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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007175346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071753463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn Adler on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Murphy first introduced the idea of HARD Goals in his last book, Hundred Percenters. I was sold when the material was covered there---in just a single chapter, and as one way to inspire better employee performance. But for the past year, I've wanted more... a deeper focus on the thinking behind HARD Goals. Greater exploration into how to better put HARD Goals into effect. With this new book, I got exactly what I wanted.

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.
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While Mark Murphy's HARD GOALS was interesting, I felt the book didn't really set itself apart enough with a unique theory, and pretty much followed in the footsteps of Caroline Adams Miller's 2009 CREATING YOUR BEST LIFE: The Ultimate Life List Guide that I read when it first came out last year. Hers was the first to tie the science of goal accomplishment with the science of happiness. HARD GOALS also has some research in it, which is nice. But on the overall, I got what I needed from the other book.
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Finally, a book that helps you understand and craft goals that get fulfilled and not just written down. The psychology behind this book brings to light how successful people accomplish their HARD goals. This book is a great read and really gives you laser-like focus on determining what goals are worth setting and have a purpose in your life. It gives you techniques to put concepts into practice. This is a book that I will definitely be giving to my executive team.
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Let me first say that, unless you have a science or statistics background, you may find this book hard to digest. Personally, as a pharmacist, I found myself trying to understand certain parts.

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
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Although I've just started to read this book, I feel compelled to write a review now because its explained to me in just the first few pages, this yearning I've felt my entire life to do great things!! I've felt frustrated for years not being able to understand this and now here's a book that's teaching me how to embrace it!!! OMG, I want to do cartwheels in the street and yell "WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!".
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I was very disappointed by this book. I didn't find anything new to it. Murphy doesn't say anything that you can't get from a good essay on visualization and planning. I also didn't like the writing. It comes across as if it were written by a college frat boy. There are better motivational books out there.
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