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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance Paperback – December 28, 2010
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- Publisher : Free Press; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743261682
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743261685
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.81 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #539,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By EK on June 8, 2021
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.
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.
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Unlike Mojo, this book offers a more structured and scientific approach to identifying and making use of your strengths. The author states that only 17% of people, or 2 in 10, play to their strengths and realize the benefits that come from doing so.
There are several tools available to profile and discover strengths, such as the Clifton Strength Finder. Of course once you clearly understand your strengths, the goal is to use strategies to conduct your work in a way that plays to your strengths and pushes back on your weaknesses.
A few such strategies are explaining to colleagues what you are doing and asking for help, or to partner with someone who has opposite strengths to yours allowing you to trade work and each perform tasks that align with your strengths. The book contains many more examples and checklists to guide the reader through the process of identifying strengths and playing to them.
Sometimes as I read I come across one statement that really sticks with me, in this book it was this - a weakness is something that regardless of how well you do it still produces negative emotions. This is so true, you can be really good at something yet hate doing it. Follow this line of thinking through and you can see how people wind up being given tasks that take energy from them because they have a reputation for being good at those things. As a result, that type of work keeps coming their way and can lead to becoming and staying unhappy in a job.
I enjoyed the structure and flow of the information presented in this book and highly recommend it.
there is some common sense in this BUT I found it to be underwhelming compared to the bar set in the first two books