Rancho Santa Fe author examines how environment influences our success in life, business


As the author or editor of nearly three dozen books on business, Marshall Goldsmith knows what he’s talking about. After all, the Rancho Santa Fe resident has worked closely with some of the world’s top men and women in business, including executives at such large companies as Ford, Pfizer and Walmart.

In his latest book, “Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts — Becoming the Person You Want to Be,” Goldsmith examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail people at work and in life.

“As we journey through life, we create the world around us, and at the same time, the world around us is creating us,” said Goldsmith who has lived in Fairbanks Ranch for 25 years. “‘Triggers’ talks about our relationship with the environment and how we often unknowingly are influenced by the environment in ways that we don’t understand.”

Available May 19, “Triggers” includes stories from Goldsmith’s work with some of the most successful chief executives and power brokers in the business world. It also outlines how readers can overcome the trigger points in their lives and enact meaningful and lasting change.

“It’s about creating behavior that lasts and becoming the person you want to be,” he explained.

Originally from Kentucky, Goldsmith didn’t become an author until later in life. He was in his late 40s when he published his first book, “The Drucker Foundation: The Leader of the Future.” At the time, he was a board member of the Peter Drucker Foundation.

Today, Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold more than 2 million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become best-sellers in 12 countries.

His books are inspired by his work as an executive coach.

Goldsmith, who has a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He has worked with more than 150 major CEOs and their management teams.

As an executive coach, Goldsmith said he first thought that coaching and the client were the key variables for success. He later realized that the environment also played a mayor role, prompting the subject of his latest book.

“I talk about how to understand the various solutions that we have in life, and I talk about how to read the environment and how to become sensitive to the environmental influences that are impacting us as we go through life everyday,” Goldsmith said.

“My goal is to help my readers become closer to the person that they want to be.”

“Triggers” will be available on Amazon and in bookstores beginning May 19. An audio book voiced by Goldsmith will also be available.

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