What I learnt today talking to Marshall Goldsmith

It???s been a whirlwind day for me. To say that I???ve had a lot to take in, would be an understatement. I met Marshall Goldsmith in person today at a full day workshop he ran in Kuala Lumpur, What Got You Here Wont Get You There. It???s also the title of one of his books. I had the opportunity to chat with him which was a wonderful experience, short-lived as it was. Marshall is open, humorous, present and very down to earth. I will share stuff from our interview in the April 2012 issue of HR Matters.
But meanwhile, there???s more. When you have the kind of experience that he possesses and that world view, it???s a hard job being on the other side, listening and taking it all in. Your mind will skip through stuff, you will probably zone out at times and your brain will be going tick tick tick on so many things while he is busy talking to you. So, rather than put all the good stuff in a single post where most of it will be glazed over, I thought it better to spread it out so you can savour them one by one, thereby giving each nugget of information, the attention and care it so rightfully deserves.

Marshall took me aside during our chat to very pointedly tell me something he learnt from Peter Drucker a long time ago. Something that has stuck with him. And it is this that I would like to share with you today.

???Every decision in the world is made by the person who has the power to make that decision. Not necessarily the ???right??? person or the ???smartest??? person or the most ???qualified??? person. Make peace with that.???

Don???t be fooled into quickly coming to a conclusion about what this statement means. Refrain from jumping in and let it rest with you quietly. You can come to a conclusion about what this means for you, later. Just think about it for now, mull it over.

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About rowena morais

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