Habits of our past need changing in order to get us where we want to be. However, one good habit to promote is reading the right books because reading builds character.
I promote two foundational books. They are: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Now I want to recommend a third book: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. He’s an executive coach for top corporations worldwide.
What Goldsmith relates in this book is that certain workplace habits that got us to certain levels of success are not the traits that are going to get us to the next level.
Concepts such as not being open to feedback, not apologizing when we’re wrong, not being a good listener, not saying ‘thank you’, not following up and so forth.
Someone said that our habits either make us or break us. Some of them, like not really listening to people, can be so subtle and yet so destructive.
Goldsmith says in the book, “Behavioral issues become so important in the upper rungs of the corporate ladder. And, with all other things being equal, your people skills (or lack of them) become more pronounced the higher up you go. In fact, even when all other things are not equal, your people skills often make the difference in how high you go.” In other words, he said that the people skills are much more valuable than technical sills!
You might want to read this book and see if there are some areas where you can use improvement with certain habits. Some of the thoughts I read about certainly struck home with me! Thus, after reading the book, and if you need to improve your people skills, may I suggest The Dale Carnegie Course. I took it years ago and found it very beneficial.
“I’m working on my people skills so I can get where I want to go.”
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