When executives develop cultural agility--the capacity to recognize, understand, and respond appropriately to various cultures, and to work within those cultures to achieve business results--they massively expand their ability to advance their career.
We continue our examination of the business book "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There" with an interview of author Marshall Goldsmith. What is the number one obstacle to change? And what is he writing now?
Mojo is a folkloric word that refers to the physical manifestation of a supernatural force. MOJOis also the title of a brand-new book by my friend and pre-eminent executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith. “Mojo,” as Marshall writes, “is that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.”
I just finished reading executive coach Marshall Goldsmith’s excellent book “What Got You Here Will Not Get You There.” Mr. Goldsmith identifies 21 destructive habits that grow out of successful careers and stifle future success (i.e. need to win at all costs; need to show people we are smarter than they think we are; need to blame anyone but ourselves) and he recommends very pragmatic approaches to overcoming these bad habits (i.e. each time you talk down to a person there is a $10.00 fine).
Late last year, Marshall Goldsmith reported on a study that found a majority of employees spend 10 or more hours each month complaining -- or listening to others complain. Furthermore, the study finds that almost 30% of your employees will engage in the practice of complaining for around 20 hours per month. That's half a week each month.