What Got You Here Won’t Get You There:

The 20 Habits that May be Holding You Back

(Thank You to Marshall Goldsmith – One of the World’s Greatest Business Coaches)

Marshall Goldsmith is one of the most successful and influential Executive and Business Coaches in the world. His books are seminal, including the one with the title noted above.
In this book he talks about the old habits that our young aggressive specialists and hard driving employees must let go, as they graduate to higher levels of leadership and now managing other people.
This list is worth repeating as a blog for this week:
1. Winning Too Much – even when it does not matter so much.

2. Adding Too Much Value – the overwhelming desire to add 2 cents to every discussion.

3. Passing Judgment – the need to constantly rate others and impose only your standards on them.

4. Making Destructive Comments – needless sarcasms and cutting remarks that we only think are witty.

5. Starting with “No”, “But” and “However” – the over use of negative qualifiers.

6. Telling the World How Smart We Are

7. Speaking When Angry – using emotional volatility as a management tool.

8. Negativity, or “Let Me Explain Why That Won’t Work” – even when not asked.

9. Withholding Information – in order to maintain an advantage over others.

10. Failing to Give Proper Recognition – the inability to praise and reward

11. Claiming Credit that We Don’t Deserve – annoying when we overestimate our contribution to success.

12. Making Excuses – repositioning our behavior as a permanent fixture so people excuse us for it.

13. Clinging to the Past – deflect blame on to events and people from the past.

14. Playing Favourites

15. Refusing to Express Regret – inability to accept responsibility, admit we have made mistakes, or recognize how our actions affect others.

16. Not Listening – the most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for our colleagues.

17. Failing to Express Gratitude

18. Punishing the Messenger – the misguided need to attack the innocent who are only trying to help us.

19. Passing the Buck

20. An Excessive Need “To Be Me” – exalting our faults to be virtues simply because they are who we are.
Being a great worker is no automatic ticket to the science and demands of now leading people. Read Marshal Goldsmith’s book and you will further understand.
Stepping up to leadership requires a major change in mindset. Talk to a Certified Professional Business Coach and they will help assist you on this crucial journey of self-development.