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Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the million-selling author of Wall Street Journal best-sellers, MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It, Succession Are You Ready? and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, the Harold Longman Award winner for Best Business Book of the year. Marshall has been recognized as one of the world’s leading executive educators and coaches in almost every major business publication. He is one the few executive advisors who has been asked to work with over 100 major CEOs and their management teams.

In both 2011 and 2013, Marshall was recognized as one of the top ten Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World – and the top-ranked executive coach – at the biennial Thinkers50 Award ceremony in London. Marshall is currently posting a new video and article every week for 50 weeks on the Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Video Blog. He hopes that you enjoy these videos and articles and share them with your friends! Marshall can be reached at Learn more about Marshall at

Entries by Marshall Goldsmith

The Best of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:45 PM

2014 has been a fun year for me!

Since early this year, I have posted the Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Blog every week. This blog will run through Spring 2015 (50 written and video blogs for 50 weeks). The last two weeks of 2014, we're taking a "holiday break" from the...

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How to Get Ahead When Life's Not 'Fair'

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Have you ever worked with someone who incessantly whined about how unfair things are, how bad, how wrong or how irrational? When people constantly whine and complain, they inhibit any chance they have for impacting the future. Their managers view them as annoying, and their direct reports and co-workers view...

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Are You Living in New Age Professional Hell?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Do you love what you do or are you living in new-age professional hell? This may be the seminal question of our age.

In yesterday's world, people worked 40 hours a week and took four weeks of vacation. This question was practically moot. If you didn't like your job it...

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Are You Full of Mojo or Nojo?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Last week, I shared with you how to get a handle on your identity. You should now have the answer to the question: "Who do you think you are?" If you don't, take a few minutes now to go back and review "Why You Should Get a Handle on Your...

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Why You Should Get a Handle on Your Identity

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Who do you think you are?

Take your time. This is not a test with one correct answer. And it is very important because how you define yourself will impact how successful you are at your job, how good a friend, partner or parent you are, and even how happy...

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2 Life-Changing Lessons You Need to Know Now!

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Lesson #1: It's easier to see our problems (let's call them behavioral challenges) in others than to see them in ourselves. For instance, often when I become self-righteous or angry about some perceived injustice, I realize that the deeper issue is often not with "it," but in me.

Lesson #2:...

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It's Showtime! One Key to Continual Motivation

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Let me start with two well-known phrases:

1. "All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You like It.

2. "The show must go on" is a phrase in show business, meaning that regardless of what happens, whatever show has been...

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What I Learned About Influence From Peter Drucker

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:16 PM

"The great majority of people tend to focus downward. They are occupied with efforts rather than results. They worry over what the organization and their superiors 'owe' them and should do for them. And they are conscious above all of the authority they 'should have.' As a result they render...

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Can Delegation Kill?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:38 PM

When C-level executives are asked what change they could make to become a more effective leader, one of the most common answers is, "I need to delegate more!"

My caution to these executives is always the same: Inappropriate delegation can kill. Kill morale, careers, and even a company.

Delegation is...

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Stop Defining Yourself as a Jerk!

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:52 PM

We all have that relative who is always late. She comes in and says, "Oh, I am so sorry, I am always late."

Or, we hear another relative who always makes embarrassing gaffes like Ralph Cramden. He excuses himself, saying, "I always say the wrong thing."

In reality, these...

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Your Boss -- Seriously Successful or Downright Deluded?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Strangely enough, the answer is probably both!

One night over dinner, I listened to a wise military leader share his experience with an eager, newly minted General, "Recently, have you started to notice that when you tell jokes, everyone erupts into laughter -- and that when you say something...

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Millennials Speak! 5 Future Leadership 'Must-haves'

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Millennials, speak up! You need an "equal say" in your company's future leadership. Here is why.

To begin, let's start with a premise I hear over and over.

The most important job of the CEO and the Board is to pick the next CEO.
Succession is critical.

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Why Your Boss Is a Lousy Coach

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:29 PM

You boss is a lousy coach. It culminates in your boss not helping you grow. There are three key reasons:

  1. You are smart. You know more than the boss: You are a knowledge worker, who already knows ten times more about what you are doing than the executive does.
  2. Your...
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How to Challenge Your Team & Take It to the Next Level!

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Recently, I coached a team in a group session. The team members rated the team a 6.1 in terms of working together. I asked each team member to reflect on a challenge that he/she is currently having and share it with me and the group. There were about 10 people...

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You've Changed! Why Didn't They Notice?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:20 PM

It's much harder to change others' perceptions of our behavior than it is to change our own behavior. People's perceptions of us are formed when they observe a sequence of actions that we take that resemble one another. When other people see a pattern of resemblance, that's when they start...

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Behavioral Change as Simple as 1, 2, 3!

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:38 PM

My mission is to help successful leaders achieve positive, long-term, measurable change in behavior. The following process is being used by coaches around the world for this same purpose. When these steps are followed, leaders almost always achieve positive, measurable results in changed behavior -- not as judged by themselves,...

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4 Dead Giveaways When Coaching Won't Work!

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Even if you are the best coach in the world, if the person you are coaching shouldn't be coached, the coaching isn't going to work. The good news is that the "uncoachables" are easier than you think to spot. How do you know when someone is uncoachable? How do you...

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10 Surefire Reasons to Try Feedforward!

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:11 PM

Leaders have to give feedback and performance appraisals have to be made. This is a given. Yet, there are many times when feedforward is preferable to feedback in day-to-day interactions. Feedforward is a group exercise, the purpose of which is to provide individuals with suggestions for the future and to...

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Put Your $$ Where Your Mouth Is!

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 7:39 PM

I believe that many leadership coaches are paid for the wrong reasons. Their income is largely a function of "How much do my clients like me?" and "How much time did I spend in coaching?" Neither of these is a good metric for achieving a positive, long-term change in behavior.

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Improve Your Odds of Change!

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:32 PM

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it fall, did it make a sound? This is the general conundrum behind why it is critical that you take the next two steps of the Leadership Is a Contact Sport behavioral change model very seriously. You've absolutely got...

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