Marshall Goldsmith – Executive Coach

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith – Executive Coach – Contents

  • Marshall Goldsmith Biography
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Marshall Goldsmith
  • Career Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Business Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Coaching Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Books by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Common Questions about Marshall Goldsmith
  • Videos about Marshall Goldsmith
  • Marshall Goldsmith Inspirational Quotes

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is a leadership and executive coach and the author of several management books. Goldsmith has become a world-renowned educator and coach.

As a coach, Marshall Goldsmith has worked with CEOs from about 150 companies. He has worked with top leaders and their management teams to address change in the workplace.


Interesting Facts and Insights about Marshall Goldsmith

  • Born: Marshall Goldsmith was born in 1949, in Valley Station, Kentucky
  • Education: Marshall Goldsmithreceived a degree in mathematical economics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1970.
  • MBA: Marshall Goldsmith earned his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1972.
  • Ph.D.: Marshall Goldsmith earned his Ph.D. from UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California in 1977.
  • Professor and Dean: Goldsmith was an assistant professor and then Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount. University’s College of Business, from 1976 to 1980.
  • Teaching: Goldsmith teaches executive education at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
  • Coach: As a coach, Marshall Goldsmith has worked with CEOs from about 150 companies.
  • Family: Goldsmith is married to Lyda and they have a son and a daughter.
  • Home: Goldsmith lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Leadership is providing inspiration and vision, then developing and empowering others to achieve this vision.

– Marshall Goldsmith

Career Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith

“Anybody can change, but they have to want to change.”

“Fate is the hand of cards we’ve been dealt. Choice is how we play the hand.”

“Giving yourself a purpose adds clarity to all actions and decisions that follow.”

“If you keep your mouth shut, no one can ever know how you really feel.”

“Never confuse acquiring degrees with wisdom.”

“Anybody can change, but they have to want to change.”

“Once you get a reputation for emotional volatility, it can take years of model behavior to change how others see you.”

“All of us have people in our lives who drive us crazy. We’ve spent hours reliving the unfair, unappreciative, inconsiderate treatment they have inflicted on us. But getting mad at this person makes just about as much sense as getting mad at a chair for being a chair.”

“If we become aware of what’s happening before we act, behavior becomes a function of choice rather than a result of an impulse or trigger. You begin to control your world more as opposed to the outside world controlling you.”


Business Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith

“Lasting goal achievement requires lots of time, hard work, sacrifice & dedication to a process that is maintained over years.”

“When you’re at the lower levels in the organization, you need to win and be right. But as you move up, you need to let other people win and be right, and become a manager and delegate responsibility.”

“Overcommitment can be as serious an obstacle to change as believing that you don’t need fixing or that your flaws are part of the reason you’re successful.”

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten simpler – my level of aspiration has actually gone down and down. But my level of impact has gone up and up.”

“If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and controls us.”

“Never wrestle with a pig—because you both get dirty but the pig loves it”

“Just because people understand what to do doesn’t ensure that they will actually do it.”

“People who believe they can succeed see opportunities where others see threats.”

“In her zeal to be a professional negotiator, she behaved like an amateur human being.”

“Put your goals on paper or an Excel spreadsheet. Measure every day, ‘Did I do my best to…?’ Your problems won’t disappear, but you will exist in a different relation to them, and you will improve.”


Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith

“If you aren’t opening doors for people, you are closing them.”

“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.”

“The people I coach are very successful people, so it’s very hard for winners to not constantly win. Even if it’s trivial and not worth it, we still want to win – because we love winning. It’s a very deep habit.”

“When we presume that we are better than people who need structure and guidance, we lack one of the most crucial ingredients for change: humility.”

“One of the most important actions, things a leader can do, is to lead by example. If you want everyone else to be passionate, committed, dedicated, and motivated, you go first!”

“To me, the #1 key to success is ‘creating lasting positive change in yourself and others.’ That is what is most rare, most difficult, and most valuable about leading people.”

“A leader who is self-aware enough to know that he or she is not adept at everything is one who has taken the first step toward being a great leader.”

“Those who lead by example and demonstrate a passion for what they do make it much easier for their followers to do the same.”

“Great leaders encourage leadership development. By openly developing themselves”


Coaching Advice Quotes by Marshall Goldsmith

“Coaching works best with high potential people who are willing to make a concerted effort to change, not as a religious conversion activity.

“If somebody is going in the wrong direction, behavioral coaching just helps them get there faster. It doesn’t turn the wrong direction into the right direction.”

“People will do something—including changing their behavior—only if it can be demonstrated that doing so is in their own best interests as defined by their own values.”

“Remember that when criticism is difficult to accept, there is probably some truth to it.”

“If the CEO is not going to give you a fair chance, you’re probably not going to win.”

“People only change their ways when what they truly value is threatened.”

“The people I coach are very successful people, so it’s very hard for winners to not constantly win. Even if it’s trivial and not worth it, we still want to win – because we love winning. It’s a very deep habit.”

“In one of the largest studies ever done on the effects of executive coaching – over 70,000 respondents – we learned that the biggest mistake coaches make is in not following up. It didn’t matter who the coach was or what method they used. Failing to follow up made any approach to coaching ineffective.”

“People that have integrity violations should be fired, not coached. How many integrity violations does it take to ruin the reputation of your company? Just one. You don’t coach integrity violations. You fire them.”

“The last thing I say on most phone calls is not, ‘Goodbye,’ but, ‘Thank you.'”


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“What got you here won’t get your there.”

– Marshall Goldsmith

Books by Marshall Goldsmith

  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith, 2007
  • Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change, by Louis Carter and Marshall Goldsmith, 2004
  • How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, Or Job, by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen, 2018
  • Best Practices in Talent Management, by Marshall Goldsmith and Louis Carter, 2009
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, 2007
  • Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World’s Greatest Coaches, by Laurence S. Lyons, Marshall Goldsmith, and Sarah McArthur, 2005
  • Global Leadership: The Next Generation. Marshall Goldsmith, Alastair Robertson, Cathy Greenberg, Maya Hu-Chan, 2003
  • Stakeholder Centered Coaching: Maximizing Your Impact as a Coach, by Marshall Goldsmith and Sal Silvester, 2018
  • Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships For Leading, by Marshall Goldsmith and Chip R. Bell, 2013
  • Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life, by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith, 2017
  • MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It, by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, 2010
  • The Leadership Investment: How the World’s Best Organizations Gain Strategic Advantage Through Leadership Development, by Robert Fulmer and Marshall Goldsmith, 2001
  • The Change Champion’s Field Guide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization, by Louis Carter and Marshall Goldsmith, 2013
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There in Sales, by Marshall Goldsmith, Don Brown, and Bill Hawkins, 2010
  • Succession: Are You Ready? by Marshall Goldsmith, 2009
  • FeedForward, by Marshall Goldsmith, 2012
  • Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be, by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. Crown, 2015

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Videos about Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith at Forward Thinking Leadership 2018

Six Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Everyday- Dr. Marshall Goldsmith


“To help others develop, start with yourself.”

– Marshall Goldsmith

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