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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

Are You Being Played?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Fate is the hand of cards we've been dealt. Choice is how we play the hand.

This is a wonderful old saying that has been passed around, revised and voiced in slightly different ways by many great people. Basically what it says to me is that we were born with...

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A Six-Second Six Pack? Really, Now...

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Recently, I found myself channel surfing on a Saturday morning. I was amazed by the number of ads/infomercials I saw about getting in shape!

Here are some of the phrases I heard:

  • "Six-second six pack"
  • "Easy shaper"
  • "Incredible - a miracle!"
  • "It feels terrific! Let us show you how easy...
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4 Reasons We Settle for 'Good Enough'

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 1:59 PM

In behavioral change, there are no absolutes. We never achieve perfect patience or generosity, empathy or humility. This is nothing to be ashamed of. The best we can hope for is a consistency in our effort--a persistence of striving. What's worrisome is when the striving stops, our lapses become more...

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How to Instantly Make Your Life Better!

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Have you ever tried to change your boss? Your partner? The guy on the road who cut you off? How'd that work out for you? Did that person hear, understand, and magically start doing things your way and suddenly all was right with the world again? Or did you become...

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Who Else Wants to Be Happy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 5:58 PM

The Great Western Disease is "I'll be happy when..." This is our belief that happiness is a static and finite goal, within our grasp when we get that promotion, or buy that house, or find that mate, or whatever. It's inculcated in us by the most popular story line in...

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10 Belief Triggers That Sabotage Your Success

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 2:07 PM

I'm sure you've met him, or her. That person who says he'll finish the project tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Or the person who promises to call as soon as she gets home, but you never hear from her.

We know lots of people like this. If we're a hard...

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The One Question You Need to Ask Yourself Before You Say Anything

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Conflict is an unavoidable part of our lives, whether we're CEOs, entrepreneurs, parents, spouses, engineers or ditch diggers. In some cases, conflict stimulates us to accomplish great things. It can also drag us off course, eroding our relationships, stalling our careers and keeping us from becoming the people we want...

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The Secret to Becoming the Person You Want to Be

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:33 PM

There is no harder task for adults than changing our behavior.

For many of us, change is impossible because we are so optimistic (and delusional) that we try to change everything at once. We quickly overwhelm ourselves with becoming the "new Me", and when it doesn't happen as quickly as...

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Do You Work With a Credit Hog?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 3:00 PM

You know, someone who withholds recognition of your contribution to the team or organization's success? Even worse do you work with or for someone who steals your ideas or takes credit for the performance of your products/projects? If you do, you probably feel unjustly treated and deprived, as this person...

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do If You Really Want to Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Isn't what you might think.

It's not deciding what to change or apologizing to those you've wronged for past grievous errors. And, it's not listening to ideas or thanking those who suggest changes you can make to become better.

What is the most important thing you can do if...

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What Really Matters in Life?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Most people don't want to "do nothing' all day. We have hopes and dreams, goals and ambitions. We want to contribute to the world, make it a better place, not "retire" from it to a life of "leisure." For most of us, the prospects of sleeping in late, lounging on...

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Is It Time to Retire Yet?

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Whatever you call it -- leaving, retiring, or moving on -- it's a really hard thing to leave your organization, especially if you love your job! It can be scary to step from the familiar and comfortable into the uncertain and unknown and this stress can make departing your job...

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The Best of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:45 AM

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 | 1:03 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 | 4:48 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 | 12:47 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 | 6:37 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 | 6:51 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 | 2:11 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 | 3:16 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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