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ISBN 9781401301309 Published Jan. 2007
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Posted Feb. 12, 2010 6:08 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
There are people on this planet who are scary smart, people who look at the world differently and help us see our own lives in a clearer light. Seth Godin is one. Marshall Goldsmith, a highly sought-after speaker and executive coach, is another. Goldsmith has written many books, but What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There from 2007 was a stand-out.
Mojo is Goldsmith’s latest work. While mojo is a ubiquitous word, here Goldsmith defines it as “that positive spirit towards what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.” The way he refers to mojo reminds me a bit of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Except “flow” is a strictly internal, “in the zone” state of being, while Goldsmith’s mojo moment is “the moment when we do something that’s purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it.” Like Csikszentmihalyi. Goldsmith believes mojo is something that can be learned and continuously achieved once we have the right tools.
Goldsmith believes that your ability to get your mojo going is impacted by four factors: identity, who you think you are; achievement, what have you done; reputation, what others think of you; and acceptance, knowing what you can change (and letting go of the rest). I found Goldsmith’s approach to identity enlightening because many of the business books we sell focus on ways to change your behavior in order to change your circumstance. Goldsmith asserts that if you don’t first change how you think of yourself, any behavioral changes will feel false and fail to last. And his section on acceptance is a particularly hard, but imperative lesson. How many of us have given up on a friendship due to some small grievance instead of, as Goldsmith encourages, valuing what a friend gives us in total despite their sometimes-inconveniencing quirks?
Goldsmith is an interesting kind of storyteller. He doesn’t tell stories that are highly detailed with visual or emotional descriptions. But, at the same time, with casual language and a singular intuitiveness about people, Goldsmith’s stories about how people lose and gain their mojo keeps you turning pages like the best kind of novel.
Jack Covert Selects: What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Posted Feb. 8, 2007 3:00 a.m. by jack
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, Hyperion, 200 Pages, $23.95 Hardcover, January 2007, ISBN 1401301304
Marshall Goldsmith is huge in the world of executive coaching, so understand that the person this book is written to is not the mail room clerk. It is her supervisors’ supervisor. It is the person with some success under their belt. As a guy who has had some success in my life, I especially understood and appreciated what this book taught me.
The point of the book is actually the title and subtitle. He states:
“The problems we’ll be looking at in this book are not life-threatening diseases (although ignored for too long they can destroy a career). They’re not deep-seated neuroses that require years of therapy or tons of medication to erase. More often than not, they are simple behavioral tics—bad habits that we repeat dozens of times a day in the workplace—which can be cured by (a) pointing them out, (b) showing the havoc they cause among the people surrounding us, and (c) demonstrating that with a slight behavioral tweak we can achieve a much more appealing effect.