What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Goldsmith Marshall

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

by Goldsmith Marshall
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What Got You Here Won't Get You There Review

It is an actionable book that identifies the problems in our behaviour that keep us from realizing our great potential to become even more successful.

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Paperback, 256 pages

February 1, 2013 by PROFILE BOOKS

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
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Book Review

Goldsmith’s straightforward and jargon-free advice to executives from the corporate sector will help them climb the last few rungs of the ladder. Everyone in the corporate world strives for the best, but only a few reach the pinnacle. Executive coach Goldsmith has explained the pitfalls of behavioural problems that prevent leaders from realizing their full potential. He has also offered solutions. All those subtle nuances, like being generous, will make a big difference. I would recommend this book to every professional in the corporate world, whether he is at the top or a freshly graduated internee.

Key Takeaways

  1. Success at one level of an organization does not guarantee success at the next level.
  2. Many successful people have habits and behaviours that served them well in the past but are now hindering their progress.
  3. The book identifies 20 common bad habits that successful people often exhibit, such as not listening, interrupting others, and not admitting mistakes.
  4. The key to overcoming these bad habits is to increase self-awareness and identify the behaviours that need to change.
  5. The book suggests several strategies for improving self-awareness, including seeking feedback from others and conducting a personal SWOT analysis.
  6. The author emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own behaviour and making a conscious effort to change.
  7. The book also provides guidance for giving feedback to others, including the importance of delivering feedback in a respectful and constructive manner.
  8. The author emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and being open to learning and growth.
  9. The book provides practical tools and exercises to help individuals identify and address their bad habits.
  10. Ultimately, the book argues that success at higher levels of an organization requires ongoing self-improvement and a commitment to lifelong learning and growth.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There Summary

Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years. He has worked under the Peter Drucker foundation for ten years.

The book explains the paradox of success, the same set of beliefs that help us get successful initially turn into constraints that hold us back from realizing our potential to the fullest. For example, the “I have succeeded” approach makes us overlook our failures and undermine others’ roles and contributions. This behaviour cripples our capacity to change. If you are short on time and want to know what the book is about, here’s the book What Got Your Here Won’t Get You There Summary for you.

Favorite Quote From Author

“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.”

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