Book Review: Is Success Actually Holding You Back? What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Book Title and Edition: What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful! First Edition.
Authors: Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, PhD, and Mark Reiter Condensed Review/Thesis: Old habits can hold you back; break free and achieve better results now.
Author's Background: Leadership coach, thought leader, prolific author, Marshall Goldsmith is a legend in the executive coaching field and has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World. Mark Reiter owns literary agency, the Reiter Agency, and co-authors books with prominent names, including Goldsmith and Twyla Tharp.
Intended Audience: Business leaders, managers, team leaders, and employees who want to improve their performance and results.
Larry's Two Cents: What Got You Here Won't Get You There was inspired by Peter Drucker. The leadership legend once remarked to Goldsmith that coaches spent a lot of time helping leaders learn what to do but not enough time on what they should not do. This chance comment led Goldsmith to create a list of "things not to do." What Got You Here describes 20 habits that impede leaders (and others) from "reaching the next level."
Almost every leader or owner I know talks about "getting to the next level" in their business. This book drives home the point that continuing to do the same things you've always done only yields similar results. You won't break through the glass ceilings of your own making. True breakthroughs occur only if you understand that, for the company to change, you must change. Goldsmith guides you through the habits that might be holding you back and provides a clear seven-step guide for changing them.
If you're "stuck" or want to improve your leadership and affect powerful change, Goldsmith's guide will help you drop old habits and adopt success-oriented behaviors. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results: it's the definition of insanity - and subpar results.
When To Read This Book: Are you doing the same thing, over and over again. Contrary to the belief that doing that which "brung ya", as our company's grow, so must we. Company and leader alike must change and grow.