TCC Business Book Club: Triggers

Welcome to The Corporate Communique Business Book Club! I’m a BIG fan of business and psychology books that offer real-world takeaways. In this series, I’ll give you an elevator pitch review of a book, a recommendation on when you should read it, and leave you with a quote to quote when you want to sound like the smartest person in the room. Here’s review #1!

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The Book: Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Author: Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

Read It When: You’ve snapped at a colleague one too many times or skipped the gym for the third week in a row.

TCC Elevator Pitch Review: If you find yourself flying off the handle at work more than you care to admit, or can’t commit to losing those last seven pounds leftover from college, there’s good news: it’s not (completely) you, it’s your reaction to “triggers,” or everyday situations that prompt you to respond in one way or another. And since you’re human, you probably don’t choose the best way to respond to these triggers most of the time.

You can’t control every situation, but you can control your reactions. The catch? It’s. Not. Easy. (Duh.) Change is difficult. Bad habits are comfortable.

In this book, Goldsmith takes us on a behavioral change journey, beginning from how our beliefs can sabotage change, the effect of our environment, types of triggers, why we get in our own way, and multiple tactics to initiate true behavioral change. There’s no shortcuts—in one chapter, Goldsmith shares a list of twenty-two questions that he uses to keep himself in check EVERY DAY (#goals) by rating his effort on a scale from 1 to 10. In another, he shares hourly questions to ask yourself during short periods of time that require large amounts of discipline (holidays, team-building exercises…you get the picture). You’ll learn to identify triggers as they happen, and arm yourself with the knowledge to make the better choice.

A Quote To Quote: “Most us would mock a restaurant that never changed its menu. But we are not so reproachful or mocking with ourselves. We take a foolish pride in prolonging some behaviors as long as possible, with no regard for who is harmed.” -Marshall Goldsmith, Triggers



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