Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Build Your Strengths and the Strengths of Every Person in Your Organization Hardcover – Jan 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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I would give this book 5 stars if an unlimited number of people could use the online profile with each book purchase.
I have taken this book and its philosophies into my personal life as well, filling everyday.
Everyone has different things that can free them further.
I started singing because I had always secretly found that to be exhilerating. I bought singing lessons on CD off of Amazon,
"Voice lessons To Go" by Vaccarino- fantastic!
I also purchased and carefully followed the "New Sex Now" video by Arte with my husband- it was mind blowing for us.
Just those two examples show how much I have removed my own personal fear in life. The kind that held me back and locked my strengths in. You know the strength is there in any crisis, why not manifest them into your eveyday? How powerful is that?
Clifton is a fun and useful read. The premise is that we spend
too much time trying to understand and repair our weaknesses when
we should instead be developing our natural strengths.
The Gallup International Research & Education Center developed a
strengths profile based on psychological information gathered
over many years of study. The book comes with a code you can plug
into Strengthsfinder.com and enter your responses to profile
questions. Strengthsfinder then analyzes your information and
provides a report of your five top strengths.
I completed the Strengthsfinder profile and found it to be quite
accurate and helpful in pointing out my greatest strengths.
Another part I found very useful was the chapter on how to manage
other people based on their strengths profiles. When I read how a
person with my strengths should be managed I truly thought, "Wow,
I wish I had a boss that managed me like this! I'd be a top
performer!" Again, I thought their analysis was right on.
I recommend this book as an enjoyable and practical business and
career builder tool.
STRENGTHS: Like most programs of this sort, the StrengthsFinder inventory repeats back to you just what you told it. It doesn't create your profile, it reveals it. This book will help you become more self aware. This book is written in a simple style with easy to read "bullets" that will help you get the most out of your particular make up. The strengths covered by this book are phrased differently than the typical personality profile, a welcome relief for those who know only the Myers/Briggs format.
WEAKNESSES: First, I am not convinced that we are predisposed with a particular make up. There is truth to our makeups, but we can also be changed by outside influences. I took this inventory and read the book as part of a training seminar in a room filled with religious people. You might imagine the internal struggle that took place in that room when the instructor reported that some people are more religious than others, not because they really have a religious belief, but because their make up was predisposed toward religion. The book is not so blunt as that instructor, but this will be one idea you may wrestle with.
Second, as with all such books and inventories, they sometimes become self-fullfilling prophecies. It is possible to act a certain way because that is the way we BELIEVE we are wired. I've taken MANY inventories through the years and taken them many times. I am not so impressed with how similar they all turn out, as by how different I am.
My opinion: This book is interesting and refreshing. Do not let my negative comments stop you from reading it. I would not have given it **** had it not been worth the read.
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Book arrived as promised. I love it when goods are delivered prior to estimate as was the case with this order.Published 8 days ago by Annie
This is a good book, but not a good one to buy used as the code you need to take the Strengthfinders test will have already been used.Published 1 month ago by james boyce
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 6 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 22 months ago by Tarah Millen
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