Best of Season 1: Dr. Marshall Goldsmith on Triggers

As we wrap up Season 1 of the Blanchard LeaderChat Podcast, Ken Blanchard and Chad Gordon revisit some of their favorite episodes. They share new thoughts about the important messages from our guests and invite you to send questions you would like Ken to answer in future episodes. Just send your questions to

Enjoy this episode where Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world's top-rated executive coach and author, about his book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be.

Dr. Goldsmith discusses the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life, and what we can do about them.

Drawing on years of experience coaching top executives, Goldsmith gives us an inside look at how to achieve change in our lives. He discusses the unique challenges top executives face and shares the number one reason people don't act on their good intentions. He also offers six questions we can ask ourselves every day to help us stay on track and begin to find alternatives to instinctive impulse-response behavior patterns.

Goldsmith explains how we can open up new possibilities by planning in advance, avoiding negative triggers when possible, and adjusting our behavior when triggers are unavoidable. He also offers great advice on how to add a little structure to our lives that allows us to be our best.

Be sure to listen to the very end of this 30-minute interview to hear Ken Blanchard share his thoughts and personal takeaways from the concepts discussed.

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The Ken Blanchard Companies is the global leader in management training. For nearly 40 years, Blanchard has been creating the best managers in the world, training over 150,000 people each year. From the award-winning First-time Manager program—based on the best-selling business book, The New One Minute Manager®—to SLII®, the most widely taught leadership model in the world, Blanchard is the provider of choice of Fortune 500 companies as well as small to medium businesses, government agencies, and educational and nonprofit organizations.

About Marshall Goldsmith
For more information on Marshall Goldsmith visit, or email Marshall at He can also be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Chad Gordon

Chad Gordon is the host of the LeaderChat podcast and one of Blanchard's top client partners dedicated to helping global organizations lead at a higher level.

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