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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.
What an interesting book, especially with the questionnaire to determine one's characteristic traits. I found it to fun and affirming to find out my top five. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathe Gerber
Every kid should go through this test instead of the ridiculous scholar ones!
Sincerely, I never have been more succesfull in my life since I read this... Read more
I bought this book for the test and it was so incredibly accurate, it's uncanny.
I was exteremely inpressed that my strengths are exactly what I thought.
This book should be available for everyone in all organizations. Read more
This book helped me realize that my greatest assets (that I always thought were a hindrance) are indeed what will propel me to success. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tarah Millen
probably the most influential book in self awareness and understanding the natural tendencies of my supervisors, peers, client, and staff
a more multi-dimensional assessment... Read more
I'm not impressed when I have to send back a book three times because they were all misprinted (starting at chapter 3 then restarting chapter 1-end with pages missing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jessica