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Mojo: How To Get It, How To Keep It, How To Get It Back If You Lose It

by Marshall Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publishing date: 02/02/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781401323271
  • ISBN: 1401323278


Mojo is the moment when we do something that's purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it. This book is about that moment--and how we can create it in our lives, maintain it, and recapture it when we need it.

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, #1 executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shares the ways in which to get--and keep--our Mojo. Our professional and personal Mojo is impacted by four key factors: identity (who do you think you are?), achievement (what have you done lately?), reputation (who do other people think you are--and what have you've done lately?), and acceptance (what can you change--and when do you need to just "let it go"?). Goldsmith outlines the positive actions leaders must take, with their teams or themselves, to initiate winning streaks and keep them coming.

Mojo is: that positive spirit--towards what we are doing--now--that starts from the inside--and radiates to the outside. Mojo is at its peak when we are experiencing both happiness and meaning in what we are doing and communicating this experience to the world around us. The Mojo Toolkit provides fourteen practical tools to help you achieve both happiness and meaning--not only in business, but in life.

Praise for MOJO

"Mojo moves us to define who we are in a new and illuminating way! Mojo is a guidebook for the leaders of the future. Thank you, Marshall!"
-- Frances Hesselbein, Distinguished Chair of Leadership, U.S. Military Academy, West Point; winner, U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom; former CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

"Marshall's Mojo provides wonderful perspectives and tools for each of us--to integrate and focus our lives--to contribute--and to serve. Thank you!"
-- Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford; winner, Leader of the Future Award, Leader-to-Leader Institute

"A mantra for self-realization and self-actualization. I regard the concept of Mojo as a milestone in our quest for meaning and evolution--and a beacon in our journey to our inner world."
-- GM Rao, CEO, GMR; and Entrepreneur of the Year (India)

"Another thought-provoking, practical, and insightful book by Marshall. I love the simplicity and wisdom in dealing with human behavior in business and, more importantly, in our personal lives."
-- Eduardo Castro-Wright, Vice Chairman, Walmart Stores, Inc., the world's largest retailer

"Those of us who have been lucky enough to spend time in a classroom with Marshall Goldsmith know what a positive influence his teaching can have. In Mojo, Marshall shares his scholarship more broadly and teaches us all how to turn inertia in our professional or personal lives into meaning and happiness. There is no more important lesson in business or in life!"
-- Tom Glocer, CEO, Thomson Reuters

"As soon as I started reading this book, I felt my Mojo rising. The next best thing to being coached by Marshall is reading his books. His writing always gets me revved up and focused on getting the most meaning and happiness out of my day. This book can elevate any reader's game."
-- Mark Tercek, CEO, Nature Conservancy; former Managing Partner, Goldman Sachs

"Marshall Goldsmith is one of a kind: a unique and brilliant combination of getting inside our minds about those problems which keep us awake at night-- and not only clarifying, but actually solving them! Lively and engaging. A damn good read, which every leader will not only enjoy, but profit from."
-- Warren Bennis, bestselling author, Distinguished Professor at USC, and world authority on leadership

"Marshall's books are very much like Marshall-- insightful, direct, focused, wise, clear, somewhat provocative, positive, lively, and energetic. For those who have not worked with Marshall and experienced these qualities, his latest book, Mojo, is a great substitute. Mojo is like him-- a little crazy, yet very helpful!"
-- Jonathan Klein, CEO, Getty Images; American Photo's "Most Important Person in Photography"

"Marshall has a gift for identifying the essential ingredients of success-- for individuals and organizations. The insights in Mojo are certain to help people at all stages of their career tap their full potential and live more fulfilling lives. Another great book, Marshall!"
-- John Hammergren, CEO, McKesson Corporation; winner, Warren Bennis Award for Leadership

"Mojo is elusive, hard to define, at least as old as homo sapiens . . . and worth its weight in gold. This thoughtful and thought-provoking book should be read by anyone who has tasted Mojo and wants more."
-- Kevin Kelly, CEO, Heidrick and Struggles, global search and advisory firm

"Marshall helps leaders, aspiring leaders, and anyone who wants to enrich their personal and professional lives focus on actions that provide both meaning and happiness. Mojo is a great reminder that we're most likely to enjoy success in our careers and lives when we regularly take the time to be honest with ourselves."
-- Chris Kubasik, President, Lockheed Martin; Chairman, Sandia Corporation

"Marshall provides an array of case studies where he combines business challenges around navigating in the `new normal' with real tools-- tools for yourself and tools for you to help others that you care about. Thanks to Marshall for providing another wonderful read, with both short term and longer term ideas for personal growth."
-- Teresa Ressel, CEO, UBS Securities LLC; former Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Treasury

"Marshall clearly articulates the payoff -- for your company, your family, your community, and yourself-- of having more meaning and happiness in your life. And he provides a compelling and clear road map for getting you there."

--Greg Brown, President and CEO, Motorola

"One more great book by Marshall! With his typical depth, simplicity, and clarity, he helps me understand, accept, and improve my Mojo with lasting positive impact!"
-- Fabrizio Parini, CEO, Lindt (Italy); former CEO, Ghirardelli Chocolate

"Marshall Goldsmith is tops at the hardest part of the alphabet-- ABC, adult behavior change. We give him high marks!"
-- Charles Butt, CEO, H-E- B, one of America's 20 largest private companies

"Marshall is a master at helping people gain self awareness. Mojo provides great food for the soul. Reading this book makes me feel like I am listening to Marshall!"
-- Liz Smith, CEO, OSI Restaurant Partners, a world leader in casual dining

