Picked up what looks like will be a great book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith. If you’re not familiar with Marshall, you’ve been missing out. For a number of years he had a regular column in Fast Company. A great sample of his writing is How to Learn the Truth About Yourself from the October 2003 edition. Always very practical and packed with good take-away.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There is primarily written for successful people who need to change some bad habits in order to get to the next level or performance. What’s interesting is the idea that some of the very characteristics that might get a person to one level are actually deal-breakers for the next. The book lists 21 habits that might hold a person back (and gives a prescription for dealing with them). It also gives a step-by-step prescription for working through the process of demonstrating to your team that you’re honestly intent on changing.
Want more? Here’s a link to a talk that Marshall gave in December on the subject of the book: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be.