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It is human desire to reach the top, stay there, or succeed to an even higher pedestal, and it is human tendency to heed principles and beliefs that enhanced previous achievements; yet, maintaining a successful career requires something more, which Marshall Goldsmith reveals in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.
Summary Of The Book
In four distinct sections, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There discusses a bunch of habits that hinder successful people from maintaining their statuses or climbing the ladder further.
The first section talks about how a series of accomplishments can cause an exaggerated feeling of self-confidence, which is often the bane of a person’s success.
The second section is called, The Twenty Habits That Hold you Back from the Top. He talks about self-destructive habits that ensue as a result of victory. Addressed here are, the human desire to win even at time when it does not matter, and the obsession for reaching a goal, judging people by one’s own biased standards, making injurious remarks with the intention of being witty, implicitly displaying a superiority complex through repeated use of negative qualifiers, the tendency to be vocal when emotions are running high, withholding information with a desire to reach the goal first, misplacing credit and failing to acknowledge another person’s worth, being biased towards people for one’s own designs, inability to correct one’s jarring traits with the notion of being natural and unaffected, and the inclination to divert blame. In the next section, Goldsmith takes the reader through the seven infallible steps to redress these self-detrimental flaws.
The last section is essentially meant for those in the management sector, and Marshall deals with issues that pervade an organization rather than individual flaws and the right tactics for handling these bad habits when they surface in subordinates, as well as in superiors. He emphasizes how important it is to be absolutely explicit and specific about job responsibilities and how imperative it is to be candid for the benefit of a healthy and successful work environment.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There was released in 2007, and it was the New York Times best-seller and also the winner of the Harold Longman Award as the Best Business Book of the Year. It was also the Wall Street Journal bestseller Business Book.
About The Authors
Marshall Goldsmith is an American author, thinker, and educator in the field of leadership and management strategy.
Goldsmith has co-edited or authored over 31 books, including, The Leader of the Future 2: Visions, Strategies and Practices for the New Era, Memo to the CEO: Succession, and Recession or Plenty Pocket-Size.
Marshall was born on March 20, 1949, in Kentucky. After graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a BS, he went on to procure his MBA degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. In 1977, he received his PhD from UCLA, after which he co-founded Keilty, Goldsmith and Company. He is ranked among the top 10 executive educators, been called on to work with 120 major CEOs, acknowledged to be among the 50 great influential thinkers of the last 80 years, and won the 2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award. Marshall’s son works with him in the family business. He also has a daughter and lives with his wife in California.
Mark Reiter is an author, literary agent, and editor who collaborated with Marshall Goldsmith, Phil Dusenberry, Mark McCormack, and Twyla Tharp on their books.
Reiter has collaborated or edited several books, including The Final Four of Everything and its other edition, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything.
|Number of Pages||256 Pages|
I read this book in june-july last year. It helped me improve my professional as well as personal life a great deal. I am really thankful to the authors for this beautiful book...
I read it through library first. I liked it so much, that I bought it later on for my younger sister. I also gifted the same book to a friend of mine on his birthday.
If you want to improve in life, I really recommend this book.
Great book by great management guru.
Written under some influence of Peter Drucker (author was associated with Drucker), this book talks about what not to be done instead of what should be done as given in most self help books.
We are here....we need to be there...& there is a gap.Author intends to bridge this gap by telling what should be avoided as after a particular stage your technical skills matter less & behavioral skills matter more.
The books exposes some of the common mistakes we do daily at workplaces like taking credit of others work, negativity, judging too much, always trying to win in every situation , etc.
Go for it, just care to implement the changes in yourselves ( that's the hardest part, no one can change you,except yourselves):)
‘What Got You Here Won’t Get You There’ - the title itself would have helped the book become a best seller! And rightly so!
‘Thank you’ (Thanking Others) and ‘Apologizing’ according to Marshall Goldsmith are two most important magical gestures that human beings can make. And rightly so! These two golden words have the potential to be an ice-breaker or change the entire dynamics personally or of a team for the better.
The twenty and the twenty-first habits that hold your back from the top is probably a bitter truth that many of us might turn a blind eye to after reading through! And these are primarily the reasons that wouldn’t help you get where you want to be – Higher!
‘To gain a friend let him do you a favor’, ‘Think before you speak’, ‘Listen with respect’ and ‘Monetize the result, create a solution’ are some of the various points from the book that I have learnt and I am sure are result oriented techniques of being successful.
However, the entire book seems to be greatly influenced by Dale Carnegie’s principles. The title itself seems to be a marketing ‘adverb’ of the famous Dale Carnegie principle ‘move far beyond one’s comfort zone’. And so is a huge section of change & resistance of change. Besides, he even goes to the extent of mentioning Dale Carnegie in the book, but finds fault in the theory ‘Two sweetest words in the English language were a person’s first and last name’ and instead suggests ‘Thank You’ as his version of the two sweetest words in English language. Strange!
Effectively, if you have read Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’, you might just want to give this book a miss. Having said that, if you have read either, it is essential for you to practice what has been preached.
There are also instances when Marshall Goldsmith takes real life examples from ‘Golf’ & ‘Baseball’ games played in the US leagues. I will have to blame myself for not being adept to these games and to be honest I might have missed out on relating myself with these examples.
There is a section on feedback, which I personally feel is something that is targeted to fellow corporate trainers to practice and it bored me to a certain extent.
Upon a small research, I also found out that Marshall Goldsmith and Dale Carnegie Training combined have recently initiated a dynamic workshop on ‘What Got You Here Won’t Get You There’. No prizes for guessing on who influenced whom!
I literally struggled to finish the book! And I have attended a Dale Carnegie Seminar on How to Win Friends and Influence People and would recommend you attending this course or the former to enjoy and experience life changing lessons!
Practical common sense guide that shows you a mirror and helps put a framework around the idiosyncracies of the people who have tasted success all along. Definitely recommended for a mid-senior level manager looking at moving to the next level in their career. However IMHO, this would not be a relevant buy for people just starting out in their careers.