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  • Be a Better Leader - Be More Like Your Heroes!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - September 21, 2016
    Recently I was at a workshop with my good friend designer Ayse Birsel. Ayse has created a program that helps leaders Design the Life You Love. During the program, Ayse asked us (the participants) to list our heroes. I made my list. Here are some of the people who were on my list. Frances Hesselbein, Former Girl Scout CEO Alan Mulally, Former Ford CEO Paul Hersey, Co-creator of Situational Leadership® Peter Drucker, Fa...
  • Can Being Disciplined Make You Happy?
    by Marshall Goldsmith - September 7, 2016
    Can being disciplined make you happy? This is an interesting question that most people don’t think about. At least, they don’t think about it in the way that I’m going to talk about it here. Most people think that if they are disciplined with their exercise they will get in or stay in good physical shape. Most people trust that if they spend time studying for a test they will likely pass. Most people believe that if they ar...
  • Four Simple Steps to the Life of Your Dreams
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 31, 2016
    My good friend, designer Ayse Birsel, has taught me a wonderful new and fun way to make amazing changes in my life. She calls her process Design the Life You Love. If you’re like me and you really want to change, try her process. It will help you become the person you want to be and design a life you will love! First, a little background, according to Ayse, “Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints?—?time, m...
  • Design the Life You Love!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 24, 2016
    As we wander through life, there are various stages where it’s a natural point to stop, reflect, and assess where we are and where we might be headed next. For instance, when we’re starting our first job, when the kids are leaving for college, or when we’re about to retire, these are stages of life when we can look at where we’ve been, think about where we’re going, and reflect on what really matters in life. Of course we d...
  • The #1 Most Dysfunctional Belief of Successful People!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 22, 2016
    One of the most dysfunctional beliefs of successful people is our contempt for simplicity and structure. We believe that we are above needing structure to help us on seemingly simple tasks. For example, as Dr. Atul Gawande reported in his book, The Checklist Manifesto, central line infections in intensive care units virtually disappear when doctors follow a simple five-point checklist involving rote procedures such as washi...
  • It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 10, 2016
    And, it’s not what you ask but how you ask it! In my work as an executive coach, I teach people about the importance of self-reflection as a daily practice to changing behavior and becoming more successful. This daily practice that I teach, as you may know, comes in the form of the Daily Questions. I do this process myself every day and it has made a world of difference in my behavior! When it comes to self-reflection, I...
  • Make Me Better, Please!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - August 3, 2016
    Wouldn’t it be great if we could command someone to make us better at those things about ourselves that we really want to change? It would be easier if someone else did the work and the result was our being happier and more engaged. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible, as you probably already know. We have to change ourselves, ourselves. So for those of us who really want to change, the question becomes, “How do I achieve a...
  • How to Get Better at Almost Anything!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - July 28, 2016
    For several years, I’ve performed what some might consider an unusual daily ritual. At a pre-arranged time, I get a phone call from a person who I have hired solely for the purpose of listening to me report my scores on a brief self-test. The questions, which I wrote myself, function as a simple checklist of my main priorities. For instance, have I done my best to exercise, set goals, have positive interactions with others,...
  • Employee Engagement Isn't Working: Now What?
    by Marshall Goldsmith - July 20, 2016
    Every company and leader wants the answer to this “Now what?” question. Engaged employees translate into a productive and successful organization, which is the goal of most every leader and organization I know. And, engagement also translates into a great place to work, which is what employees want. As a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest award that can be given to an HR professional in the US, I...
  • by Marshall Goldsmith - July 13, 2016
    We rarely get credit for not messing up a good thing. A number of years ago, a politician put it this way, “The most thankless decision I make is the one that prevents something bad from happening, because I can never prove that I prevented something even worse!” Because there’s no big show of change, there’s no shiny, new object when you make the decision to preserve something, most people rarely ask themselves “What in my...