Review of Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

This is one of those books readers seem to either love or hate. While some reviewers delveTriggers by Marshall Goldsmith deeply into every chapter and sentence they loved or hated about the book, many reviews were simple one-sentence (or even one-word) reviews. This is what made it difficult to decide whether to invest my time reading and reviewing it myself.

Marshall Goldsmith is clearly an intelligent man, who has spent the last several decades coaching wayward CEOs and people in similar professional positions. Before choosing this book, I wondered if the methods presented would be loaded down with CEO-specific terminology that wouldn’t apply to me. I’m not a CEO. Would I find value in this book? Would it be a bunch of professional jargon that wouldn’t pertain to my particular lifestyle? The title doesn’t specifically say “CEO” so I thought I was safe.

Personally, this book left me with a feeling of ‘meh’. It triggered two responses from me much of the time: boredom and confusion. I found that the author jumped around too much and seemed to contradict himself several times. Much of the advice was indeed CEO-specific and geared mainly toward company leaders. I would have appreciated more information on ways we can retrain ourselves in everyday life situations. I noted that there were several instances where the author stressed that it’s not his place to tell us how to feel or react to triggers. Yet, he subtly lets us know what his stance is and I found it a little irritating.

If you’re a company executive or CEO of a major corporation, you might find value in this book. Considering the full title of this book is “Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming The Person You Want To Be” and the word CEO appears nowhere, I felt a bit cheated.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


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