#12, making excuses in Marshall Goldsmith’s book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and his list of Twenty Habits That Keep You from the Top talks about how we deflect responsibility for our actions instead of simply saying sorry and moving on. It is “the need to reposition our annoying behaviour as a permanent fixture so people excuse us for it”. If we see others around us making excuses, look at yourself first. Odds are they are picking it up from you as the leader. As Marshall states, “if we can stop excusing ourselves, we can get better at almost anything we choose”. As I often do I have included a tip or two for you to try…. Let me know what you think.
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