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Marshall Goldsmith Shows You How Not to Overthink Things

Finland is planning to join NATO after decades of being staunchly neutral regarding its powerful Russian neighbor. Marshall Goldsmith explores the power of narrowing choice.

Marshall Goldsmith Shows You How Not to Overthink Things
“When you have only one choice, the only acceptable response is to make that choice work.”

Nashville, TN (Newsworthy.ai) Tuesday Jul 5, 2022 @ 9:00 AM Pacific —

In a blog post that talks about choices, adapted from his new book The Earned Life, the renowned leadership expert and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith talks about how narrowing choices through planning can make people and, by extension, corporate entities, much more efficient.

Goldsmith details Ford Motor Company’s famous Business Plan Review, whose strict rules limit choice but encourage responsibility. Regarding the company’s weekly meetings, he writes, “That overwhelming sense of weekly urgency gave these executives agency over their future. They knew what was expected of them and that they alone were responsible for their performance. When you have only one choice, the only acceptable response is to make that choice work.”

Finland’s leaders recently announced that their country would apply for NATO membership without delay, while Swedish leaders are expected to do the same. This is a major shift by two nonaligned nations whose choices for their safety and sovereignty were narrowed since Russia invaded Ukraine. Rather than weakening NATO, Vladimir Putin’s actions strengthened it by limiting the choice of those countries in their desire to be free of military intervention. These countries are now planning for their future in ways that Russia had feared.

On a personal level, planning can help overcome indecision in the face of too much choice.

In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.

With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.

You can read Marshall Goldsmith’s blog here.

About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH

Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.

About THE EARNED LIFE

In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”

If you’d like more information on Marshall Goldsmith, The Earned Life, and his work, please get in touch with Lyda Goldsmith.

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