Friday, April 15, 2011

Takeaways from Marshall Goldsmith’s “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” – Professor M.S.Rao

When I was asked to conduct a workshop for senior executives of a prestigious global company on Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” I felt excited as he wrote foreword for my book titled “Soft Skills Enhancing Employabilty” and also for my son – Ramakrishna Sayee’s upcoming book titled “Script Your Success Story”. I personally admire Dr. Marshall Goldsmith for his humility to respond to my all mails. Although Marshall is a very busy man he takes time to reply to my mails. Therefore, I thought it is a privilege to share about this humble global leadership guru and also about his book and his lessons to people. I quickly glanced through the book and decided to share with my bloggers as well.

There are several lessons you can learn from his book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There How Successful People Become Even More Successful.” The book is divided into 4 sections: The Trouble With Success, The Twenty Habits That Hold You Back From The Top, How We Can Change For The Better, and Pulling Out the Stops. It contains total 15 chapters providing valuable takeaways to readers. Here are the takeaways in a nut shell.

People often take their success for granted. Those who reached to top positions think that the strategies that worked in the past to reach to the top positions will work again to reach further higher positions. It is a myth as the needs, aspirations and expectations of the clients and customers are changing rapidly with the changing times and technologies. Hence, those who reached to successful positions have to be careful and they should not take their success for granted. They need to constantly learn and upgrade themselves and change their ways and means to reach further higher positions.

The book unfolds that people are often obsessed with their past strategies to reach success and don’t adopt new things leading to stagnation and preventing further career growth. Marshall says that there are 20 habits that become barriers for their further growth. People must identify these barriers and overcome to reach their next higher level.

Competition gets stiffer and tougher once the executives reach into senior leadership positions. Almost all senior executives are intelligent, smart working, charismatic, but very few reach to the CEO level. What differentiates senior executives from CEOs? At times it is the thin line that separates highly successful and just successful executives. The book helps the successful senior executives to cross the thin line and become more successful paving the way for CEO positions. To reach the tipping point in your corporate ladder you need to equip certain tools and techniques that you find in this book.

The book helps you realize your shortcomings to reach senior leadership positions. It makes you humble. Marshall advises you to take feedback as feedback is the breakfast of champions. He counsels to listen carefully to others, apologize if you have made any mistakes and follow-up thoroughly. Most of the senior executive may be aware of certain things written in this book. However, they still lack something that Marshall provides and enlightens them to read and succeed in their senior leadership positions. The book is a good read for ambitious executives who like to reach senior positions.

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder and Chief Consultant,
MSR Leadership Consultants, India
Blog: http://profmsr.blogspot.com
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