), there isn't the feeling that you've failed. Instead, you see the progress you've made so far.
Good books and peaceful days...
Beautiful narration from an author who warmly provides perspective, anecdotes, and solutions for dealing with environmental triggers that - if we remain unaware - overwhelm and undermine our best intentions and most heartfelt goals.
Easy to listen to, and very much worth the effort. Reads a little like a self help book, but that doesn't detract from the value of the content.
"Practical, positive and shareable learning"
Thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. As a coach, employee, manager and partner I have identified skills and tools that I can use and share to support my own development and that of those around me.
"Unflinching guide to adult behavioural change"
Lots of interesting ideas around changing your behaviour, with a focus on interpersonal behaviour. There's no pretence that it's easy but plenty of repeatable tips and motivators. A touch long but never boring.
It is really useful to learn from somebody with life long experience. I will also buy the book.
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