Within 15 minutes of our interview, the world’s leading executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith, displayed in real time why he’s earned a lifetime of accolades. His job is to assess and coach leaders and without me even realizing it, he was holding me accountable to the words coming out of my mouth. It was an eye-opening experience and I hope you enjoy the way he calls me on my need to reward my intelligence as much as I did.
The main point I want to drive home for this episode is to listen to the wisdom coming out of this man’s mouth. He actually practices his teachings and it has elevated him to coaching the CEOs of over 150 major corporations. The most compelling story from our time together is how he pays someone to call and ask him active questions in order to hold himself accountable to his own beliefs.
Accountability is key to Marshall’s ethos and he’s the first to admit that it’s okay to be wrong. Being wrong means you admit you can do better. Embrace your lack of knowledge and see it as a learning opportunity instead of a weakness. At the end of the day, the only person you have to answer to is yourself. If it’s not working, change it.