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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Round Table Comics adaptation of "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter is a quick, enjoyable read, that promises to teach 20 workplace habits that you need to break to learn how successful people become even more successful. That's just what this graphic novel edition does. In 50 illustrated pages, this graphic novel captures the main points from Goldsmith's original book. Told in story fashion, each of the 20 habits is covered with just enough to teach you why you should break these habits to become even more successful. It's fun to read and teaches some important concepts.

Previously, I'd read these Round Table and Smarter Comics after I'd read the original book, and the graphic novel versions were great, quick, reviews to cover the main concepts in an illustrated fashion, and I liked the review. This time, I read the graphic novel version of "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" first. I liked the short, simple lessons, but it also made me want to read the book that this comic was based on to get the longer version too.

The illustrations were done by Shane Clester, who I liked from previous graphic novels he's done, and I felt he did a great job with this one too. His illustrations match the lessons and add to the learning you can do in this form.

Even though this short book only touches on each of the 20 workplace habits you need to break, I feel if you think a little about each habit, how it applies to your situation, and if you need to work on improving yourself in this area, you can gain a lot in a short time. However, it might take a bit more thinking on your part to figure out how to apply the simple lessons in your situation. And this is good, thinking about how to actually act upon the lessons will help you learn even more. Also, while the book suggests these are habits you should break in the workplace to be more successful, the lessons can be applied outside the workplace in your personal life too. Breaking them in your personal life can help you be more successful in your home and personal life.

Bottom line, if you liked the original book, you'll enjoy this quick review of the principles in illustrated format. If you like graphic novels that contain self-help lessons, you'll like this one. If you apply these lessons, you'll undoubtedly find yourself becoming even more successful.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the "Tough Guy Wisdom" series and others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the comic book version of Marshall Goldsnith's book entitled What Got You Here Won't Get You There. This comic is an abbreviated version of Marshall Goldsmith's bestselling book of the same title, wherein he identifies 20 workplace habits that organizational leaders need to break. These unuseful habits are equally apparent within many family environments--there is personal as well as professional value in heeding his advice. The illustrations make it easy and breezy to digest the profound ideas presented. Whether in the workplace or in the family, leaders need to work on regulating their "automatic" urges that serve little value or add negative results to the environment. Increasing one's ability to self-regulate and moving into more thoughtful, reflective responses offers the leadership team more bang for their buck. The 20 workplace habits to break are identified in a playful manner, but, according to Coach Goldsmith, it is serious business to consider replacing the identified "success breakers" with more productive ones. Goldsmith discusses many potential pitfalls commonly apparent to him in leadership teams throughout the course of his prolific career doing corporate consultation work. For example, instead of clinging to the past (ie making excuses), bounce forward into a constantly evolving version of oneself. He emphasizes the down side of adding value (making it about "me, me, me" rather than about the organization), the import of stepping up and taking responsibity for one's responses and that such an effort is not "automatic and will require some discipline." Goldsmith implies (and I agree) that it will require considerable inner work to change habits that behave as if they were impulses. Underlying bad habits such as the "sucking up" mentioned by Goldsmith seems to me to be anxiety-related (oops, am I trying to "add value?): the anxiety to be loved, appreciated and needed, whether at home or in the workplace is present within all of us. Working to change hardwired habits that reflect less teamplayer attitudes and more personal needs for approval or to be the "best" (win, win, win) takes a concentrated and disciplined effort over time. Dr. Goldsmith identifies serious problems in the behaviors of leaders at the top and then points the way toward mitigating these problems in order to achieve successful results for the organization.

If you are looking for a quick way to get inside the head of one of the world's most successful leadership coaches, take a look inside this comic. You will be glad you did and probably will want to order multiple copies as gifts to your own leadership team! The comic is fun to read, is chock full of insight, and reflects the insightful thinking of one of the greatest business coaches of our time. Dr. Goldsmith rocks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
When climbing the ladder of leadership, we lose sight of how we're perceived by others. This can cause us to be blind to habits that are received negatively and work against our goals. Goldsmith explores 20 common habits that get in our way. I'm not a "comic book" type of person- use of that format got me out of my box and gave good visuals on building a team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
I had the pleasure of seeing Marshall in action. His presentation was compelling and captivating but most of all confronting. He challenged me to shift my thinking and challenge my paradigms. Following this I bought his book "What got you Here Won't get You There". Since then it has practically been my bible. In this book Marshall strips back the fluff that we so often carry on with and tells us how it is. He turns the coaching and business world on its head. Since reading this book I have become a better leader, manager and person.

What is funny is that every where I go now I see other people delivering his concepts and messages. If you really want to know how to be more effective in the business world buy this book.

Dr Adam Fraser
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
This kind of book is very appealing to my university freshmen in Korea. Since they're at an elite university they think they've made it, and it's useful for them to think about whether in fact they have made it--or even how thinking they made it can then limit their growth. Plus most of them love visual stories, having grown up with Korean and Japanese animation and manga. I'm considering making this book required reading for next semester.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect other than I had heard good things about it. I opened it up and didn't get the typical business book at all. This is a comic on topics which are insightful about things you and others around you may do and don't realize it. It is a quick read, great for reference back to later, and I suggest reading this for the content and entertainment value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
Get the non-illustrated version if you want more detail. Got both versions. Illustrated was more fun, but full version more in depth and helpful as both a reference guide and instructional guide.

Well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
This is so easy to read-- it's a must for any professional looking to grow! The regular book has far more content than the comic, but for the time or reading challenged-- this is a paramount additional to your professional development, even if you consider simply 'Life' to be your profession.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Marshall Goldsmith once again delivers powerful, breakthrough ideas in this guide for taking things to the next level in life. This book is loaded with practical and inspiring insights that are relevant to overachieving in today's complex environment. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
I actually liked the book so much, I decided to give it away at my employee training sessions as a door prize.
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