Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases!
Start by following Marshall Goldsmith.

Marshall Goldsmith Marshall Goldsmith > Quotes


Marshall Goldsmith quotes Showing 61-90 of 130

“I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch, He said to me, “You must not ask for so much.” And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door, She cried to me, “Hey, why not ask for more?” —Leonard Cohen, “Bird on a Wire”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“If there is one “disease” that I’m trying to cure in this book, it revolves around our total misapprehension of our environment. We think we are in sync with our environment, but actually it’s at war with us. We think we control our environment but in fact it controls us. We think our external environment is conspiring in our favor—that is, helping us—when actually it is taxing and draining us. It is not interested in what it can give us. It’s only interested in what it can take from us. If”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“All other things being equal, your people skills (or lack of them) become more pronounced the higher up you go. In fact, even when all other things are not equal, your people skills often make the difference in how high you go.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“we feel regret’s sharp sting when we reflect on the opportunities squandered, the choices deferred, the efforts not made,”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“Regret is the emotion we experience when we assess our present circumstances and reconsider how we got here. We replay what we actually did against what we should have done—and find ourselves wanting in some way. Regret can hurt.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“Lamenting the past is a waste of time. I learned my lesson. Let’s move on.” That’s one way of looking at regret—if only as a form of self-protection from the pain of knowing we missed out. We’re comforted by the fact that no one is immune to regret (we’re not alone) and that time heals all wounds (the only thing worse than experiencing pain is not knowing if and when the pain will go away).”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“The pain that comes with regret should be mandatory, not something to be shooed away like an annoying pet. When we make bad choices and fail ourselves or hurt the people we love, we should feel pain. That pain can be motivating and in the best sense, triggering—a reminder that maybe we messed up but we can do better. It’s one of the most powerful feelings guiding us to change.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“Mojo
is that positive spirit
toward what we are doing
now
that starts from the inside
and radiates to the outside.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It
“But the higher up you go in the organization, the more you need to make other people winners and not make it about winning yourself.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“Successful people never drink from a glass that’s half empty.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“Try this: For one week treat every idea that comes your way from another person with complete neutrality. Think of yourself as a human Switzerland. Don’t take sides. Don’t express an opinion. Don’t judge the comment. If you find yourself constitutionally incapable of just saying “Thank you,” make it an innocuous, “Thanks, I hadn’t considered that.” Or, “Thanks. You’ve given me something to think about.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“Consider the perennial goal of getting a good night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep is practically a national epidemic, afflicting one-third of American adults (it’s twice as bad for teenagers). Sleep should be easy to achieve. We have the motivation to sleep well. Who doesn’t want to wake up alert rather than foggy, refreshed rather than sluggish? We understand how much sleep we need. It’s basic arithmetic. If we have work or class early the next morning and need six to eight hours of sleep, we should work backward and plan on going to bed around 11 p.m. And we have control: Sleep is a self-regulated activity that happens in an environment totally governed by us—our home. We decide when to tuck in for the night. We choose our environment, from the room, to the bed, to the sheets and pillows. So why don’t we do what we know is good for us? Why do we stay up later than is good for us—and in turn not get enough sleep and wake up tired rather than refreshed? I blame it on a fundamental misunderstanding of how our environment shapes our behavior.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“If you want to succeed at goal setting, you have to face the reality of the effort and the payoff before you begin. Realize that the ‘quick fix’ and the ‘easy solution’ may not provide the ‘lasting fix’ and the ‘meaningful solution.’ Lasting goal achievement requires lots of time, hard work, personal sacrifice, ongoing effort, and dedication to a process that is maintained over years. And even if you can pull that off, the rewards may not be all that you expect.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“this “we will succeed” attitude leads to staff burnout, high turnover, and a weaker team than the one you started with.