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Noted executive coach Marshall Goldsmith to speak at Lebanon Valley

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Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith is speaking next month at Lebanon Valley College.
Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith is speaking next month at Lebanon Valley College. - (Photo / )

Being a leader at a company isn't the same thing as it used to be, best-selling business author and leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith said.

"Today, it requires being more of a facilitator, someone who's helping them (employees) get what they need, not a person who’s telling them what they need," Goldsmith said. "And that not something that will become less true."

Goldsmith, the author of "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" and about three dozen other books, will speak at a first-of-its-kind business symposium at Lebanon Valley College on Oct. 9.

Goldsmith will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in LVC's Fredric K. Miller Chapel, in a business symposium held by the college's business and economics department. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Goldsmith’s 35 books have sold more than 2 million copies and become best sellers in 12 countries.

David Setley, chairman of LVC's business and economics department, said he hopes the symposium provides meaningful information to the Central Pennsylvania business community and students: "Our objective in bringing world-renowned business thinkers such as (Goldsmith) to LVC is a natural extension of our dedication to the businesses in our region."

Goldsmith, 68, has worked as a coach with over 150 CEOs and their management teams to help them make positive change in the workplace.

"I want this to be a conversation about the leader of the past, the leader of the future, and why leadership of tomorrow is so different than the leadership of yesterday," he told the Business Journal in an interview Thursday from Nashville, where his daughter teaches marketing at Vanderbilt University.

"In the olden days, there was a very heavy focus on the leader as the expert. The leader was kind of the boss," he said. Today, younger workers often seem to know as much or more than the boss, requiring a more nimble approach.

"I try to encourage people to have positive change in their behavior," Goldsmith said in describing his consulting style.

Goldsmith asks business leaders to identify the key stakeholders in their lives, then he interviews those stakeholders and gets confidential feedback, subsequently helping to develop the business person as a leader.

Goldsmith, who's working on a new book dealing with the issue of stakeholder-centered leadership, is coming to LVC through his friendship with the retiring CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co., Bill Simpson.

Goldsmith's other books include “Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships For Leaders,” “MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It” and “The Leadership Investment: How the World's Best Organizations Gain Strategic Advantage Through Leadership Development.”

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Bob Smith October 17, 2017 8:26 pm

I've had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Goldsmith speak some years ago and I still use the things he taught me to instill into my Handyman Raleigh employees. Very valuable information and a wealth of knowledge that he provides.

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