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The Best of 2014

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

As we end the year, I thought it would be interesting to review your favorite blogs (and mine). I would love to hear your thoughts on these articles and videos and any others. If you liked one or two, why? If not, why not? What did you learn? Do you have questions?

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

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

On the surface, acceptance -- that is, changing what we can change and being realistic about what we cannot change in our lives -- should be the easiest thing to do. After all, how hard is it to resign yourself to the reality of a situation?

7 Ways A Business Message Gets Lost In The Process

Marty Zwilling | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective com...

Are You Living in New Age Professional Hell?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

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 was pretty much part-time anyway, the benefits were glorious, and it just wasn't that bad.

Why You Should Get a Handle on Your Identity

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

How do we know who we are? Our identities are remembered, reflected, programmed and created.

2 Life-Changing Lessons You Need to Know Now!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

It's easier to see our problems (let's call them behavioral challenges) in others than to see them in ourselves.

It's Showtime! One Key to Continual Motivation

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

So here's the dilemma: When is acting being professional? When is acting being phony? I want to help leaders learn how to be great performers, but I never believe that they should be phonies. How can I, as a coach, understand the difference?

Can Delegation Kill?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

With input, you can delegate with your eyes wide open. Delegation won't blindly kill -- instead it will appropriately breathe new life into an organization and build morale, careers and a company.

Stop Defining Yourself as a Jerk!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

These little sayings add up to our definition of who we are. I consider them a pile of behaviors that we define as "me." The more we talk, the more we define our unalterable essence.

Your Boss -- Seriously Successful or Downright Deluded?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

While your boss's positive beliefs about herself helped her become successful. These same beliefs can make it tough for her to change. The same beliefs that helped her get to her current level of success, can inhibit her from making the changes needed to stay there -- or move forward.

Millennials Speak! 5 Future Leadership 'Must-haves'

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Characteristics like vision, integrity, focus on results, and ensuring customer satisfaction were seen as factors that were critical in the past and will be so in the future.

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

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

You have to be consistent in how you present yourself -- to the point where you don't mind being "guilty of repeating yourself." If you abandon the consistency, people will get confused and the perception you are trying to change will get muddied by conflicting evidence that you are just the same as you were.

4 Dead Giveaways When Coaching Won't Work!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

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 detect a lost cause?

10 Surefire Reasons to Try Feedforward!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

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...

Improve Your Odds of Change!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Change is simple, but it's not easy. It's hard. You have to do it. You have to put in the time and effort that it takes to change. That's one of the big reasons why I take what I do so seriously.

No Excuses!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Genuinely apologizing is one of the most magical healing, restorative gestures a person can make. Without the apology, there is no recognition or acknowledgement that mistakes have been made, there is no announcement that you intend to change, and most importantly, there is no emotional contract between you and the people you care about.

Staying on the Path -- Critical for Executives

Terri Wallin | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Envisioning the future of the business has to be a purposeful effort. Distractions are our enemy and are something we can learn to control. Why is it that operational distractions attract us?

Two Magic Words - Thank You!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Thanking works because it expresses one of our most basic emotions: gratitude. Not an abstraction, gratitude is a genuine emotion. It cannot be exacted or forced. You either feel it or you don't.

Listen Well - It's an Active Exercise!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In her book My Life in Leadership, Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts, CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, and one of t...

What Can I Do to Be a Better...?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In my experience, there are a hundred wrong ways to ask for feedback and one right way. Most of us know the wrong ways. We ask people, "What do you think of me?" "How do you feel about me?" "What do you hate about me?" or "What do you like about me?"

Leadership Is a Contact Sport!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

My career as an executive coach began many years ago with a phone call from the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. I had just given a leadership clinic to ...

"That Is Great, BUT..."

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

The higher up you go in your organization, the more you need to make other people winners and not make your job about winning yourself. This is a hard concept for people who like to win to grasp.

Three Nasty Little Words: 'No, But, However'

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

An easy habit for people who like to win to fall into, and a surefire shortcut to killing conversations, is to start a sentence with "no," "but," or "however." It doesn't matter how friendly your tone is or how honey sweet you say these words, the message to your recipient is "You are wrong."

Strong Leadership Begins With Your Mindset

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Your mindset isn't just a bunch of touchy-feely psychology and relationship stuff. It also has a big effect on your company's bottom line, setting the stage of its performance, productivity, and, ultimately, its profitability.

Adding Too Much Value

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

A classic problem of smart, successful people is Adding Too Much Value. This bad habit can be defined as the overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion.