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February 8, 2007

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

By: Jack @ 3:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, Hyperion, 200 Pages, $23.95 Hardcover, January 2007, ISBN 1401301304
Marshall Goldsmith is huge in the world of executive coaching, so understand that the person this book is written to is not the mail room clerk. It is her supervisors’ supervisor. It is the person with some success under their belt. As a guy who has had some success in my life, I especially understood and appreciated what this book taught me.
The point of the book is actually the title and subtitle. He states:
“The problems we’ll be looking at in this book are not life-threatening diseases (although ignored for too long they can destroy a career). They’re not deep-seated neuroses that require years of therapy or tons of medication to erase. More often than not, they are simple behavioral tics—bad habits that we repeat dozens of times a day in the workplace—which can be cured by (a) pointing them out, (b) showing the havoc they cause among the people surrounding us, and (c) demonstrating that with a slight behavioral tweak we can achieve a much more appealing effect.