Who can help? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!
What is the solution? The Harvard Business Review asked Goldsmith, "What is the most common problem faced by the executives that you coach?" Inside, he answers this question by discussing not only the key beliefs of successful leaders, but also the behaviors that hold them back. He addresses the fundamental problems that often come with success and offers ways to attack them. Goldsmith outlines 20 habits commonly found in the corporate environment and provides a systematic approach to helping executives achieve a positive change in behavior.
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"[Goldsmith's] steps in coaching for success are simple, honest, without artifice." (Booklist)
Very useful book. Even if you don't implement the full improvement strategy of apologizing and advertising it and following up, the various issues discussed are obviously true once you think about them. As the author says throughout, many of the solutions are simple, though not necessarily easy to implement. I would recommend this to anyone who works in an office environment, not just executives. In fact, the earlier in your career you recognize the issues the author discusses, the more effective you will be.
The book lists 21 bad behaviors that can stalk an executive's career. The list is not an earth shattering revelation, such as competitive even for trivia matters, desire to add two cents to every conversation, overuse of "no", "but", and "however", inability to praise, and deflecting blame for any wrongdoing. I think the author is probably a good consultant but not a good writer. He uses a lot of sports analogy and sometimes poorly applied, like comparing the gripping of a golf club to listening (I think he was trying to explain how before taking action, you have to pay attention or something... it was just confusing). Also, this book doesn't work well as a "how to" book. The examples he gives are based on his consulting jobs where a 360 evaluation was done for the executive. It's easy for others to see your flaws (such as making sarcastic or negative remarks). They are the victims of your bad behaviors and feel the effects; you don't. Also, many people think and act differently from you. One or two individuals may find your behavior normal, while seven or eight find it annoying. This book is good if you're already considering fixing some of your bad habits. There are tips on how to get feedback from people and stay motivated to improve. If you're stalled in your career and can't figure why, this book won't answer that question.
I enjoyed the book. For me the value was in hearing Goldsmith talk about annoying & distracting habits, some of which plague me. In listening to his discussion of the habits I learned a few things about myself. Now I can change a few behaviors that may have been annoying others and holding me back.
Of all the books I have read which address techniques to make me a better person and more effective colleague, this may be close to the best. Marshall applies a brutally practical perspective that anyone who wants to change can benefit from.
I really liked this book and found the content to be valuable. However, more than other audiobooks that I've listened to, I found that this didn't lend itself to the format too well. I often felt like I needed to take notes or look back on a list (which of course wasn't available). The audiobook format left me wanting to get a copy from the library which I could copy a few tables and lists out of. This hasn't been my experience as much with other audio books.
This is a good book to listen too. out of the business books, this is in the upper value level
Marc sounds like my grandfather telling me the story when he says something like if you have trouble saying thank you, then start saying Thank you. it sounds so simple and empowering, that I better not upset dad/ grandpa.
I am often found to be someone that
Change!!! And this doesn't mean changing others, it means changing yourself. Marshall Goldsmith shows us how.
Each of us has character flaws, either unknown or known that we refuse to recognize as needing corrected. Change, however, is not only about recognizing what needs to be different about yourself, we need a reason to change, and then the ability to fix the flaw.
He is an excellent reader. He makes you feel that he wrote the book, which is very unusual when listening to an audio book.
Each of us need not only awareness of our faults, but we need the help of others in bringing about change within ourselves.
I highly recommend this book as one of the best I have read or listened to on audio for aiding in making all of us better people, parents, spouses, coworkers, or bosses.
Avid reader from Dubai. Now slowly trying to get on the audible bandwagon.
Yes, has a lot of principles that can help people move from one stage to another in life, and also gives advice on what needs to be kept in mind.
All the examples provided has relevance and applicability in daily life.
The points mentioned about how even successful people have chinks in the armor and even these chinks can be ironed out by focusing on the problem.
Unparalleled material on self improvement in the workforce. The author reminds us that people can't improve on all aspects simultaneously (even though successful people want to get better at everything they do, it's important to follow this rule. Will come back for a 2nd, 3rd and 4th read really soon!
There are some good ideas here, but the author bases a lot of his premises on assumptions that his opinion or personal experience are universally true. So you have to skip those parts and just get to the suggested practices. I would've liked to be able to recommend this to co-workers, but I likely won't. It's just too hit and miss.
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