Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Marcus Buckingham Donald O. Clifton / May 28, 2020

Now Discover Your Strengths How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton s Now Discover Your Strengths proposes a unique approach to managing personnel focus on enhancing people s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses Ef

  • Title: Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage
  • Author: Marcus Buckingham Donald O. Clifton
  • ISBN: 9781416502654
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton s Now, Discover Your Strengths proposes a unique approach to managing personnel focus on enhancing people s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses Effectively managing personnel as well as one s own behaviour is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting whatMarcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton s Now, Discover Your Strengths proposes a unique approach to managing personnel focus on enhancing people s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses Effectively managing personnel as well as one s own behaviour 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 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 Maximiser and explains how to build a strengths based organisation by capitalising 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 Organisation and instantly discover their own top five inborn talents This device provides a personalised 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

    Now, Discover Your Strengths Audio CD Feb , Now, Discover Your Strengths Marcus Buckingham, Donald O Clifton on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Based on a Gallup study of over two million people who have excelled in their careers, NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS uses a revolutionary programme to help readers discover their distinct talents and strengths. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham 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. Now, Discover Your Strengths AbeBooks With accessible and profound insights on how to turn talents into strengths, and with the immediate on line feedback of StrengthsFinder at its core, Now, Discover Your Strengths is one of the most groundbreaking and useful business books ever written. Download Now, Discover Your Strengths Pdf Ebook Now, Discover Your Strengths As a result of the book s launch, Gallup has continued to dedicate quite a few hours to creating our strengths science, the brainchild of the late Dr Donald O Clifton, who was named Father of Strengths Based Psychology by the American Psychological Affiliation. Now, Discover Your Strengths Jan , 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 StrengthsFinder Now, Discover Your Strengths later updated as just StrengthsFinder is a self help book written by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton, first published in At the heart of the book is the internet based Clifton Strengths Finder, an online personal assessment test that outlines the user s strengths. Books similar to Now, Discover Your Strengths Find books like Now, Discover Your Strengths from the world s largest community of readers members who liked Now, Discover Your Strengths also

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        In a world where efficiency and competency rule the workplace, where do personal strengths fit in It s a complex question, one that intrigued Cambridge educated Marcus Buckingham so greatly, he set out to answer it by challenging years of social theory and utilizing his nearly two decades of research experience as a Sr Researcher at Gallup Organization to break through the preconceptions about achievements and get to the core of what drives success The result of his persistence, and arguably the definitive answer to the strengths question can be found in Buckingham s four best selling books First, Break All the Rules coauthored with Curt Coffman, Simon Schuster, 1999 Now, Discover Your Strengths coauthored with Donald O Clifton, The Free Press, 2001 The One Thing You Need to Know The Free Press, 2005 and Go Put Your Strengths To Work The Free Press, 2007 The author gives important insights to maximizing strengths, understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management, and fulfilling the quest for long lasting personal success In his most recent book, Buckingham offers ways to apply your strengths for maximum success at work.What would happen if men and women spent than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they wanted to do According to Marcus Buckingham who spent years interviewing thousands of employees at every career stage and who is widely considered one of the world s leading authorities on employee productivity and the practices of leading and managing , companies that focus on cultivating employees strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth and success If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that s because it is Marcus Buckingham calls it the strengths revolution As he addresses than 250,000 people around the globe each year, Buckingham touts this strengths revolution as the key to finding the most effective route to personal success and the missing link to the efficiency, competency, and success for which many companies constantly strive.To kick start the strengths revolution, Buckingham and Gallup developed the StrengthsFinder exam StrengthsFinder , which identifies signature themes that help employees quantify their personal strengths in the workplace and at home Since the StrengthsFinder debuted in 2001, than 1 million people have discovered their strengths with this useful and important tool In his role as author, independent consultant and speaker, Marcus Buckingham has been the subject of in depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Yahoo and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain long lasting personal success A wonderful resource for leaders, managers, and educators, Buckingham challenges conventional wisdom and shows the link between engaged employees and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and the rate of turnover Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master s degree in Social and Political Science.


    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.

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