Book Review – Marshall Goldsmith’s Triggers by John Baldoni

Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith - People Development Network

What is holding us back from making positive changes in spite of our best intentions?

That question gets to the heart of Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith. “A trigger, according to Marshall, “is an impulse or catalyst that stimulates behavior or action.” Therefore, we need to understand those “triggers” so that we come to a better understanding of ourselves and in turn can take action to improve ourselves.

Change is not easy; it is even harder when the object of change is ourselves. According to Triggers, what stops us from changing are the usual suspects: “overconfidence, stubbornness, confusion and magical thinking.”

So what do we do? We commit to change and that begins with powerful self-examination. That is an act of courage. Fortunately, Triggers provides real-world actions steps – often in the form of daily and hourly questions – that will help us make the changes that we want to make.

Marshall closes Triggers with a statement that resonates with me personally: “Think about one change, one triggering gesture, that you won’t regret later.” Simple to say, yes. It is the doing that is difficult, but Triggers points us in the right direction.

About Marshall Goldsmith:

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author of the newly published Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be, which is a Wall Street Journal and New York Time Bestseller. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. He has been recognized by Thinkers 50 as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World and by Harvard Business Review as the 1 Thinker in the World. He is the world’s top-rated executive coach and has advised over 150 major CEOs.

Read our great new article from Marshall, where he reveals his brilliant Daily Question Process

Marshall Goldsmith - People Development NetworkI would like to share a process that I use almost every day.  It is incredibly practical and efficient!  I find that it does a wonderful job of keeping what is most important to me ‘in my head’.   I am amazed at how well it works!”



John Baldoni
 John Baldoni, chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an Top 50 Leadership Expert and author of more than a dozen books including MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.
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