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Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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"Marshall is a great coach and teacher." -- J.P. Garnier
"Marshall's proven improvement process Rocks! -- Alan Mulally
"Perhaps the greatest teacher of leadership on the planet." -- Jim Moore
About the Author
Marshall Goldsmith is widely recognized as the world's leading authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people, and their teams. In November 2009, he was named by The (London) Times and Forbes as one of the fifteen most influential business thinkers in the world. The American Management Association has listed Dr. Goldsmith as one of the fifty great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past eighty years. He is one of a select few executive advisors and coaches who have been asked to work with over 100 major CEOs and their management teams. Marshall teaches executive education at Dartmouth's Tuck School and other leasing business schools. His books have sold over one million copies and have been translated into thirty languages. He has regular blogs on Harvard Business, BusinessWeek, and The Huffington Post.
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The book then expands on what are the foundational elements of Mojo: "Four vital ingredients need to be combined in order for you to have great Mojo. The first is your identity...The second element is achievement...The third element is reputation...The fourth element to building Mojo is acceptance...By understanding the impact and interaction of identity, achievement, reputation, and acceptance, we can begin alter our own Mojo - both at work and home." After spending time explaining and illustrating each of these areas, Marshall then presents a complete toolkit of actions one can take to build/improve one's Mojo. I have included below excerpts that further summarize these concepts.
What I particularly enjoyed about this book is the thoroughness in which the topic is covered: from summarizing the concepts, to explaining them and giving practical examples illustrating them, to finally presenting a toolkit on how to apply them. A recommended read that complements well Marshall's other work: What Got You Here, Won't Get You There.
Below are some excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:
1) "Measuring your Mojo:
-Professional Mojo: What I being to this activity - 1) Motivation, 2) Knowledge, 3) Ability, 4) Confidence, 5) Authenticity
-Personal Mojo: What this activity brings to me - 6) Happiness, 7) Reward, 8) Meaning, 9) Learning, 10) Gratitude"
2) "Mojo Paradox: Our default response in life is not to experience happiness. Our default response in life is not to experience meaning. Our default response in life is to experience inertia."
3) "To understand how you are relating to any activity, you need to understand your identity - who you are. To change your Mojo, you may need to either create a new identity for yourself or rediscover an identity that you have lost."
4) "If we want to increase our Mojo, we can either change the degree of our achievement - how well we are doing - or change the definition of our achievement - what we are trying to do well."
5) "...Worrying about the past and being anxious about the future can easily destroy our Mojo. It upsets us emotionally. It clouds our judgement. It dills us with regret. And it can lead to self-punishment. This sort of thinking afflicts the high and the low, the rich and the poor, the achievers and the struggling."
6) "Mojo Killers: 1) Over-Committing, 2) Waiting for the facts to change, 3) Looking for logic in all the wrong places, 4) Bashing the boss, 5) Refusing to change because of "Sunk Costs", 6) Confusing the mode you're in"
7) "In this new world, Mojo is both harder to attain and more important to keep. When your competition is already responding to a tough new environment bu working harder and longer, you need unique tools to separate yourself from the throng."
8) "The following is a list of specific actions that can help you attack the challenge of changing You or It...1) Establish criteria that matter to you 2) Find out where you're living 3) Be the optimist in the room 4) Take away one thing 5) Rebuild one brick at a time 6) Live your mission in the small moments too 7) Swim in the Blue Water 8) When to stay, when to go 9) Hello, good-bye 10) Adopt a metrics system 11) Reduce this number 12) Influence up as well as down 13) Name it, frame it, claim it 14) Give your friends a lifetime pass."
9) "...All of us, consciously or not, run everything through two filters: short-term satisfaction (or happiness) and long-term benefit (or meaning). Both have value."
10) "When you have mission, you give yourself a purpose - and that adds clarity to all the actions and decisions that follow. There's an underestimated value to articulating your mission: It focuses you, points you in a new direction, alters your behavior, and as a result, changes other people's perception of you."
A couple of other key points:
* Despite the book's many endorsements from corporate CEOs, in addition to helping you climb the corporate ladder, Mojo book can also make you a better: spouse, parent, athlete, writer, artist, investor, or accomplish/improve at whatever endeavors are important to you.
* To maximize its value, after finishing this book, one must thoughtfully complete the self-evaluation forms at the end. It is only by engaging in this exercise--and then acting on its output--that the reader will be in a position to fully apply Dr. Goldsmith's ideas. You can't just read Mojo and expect an overnight, magical personal transformation.
* The genius of this book is that without being demeaning, Dr. Goldsmith gently guides the reader toward the specific elements of one's life that require changing. And after completing this written exercise, you will have a detailed blueprint for taking the steps to help you achieve what you truly want in life; mainly by re-allocating the manner in which you spend your time.
If you're serious about raising your "happiness quotient," read Mojo and then apply what you've learned about yourself based on the book's concluding, written exercise. You will be delighted with the results.
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I recommend it for those who dare to change himself.