Summary of What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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You've worked hard, sacrificed and devoted yourself to your career. Now you are enjoying your success, feeling confident and, yes, even a bit smug. Don't get too comfortable. Leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith is here to remind you that the very traits that enabled you to become successful might lead to your downfall. Now that you are a leader, your behavioral quirks and weaknesses take on more weight and significance, and can do more harm than they could when you were an up-and-comer. Lucky for you, Goldsmith identifies the 20 most common shortcomings and provides a seven-step procedure for improving without a complete personal makeover. Usually, making a small adjustment or simply stopping the negative behavior is all it takes. Goldsmith is respected as a savvy, insightful executive coach. The clarity, humor and down-to-earth style of his book demonstrate why. getAbstract recommends it to those who want to improve their leadership skills and keep climbing up the corporate ladder.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to handle the "paradox of success" - the fact that the behavior that helped you succeed now can bring you down;
  • How to identify a leader's 20 most common, bad workplace habits; and
  • How to get rid of a bad habit in seven steps.

About the Author

Leadership expert Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has worked with more than 80 corporations. He serves on the teaching staff of the executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Literary agent Mark Reiter is a collaborator on 13 other books.



When a Quirk Becomes a Problem
Why would people at the height of their success and productivity need behavior modification? Ironically, it's because often the very same behavior that made them so successful creates problems for them at the top. Unfortunately, many people have no clue how...

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    Rufus Moore 8 months ago
    how do I get a summary of chapter 9?
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      Karen Londo 8 months ago
      hello Rufus, it's my pleasure to reply to your comment. We apologize for any inconvenience, however, our summaries are of the entire book, and not by chapter. Therefore we are unable to provide you with a summary of Chapter 9
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    Michel Koopman 6 years ago
    A must read for any leader

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