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#58—Marshall Goldsmith: Creating a Life of Fulfillment as a Leader

#58—Marshall Goldsmith: Creating a Life of Fulfillment as a Leader

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, a New York Times #1 bestselling author, has written or edited 47 books which have sold over 3 million copies, been translated into 32 languages, and become listed bestsellers in 12 countries. Amazon recently recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books Ever Written,' and included Marshall’s Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Marshall is the only living author with two books on the list.

Marshall is a member of the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. He is the only two-time Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the World’s #1 Executive Coach and Top Ten Business Thinker for eight years, and he was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Award for Leadership by the Harvard Institute of Coaching.

Marshall served as a Professor of Management Practice at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business. His Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, and his MBA is from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he was the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. He is one of a select few executive coaches who has worked with over 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Advisory Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years and has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, and leaders of the International and American Red Cross – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

He has over 1.3 million followers on LinkedIn and over 3 million views on YouTube. Hundreds of his articles, interviews, columns, and videos are available (at no charge) online at People from around the world have viewed, read, listened to, downloaded, or shared his resources tens of millions of times.

In this podcast, he shares:

  • How to coach people to start focusing on the long-term strategy goal

  • Why doing good work is not enough, and what you need to do to get credit for the good work you do

  • After decades of being one of the most sought-after coaches in the world what he has learned about what matters most, and what we should all be focusing on



-Marshall Goldsmith


  • Episode Timeline:

    00:00—Introducing Marshall + The topic of today’s episode

    3:02—If you really know me, you know that...

    3:53—What is your definition of strategy?

    4:25—What is the "trick" to creating a vision for your company?

    5:08—What are you most well-known for?

    5:52—What motivated you to write your newest book?

    6:49—You talk about "every breath is a new me" in your book. Could you elaborate on this?

    8:53—How do you coach someone to learn to make the shift to a change?

    11:24—You say in your book, "credibility has to be earned twice." What do you mean by that?

    16:21—What are your thought on the topic of getting buy-in from leadership, and how this is one of the most critical points of making an idea come to fruition?

    20:50—The three big points in The Earned Life

    24:13—How can people connect and follow you to keep learning from you?


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The Outthinkers podcast is a growth strategy podcast hosted by Kaihan Krippendorff. Each week, Kaihan talks with forward-looking strategists and innovators that are challenging the status quo, leading the future of business, and shaping our world.