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Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage
     

Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

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by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton
 

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"Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer."

—Peter Drucker

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. Instead, guided by our parents, our teachers,

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"Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer."

—Peter Drucker

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. Instead, guided by our parents, our teachers, our managers and psychology's fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.

At the heart of Now, Discover Your Strengths, is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant "themes" with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success.

This audiobook contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder® Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful themes. Once you know which themes you lead with, you can leverage them for powerful results for personal development, for management success, and for the success of the organization.

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ISBN-13:
9781416502654
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
06/20/2005
Edition description:
New
Sales rank:
523,982

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Now, Discover Your Strengths, based on years of research by The Gallup Organization, is a refreshingly sensible and user-friendly way to assess your psychological assets and build on them a successful and satisfying life.
Martin E.P. Seligman
The keystone of high achievement and happiness is exercising your strengths, not correcting your weaknesses. The first step is knowing which strengths you own, and this superb book gives you a powerful and accurate way to find out.
Ed Diener
A brilliant book that will help readers to discover and capitalize on their specific strengths, as well as assist managers in supervising people with varying strengths.
Mike Morrison
The code for managing has been broken and the secrets for success are here in this book! We know this from first-hand experience — with over 2,000 Gallup 'strengths' program graduates (and growing) — we will never look at our jobs, or our lives for that matter, the same way again. To achieve our greatest potential, this is by far the most important investment an individual or organization can make!
Frank Schmidt
Ralph L. Sheets Professor of Human Resources, Department of Management and Organization, College of Business, University of Iowa This book is built around a unique vision of the high-performing individual and the high-performing organization — and that vision is built on a recognition of individual differences and the unique strengths of each person. A truly important book.

Meet the Author

Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder� Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant "themes" with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.

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Sandy_Dragonfly More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Marcus Buckingham speaks of how in our culture we are all well acquainted with our weaknesses, and we seek ways to compensate for these. We learn how to improve on what we are not really naturally talented at and try to fix ourselves. But when it comes to our strengths we are at a loss for detailed descriptions, and most of the time we are not even aware of our strongest talents. This book suggests we invest in our strengths and talents, in those things that we are especially good at and enjoy doing most. Their approach is scientific and based on an open survey they did with 2 million people that are working successfully in their field. It comes along with an online "Strengthfinder Test" and I discovered things about myself, that I hadn't been noticing as special before. I highly recommend this book to everyone!! And if you like this idea you will also enjoy reading "Working On Yourself Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane (link below). Their approach is less business oriented, but is definitely helpful in all areas of your life. It's time we all discover our own greatness instead of picking on ourselves - it's the best way to stop picking on others!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea of the book is to help you find your talents, build your strengths, which will in turn, improve your performance.

Building your strengths is indeed somthing that is often overlooked, as most of the time we seek to improve our weaknesses- that's a point well taken- and a good reason to buy the book. However two more things also need to be mentioned. First, why can't we work on building both our strengths AND our weaknesses? In other words, why do we have to necessarily pick just one? I feel that many weaknesses can be improved upon.

