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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Yes, the book makes valid points - There may be times when the talents that got you to your current successful position are now preventing you from going further. It's sort of the "promoted to your level of incompetence" thing. I just don't think it needs to ramble on so long. Feels like the book was made bigger for marketing reasons rather than informational value.However, I've definitely listened to worse books and this one's "good". Not great, but good enough.Also, it was read well. Again, I've heard much worse. The narrator is professional and speaks well.
Go buy a copy of paper back edition. Audio book is really bad quality and very hard on your ears.
Didn't make it to the end.
I wish it was simple recording of Marshall's Live Seminars.
It's good to brush-up on the basics of leadership every once and a while, and this books is a good way to do just that. The advice given can, for the most part, be found in virtually any book on leadership and/or career advancement; but it's still good advice that reinforces good habits and (hopefully) helps manage bad ones.
On the negative site: I felt that a lot of the book was irrelevant to me because they covered habits I don't have and that I don't deal with on a regular basis. These sections/chapters pretty much just took up space.
On the positive side: I did have a few "ah ha!" moments when a particular habit turned out to be a spot-on of myself or someone I work with. These sections/chapters were especially interesting and I took the advice to heart, plus got some great pointers on coaching others.
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