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Triggers

Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

Triggers confronts head-on the challenges of behavior and change, looking at the external factors (or "triggers") - both negative and positive - that affect our behaviors, our awareness of when we need to change, our willingness (or otherwise) to do so, and our ability to see the change through. Drawing on his unparalleled experience as an international executive educator and coach, Marshall Goldsmith invites us to understand how our own beliefs and the environments in which we operate can trigger negative behaviors or a resistance to the need to change. But he also offers up some simple, practical advice to help us navigate the negative and make the most of the triggers that will help us to sustain positive change.

©2015 Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Fantastic

I missed the junction on the motorway twice whilst listening to this, first in one direction, then the other. So many lightbulb moments that have made shifts in thinking and behaviour for me. Probably the best business book I have read to date. Maybe don't listen whilst driving, unless you don't mind being late!

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Brilliant

Would you listen to Triggers again? Why?

Yes

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Full of simple to understand concepts that are all relatable and true. Ive listened to this book several times. Very worthwhile investment in time.

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Triggers is a well researched and articulated argument for self improvement

ersonally I find The title Triggers is somewhat of a misleading title for a book , yet I can't think of a better hook to get one interested and motivated to read. The book makes an increasingly compelling argument for introspection and self improvement, which in turn affect those systems and people we interact with. Goldsmith invites us to examine more closely those aspects of our life's we rarely examine our beliefs and environment, identifying the triggers we auto respond to. He argues by creating new triggers (via questions/logs) we can self optimise and thus improve those about us. A very powerful outcome

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Useful

Easy to listen to, and very much worth the effort. Reads a little like a self help book, but that doesn't detract from the value of the content.

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Practical, positive and shareable learning

Thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. As a coach, employee, manager and partner I have identified skills and tools that I can use and share to support my own development and that of those around me.

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Amazing amazing

Never disappointed by the experiences and wisdom of Marshall Goldsmith, thank you .
Brilliant book with great examples!

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Good book, wrong age group

I'm only 19 so the lessons this book preached won't fully come into play until later in life, and the narrator (also author) is honestly annoying at parts with his up-and-down tone and cadence, but it was enjoyable at the end of the day.

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This book has substance

So many great points to reflect on. Everyone can take something away from this book that will improve their life. The best thing is that they are all straightforward actions but have massive returns.

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Unflinching guide to adult behavioural change

Lots of interesting ideas around changing your behaviour, with a focus on interpersonal behaviour. There's no pretence that it's easy but plenty of repeatable tips and motivators. A touch long but never boring.

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stand out book in an overcrowded self help arena

really enjoyed this book. well narrated and presented.
I was recommended this book during business coaching and found it to be hugely supportive as part of the process. It is full of useful hints and advice which can be realistically implemented.
The only thing which has taken the shine off a bit is I have since started listening his earlier book 'what got you here, won't get you there' and I have found there is quite some overlap. So just a warning I don't think you need both books and to my mind this is the better book
I am sure this book is a keeper which can be revisited time and time again

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  • Catherine S. Read
  • 18-08-15

He Doesn't Disappoint

I love Marshall Goldmith's book "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There" and I've talked about it for years. In much the same vein, he ups the ante with this book in building on those core skills and behavior modifications.

The key to this book is being open to change. There's no point in investing your time in something you will not do. And knowing is not the same thing as doing. He is truly the best kind of coach - helping us to define our own personal goals and then helping us to change our mindset and back up our commitment to change with real skills.

This is not magic. It's simple, but not easy. I know this is another book I will listen to again multiple times and recommend to many people. We have within us what we need to love a happier and more fulfilling life on our own terms. Marshall Goldsmith is a wonderful guide to making the most out of our individual life journeys.

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  • J. Hook
  • 04-09-15

I wish everyone could read this book!

