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Now, Discover Your Strengths Hardcover – Unabridged, January 29, 2001
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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
From Library Journal
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.
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Not recoomended, unless you want to buy the book for itself alone. This is a bad way to conduct business.
However, there are just some areas for each of us that are weaknesses. Perhaps for you it's organization, time management, drawing, singing, math...and no amount of practice will get you to the next level. It simply isn't who you are.
This book breaks through those thoughts and says, hey, it's okay that you aren't good at that - I am not good at this, but together, we cover each other's weaknesses and make a great team. Buckingham helps you find your strengths, so that you can focus on developing them and leaving your weaknesses to be bolstered by another's strengths.
So what are my strengths, according to this book?
Strategic: I'm able to sort through the clutter and find the best route. This is not something that can be taught - you are simply born with this strength. It allows me to cull and make selections until I've arrived at the chosen path. Then, I move forward.
Connectedness: Things happen for a reason. I know in my soul that we are all connected. Because I realize that, I know that my actions affect others and I am considerate of them. I am a bridge builder for people of different cultures.
Activator: I am impatient for action. Debate is fine, but action is what really matters. Once I've made a decision, I HAVE to act. I know I am judged by what I do, not what I say, and that pleases me.
Arranger: I am a conductor. I look at all of the variables, I align and realign until I am sure that I have the best plan possible. I am extremely flexible and am able to maintain a multitude of data in my head at one time.
Relator: I derive a great amount of pleasure from being surrounded by my close friends. I am comfortable with intimacy and deepen all of my relationships as much as possible. I want to understand my friends' feelings, goals, fears, and dreams.
I am in for work. This book, and the activity to find your strengths is required for this class. I order the book, start reading and in chapter 3 it tells you how to take the course. Well there is supposed to be a personal identification code towards the back of the book. I found where the code is SUPPOSED to be at! It was already cut out! Absolutely ridiculous