Number 6 on the best things I learned last year:
Immediate Opportunity – At a tailgater, I was talking college football with a man I hadn’t met before. When I told him what I do, he said, “I have a coach – Marshall Goldsmith.” Wow! That’s the most successful executive coach in the country, and I was curious to find out how he approaches the craft, so I said, “What’s the best question, he ever asked you?” The reply revealed brilliance: “Once he stopped me cold in my tracks by saying, ‘When is the last time you asked your wife how you could be a better husband? Do that tonight, then ask your employees tomorrow how you can be a better boss.'” Afterward, my buddy told me I had been speaking with the CFO of the world’s largest company.