"Again, Marshall has his finger on the pulse of the worker and the workplace. This clear, insightful, and wise book helps employees find their Mojo. It helps them move beyond commitment and find ways to truly contribute in their professional and personal lives. The greatest power in the workplace is the workforce and Marshall has figured out how to unlock that potential."
-- David Ulrich, professor, University of Michigan; co-author of The Why of Work

"Emerson once wrote, `What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." Mojo focuses on that which lies within us, what we do with it, and how others perceive it resonating from us. A wonderful read!"
-- Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman, Executive Committee, Hasbro

"Looking for that special sauce that produces extraordinary success? Mojo is it. Once again, Marshall's wisdom and generosity light up the pages."
-- Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back

"Marshall provides sound, practical advice and illustrates it through real world examples. He provides a road map to increasing your personal happiness and outlines steps to get back into the groove. A great plane read!"
-- George Borst, President and CEO, Toyota Financial Services

"A great strategy book for life! Innovative ideas to help you find happiness and meaning."
-- Vijay Govindarajan, professor, Tuck School of Business; Chief Innovation Consultant, GE; world authority on strategy

"Mojo is a rich collection of insights into the human experience and practical techniques for improving the quality of our lives. Marshall's a master teacher and communicator, and his self- disclosing stories and style make this a delightful as well as powerful read. It's a superb primer for getting along in uncertain times, with much more fun and meaning along the way."
-- David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done and Making It All Work

"Put your Mojo in gear! Marshall again inspires us to knock down the obstacles, overcome the barriers, and take charge of ourselves."
-- Joe Scarlett, CEO (retired), Tractor Supply Company; founder, Scarlett Leadership Institute

"Marshall Goldsmith does it again! A must- read book! Strikes a deep chord in each of us-- about what really matters in our lives and work. At no time in history have more people and organizations needed to get their Mojo back. This book tells you how!"
-- Mark Thompson, bestselling author of Success Built to Last; Forbes magazine's Venture Investor with the Midas Touch

"We all want to get our Mojo working. Marshall Goldsmith helps us to understand what our mojo is and how to get it working . . . to our advantage and for our self- worth."
--Jim Lawrence, CFO, Unilever

"Marshall Goldsmith is a master at making us think more deeply about ourselves and the world we work in. Mojo is a grabber-- uniquely provocative-- and moves the reader to act. Quite a gift!"
-- Jon Katzenbach, bestselling author of The Wisdom of Teams; Senior Partner, Booz & Company

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  • very inspiring
    From Amazon

    This book seals the deal for me. So many times i have wanted to do things different, but it is always hard to sustain it and this book provides simple ideas to keep you on track. I really enjoyed this book. I HIGHLY recommend it.

  • Powerful, insightful
    From Amazon

    What you do, or do not do in your daily life has a big impact. You make the choices. If you want to get to a better place and have happiness (Mojo), make the investment in yourself and READ! Re-Engineering Your Life

  • Share your mojo - both you and the world will be better off!
    From Amazon

    Fundamentally, this book was about living a life with happiness and purpose. There were a couple powerful ideas that I took away from this book. One was that "we continue doing what we're doing even when we no longer want to do it". This is slightly different, although roughly similar to the theme of Marshall's other book "What Got You Here Won't Get You There". What we need to STOP doing is just as important as what we need to START doing. Similar theories have been espoused in business articles from Jim Collins and by Seth Godin in his book, "The Dip". In "Mojo", this particular point is best illustrated by one key sentence: "The most reliable predictor of what you will be doing five minutes from now is what you are doing now". Simple, yet extremely insightful, in my opinion. This book is more than theory though. It goes on to show how to practically evaluate all your daily activities to figure out which ones are worth continuing and which ones you should stop. The framework is a "Mojo Scorecard" and there are example cards in both the book and on the accompanying website. I don't want to spoil it here, but my other key take away (and favorite part of the book) was the Coda. It is at the end (starting on page 183 of the hardcover edition). It is only two pages long. It's titled "You Go First" and has one of the most important life lessons I have ever read, especially for parents. If I could urge you do one thing, it would be to go to your local library or bookstore and read the Coda.

  • Measure you MOJO
    From Amazon

    Marshall Goldsmith is known for getting to the heart of issues, and MOJO helps you get to the heart of your motivation. He differentiates happiness which is short term and often illusory and true meaning in life. He provides a survey for you to measure your MOJO and explains ways to change what you can change and let go of what you can't! He discusses the building blocks of MOJO: identity, achievement, reputation, and acceptance. Then he provides the tools to make the changes you desire. As a professional coach, Goldsmith knows how to help individuals get control of their lives and work, and make the changes to be and do what they want. If you are not satisfied that you are accomplishing all you want to accomplish or enjoying it as much as you would like, check out your MOJO! Sheryl Dawson, COO Total Careeer Success, Inc. CO-author, Job Search: The Total System (3rd Ed)

  • Life changing advice
    From Amazon

    I was captivated from the first page of this book. Right from the start, I kept nodding and saying to myself, "yes, this is exactly how it feels." Goldsmith calls it "mojo" and I call it "being in the zone." He very aptly describes how you feel when you have it and what happens when you don't. Goldsmith's definition of mojo: "Mojo is that positive spirit toward what we're doing that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside." He gives several great examples, ranging from his youthful encounter with Dennis Mudd, the family roofer, to Duke Ellington's experience at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. Two parts of the book especially resonated with me. The first section is when Goldsmith asks the reader to think about his/her major activities and how much short-term benefit and how much long-term benefit are derived from each. So simple, yet very powerful advice. For me, this really helped open my eyes to being more productive with my day. All that time spent on the Internet is not helping my mojo :). The fourteen Tools for getting and keeping mojo were another favorite part. The tools range from knowing yourself and what's important to you, to knowing when to stay and when to go. A highly recommended book for anyone wanting to get the most of their life and their career.

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