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My Reflections on Marshall Goldsmith’s “What Got You Here Won’t get You There”

Over the past almost six months I have recorded a series of vlog posts based on the work of Marshall Goldsmith and his Twenty Habits

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That Hold You Back from the Top which can be found in his amazing book, “What Got You Here Won’t get You There” published in 2007 by Hyperion.   This has been and continues to be a very influential work for me personally and has informed a lot of my thinking on leadership and what it means to be a leader in, not only organizations but in life in general. Below are the links to the vlog posts in the order Marshall presents them in his book plus an epilogue. Again, these are my interpretations, thoughts, and reflections and how they have influenced me and how I work with my clients – enjoy.

1.What is “Winning Too Much” and Why Does It Matter?

2. Adding Too Much Value? When is too much, too much?

3. Passing Judgement: When making assumptions gets you in trouble.

4. Marshall’s 4th Habit That Keeps You from The Top

5. What is “No”, “But”, and “However”…?

6. Danger – Showing People We’re Smarter Than We Are

7. What Is the Impact of Speaking When Angry?

8. Negativity: Being negative and what you can do about it

9. Why “You Can Have That” Matters

10. A Tip on How to Make Sure You Give Recognition

11. Taking Credit When It Is Not Ours to Give

12. If You Are Hearing Excuses, Look at Yourself.

13. Clinging to The Past: Leadership requires moving forward

14. Are you Playing Favorites in the Workplace?

15. Refusing to Express Regret – saying I’m sorry

16. Are You Listening?

17. The Impact of Just Saying “Thank-You.”

18. Punishing the Messenger

19. When the Buck Stops Here

20. Habit #20 – An Excessive Need to Be “Me”

21. The Paradoxical Habit of Goal Obsession

Epilogue: The Twenty Habits Are Not Just for Leaders

I look forward to any and all comments…

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

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Epilogue: The Twenty Habits Are Not Just for Leaders

My posts over the last 21 weeks have been an exploration, my interpretations of the “Twenty Habits That Hold You Back from The Top” found in Marshall Goldsmith’s amazing book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. If you are a leader, at any level, in an organization I highly recommend that you purchase this book. However, I have also realized that this book isn’t necessarily just for leaders, it can also be read through a different lens and that is what I want to talk about in this week’s vlog… watch to learn more

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

The Paradoxical Habit of Goal Obsession

Goal obsession is Marshall Goldsmith’s 21st habit that keep’s us from the top in his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You there. In my interpretation of this habit, I see it as a paradox, whereas we need to be planning, setting goals, but not at the expense of the here and now. There are extremes to everything and there are those people who focus so much on goals and on reaching them that they forget about the tasks at hand, or worse the people around them, even the greater mission of the organization. Marshall sees this as the underlining habit for the other 20. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below once you have watched my vlog…..

 

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

Habit #20 – An Excessive Need to Be “Me”

The excessive need to be me is exalting our faults as virtues simply because they’re who we are. Marshall Goldsmith in his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You Here calls this the “chronic behaviour, both positive and negative”. In my interpretation of this habit, I talk about how we need to know ourselves, who we are and to focus on these things we need to shift – change, to make us better. It is not just about us; it is about others and the Platinum Rule which states that we are to treat others as they want to be treated.

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

When the Buck Stops Here

Marshall Goldsmith in his book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, calls Passing the Buck “one of those terrifying hybrid flaws” where you take “a healthy dose of needing to win and making excuses. Mix it with refusing to apologize and failing to give proper recognition. Sprinkle in a faint hint of punishing the messenger and getting angry. And what you end up with is passing the buck. Blaming others for our mistakes”. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, each of those italicized terms are habits we have previously explored in this series. What do you do? Watch this week’s Vlog and let me know…

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”