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Now, Discover Your Strengths

Now Discover Your Strengths Based on a massive Gallup study of million people this book shows individuals how to cultivate their own career strengths and strengths managers how to capitalize the talents of their people

  • Title: Now, Discover Your Strengths
  • Author: Marcus Buckingham Donald O. Clifton
  • ISBN: 9780743201148
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Based on a massive Gallup study of 2 million people, this book shows 1 individuals how to cultivate their own career strengths and strengths, 2 managers how to capitalize the talents of their people, and 3 executives how to build an entire organization around the talents of each employee By the principal author of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules MoBased on a massive Gallup study of 2 million people, this book shows 1 individuals how to cultivate their own career strengths and strengths, 2 managers how to capitalize the talents of their people, and 3 executives how to build an entire organization around the talents of each employee By the principal author of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules Most Americans do not know what their strengths are When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer With this remark last year, Peter Drucker captured an enduring and unfortunate truth most of us fail to build our lives around our strengths and talents Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers and by psychology s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to paper over these cracks Our talents remain in the background, like sundials in the shade.This book will right our skewed perspective It will throw light on each person s unique set of strengths and talents and show him how to focus and perfect these strengths At the heart of the book is the StrengthFinder Profile, the product of a twenty five year, multimillion dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human talents Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with over 2 million individuals from the world s best teachers to the world s best hockey players, from great nurses to great insurance salespeople This last year the data was meta analysed and from all these interviews emerged thirty four distinct talents or themes In this book we introduce these thirty four themes and, using the StrengthsFinder Profile, reveal to each reader which of the thirty four represent his or her most dominant Here are just a few of the individual talent themes, of which there are countless possible combinations Achiever Your Achiever talent helps explain your drive You feel as if every day starts at zero By the end of the day you must rack up some numbers to feel good about yourself Achiever is the power supply that causes you the set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your workgroup.Activator When can we start is the recurring question in your life You believe that action is the best device for learning You know that often you have to make a decision without every last bit of desirable information This does not frighten you.Belief If you possess strong Belief talent, you have certain core values that are Each copy of Now, Discover Your Strengths includes a unique access code to the Clifton Strengthsfinder assessment and website This code is valid for one use only If you have a problem with your code please visit strengthsfinder for help.

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    1. Enh.I've to this one with a solid decade of reading neuroscience and positive psychology behind me, so not only am I already familiar with the research he cites, but I am well aware of when it is misused. Let's just get this out of the way before we discuss any strengths (haha) the book may have, as I have yet to see its weaknesses covered in any of the reviews:a) it is NOT TRUE that you can't significantly strengthen your weaknesses. Read The Brain that Changes Itself for a good introduction. S [...]

    2. "If you ever have the opportunity to read this book and take the StrengthsFinder quiz, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so. I read this book as part of a leadership development program that I am in for work. I learned more about myself from this book and the quiz results than I have in the first twelve months of the program. I learned why I have issues with losing my train of thought when speaking, why I feel this incessant need to constantly achieve and learn something, why I value my alone time. [...]

    3. This is a cynical bullshit book. The Gallup Organization conducted a survey of over two million people to discover the source of their strengths. They provide a login for an online survey to "discover" your strengths. No book, no survey, so they keep selling books to people who want to find out their talents, and don't we all. Of course, everyone that takes the test further "strengthens the validity of the database." Reading through the list of strengths it was very obvious to me what mine were, [...]

    4. Like many business books, Now, Discover Your Strengths is a book about discovering who you are, what you're naturally best at and how best to apply it in a business or life sense. Interestingly, this book approaches skill and education as secondary to natural gifts, tendencies and talents. The book uses an online personality test called StrengthsFinder (also utilized in other business books) to determine your 5 strongest "themes" of character such as Harmony, Empathy, Activator or Development. T [...]

    5. My strengths, which at first, 1-2 didn't make sense to me, but gradually I saw how they rule my life in every way. My entire family did this b-c my sister gave us all the books and it made for great holiday discussions and greater understanding and appreciation for our unique strengths. I also bought the books for all my co-workers and we had a discussion date to understand what each of us brings to our workplace and how we could better position ourselves to utilize our strengths. Every person i [...]

