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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance Hardcover – March 6, 2007
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Buckingham, an authority on workplace issues, provides a road map for managers to learn for themselves and then teach their employees how to approach their work by emphasizing their strengths rather than weaknesses. He offers a six-step plan for six weeks of reading and habit-forming action for discerning strengths, along with optional tools to enhance the process such as online questions for measuring strengths and downloaded films (two of which are free). The steps of his plan are belief that the best way to compete is capitalizing on your strengths, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, volunteering your strengths at work, lessening the impact of your weaknesses on your team, effectively communicating the value of your strengths while limiting work utilizing weaknesses, and building habits and pushing activities that play to strength. Although everyone will not agree with all the elements of Buckingham's approach, he offers valuable insight into maximizing employees' strengths rather than the more common focus on weaknesses and failure. Mary Whaley
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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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But society doesn't teach this. Forget about what you do not want, what you are not made for or is not your inspiration.
Find your strength, build and grow what you are good in ... enjoy and prosper - and be an inspiration for the rest of us. This simple, but mostly overseen truth is a success turbo for everybody. Increasing on what you love brings much more than beeing the average of everything. Too draining, too boring, too weak.
Great book/audio from Markus Buckingham - must read/hear!
The book takes the ideas of knowing your strengths to the next steps for implementation and action.
What is particularly interesting about this book is that it is clearly a 21st Century publication, at an expected competitive price. The book contains a code that allows the reader to access a brief assessment tied to the basic content of the book, an opportunity to watch segments of the companion film, Trombone Player Wanted, and the essential forms for implementing the concepts. So instead of having to purchase a separate workbook, it's all included. For that plus the excellent content, I say thank you. It's not a short book, but it was engaging enough that I did it in short segments over two days.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for answers about themselves.
This book is inviting you to take personal responsibility for your knowing about your strenghts and go the next step: DO your strengths. Increase the frequency of how you apply your strengths by following a very systematic aproach from knowng to doing. The exercises are engaging and easy to do as they are about our everyday experiences. The exercises tap into inquisitivesness about oneself and the the excitement of the next step to guide you through a journey which last for an exciting number of weeks, and then for the rest of your life.
This book is not just about work, it is about how we live our lifes. The investment in time to do these exercises will be one of the best returns on investment you will get.
You are not alone on this journey. "behind" the book, on the website of [...] you will find much material and an incredibly helpful staff to forward your journey and further enhance he value of this book.