Marshall Goldsmith continues to hit a home run with his no-nonsense, authentic, take-it-at-your-own-pace, the-decisions-are-all-yours play book on how to be the most successful leader that you can be. Even for those of us who have strong internal compasses that have enabled the successes we’ve enjoyed to date, we oftentimes, quite accidentally, get caught up in work and life and somehow lose sight of our correct behaviors as our inner compasses go amuck. Generally we don’t even realize when this is happening because we’re so entrenched in our “I’ve been successful — I must be doing something right — why change now!” beliefs. But that’s not what the people around us are saying. They’re seeing our foibles — those annoying tics or minor flaws that, when repeated over and over again, can brutally sabotage our careers and relationships. The world’s perception of us or “their reality” can be very different than “our reality”. To prevent us from getting out-of-sync with the rest of the world and inadvertently falling off of the “bad behavior” cliff, we must reassess, recalibrate and reinvent ourselves. We must continually move from “here” to “there” as we relentlessly strive to be both professionally and personally successful.
No matter where you are in your leadership journey, Goldsmith’s book is a timeless classic, and that’s why it earned my “five star” rating. While many professional books tend to shine a bright spotlight on the author, extolling his or her brilliance, Goldsmith intentionally, confidently, energetically and unselfishly focuses on you, the reader, the client. The author’s anecdotes and case studies accompanied by his practical tips, techniques and advice, are refreshing, insightful and most importantly, actionable! As an example, he shares “20 bad habits”, recommending that we identify and select the top 2-3 that resonate with us, and stop them immediately through self-awareness, reflection and discipline. He further recommends that we engage “trusted advisors” who are willing and in a position to hold us accountable, whereby they objectively observe our behaviors and provide us with open, honest, candid, timely and respectfully-presented feedback. As another example of his down-to-earth tactics, he suggests that we simply stop and ask ourselves these pivotal questions — “What am I doing” and “Why am I doing this?” These two thought-provoking questions, when answered truthfully, have the ability to significantly curb our sabotaging behaviors and alter our course in an impactful, positive way. As a final example, throughout the book and in vintage Goldman style, he unequivocally states that we must place others first if we are to achieve sustainable professional and personal success. Furthermore, we have a moral obligation to help our colleagues, co-workers, friends and family create their personal maps as they embark upon their from “here” to “there” journeys. And from personal experience, “there” is a much better place. Let your “from here to there” professional and personal journey begin!