    6. Yes, the title may be obvious but how many of us focus entirely on our strengths and not mind our weaknesses? The idea of managing a weakness to the point that it does not hinder us but still focusing and growing our strengths - now that is brilliant when put to practice. Thank you Marcus Buckingham! Even though it took me a few years to leave my corporate job where I was all about overcoming my weaknesses and go into business for myself to let my strengths shine, I am GLAD I took the plunge.In [...]

    7. My supervisor mentioned this book to me so I started reading it. It also includes a website that you visit to take a strengths finder test which is suppose to help you excel at your job (and for this reason, you should buy the book new so you have the code to use). The idea is rather than focusing on trying to improve your weaknesses, you focus on improving your strengths, resulting in a near perfect performance anytime. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about their [...]

    8. How many of us, well into our careers, still live with the mistaken idea that the purpose of most of our activities is to work on those weaknesses and somehow turn them into strengths? I would venture to say, the majority of us, certainly those of us who grew up with post war parents who themselves believed that success in working life and achievement can be measured by the extent to which his has been accomplished.In the meantime, strengths, natural aptitudes, and in most cases the activities t [...]

    9. I read this book and took the test as part of a career-discernment period, and found the concepts it offered to be very helpful. American corporations and individuals tend to focus on weakness. What am I (or my employees) bad at, and how can I fix it? This book suggests that while we can spend a lot of time trying to fix our weaknesses, we'll never be nearly as successful at that as we will be at improving on our strengths. We're wired to be good at certain things. If we focus on them, we can ge [...]

    10. The premise seems good, but I got this from the library and couldn't take the online assessment. So then I considered coughing up the $$ to buy the Kindle version (actually Strengths Finder 2.0, since it was the newer test), but the electronic editions apparently don't contain an access code to take the test. You also can't buy an access code on the web site to take the test. I'm bothered by this. I have to question how meaningful and relevant the results of the paid assessment would be when Gal [...]

    11. This book should have a disclaimer on it stating you have to buy the book for full price new, or else it's useless. The whole premise of the book is analyzing your results from their "Strengthsfinder" test, but you don't find this out til halfway through the book. It takes even longer for you to find out that you are supposed to use the code from inside the dustjacket. If you get this from the used bookstore, the library, or even brand new and someone else has stolen the code, you've absolutely [...]

    12. Embora eu acredite muito mais em neuroplasticidade do que o livro apregoa e limita, eu tenho que reconhecer o valor da teoria dos Pontos Fortes e que devemos focar neles. O teste oferecido com o livro é muito bacana e achei que o resultado é muito satisfatório. O Guia Prático no final do livro também tem pontos muito bons para serem implementados em uma organização. O que mais faz sentido para mim é que temos que nos tornar nota 9 ou 10 onde já somos muito bons e melhorar nos pontos fra [...]

    13. I liked the book ok. I happened to have a copy with a valid test code, so I took it for free. My top five turned out to be: Learner, Realtor, Futuristic, Restorative, Discipline.I must say, the research seems intriguing, but I ended up feeling confused about managing my strengths in the end.The authors definitely spent more energy and polishing the "analysis" part of the research. I can see that it's backed by some data and therefore the descriptions of strengths and examples of personalities re [...]

    14. This was recommended by trainers in our Human Resources dept. It was really interesting, and a different take on figuring out where you fit in your career--are you in the right role, and the right organization? I've done many personality tests (and know my Myers Briggs score like the back of my handISFJ if you're interested), but personality testing is based on opposite ends of the spectrum--if you're extroverted, you can't be introverted, if you're good with machines, you can't be good with peo [...]

    15. First of all I agee with other reviewers that it's very annoying that you have to buy a new book to get a valid access code to the online strenghtsfinder. As the premise of the book (it is more effective to build on people's strenghts than to try to correct perceived weaknesses) appealed to me I did buy a new copy. Of the five talents that came out of the test, three fit reasonably well. But when I read through all of them I realised that my most dominant strenght had not come out of the test. T [...]

    16. Are you in the right job career but at the wrong position?ORAre you in the right position but with the wrong job career?Should you focus on your strengths?ORShould you focus on your weakness?What are your key strengths?And how many are there?Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton is a brilliantly crafted book which can answer these questions or at least shed some light into answers you wanted so badly.On the upside, I loved the test that I could take to get to know [...]

