Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

by Marcus Buckingham
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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham’s books have guided millions to become top performers in everything they do by focusing on their strengths. In Go Put Your Strengths to Work, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, Buckingham will show you how to hone and apply your strengths for maximum success in your career.

Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work—in fact, only seventeen percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths. Buckingham shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss. You will learn:

-Why your strengths aren't “what you are good at” and your weaknesses aren’t “what you are bad at.”
-How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths.
-The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you and away from those that don’t.
-How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you’re bragging and about your weaknesses without sounding like you’re whining.
-The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path your entire career.

With structured exercises that will become part of your regular workweek and proven tactics from people who have successfully applied the book's lessons, Go Put Your Strengths to Work will arm you with a radically different approach to your work life. As part of the book's program you'll take an online Strengths Engagement Track, a focused and powerful gauge that has proven to be the best way to measure the level of engagement of your strengths or your team's strengths. You can also download the first two segments of the renowned companion film series Trombone Player Wanted.

Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement and thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743261685
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 92,288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marcus Buckingham spent seventeen years at the Gallup Organization, where he conducted research into the world's best leaders, managers, and workplaces. The Gallup research later became the basis for the bestselling books First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Best Managers Do Differently (Simon & Schuster) and Now, Discover Your Strengths (Free Press), both coauthored by Buckingham. Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. He now has his own company, providing strengths-based consulting, training, and e-learning. In 2007 Buckingham founded TMBC to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide, and he spreads the strengths message in keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe each year. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jane and children Jackson and Lilia. For more information visit: marcusbuckingham.com

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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the author of "Now, Discover Your Strengths," comes this follow-up, "Go Put Your Strengths to Work," a medium-sized volume which aims to answer the question, "How can you apply your strengths for maximum success at work?" Well, its a six-step process as the book explains.

Step one looks at what's stopping you and makes sure you understand that capitalizing on your strengths is a whole lot better than worrying about your weaknesses. Step two helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Step three looks at how you can make the most of what strengthens you and discusses different strategies for volunteering your strengths to the team. Step four is cutting out what weakens you and is essentially a mirror image of step three. Step five is about creating a strong team and discusses talking about your strengths without bragging and talking about your weaknesses without whining. The last step, step six, hones in on building strong habits for long term carry over.

All in all it's a very readable book and those who liked his last two books will most likely find it useful as well. Other business titles readers may like include The Sixty-Second Motivator.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book contains good information but I can not participate fully since I do not have an access code located on the inner cover. I have searched the document but can not seem to find where this might be located. I would recommend this book but not on the nook.
Rikki Simpson More than 1 year ago
One of the first things is to get the book ID code from the back paper cover flap...well... you can't on the nook book. And it doesn't address this issue on the website. From there, you take the online quiz to assess your strengths.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think I've read all of the Marcus Buckingham books so far, both when he was at Gallup and now that he's on his own. I've always enjoyed his insights, and I find the strengths-based approach to development extremely helpful in both personal improvement and in managing individuals and teams. Honestly, I picked up this title expecting a rehash of his previous work, so I was delighted to see him take a new turn with 'Go,...' - moving from theoretical insights to practical application. This is one useful book, taking the reader through six steps over six weeks to get a handle on where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and how you can spend more of your working life in areas where you can excel. If you haven't read 'Now, Discover Your Strengths,' I'd skip that title and just pick this up - you won't miss an insight, but you will learn how to apply it all. If you've already read the earlier title, this one still holds the key to using what you've learned, and it didn't feel redundant to me. Marcus Buckingham is maturing in both the breadth and depth of his work on strengths-based development, and this title pulls together his thinking in a way that is the most practical I've seen to date. Now that I'm working through the steps myself, I'll be buying copies for each of the folks I manage.
jeffreyh27 More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone remotely considering a Leadership position, whether in a small medium or large company, shop, department,etc. This is not a query into Personality Traits, but delves deeply into what combinations of qualities exist in individuals and how to maximize these traits.... More than excellent... I just Wish Everyone's Boss could Read this Before it is Too late.
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