A little over a week ago I had the privilege of attending the Midwest Regional Conference of ICF (the International Coach Federation.)
It was quite an event with over 400 attendees from all over the world meeting for three days to meet great people, generate new ideas, and amp up their knowledge base and energy around coaching. The new research, especially about the neuroscience, is coming in at an astounding pace. It was truly an opportunity to learn it from the masters.
Among them was one of my favorites, Marshall Goldsmith, who was just recognized yet again as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach at the Thinkers50 ceremony in London. As many of you know, his background is formidable: as an executive coach to CEOs of top companies, (like Allan Mulally during the Ford Motor Company turnaround), as a distinguished professor at Dartmouth, and as the author or editor of 35 books. His books have sold more than two million copies, have been translated into 30 languages, and have become best sellers in 12 countries.
Now can you see why I am impressed? As it turned out, I not only had the opportunity to meet him and chat a bit, I even received a warm hug and took a picture with him. This giant in the field was an unassuming gentle man whom I was honored to meet.
Marshall’s books Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, have been standards that I have recommended to my client’s for years. These books have helped them develop new ways of thinking and being as they learn to make the critical shifts necessary as their careers progress. His keynotes, which book-ended the three-day event were on the topics of his What Got You Here Won’t Get You There book and his latest book, Triggers: The Six Questions to Kick-Start Change.
In his new book Triggers, Marshall describes, in depth, the tools and how to use them with clients. He uses these tools himself daily with the goal of “creating behavior that lasts” and “becoming the person you want to be.” I recommend you check it out too!