- Comic: 80 pages
- Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press; 7/21/13 edition (October 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610660137
- ISBN-13: 978-1610660136
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 739 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: A Round Table Comic: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Comics – October 16, 2011
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Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has recently been recognized as one of the 15 most influential business thinkers in the world, in a global bi-annual study sponsored by The (London) Times. Other acknowledgments include: American Management Association – top 50 thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, Institute for Management Studies – lifetime achievement award (one of two ever awarded), Wall Street Journal – top 10 executive educators, Forbes – 5 most-respected executive coaches, Economic Times (India) – top CEO coaches of America and Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach. Marshall is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 120 major CEOs and their management teams. He is the million-selling author of numerous books, including New York Times best-sellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for business book of the year.
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As a corollary, I also felt the author perceived the world with a "cop's fallacy". Police officers sometimes assume everyone in a certain neighborhood or of a certain demographic is scum, because they are only called in to deal with crime, so most people they deal with in that neighborhood or demographic are criminals. Much in the same way, Goldsmith seems to believe that all successful people are arrogant and overconfident, when the truth is more likely that successful people who are not hugely arrogant do not lead their employers to hire a consultant like Goldsmith to fix their behavioral issues, so he doesn't interact with them.
With that being said, I am quite happy I read the comics and not full blown book, because I might have not finished the latter.
The tips are good and straight forward. They follow common sense, and for the same reason the couple of comics pages per tip was more than sufficient.
The book is an eye opener to the obvious behaviours that are being neglected in our day to day life. I do pay more attention to how I interact with co-workers after reading it, and really believe that if followed and implemented, the rules can turn anyone into a better version of themselves (not only at work but also outside of the office).
When an executive displays too many of these habits, his or her staff can spend too much time tending to the executive's ego rather than being productive. When people get the message that their ideas can never compare with the boss's, communication becomes strained and morale suffers. Goldsmith combats this pattern with a seven-step plan: accepting feedback without argument, apologizing, telling the world you've apologized, listening without interrupting, thanking others, following up on efforts to improve, and practice "feedforwarding" - asking for feedback on your progress. A little behavior modification in the workplace goes a long way in an office environment.
When you find yourself engaging in any of the 20 bad habits, Goldsmith says "Stop it!" and choose another way, without excuses as to why you can't change. His approach does not detract from personal achievements, but helps one put them in perspective. Anyone can change to become a better team player and a better person.
Goldsmith based the book on his experience with his high profile clients, but the suggestions are good for anyone open to some self-analysis about how they interact with others. I find it is good advice to pass along to my clients and highly recommend this book as a starting point for those who aspire to be highly effective in their careers.