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Hard Goals : The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Hardcover – November 10, 2010
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About the Author
Mark Murphy is founder and CEO of Leadership IQ, a top-rated provider of leadership training for Microsoft, IBM, MasterCard, Merck, and other companies. He is the author of Hundred Percenters and has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, and other publications.
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The thing I like most about Murphy (I'm on his organization's email list, so I follow him pretty closely), is that I never feel like he is trying to bluff me into buying his stuff. He either has hard facts to back up his ideas and methodologies, or you don't hear about it. And I consider myself a pretty savvy skeptic, so believe me; I'm always on the lookout for the smoke and mirrors. There're none here.
HARD Goals firmly supports itself with the backing of brain science. Murphy grabbed onto some of these key scientific findings, and used this new knowledge to come up with ways to what he calls "outflank" the brain. Outflank... kind of an unusual word, so I looked it up to make sure I knew what it really meant. `To gain a tactical advantage over (a competitor, for example)' is the definition I think best applies.
When it comes to goals, my competitor is procrastination. I don't even want to think about how often I have failed to even start my most heartfelt goals; even though I constantly dream about how great life would be if only I achieved them. I want it, but it's like there's a brick wall between me and making it happen. I finally know how to bust through that wall.
I've had really good success this past year applying what I learned about HARD Goals from the first book.Read more ›
That being said, however, the author does provide a very unique perspective on some commonly held ideas pertaining to goal-setting and accomplishing goals. Of note, I especially like how he uses the concept of "shoves and tugs" to identify barriers that are holding you back from achieving your goals, as opposed to "hypothetical" barriers. This is a very unique way of identifying barriers to your goal and I don't believe this has ever been presented in other goal setting or self-help books (well... at least none that I read, and I read quite a few). Not sure whether this concept of Shoves and Tugs is his idea or not.
The author calls his method of goal setting HARD goals and when you look at what HARD goals entails, some of the concepts may be unique, but overall, many of these concepts can be found in books such as Brian Tracy's Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible, Raymond LeBlanc's Achieving Objectives Made Easy! Practical goal setting tools & proven time management techniques and Keith Ellis' The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals. I even found some similarities to Rhonda Byne's ...Read more ›
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A good distillation and addition of the latest in brain science ... Like a good whiskey. Great take on complex subjectPublished 2 months ago by Charles Perry
Love this book.. Helped me improve the outcome of my goalsPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are ready to make a change, you need to set goals, and this book will definitely help you do it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim Brown, CFA
This book will change your life & you will never look at goals the same way again.
We always get this common advice but its taken out of context.
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This book essentially contradicts all of the other books about goals that I've read. We've all heard that you should make your goals SMART specific, measurable, actionable,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Rachel Berbiglia
Are the goals you are struggling to achieve just too difficult? Probably not. Most likely, they're too easy. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
The book is great for those that are not really sure how to set goals. If you have personal or professional issues with acheveing what you want this book is nothing but pure gold. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by BRWarren
This is a great book on goal setting. It is not geared just for goal setting in a work/corporate environment as the principles apply to personal goals as well. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by MMC