‘Top Thinker’ Devoted to Helping People Have a Better Life

Rancho Santa Fe Review

by Staff Member

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has recently been recognized as the ‘Most Influential Leadership Thinker’ in the world at the Thinkers 50 Conference (sponsored by Harvard Business Review). He was also listed as the ‘#7 Greatest Business Thinker’ in the world in the global bi-annual study sponsored by Harvard Business Review.

Other acknowledgments include: American Management Association – top 50 thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years; Institute for Management Studies – lifetime achievement award (one of two ever awarded); Wall Street Journal – top 10 executive educators; Forbes – Five most-respected executive coaches; Economic Time (India) – top CEO coaches of America and Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach.

Goldsmith is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 120 major CEOs and their management teams. He is the million-selling author of numerous books, including New York Times best-sellers ‘MOJO‘ and ‘What Got You Here Won’t Get You There’ a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for business book of the year.

What does being named a ‘top thinker’ mean to you?

Being named as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World means a lot to me. It is a nice external validation and recognition for 34 years of work in my field. This recognition was given by the Thinkers 50 and sponsored by the Harvard Business Review. These awards are given out every two years, involve input from thousands of people and are taken very seriously. Along with being the #1 Leadership Thinker, I was listed as the #7 Business Thinker.

What is your best memory?

My best professional memories are not the ‘big things’ but are the ‘small things.’ When I get an email from someone that says, ‘You helped me have a better life,’ this means a lot to me.

What would you still like to achieve professionally?

I (hopefully) still have a lot to do! My next challenge is to finish my upcoming book on ‘Leading Your Own Life.’ This book will provide a completely new perspective on employee engagement. I still think that I have a lot to do and several books to write! I have no plans to ever retire.

Who or what inspires you?

I have been inspired by several wonderful teachers and mentors, including Paul Hersey, Peter Drucker, Richard Beckhard and Frances Hesselbein. These are people who were giants in our field and took the time to help me when I was young. It is easy to look tall when you stand on the shoulders of giants.

If you hosted a dinner party for 8, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

– Buddha (I am a Buddhist.)
– Thich Nhat Hanh (My favorite Buddhist monk.)
– Alan Mulally (CEO of Ford) and Frances Hesselbein (former CEO of the Girl Scouts) (Both are great leaders, former clients and friends.)
– Peter Drucker (The greatest thinker that I have ever known.)
– Lyda, Bryan and Kelly (My family – who I love.)

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

I just finished working two days in Saudi Arabia. I was given a beautiful Koran as a gift. I am reading it now.

What are your favorite films?

My favorite film is ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ This is a wonderful film that can be interpreted on many levels.

It presents a fascinating interpretation of Buddhist philosophy. It also features my favorite song, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ This film points out that true happiness and meaning can only be found on the inside ‘where we are’ – not on the outside ‘where we dream about being.’ There is no place like home! If you live in San Diego, this is not hard to imagine!

What do you do for fun and what is your favorite vacation destination?

I am currently in Mumbai. With over 10 million frequent flyer miles (just on American Airlines), my favorite destination is home – Rancho Santa Fe, California. My second favorite vacation destination is my second home in New York City.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

My greatest accomplishment is helping people have a better life – and helping people help the people around them have better lives. This is more important than books or awards.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Life is good. Be happy now.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was selected as the #1 Executive Coach in the World by GlobalGurus.org, and one of the 10 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50 in both 2011 and 2013. He was also selected as the World’s Most Influential Leadership Thinker in 2011. Marshall was the highest rated executive coach on the Thinkers50 List in both 2011 and 2013. What Got You Here Won’t Get You Therewas listed as a top ten business bestseller for 2013 by INC Magazine / 800 CEO Read (for the seventh consecutive year). Marshall’s exciting new research on engagement is published in his newest bookTriggers (Crown, 2015).

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