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“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”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“As an experiment, I tweaked the questions using Kelly’s “Did I do my best to” formulation. • Did I do my best to be happy? • Did I do my best to find meaning? • Did I do my best to have a healthy diet? • Did I do my best to be a good husband? Suddenly, I wasn’t being asked how well I performed but rather how much I tried. The distinction was meaningful to me because in my original formulation, if I wasn’t happy or I ignored Lyda, I could always blame it on some factor outside myself. I could tell myself I wasn’t happy because the airline kept me on the tarmac for three hours (in other words, the airline was responsible for my happiness). Or I overate because a client took me to his favorite barbecue joint, where the food was abundant, caloric, and irresistible (in other words, my client—or was it the restaurant?—was responsible for controlling my appetite). Adding the words “did I do my best” added the element of trying into the equation. It injected personal ownership and responsibility into my question-and-answer process. After a few weeks using this checklist, I noticed an unintended consequence. Active questions themselves didn’t merely elicit an answer. They created a different level of engagement with my goals. To give an accurate accounting of my effort, I couldn’t simply answer yes or no or “30 minutes.” I had to rethink how I phrased my answers. For one thing, I had to measure my effort. And to make it meaningful—that is, to see if I was trending positively, actually making progress—I had to measure on a relative scale, comparing the most recent day’s effort with previous days. I chose to grade myself on a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 being the best score. If I scored low on trying to be happy, I had only myself to blame. We may not hit our goals every time, but there’s no excuse for not trying. Anyone can try.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“When you start a sentence with “no,” “but,” “however,” or any variation thereof, no matter how friendly your tone or how many cute mollifying phrases you throw in to acknowledge the other person’s feelings, the message to the other person is You are wrong.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“Feedback—both the act of giving it and taking it—is our first step in becoming smarter, more mindful about the connection between our environment and our behavior. Feedback teaches us to see our environment as a triggering mechanism. In some cases, the feedback itself is the trigger.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“If she wants to be a great leader, she will need to “make peace” with watching what she says and observing how she acts—for the rest of her career.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Succession: Are You Ready?
“What’s more important? Your company or your life?” It was a rhetorical question. I was warning him that, stripped of his identity at the top of a sixty-thousand-employee organization, he was vulnerable to boredom, dislocation, depression. I’d seen it before in ex-CEOs who didn’t prepare well for their corporate exit. It would be “irresponsible” if he didn’t create a new identity for himself.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“If your successor truly wants to become a great CEO, she needs to recognize that there is no “off” switch when she is around the people who she will be leading.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Succession: Are You Ready?
“reasonable people can disagree.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Sparking positive change and making it last
“If we’re satisfied with our life—not necessarily happy or delighted that we’ve exceeded our wildest expectations, just satisfied—we yield to inertia. We continue doing what we’ve always done.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“What in my life is worth keeping?” The”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“But simple is far from easy.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“When we regret our own decisions—and do nothing about it—we are no better than a whining employee complaining about his superiors. We are yelling at an empty boat, except it’s our boat.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“There is immeasurable satisfaction—even pleasure—in taking a big risk and fighting a battle you believe in. It’s your life, your call. No one else can make it for you. AIWATT”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“Your people are changing constantly and it’s right in front of your eyes. If you don’t change accordingly, you may as well be managing with your eyes wide shut. That’s the most unforgivable prejudice of all.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
“we go through life grumbling about what should be at the expense of accepting what is. Within that bubble of delusion, we grant ourselves an autonomy and superiority we have not earned. We imagine how much better the world would be if we had the power to make the decisions. We don’t.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be
“The problem begins when this good enough attitude spills beyond our marketplace choices and into the things we say and do.”
Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be


All Quotes | Add A Quote

Marshall Goldsmith
233 followers
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful What Got You Here Won't Get You There
19,858 ratings
Open Preview
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be Triggers
4,931 ratings
Open Preview
Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It Mojo
1,575 ratings
Open Preview
Learn Like a Leader: Today's Top Leaders Share Their Learning Journeys Learn Like a Leader
65 ratings
Open Preview