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Ruth Gotian, Ed.D., M.S.

Chief Learning Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine

New Rochelle, United States

7967 Followers

“Prolific mentor and educator, leading important research into the secrets of success.” -Thinkers50.

Do you ever wonder why some people achieve exceptional success while others reach average levels?

Based on decades of research, I study the most successful people of our generation, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, and Olympic champions, in order to understand what they do when the world isn't watching. What did they do that ultimately put them in an elite class? How did they overcome failures?

I uncover the habits and practices of high achievers and teach them to others through my keynotes, coaching, and workshops. Known as a "mentor's mentor", I take pride in my ability to coach others to identify and then meet their overt and covert goals.

In addition to working with individuals, I help organizations achieve success by conceiving, designing, and launching innovative programs and redesigning and fixing underperforming ones.

I am fortunate to be recognized by the journal Nature and Columbia University as a leadership expert with a focus on professional ascension. I was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world's top management thinkers in 2021. My invited global lectures, published articles in such journals as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Nature, Academic Medicine, Psychology Today, and Scientific American, national awards, and educational activities all underscore my ability to aid professionals strengthen their career development acumen. I draw great strength from helping others succeed, find, and develop their passion.

My academic background includes a bachelor's and a master's degree in business management and a doctorate in organizational/adult learning and leadership.

Ruth Gotian, Ed.D., M.S. Points
Academic 0
Author 85
Influencer 70
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 155

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Company Type: Company

Areas of Expertise

Management 34.45
Leadership 32.82
Social 30.23
Business Strategy 30.12
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Innovation 32.62

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7 Article/Blogs
No Promotion? How To Prevent Yourself From Becoming Expendable
LinkedIn
July 13, 2021
What is it about some people who always appear to jump to the front of the promotion line? They always seem to know when the next opportunity is coming and they are first in line. What and whom do they know that helps them get promoted? More importantly, what can you do to become more promotable? According to Amii Barnard-Bahn, a former Fortune Global 50 executive, the answer can be distilled down to a few points underscored by traits of emotional intelligence, leadership, and executive presence. It is essential to note, these are learned elements, which means you can work to make yourself the person every leader would want to promote.

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

6 Reasons Why Some People Dream And Others Achieve
Forbes
May 11, 2021
As I previously reported for Forbes, high achievers can produce up to 400 percent more than the average employee. They impact productivity, innovation, and motivation and have the ability to completely alter the company’s culture. Being part of this elite group lets you be at the forefront of change and surrounds you with all of the movers and shakers who are on a similar mission; people who are curious, innovative and have a strong work ethic. As a high achiever, you are more likely to be engulfed around people who want to find solutions to problems, not whine about what did not go their way.

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Tags: Social, Leadership

How To Reclaim Your Time At Work
Forbes
February 09, 2021
We are a month into the new year. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Most people set goals for themselves. Some even come up with a plan to bring it to fruition. Most people drop the ball because they are adding a goal without removing any of their other obligations. They are simply changing the denominator by adding more things to achieve. Sadly, that is not sustainable.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Is That The Best Solution? ‘Think Again’ Says Adam Grant
Forbes
February 02, 2021
Several years into my career, a senior faculty member and I had a conversation that led me to one of those ‘a-ha’ moments. “Just because something is written in a textbook, it is not necessarily true. It is only the author’s version of the truth,” she told me. I was stunned. That one statement contradicted everything I learned throughout my educational and professional career. I let that statement marinate in my head for a while. Before long, I realized that my colleague was correct. I began rethinking everything I learned and reexamined the basis for that truth. In his latest book, Think Again, organizational psychologist and Wharton professor Dr. Adam Grant looks into this very issue. He suggests that success rests in the power of knowing what we don’t know and being released from our tunnel vision.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

How To Find The Perfect Mentor To Boost Your Career
Forbes
January 26, 2021
Early in her career, Dr. Svetlana Yedreshteyn, now the head of learning and development at a financial firm, realized she missed out on many opportunities to be mentored. She was looking for the perfect mentor but hesitated to reach out to anyone. She did not know if they would be interested or willing to mentor her, did not know how to wisely use any of the precious time they would give her, and was not convinced it would be beneficial as their work differed from her own. She was looking for "the right mentor" and did not find it.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Role Model, Mentor, Coach, or Sponsor—Which Do You Need?
Psychology Today
January 24, 2021
Are you including the right person to help you with your career?

