Getting back to my blog after a hiatus.. and what better way to re-energize than a session with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. I was privileged to be invited a conversation with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith held at IIM Bangalore last week, and what a session it was! For those of you who don’t know him, he is the author of bestsellers “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” and “Mojo”, an executive coach plus one of the foremost management thinkers of our times.

The conversation actually turned out to be a workshop cum interaction and I came back thinking what has been I missing.. and hence sharing the same with you all… A word of caution, if you have read his book ‘What Got You Here Won’t Get You There’ you may find pieces in this post from the book 🙂

Nugget 1 : When you are in position of power/strength, your suggestions actually become orders. Remember last time you suggested something to your team member and he happily implemented it, turns out he may not have thought it through. Does it ring some bell ??

Nugget 2 : Some one comes up with an idea and you suggest some improvements to boost the impact. Turns out in most of the cases, you may have added marginal value but lost out a great deal on person’s commitment to idea, as the idea is not his any more. Unless there is a compelling reason to improvise on the idea, everyone may be better off with the person running with it.

Nugget 3 : Starting the conversion with “No”, “But”, “However”, etc. In most of the discussion when some one has made his point, we respond by saying this is a good idea/interesting point but. Please take a moment to ponder if that “but” has served you well over the years. If not, it might be a good time to chuck it out and create a more engaging dialogue.

That’s all for now !

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