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Soar with Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy of Business and Management Paperback – December 9, 1995
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Again, nothing new here, but some really nice illustrations of material found in other books.
"Now, Discover . ." is a much more polished book than this. Better get that one. But you also need to read "First, Break All the Rules" to understand where "Now, Discover . ." is coming from. Having said that, if you read "First" and "Now", you can skip "Soar" - really.
This book challenges the absurdity of this common mistake and enlightens the reader to a strengths approach as it relates to carreer planning, interpersal relations, etc.
I would encourage anyone unhappy in their current carreer, anyone who wants success to come easy to them, or anyone who has a hand in managing the lifes, or carreers of others to read this book.
Lastly I would like to commend the author on his writting style. This book is truly a joy to read, and to the point.
Thank you Dr. Clifton for sharing this book with the world.
To open, the authors tell a fun parable "Let the Rabbits Run" which conveys the message of how important it is to focus on your strengths instead of trying to shore up your non-strengths (weaknesses). It tells a story of a rabbit that is going to school to become well-rounded, sound familiar? Moving along, the rabbit excels in hopping and running classes. However, the rabbit didn't do so well in swimming class. Flying class was even worse; he couldn't even get off the ground. He felt like a failure. Naturally, his parents reinforced the school's intent to create well-rounded students. And, the school counselor "helped" the rabbit by canceling his running and hopping classes and putting him in extra swimming and flying classes. Don't worry, there is a happy ending, courtesy of the Wise Old Owl.
Authors Clifton and Nelson offer an interesting book on how we, in business and in life, fail to focus on our strengths and manage our weaknesses. Consider how often the top salesperson is promoted into management, irrespective of actual leadership ability.
The authors advocate "The Power Of One Simple Question" which is "What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what's wrong with people?"
Applying the principles to my own life, I soon discovered that I too fell deeply into the trap of focusing on my non-strengths (weaknesses) instead of my strengths. In fact, there are some things I'm just better off not doing or at least delegating to others.
In summary, many insights are offered throughout this book.Read more ›
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Excellent Book! Great read. Also recommend the purchase Humble Inquiry and Strengths Finder to compliment the book.Published 12 days ago by Cyndi
Order this book on the suggestion of Pastor Kevin Gerald, also the author of good things. I really enjoyed the part of discovering your passion and strength. Read morePublished 4 months ago by FindingMoore
Have loved this one for years. Got this one for a friend who did me a favor. He's going to love it.Published 10 months ago by Richard Randolph Jr.
Outstanding Book! Everyone should Read & Apply this to their Lives & their Families! Of course the politicians in government does just the opposite which is why America has so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Jones
I had to read this book for a class. It was one of the best motivational books I've read. I will definitely be rereading again and again as a reminder.Published 19 months ago by Sheree R. Mclean
Most people seem to confuse skills with strengths. This book will clear up this misunderstanding.
Everyone can profit from the information in this book - regardless of age,... Read more
This little book has a lot of information packed into it. I use it quite often in coaching others in how to use their natural talents to turn them into strengths. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Vickie Oakley
This book gave me a new perspective on dwelling over one's own weaknesses. I agree people need to know when to let go of things in life.Published on March 14, 2014 by Laday