Secondly, discovering your talents and doing what you're good at may not necessarily improve your performance. Why? Because there are lots of things we're good at, but still hate to do nonetheless. For instance, I'm really good at cleaning houses and debating, but I don't like to really do either one. People really perform well when its something that they know how to do AND when there's something meaningful/important in it for them. Anyway, just some food for thought. Readers may also be interested in The Sixty-Second Motivator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book is refreshing & rings true. However, after the 2nd read I realized that there is very little guidance given once you "discover your strengths." The treatment and description of the 34 possible themes is somewhat shallow. How do we apply these? Unfortunately that question is not adequately addressed. The book is of little use as a management tool unless you have your entire staff take the survey - which can only be accomplished by purchasing the book for each person. I find it disappointing that I was only allowed to take the survey once, & then only shown the top 5 themes. Am I to take these 5 themes on blind faith, without validating the results again in 6 months or a year? I find that somewhat disturbing, particlularly since the survey lacks any convincing documentation of its validity. I am forced to conclude that the book is primarily a marketing scam. Do we really need a survey to discover our talents? If I had it to do over again, I would buy the premise, but not the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the NOOK Book version of this with the expectation of it including the online code. To my surprise, and contrary to what it says in the overview of the book, the code was not included. Needles to say, I am very disappointed . Please be warned that you may have an issue receiving the code with the NOOK Book version. Not sure if this was a human error, or not, but this will be returned. Good Luck!
KarenMalwin More than 1 year ago
Now, Discover Your Strengths is empowering, but get Finding Heroes by Larry Dillon it will help you not just find the best people for your business, but its thoughtful and reaches you on both personal and professional levels. I recommend both books, but you'll find a hero in Dillon's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is in the same vein as many of the 'score your aptitude' line of career self-help. Most of what you will find out about your strengths you probably already know. What This book does that most others don't is to provide more concrete help in identifying the ATTRIBUTES of the roles and jobs that will fit to your strengths, instead of suggesting particular jobs or careers. In fact some of the annecdotal examples in the book demonstrate how the same Strength can be leveraged in divergent careers and roles. By far the most valuable part of this book for me was the section on 'how to build a Strengths Based Organization'. In it, each of the 'strengths' is enumerated, and a recommendation is given on how to best engage, motivate and manage someone with that strength. The value in this was to provide a language with which to communicate to MY manager what I would like to get from my job and my company. Essentially by reversing the 'how to build' section, you can more easily arrive at a common language of what value you bring to your manager, and how s/he can keep you interested, engaged and committed to your tasks even if the overall job you are in isn't the perfect fit for your strengths.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a personal and professional development coach, and this book is my Bible. It's that good. I've seen clients make dramatic and successful changes in their lives as a result of the informaion in this book. The theory -- that we don't know our strengths, or know them all too well and have been conditioned to consider them weaknesses -- holds true. I was even surprised myself when I took the assessment (code is in book). When you take the assessment, you'll receive back your top 5 signature themes, and these are 34 new terms coined by the authors such as Focus, Activator, Deliberative, Empathy, Relator and Strategic. The book, geared toward management, gives you a description of each strength, and then tells you how to "manage" each type. This of course applies to your social life as well as your work life. When you build your life around your strengths, you can achieve consistent near-excellence most of the time without a drain on your energy. Give it a try! Then give it to your manager and your spouse. You'll benefit greatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm happy a book makes it so high on the bestseller list explaining to people that they are better off focusing on strengths (both for themselves, as for the organizations they work for). At jobEQ.com, we have been 'educating' our customers to do the same, and as the authors of this book acknowledge, only 25 to 40% of persons will grasp that notion immediately. I also appreciate that the authors explain how a manager can use the knowledge of these strengths (or themes) to manage their staff better. If the authors would write a second edition, there are some things that I would recommend them to address. My first remark is linked to the writing style: this book is written in an 'imperative' form: it contains a lot of sentences with 'you need to do this', 'you should do that', ... This style tends to put of people, risking that they miss the message. Secondly, they have WRONG, OUTDATED notion of the brain: contrary to what people used to say 5 to 10 years ago, the good news of recent research is that brain cells that die off ARE replaced (even if you get older) and you remain capable of forming new connections between brain cells (maybe unless you get a disease, such as Parkinson, ...). Thirdly: the book does not really address what kind of job would be good for you. Finally some feedback about the test: don't take it BEFORE you read chapter 3 in the book - at least then you will understand how they built it. Still, I have my doubts about the way it is built. Using the amount of interviews as a 'proof of credibility' didn't impress me: Often for scientific purposes, it doesn't matter much if you did 5.000 or a million interviews - all that matters is that you can validate the test. Also, I know that most people probably have MORE than 5 strengths, which is just an ARBITRARY number Gallup chose. Given the importance they address to these 5 strengths, just imagine what opportunities you will miss by ignoring these other strengths. I would rather prefer to get a FULL picture, getting all my strengths and weaknesses, and having this information ordered from strongest to weakest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book new to take the online test. cut the paper out of the book as instructed and opened sealed paper to find out the code inside wasn't valid. Very, very disappointed big waste of money!!!!!
EagleMama More than 1 year ago
This book literally changed my life and the way I began to raise my children! The premise that we are innately born with certain strengths isn't new (Myers-Briggs is one such test) but this book goes a step further. It allows you to take a test online with a code printed inside the book that gives you your top 5 strengths in accurate detail. The fact that we are always trying to work on our weaknesses to make them stronger doesn't make sense. It is better for us to use our God-given strengths, because when we do, we are happier and more fulfilled. Work won't feel like work if you do this! It helped me notice my children's strengths and encourage them to further those. This can be done at any age! Additionally, I put my top 5 strengths (condensed, not detailed) onto my resume. I cannot tell you how many times a prospective employer has appreciated this addition to my professional portfolio. This is a purchase you won't regret!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful and gives great info on own personal strengths. Would recommend buying the Strengths 2.0 version instead of this older version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of the book is to help you find your talents, build your strengths, which will in turn, improve your performance. Building your strengths is indeed somthing that is often overlooked, as most of the time we seek to improve our weaknesses- that's a point well taken- and a good reason to buy the book. However two more things also need to be mentioned. First, why can't we work on building both our strengths AND our weaknesses? In other words, why do we have to necessarily pick just one? Secondly, discovering your talents and doing what you're good at may not necessarily improve your performance or your motivation. Why? Because there are lots of things we're good at, but still hate to do nonetheless. For instance I'm really good at cleaning houses and debating, but I don't like to really do either one. People only get motivated to something when they know how to do a job AND there's something meaningful in it for them- that's how you motivate people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It gives a new paradigm for us -- focusing on your strengths and not your weaknesses. The StrengthsFinder(tm) profile which you get along with the book tells you your top 5 'themes' around which to build your life for success and happiness. I'm a personal and professional development coach and have worked with scores of individuals using their profile with outstanding results. Some have even changed career fields! One of the authors' premises is that we don't know our strengths because society, parents, teachers, managers and psychologists immediately start trying to address weaknesses. Read the book, take the assessment, and start shaping a life where you feel at home in your own skin.
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