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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. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There has just been selected to be part of the Leadership Hall of Fame (one of the top books on leadership ever written) by Fast Company magazine! 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. Every two years there is a global survey to determine the world’s top 50 business thinkers. In the 2009 survey (sponsored by Forbes and The London Times). Marshall was ranked as one of the top 15 most influential business thinkers in the world. To participate in this year’s 2011 visit Thinkers 50 (sponsored by Harvard Business Review). Marshall can be reached at His writings and videos are available online at

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Help Them Grow!

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 6:29 PM

My good friend Beverly Kaye and her co-author Julie Winkle Giulioni have just published a fascinating book about career development called Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. Bev is not only a good friend, she's also the best-selling author of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em and founder of Career...

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Help More, Judge Less

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 5:53 PM

He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, creative, and entrepreneurial. He gets the job done. Not only doesn't he need much supervision; he doesn't like it when people treat...

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How Do You Give Feedback to Top Performers?

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 9:37 AM

My good friend and co-editor of The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching and Leading Organizational Learning, Howard Morgan, is a former SVP of HR. As such, Howard knows a lot about giving feedback to top performers. Howard and I pooled our knowledge on this subject, which we hope you'll...

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Coaching for Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Next week, May 1, 2012, the third edition of Coaching for Leadership, will be published. My co-editors, Laurence S. Lyons and Sarah McArthur, and I are hopeful of the prospect that this edition will have a significant impact on leadership and coaching in the coming years.

When it was first...

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Stop Doing Business In the Dark!

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 10:50 AM

So much has changed at the workplace today. Which business practices hold? Which don't? I recently spoke with Alexandra Levit, author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. In her book, she explains the business myths that are even...

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It's Time to Step Up!

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 6:04 PM

The world is often filled with people saying that someone else should do something and the workplace often filled with people pointing fingers at why someone else is the problem. My friend and colleague Dr. John Izzo has just released his sixth book titled Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes...

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The Indispensable Leader

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 1:47 PM

My good friend Jack Zenger, author of The Extraordinary Leader, has just written an article, entitled "Making Yourself Indispensable." This is a skill that nearly every leader, employee, manager, and team member wants and should have! In the article Jack focuses on focusing on strengths over fixing weaknesses. It's a...

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When Service Turns to Sales

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 2:38 PM

As my co-authors, Don Brown and Bill Hawkins, and I researched and developed the content for What Got You Here Won't Get You There - in Sales, we spoke to hundreds of "buyers," within our own customers' organizations and many within organizations that were new to us. As we uncovered...

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Coaching the "Uncoachables": Forget About It!

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 5:59 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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Determination -- Is Yours Holding You Back?

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 4:46 PM

Working with many of the most successful people in the business world, one thing I've noticed about them is their unflappable optimism. I've had the good fortune to watch many of these leaders pursue opportunities with an enthusiasm others might find mystifying.

Successful people also have an intense need for...

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Why Hollywood is Placing its Bets on Viral Video

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 5:39 PM

Summer blockbuster season is here, and Hollywood studios are pulling out all the stops to promote their big films. Aside from TV commercials, billboards, product tie-ins, and the usual ilk, Hollywood is trying something new this year to promote their summer flicks: viral video campaigns. In fact, Hollywood is leading...

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Who Are You, Really?

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 7:26 PM

Most of us use our ideas of who we are to rationalize all kinds of behavior. What do I mean by this? Well, each of us has a bunch of behaviors that make up what we define as "me." These behaviors are both positive and negative, and they make up...

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What Was That?

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Has anyone ever looked at you with a disappointed expression and said, "Are you listening?" My guess is that for you -- like almost all of us -- the answer is yes.

Have you ever then replied to the person in an annoyed voice, "What do you mean I am...

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Get the Job! Get the Job! Get the Job!

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 8:58 AM

When you are faced with a career change, and you're not quite sure where you want to go, don't waste time speculating. Sell yourself, get real offers and then decide.

We all face times of transition. Sometimes these changes are planned, such as graduating from college or pre-set retirement. Sometimes...

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Under Pressure? Workaround It, Says Russell Bishop

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:24 PM

Most of us today are under more pressure to produce results than ever before. Very often we are asked to do so with fewer resources. There are roadblocks and challenges at every turn and it can be very difficult to move ourselves and our organizations forward.

It's with these challenges...

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Managing Up: Getting Your Higher-Ups to Pay Attention to You

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Peter Drucker once said, "Great wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data." How true this is! As a knowledge worker, if you haven't got the attention of the higher ups, your greatest ideas probably won't ever see the light of day.

First, what is a knowledge...

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Excuses, Excuses

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 2:06 PM

I am probably the only executive educator that you have ever heard of who actually measures if the participants in my leadership development courses do what I teach -- and then measures if they are seen as becoming more effective leaders.

At the end of my sessions, I ask leaders...

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Seven Great Business Strategies and How You Can Apply Them to Yours (Part 2 of 2)

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 9:45 AM

In my last blog, I posted excerpts of my interview with business success experts Brian Tracy, known for his classic Eat That Frog! and Mark Thompson, co-author of The New York Times best-seller Success Built to Last. Brian and Mark have written a new book called Now, Build a Great...

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7 Fundamental Strategies of a Great Business and How You Can Apply Them to Yours (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 1:20 PM

Lately I've been thinking about how businesses can thrive in our current economic climate, especially with so many new businesses being created every day. My good friends and business growth experts Brian Tracy, best known for his classic book "Eat That Frog!" and Mark Thompson, best known for his New...

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Changing the Hierarchy - A Conversation with Vineet Nayar of HCL

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 3:31 PM

Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, has written a book that describes how he defied conventional wisdom that says companies must put customers first, and helped make HCLT one of the fast growing and profitable IT service companies in the world. In doing so, he has grabbed the attention of...

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