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Effectively managing personnel--as well as one's own behavior--is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting what each claims is the true path to success. That said, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths does indeed propose a unique approach: focusing on enhancing people's strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses. Following up on the coauthors' popular previous book, First, Break All the Rules, it fully describes 34 positive personality themes the two have formulated (such as Achiever, Developer, Learner, and Maximizer) and explains how to build a "strengths-based organization" by capitalizing on the fact that such traits are already present among those within it.
Most original and potentially most revealing, however, is a Web-based interactive component that allows readers to complete a questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization and instantly discover their own top-five inborn talents. This device provides a personalized window into the authors' management philosophy which, coupled with subsequent advice, places their suggestions into the kind of practical context that's missing from most similar tomes. "You can't lead a strengths revolution if you don't know how to find, name and develop your own," write Buckingham and Clifton. Their book encourages such introspection while providing knowledgeable guidance for applying its lessons. --Howard Rothman
The premise of this new management study, a follow-up to Buckingham's First, Break All the Rules (S. & S., 1999), is that the most effective method for motivating people is to build on their strengths rather than correcting their weaknesses. The authors, researchers at the Gallup Organization, have analyzed results of interviews conducted by Gallup of over 1.7 million employees from 101 companies and representing 63 countries. When asked, only 20 percent of these employees stated that they were using their strengths everyday. So that they can take a test revealing their strengths, readers are given access to the StrengthsFinder web site and a special ID number; once they learn their profile, they can read the analysis in the book. A description of each type is included, together with case studies, and managers are shown how to handle various types. This book offers a unique perspective on successful management strategy and developing employees' strengths. Recommended especially for public libraries, which should also consider Buckingham's First, Break All the Rules; students of business administration may also wish to consult this book.DLucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
had to get for work- really uncovered nothing you don't already know about yourself.Published 6 days ago by Kristin
I read this b/c a friend/coworker had recommended it. I wasn't really happy in my job, it was definitely not right for me, but I was unsure where to go next or what would be best... Read morePublished 21 days ago by S. Charlesworth
Thoughtful, actionable and supportive to bringing a strengths focus to both work and life. I Like the 2 million+ database as a foundation for the work.Published 26 days ago by Rebecca S. Taylor
Had to get thus book for a class. Learned a little about myself with the strengths finders test and I have played off of those strengths but its a shame that this is a required... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Reggie Bailey
In the book there was to be an access code to take the Strengths Assessment, however, it was not there and I was unable to contact anyone about it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Katherine L. Wenig
Fantastic book. Bought it for a person I was mentoring in ministry. Great resource for understanding working together with other staff persons or even married folks. Good BuyPublished 1 month ago by Gregory K. Hatfield
The content of this book is extremely practical and incredibly useful for someone navigating a career change. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Curry
I believe the book itself can be a great tool, unfortunately the code in the book I received had already been used. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Kelley