Posted in leadership, self-improvement

Rule for Getting Where You Want to Go

  1. Don’t try to improve folks who do not want to be improved
  2. Pick the right thing to change
  3. Don’t delude yourself about what you really need to change
    1. It will take longer than expected
    2. It will take more effort than expected
    3. There will be distractions during your trying to improve time
    4. Don’t expect rewards for your new improved behavior; some people won’t like them
  4. Don’t hide from the truth you need to hear
  5. There is no ideal behavior
  6. If you can measure it, you can achieve it
  7. Monetize the result, create a solution
  8. Remember that the best time to change is now
  9. Stop letting your staff overwhelm you
    1. Are you doing things that you shouldn’t be doing at your level such as details that are too minor to worry about?
  10. Stop acting as if you are managing you
    1. People are different, your employees aren’t you
  11. Stop ‘checking the box’
  12. Stop being prejudiced about your employees
    1. You don’t know what they want
    2. You don’t know what they know
    3.  You hate their selfishness

13. Stop trying to coach people who shouldn’t be coached

14. Stop trying to help people who think they do not have a problem

15. Stop trying to help people who should not be in their job

16. Stop trying to help people who think everyone else is the problem

Reference: Goldsmith, M (2007) WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON’T GET YOU THERE: How Successful People Become Even More Successful! New York: Hyperion Publications




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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