I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the board of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter Drucker Foundation for Non-Profit Management) for the past several years, and one of the founders and my fellow board members is Marshall Goldsmith. He’s written a powerful new book that’s rocketed to the top of the business charts since it was released in January 2007 – What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful. You can find it on Amazon, or at my favorite online bookstore and in my favorite version: audio read by the author – at Half.com.
Marshall is widely regarded as one of the world’s best Executive Coaches and Experts on Leadership. Among the many leaders he’s worked with is Alan Mulally, the new President and CEO of Ford and recipient of the inaugural Leader of the Future award.
Marshall gives straight insight based on working with hundreds of executives over the years, and focuses on the traits that are holding them back, the ones that if understood and addressed properly can help them take their careers and personal lives to the next level.
There’s a section on The Twenty Habits That Hold You Back from the Top. Some of my favorites that I’ve seen in practice are Adding Too Much Value, the overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion; and always "Starting with No, But or However" and overusing negative qualifiers that say, "I’m right, you’re wrong."
Marshall is also giving away virtually everything he’s done at http://www.marshallgoldsmithlibrary.com – buy the book and then go there for more – you’ll definitely learn something from a master.