I love reading. Typically, I start with a theology book, move to a business book, and then treat myself to a nice work of fiction when those are complete. Currently, I’m working through my business book routine, but this one in particular has been messing me up. Messing me up in a good way and causing me to really evaluate how I lead, serve, and interact with people around me. It’s taken the infrequent role of transcending the routine I’m in and causing me to take a very serious assessment of myself.
A synopsis of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There:
America’s most sought-after executive coach shows how to climb the last few rungs of the ladder.
The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle — and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small “transactional flaws” performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank you enough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back. Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change.
Executives who hire Goldsmith for one-on-one coaching pay $250,000 for the privilege. With this book, his help is available for 1/10,000th of the price.
This is the first book I’ve recommended on this website and it’s the first book for a reason. If you’re in leadership, you must pick up this book. It will help you solve the small character issues that are holding you back from being a great leader in your organization today.