Role model, mentor, coach, and sponsor. What is the difference? Which do you need? Is it one person or four? Which will help you excel and blaze forward? Each is a distinctive role that can help push your career and self-confidence in different ways. Knowing the difference will help you round out your mentoring team, the group of people who serve as your personal advisory board.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

How To Eliminate Bureaucracy In Your Organization
Forbes
January 19, 2021
“We’ve always done it that way” is my least favorite sentence in the English language. It crushes dreams, innovation, and possibilities. Whenever someone tells me that, I always respond with, “Remember Blockbuster?” They did not just fail to evolve; they neglected to ask their customers what they wanted.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

1 Book
The Success Factor: Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Business Performance
Kogan Page
January 25, 2022
What do astronauts, Olympic champions and Nobel laureates do differently that allows them to achieve at such a high level?
High achievers share the same four attributes (intrinsic motivation, perseverance, strong foundation, constantly learning through informal means). The key to their success is that they do all four of these things in tandem. Based on research and in-person interviews with astronauts, Nobel laureates, and NBA and Olympic champions, The Success Factor outlines the methodological approach that individuals aspiring to improve their performance can adopt to achieve success.

Using these four shared attributes as a guide, The Success Factor helps you reach peak performance by applying the lessons of high achievers in your own life: identify your passion using a Passion Audit; learn how and where to find a mentor and how to build a mentoring team; develop your own community of practice; pursue your interests through informal learning; and manage your time and energy. The Success Factor comes with online resources that feature a downloadable Passion Audit worksheet, Mentoring Team worksheet, and Goal Audit worksheet. The book offers scripts for approaching potential mentors and a list of uncommon places to find a mentor, such as webinars, airports, and social media.

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Leadership

2 Media Interviews
The Secret to High Achievement with Dr. Ruth Gotian
Secrets of Supermom
September 23, 2021
Today we find out the secret to high achievement! Have you ever wanted to be the absolute best in your career? Become CEO? Win a world championship? Go to the Olympics?

Dr. Ruth Gotian, success expert, Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education at Cornell Medicine, and author of The Success Factor: Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance joins us to talk all about success, extreme achievers, and high-performers. She shares the secrets that those people at the top of their careers use to succeed and how we can apply them, too!

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy

From the Finance world to Groundbreaking, World Class Doctor, Dr. Ruth Shares the Deep Secrets of Success and Optimization to Enhance Your Lif‪e‬
Apple Podcasts
February 04, 2021
Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She was hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes where she writes about ‘optimizing success’.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

6 Podcasts
Episode 6: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (How high achiever learn daily‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
February 07, 2021
The Mentor Project’s Optimizing Your Success show hosted by Dr. Ruth Gotian. The topic for today's shows include:

How high archivers learn long after they finish formal education. Their education and learning journey never ends.

Learn more about the host Dr. Ruth Gotian visiting The Mentor Project website at www.MentorProject.org.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Episode 5: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (how high achievers get ahead‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
January 30, 2021
The Mentor Project’s Optimizing Your Success show. I am pleased that we will once again have a special mystery guest who is sure to knock your socks off! The topic for today's shows include:

How archivers get ahead and what we can learn from them to optimize our success.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Episode 4: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (meeting interesting people during Covid-19‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
January 23, 2021
The Mentor Project’s Optimizing Your Success show. I am pleased that we will once again have a special mystery guest who is sure to knock your socks off! The topic for today's shows include:

How to meet interesting people while social distancing during Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Episode 3: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (Role model, mentor, coach, sponsor‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
January 16, 2021
The Mentor Project’s Optimizing Your Success show. I am pleased that we will once again have a special mystery guest who is sure to knock your socks off! The topic for today's shows include:

Role model, mentor, coach, sponsor... What’s the difference?

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Episode 2: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (Finding Your Tribe‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
January 09, 2021
Within this episode, Dr. Ruth Gotian will talk with the listeners about the ways they create and fosters their tribe.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Episode 1: Optimizing Your Success by Dr. Ruth Gotian (How To Be More Productive‪)‬
Apple Podcasts
January 02, 2021
How do high-achiever get so much done? During this episode, you will learn about productivity hacks and ways to time manage and organize better.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

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