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Creating Behavior That Lasts-- Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Book - 2015
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Bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life.

Do you ever find that you are not the patient, compassionate problem solver you believe yourself to be? Are you surprised at how irritated or flustered the normally unflappable you becomes in the presence of a specific colleague at work? Have you ever felt your temper accelerate from zero to sixty when another driver cuts you off in traffic?

Our reactions don't occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment--the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent. So often the environment seems to be outside our control. Even if that is true, as Goldsmith points out, we have a choice in how we respond.

In Triggers , his most powerful and insightful book yet, Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the trigger points in our lives, and enact meaningful and lasting change. Goldsmith offers a simple "magic bullet" solution in the form of daily self-monitoring, hinging around what he calls "active" questions. These are questions that measure our effort, not our results. There's a difference between achieving and trying; we can't always achieve a desired result, but anyone can try. In the course of Triggers , Goldsmith details the six "engaging questions" that can help us take responsibility for our efforts to improve and help us recognize when we fall short.

Filled with revealing and illuminating stories from his work with some of the most successful chief executives and power brokers in the business world, Goldsmith offers a personal playbook on how to achieve change in our lives, make it stick, and become the person we want to be.

Publisher: New York : Crown Business, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804141239
Branch Call Number: 155.24 G574T 2015
Characteristics: xix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Reiter, Mark


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Nov 17, 2019

The writing is straight forward and easy to read. The topic may be a "doh" to some but to those of us used to living in our heads, either intellectually or emotionally, or both, there is a certain "aha" sensation that can be derived from the author's teachings. I found his perspective and manner of putting things to be quite helpful me as I navigate my life.

Jun 23, 2019

Required reading for all human beings!
Actionable exercises to hold yourself accountable to making change in your behaviour. Did I do my best to...? daily checklist.
Author identifies self reflection/awareness is the key to correcting negative behaviour. We are willfully blind to this truth.
"If each of us would only sweep own doorstep, the whole World would be clean" - Mother Theresa

Amber L Moreno
Oct 01, 2015

Anyone in HR probably already has this on their shelf, but for the rest of us, we should look upon it as a textbook for correcting our bad habits. Marshall Goldsmith is an amiable narrator and a knowledgeable counselor. Don't stop till you've learned a thing or two.


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