What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There is dedicated to all successful leaders who want to “take it to the next level” and get even better.
First, Goldsmith takes us on a personal journey through self-assessment with chapters titled: You Are Here, Enough About You, and The Success Delusion, or Why We Resist Change.
He skillfully takes his readers on a journey that includes twenty-one habits that have proven to be key reasons why some people don't make it to the top, or get held back for a longer period of time.
"No one can ever get better without consistent follow through."
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful is unique in that the author not only explains what we must do better, more of, and improve upon – but he also explains the importance of consciously NOT doing certain things that get in the way of our success.
Some of these “not to do’s” include: taking too much of the spotlight; adding value when it overshadows other team members; being judgmental of others; making comments that tear down rather than build up; beginning a dialogue with a negative such as “No,” “But,” or “However”; telling others how enlightened or knowledgeable we are; making decisions or giving opinions when angry; not sharing key information; making Excuses for our failures or shortcomings, not taking the time to listen to others; not being willing to apologize, show remorse or reqret, and several more.
Goldsmith goes on to make the key point that what got you here, to your current position in life, cannot be counted on to take you to the next level of success. There may very well be something standing between you and the next level of achievement and it is up to you to identify the barrier.
Goldsmith provides the reader with a Global Leadership Inventory assessment that covers 15 key categories, which include:
What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There is meant to convince the reader that the best time to change – is NOW.
Goldsmith explains that of the tens of thousands of business executives who has attended his lectures or read his books, only about 70 percent ever follow though on anything they learned or actually did something about what was hold them back.
While some might say the remaining 70 percent is a pretty good success rate, Goldsmith focuses on the fact that 30 percent of these “so-called” highly intelligent, highly influential business executives fall under the “non-compliant” category – which could be labeled as “non-leaders”.
"When you can address uncomfortable issues in a non-threatening way, not only does the leader get better, the whole team benefits."
Without follow through, every new initiative quickly becomes a “program of the month”. Follow through is how you measure your progress and it’s how you send the strong message that you are committed to the task at hand.
As a leader it is up to you to display the same traits and qualities that you expect from your workforce. What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There will assist you in this quest.
We encourage our readers to add What Got You Here, Won't Get You There to their personal leadership library.
Marchall Goldsmith is a highly respected executive coach, serving more than eighty CEO’s in the world’s top corporations.
He has helped implement leadership development processes that have positively impacted more than one million people. The American Management Association recently named Marshall one of fifty great thinkers and business leaders who have impacted the field of management.
"Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it."- Ella Wheeler Wilcox