I've listened to this book twice now. Probably the best book on adult behavior change I've read. After reading books like Switch, The Power of Habit and Change or Die, which were great prerequisites that shaped my mind concerning the our behavior, Mr. Goldsmith really nails the concepts associated with the impact of our environment on our habits and reactions to triggers. This book is definitely moving to the required list for my management team. Thanks, Marshall for your insights!

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  • Francisco
  • 24-06-15

Practical and ideologically sound improvement strategy

Marshall Goldsmith does a fantastic job of narrowing the gap between what we think we want and what we actually want.when we say we want something typically requires us to change from where we are now in order to do that we have to be willing to take action...daily, and even hourly action. Not the action that is the change but the action that questions the effort toward the possibility of change.

Personally gave me some clarity about why I'm not changing the areas that I want to change and why I need to focus more effectively on questioning my efforts.

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  • Teeballz
  • 11-05-16

Actionable, Simple Steps for Change

Goldsmith provides a good mix of stories and statistics to help keep things moving along. The steps and guidelines her provides seen simple, but it's the doing that is difficult.

I've been doing daily questions now for several weeks and have enjoyed the changes in my mindset that it have resulted. I've also implemented weekly questions to review with my wife that hit on our family culture goals, such as reading family meals together, giving each other focus in the moment, doing fun things, etc.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Karen Mathis
  • 24-05-15

More Brilliance from Marshall Goldsmith!

If you could sum up Triggers in three words, what would they be?

Clever actionable insights

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many Aha moments from powerful perspectives. Triggers operate whether we know it or not... Goldsmith lays them on the table in a way that they become tools for personal and professional improvement.

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Knowing more about what triggers our responses is empowering. Ultimately, we can improve control, create an environment to match the tasks we need to approach, and accomplish more in all we do.

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  • Travis
  • 26-02-16

Solid Advice - Lots of Filler

Would you try another book from Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter and/or Marshall Goldsmith?

Definitely. Marshall has a depth of knowledge and experience not matched by many people in the business world.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Triggers?

Everyone because everyone knows how to change, but sometimes we need to hear it from someone such as Marshall to give us that extra push.

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The majority of info contained in this book will seem like common sense to most people. As Marshall points out in the book, this is intended. If we all know how to change, then why don't we? Sometimes we need to hear it from another person (Marshall in this case) to give us the extra push we need.

I do enjoy the content, however I think this book could have been half as long. I caught myself drifting off countless times because of all the filler between the important points. Nonetheless, if you are looking to make some changes in your life, I do recommend you listen to this book.

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  • Eva
  • 06-06-15

Another great book by Marshall Goldsmith

I like that this book not only reinforces the messages and methods of self-improvement from his previous books, but also guides the reader to identify triggers in the environment prohibiting lasting and meaningful improvement. Marshall's narration is a bonus as well. It makes the book more personal. If you've never seen him speak in person or had a chance to speak with him directly, I highly recommend it. He's very engaging and down to earth.

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  • Tracie C. Weber
  • 13-01-16

Still trying to get through this book.

Would you try another book from Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter and/or Marshall Goldsmith?

Yes, but I would have to be in the mood.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice just didn't grab my attention.

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of business and self-help books and I think this book was a victim of my listening to too many of that genre in a row. I'm hoping that in a few months I can revisit the book and its story and learn something.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-18

Junior-high-level basic

I'm sure when the author has one on one sessions they are worth every penny. This book though feels like he's had to reduce what is likely a great deal of knowledge to something most junior-high students would be able to re-teach. This could be admirable and interesting if the book were half so wordy.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 11-06-16

Active questioning to build good habits

There are already many good books available on building habits and this book doesn't offer much new except daily active questioning. For example, having a friend call you every night to ask how would you rate yourself on your efforts to achieve _____ (which are the goals you had identified for yourself). The monitoring and daily reminders from the friend keep you motivated. Since the monitoring is on your efforts (not completion of the task), there isn't the feeling that you've failed. Instead, you see the progress you've made so far.

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