    17. I got through this quickly since it was an abridged audio version. I may go back & read the full version on my Kindle. I have been researching strengths based movement and approach to leadership recently. There was a lot of good insight here, but the big takeaway for me was the author's comment about incremental improvements. Once you discover your strengths, you can hone them by incremental improvements. It reminds me of Mack Anderson's book, 212 Degrees. The difference between world class [...]

    18. This book is nominally a sequel to 'First Break All The Rules'. That book takes a relatively simple set of ideas, and as is typical in business books, spins it out to 250 pages of repetitive and unnecessary content. But ultimately, it made some good and useful points. I got both books from a manager, so it took me some time to get around to reading them :)This book has far less concrete content than the first. Its central thesis - easily understood in a few pages - is reasonable, though the auth [...]

    19. Philosophically, I believe in the message this book expounds, namely to focus on strengths - or what you one is good at - versus trying to overly improve weaknesses however, I found the book a bit dry. It's a short read and well worth it, but keep in mind that it's likely to tell you something you already know but just hadn't thought about a whole lot. It does provide a set of personal strengths, a brief description about them, and how best to manage employees with that particular strength - fro [...]

    20. Rated 1 Star for being almost useless as the USED condition. The StrengthsFinder test code was invalid / already used.UPDATE! I MADE MY OWN TEST!!! :)richardstep/2011/07/20/str====================I skimmed the rest of the book with the "hey, I can't take the test" idea in mind and could pretty clearly see how the test was the main focus of this book.I ripped out Chapter 4 (describing the types), and chunked the book.====================Hope ya'll that bought the book new had a better experience! [...]

    21. Довольно много воды, но тем не менее, очень интересно читать. Основная идея: для того чтобы преуспеть в какой-либо области, нужна комбинация "талант+знания+умения". Задача каждого - выявить свои таланты и не зарывать их в землю:) Для определения ваших личных талантов нужно про [...]

    22. This is the "Linda Goodman's Handbook for Managers and HR types", which instead of saying "An Aquarius is assertive and charming and hence makes for a good salesman", tweaks it to talk about "Strength Themes" and "Excellence". It basically communicating the truth we all know that "All employees are unique" and hence "please read our totally generic, impossible to implement ways to maximize their potential". Sarcasm aside, the book does touch upon some very good points on why large, archaic orgna [...]

    23. Generally good stuff to consider and implement in organizations, especially those with teams doing specific tasks. Keep in mind that after taking the assessment, you're not going to be given a perfect formula for near perfect performance or where you should be working. The purpose of the book is to help identify your top 5 themes and give you some traction on finding places to use them. At the end of the day, you still have to do some self-reflection and assess if you're using your strengths.

    24. Cruising the Internet for the past hour I found that people have quite different views of values (what is valuable) and often confuse them with strengths. This book won't help you much with the definitions. In fact, if you haven't paid for the strengthsfinder questionnaire--say, if you got this as a library book--then you will find little value in reading (or listening). In fact, it seemed like hours of my time invested in an advertisement.

    25. This isn't the easiest of the Strengths Finder books to get through (try 2.0 if you just want an overview), but it did give the most detailed explanations for how and why the process was created. Interesting and worthwhile read for those interested in Strengths development and how to create a happier, more effective workplace.

    26. What's not to love about a book that pigeonholes you, tells you to go ahead and neglect your weaknesses, and limits your strengths to five imaginary categories? The only thing that could make this book better would be having to reflect on your computer-generated strengths every other week for two years. (Is bitterness mentioned in the theoretical framework?)

    27. Amazing book. EVERY COMPANY SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.Imagine a whole new type of job evaluation that focuses on rewarding and unleashing every person's strengths.The profound impact this could have on millions of people is mind blowing.Brilliant. Essential. Revolutionary.

    28. While the book helped me to understand some of my strengths (some of which I wasn't aware of), I felt that there was too much time spent explaining why one should focus on their strengths and not enough time spent explaining how, especially since some of the strengths are unconventional.

    29. I categorically do not like personality tests and books based on tests that tell you who you are. This one is along those lines, but I did learn a few things about myself--one being that I like to read. Go figure.

    30. Mis resultados en el strenghtsfinder: 1. Estratégico. 2. idear. 3. Enfoque. 4. Estudioso. 5. Mando.

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