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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful [Kindle Edition]

Marshall Goldsmith , Mark Reiter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Whether you are near the top of the ladder or still have a ways to climb, this book serves as an essential guide to help you eliminate your dysfunctions and move to where you want to go.

Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their sometimes unconscious annoying habits and attain a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But, in this book, you get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

"Marshall Goldsmith is one of the most credible thought leaders in the new era of business."-The Economist

"For over a decade I have worked with Marshall in corporations and seen him teach. In my opinion, he is the best at what he does, bar none. He has that rare combination that makes a great teacher-thought leadership, classroom management, and presence."-Vijay Govindarajan, professor and director, Center for Global Leadership, Tuck School, Dartmouth University

"America's preeminent executive coach."-Fast Company


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, pinpoints 20 bad habits that stifle already successful careers as well as personal goals like succeeding in marriage or as a parent. Most are common behavioral problems, such as speaking when angry, which even the author is prone to do when dealing with a teenage daughter's belly ring. Though Goldsmith deals with touchy-feely material more typical of a self-help book—such as learning to listen or letting go of the past—his approach to curing self-destructive behavior is much harder-edged. For instance, he does not suggest sensitivity training for those prone to voicing morale-deflating sarcasm. His advice is to stop doing it. To stimulate behavior change, he suggests imposing fines (e.g., $10 for each infraction), asserting that monetary penalties can yield results by lunchtime. While Goldsmith's advice applies to everyone, the highly successful audience he targets may be the least likely to seek out his book without a direct order from someone higher up. As he points out, they are apt to attribute their success to their bad behavior. Still, that may allow the less successful to gain ground by improving their people skills first. (Jan. 2)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

By now, the CEO as celebrity is old hat. (Just start counting the books from former company heads.) That goes for the executive-recruiter-cum-president-makers. What has yet to be explored--until now--is the celebrity business coach, the individual who helps C-level executives correct flaws, whether invisible or public. A frequent interviewee in major business magazines like Fortune, Goldsmith, with the sage help and advice of his collaborator Reiter, pens a self-help career book, filled with disguised anecdotes and candid dialogue, all soon slated for bestsellerdom. His steps in coaching for success are simple, honest, without artifice: gather feedback from appropriate colleagues and cohorts, determine which behaviors to change (and remember, Goldsmith specifically focuses on behavior, not skills or knowledge), apologize, advertise, listen, thank, follow up, and practice feed-forward. Admittedly, this shrewd organizational psychologist only works with leaders he knows will listen, follow advice, and change--especially considering that he doesn't receive fees until improvements are secure and visible. On the other hand, these are words and processes anyone will benefit from, whether wannabe manager or senior executive. Barbara Jacobs
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781250200
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (February 22, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Q9J128
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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497 of 532 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Late for Me January 24, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Had I had access to the ideas in Marshall Goldsmith's book years ago, I would probably be better off.

At my advanced age, I have spent too much time working for myself. Sure, I recognize the importance of teams and team work. But I refer descending from my aerie, joining the team, completing the project and returning to the solace of personal contemplation Years ago, I found this works best for me.

Goldsmith, an executive coach, argues in his book What Got You Here Won't Get You There, that success delusion, holds most of us back. We, (read I):

1. Overestimate our (my) contribution to a project.

2. Take credit, partial or complete, for successes that belong to others.

3. Have an elevated opinion of our (my) professional skills and our (my) standing among our (my) peers.

4. Ignore the failures and time-consuming dead-ends we (I) create.

5. Exaggerate our (my) projects' impact on net profits by discounting the real and hidden costs built into them.

All of these flaws are borne out of success, yet here is where the book becomes interesting. Unlike others, Goldsmith does limit himself to teaching us (me) what to do. He goes the next step. He teaches us (me) what to stop. He does not address flaws of skill, intelligence or personality. No, he addresses challenges in interpersonal behavior, those egregious everyday annoyances that make your (my) workplace more noxious that it needs to be. They are the:

1. Need to win at all costs.

2. Desire to add our (my) two cents to every discussion.

3. Need to rate others and impose our standards on them.

4. Needless sarcasm and cutting remarks that we (I) think make us sound witty and wise.

5.
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145 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Get There From Here February 1, 2007
Format:Hardcover
"What Go You Here Won't Get You There" is an exceptional book, a powerhouse of information, insight and instruction.

The author addresses a particular audience: successful people who need to make a change to continue to be successful. It difficult to get people in that group to change, since they have reason to think they're pretty darn good anyway. Additionally, It is difficult to convince them that the very skills that got them where they are may be damaging their current success or preventing them from going further. So when he shows you exactly how to pull off such a miracle, you are going to be extremely impressed.

