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In the book Triggers by Marshell Goldsmith, Goldsmith lays out his experience in corporate coaching to help his client achieve repeated success in reaching their goals.

If you have read other books on habit formation, and how to plan and reach goals, much of the context will be familiar to you, there were a couple takeaways that changed how I think about setting my goals.

Takeaway One, goal categories

Do I want to start something new? Do I want to stop something? Are the typical categories I’ll think about when setting goals, Goldsmith reminds his readers that we should also consider what we want to maintain. We can lose some of the most precious part of our day as stress presses in if we don’t make intentional goals to preserve those rich gardens in our lives.

Takeaway Two, daily review in the form of engaging questions

While I seen goal advice encourage having a planned periodic review of if I’ve taken the daily actions that I need to for achieving my goals, the enhancement I got from Goldsmith was to use engaging questions in the form of, “Did I do my best to …..”, to create a trigger of accountability at the end of each day. Goldsmith makes the point that ask ourselves these challenging questions at the end of each day forces to confront the fact that change is needed if day-after-day we give a low rating on trying our best to build positive relationships with our family but we say it it an important goal. I look forward to incorporating this template of daily questions into my goal setting routine.



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Last month, finished I the book by Jonah Berger, (a marketing professor at the Wharton School), Contagious: Why Things Catch On.


Overall, I thought the advice in the book was sound.

There’s just a little problem with books like this.



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Book Recommendation:


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


by Marie Kondo


We all have our own associations with the word, “tidy.” My associations are actions. I fly though my home, straightening pillows on the couch, sliding dishes into the washer, and shunt (my wife’s) shoes into the cubby near the front door. This is NOT what Marie Kondo’s book is about.

About 75% of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is about throwing things away. A slim 25% covers a mix of organizing items in the home, and truly understanding the deep emotional attachments that prevent us from throwing things away. I recommend reading (or listening) to this book to get the practical, step by step instruction that Kondo provides for “tidying.” As a matter of fact, I’ve already applied the advice  in my own home. Rather than detail each of Kondo’s methods, I’ll cover the two big messages I got from the book.


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Book Recommendation:

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Before explaining THE LAWS OF POWER, Greene opens by pointing out there is always a powerful person and around this powerful person a court will assemble, trying to get a sweet slice of that power.

We can see what Greene is talking about here:

  • King or queen with their court

  • President and their cabinet

  • CEO with their other C’s, VP’s and directors

  • Oprah and her chef, relationship counselor, and spiritual adviser

Like the above image, there will always be a king and people like weeds will try to crop up around them. This means games will be played to get power. Now it might (more…)

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Book Rec: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker


The Effective Executive stands as a simple strong lighthouse guiding us away from cheap productivity hacks, time squandering multi-tasking, and good projects that are the enemy of great projects.

Here is a work problem for you to chew on:

Productivity = Effectiveness x Efficiency

This book is helpful because, it clearly describes that of those two inputs, effectiveness is far more important. 


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