What is more impressive is the lavish detail Goldsmith provides to help you apply, on your own, the same process which he is paid $250,000 to undertake for each executive he coaches. He gives generously, tells all that you need, holds back nothing relevant. He richly illustrates his points with stories and examples that are so right-on-the-dime that you fully understand each point he makes. Yet, the writing is lean and tightly organized, packed into little over 200 pages.

Since you will want to read the book several times in study mode, the author's ability to be succinct is a very handy feature. And you will want to study the book carefully, because you will understand that this could be a real career-changer for you. In fact, it could be a real life-changer for you. The changes he describes are valuable in anyone's career or in their personal lives. They are all about interpersonal relations.

Goldsmith divides the book into four sections. In section one, he discusses why people resist change, what false beliefs obstruct change and how people have overcome those limiting beliefs.
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239 of 271 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best book yet January 12, 2007
Format:Hardcover
First, full disclosure: I LOVE Marshall Goldsmith. He is a regular guest speaker at my course "Creativity and Personal Mastery" at both Columbia Business School and London Business School. He generously contributed a blurb for my book "Are YOU Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life". He has given me sage advice many times. He is a good friend and trusted colleague.

Despite our relationship I have not reviewed any of his other books. Most are quite good but I am not sure that I would recommend any with the possible exception of Leader of the Future 1 & 2. (More disclosure - I have a small piece in the latter).

This book is different. Run and get it. I'll tell you why.

Marshall is lean as a rail, bald with a fringe of white hair and he cackles infectiously. If he was in a line up and you were picking persons that you thought would be spellbinding orators, you would pass on him. Yet, clad in his trademark green T-shirt and khaki trousers, he has repeatedly held my entire class in thrall. Many, many persons have told me that they got so much from his talk and thanked me for inviting him.

It is this voice, conversational and common-sensical, that comes through in this book. The same voice comes through in his magazine columns but not in his other books. And it is gold.

His insights are powerful. Here is an example: Have you ever had a subordinate come to you with a great idea? Your eyes light up and you exclaim "Brilliant!" You praise her effusively and suggest ways in which that idea could be made even better. In your mind you are being a supportive boss. Then you sit back and wait for her to follow through. But somehow she doesn't. The excitement and passion are simply not there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Got this on the suggestion of a work friend. I have to say, it's an easy read and there were several "Oh yeah!" moments in the book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lori Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars let the journey begin
The book is simple, anecdotal, direct and personal. The approaches, methods are doable! There were many chapters where I said to myself oh no I do this ! I need to stop.
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truly motivating
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book on how to become more successful in the corporate world
This is a good book on how to change your behavior for the better. Once you understand your weaknesses, you then can work on improving them so that the people around you notice how... Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. Bollinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bought it for a class, it was okay.
Published 8 days ago by tracy stefanik
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great book! Liked it so much I bought it for 2 friends as well.
Published 13 days ago by Joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing focus on fundamentals!
A well-structured, easy to read (and walk away from and come back to) outline of personal behavior and ways to enhance it. Many great examples helped hammer home each key topic. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Krups
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad this was a required text for my class
A must read for anyone wanting to move from where they are currently. Applying most of what Goldsmith says will move you 'up the ladder' to reach heights that may seem unreachable. Read more
Published 27 days ago by S M Squared
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kick in the head
Published 27 days ago by M. Noordman
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it so much I purchased both regular book and audio versions!
Terrific book. Wish it had a workbook to go along with it!
Published 29 days ago by Kristie L. Hartig
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More About the Author

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was recently recognized as the #1 leadership thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony sponsored by the Harvard Business Review.

Marshall Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 34 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There - a WSJ #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in ten countries.

Marshall's professional acknowledgments include: Institute for Management Studies - Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek - 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal - top ten executive educators, Forbes - five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence - top ten thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) - top CEO coaches of America, Economist (UK) - most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources - Fellow of the Academy (America's top HR award), World HRD Congress - 2011 global leader in HR thinking, 2011 - Tata Award (India) for Global HR Excellence, Fast Company - America's preeminent executive coach and Leader to Leader Institute - 2010 Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.

Dr. Goldsmith's Ph.D. is from UCLA's Anderson School of Management where (in 2012) he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth's Tuck School and frequently speaks at leading business schools. He is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders - where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

Marshall's other books include: Succession: Are You Ready? - a WSJ bestseller, The Leader of the Future - a BusinessWeek bestseller. The AMA Handbook of Leadership, The Organization of the Future 2 and The Leadership Investment - all three are American Library Association - Choice award winners for academic business books of the year. Over three hundred of his articles, interviews, columns and videos are available online at www.MarshallGoldsmith.com for viewing and sharing. Visitors to this site have come from 197 countries and have viewed, read, listened to, downloaded or shared resources over 8 million times.

To reach Marshall:

P.O. Box 9710 * 16770 Via de los Rosales * Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-9710

Marshall@MarshallGoldsmith.com * www.MarshallGoldsmith.com

Phone: (858) 759-0950
Fax: (858) 759-0550

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