- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; EARLY EX edition (31 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416502653
- ISBN-13: 978-1416502654
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Now, Discover Your Strengths: How To Develop Your Talents And Those Of The People You Manage Paperback – 31 Oct 2004
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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. The product of a twenty-five year, multi-million pound effort to identify the most prevalent human talents, the StrengthsFinder programme introduces thirty-four talents or 'themes' and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. Each copy of the book contains a unique password that gives the reader access to the StrengthsFinder Profile, a Web-based interview that analyses people's instinctive reactions and immediately presents them with their five most dominant strengths. Once readers know which of the thirty-four talent themes dominates their personality, they can make practical applications at three levels: as an individual, as a manager and within an organisation. Readers learn what kind of environments will allow them to flourish; how managers can better cultivate their employers' talents; and how almost all organisations inhibit the talents of their people and need to change.
About the Author
Marcus Buckingham is the co-author of the best-selling books FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES and NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS. He is a renowned speaker and regular guest on American television. He lives in Los Angeles but was born in England and is a graduate of Cambridge University.
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This book includes a significant amount of material aimed at managers and organizational directors--helpful specifics on how to implement ideas of being a strengths-based organization--but which can be skipped by those who are focusing on the personal growth opportunities that the book affords.
Although I haven't yet taken the StrengthsFinder assessment, the whole perspective of investing in developing strengths seems hugely significant, even without yet knowing my "signature themes" and areas of talent as described within this particular paradigm.
This book is recommended for followers and leaders alike. As a follower, it encourages us to consider our roles and contributions in light of the unique aspects of who we are, and gives us impetus for developing ourselves without waiting on our managers to figure it out for us.
I am looking forward to seeing how this new perspective will play out in my personal journey and in my role as a team building consultant.
I've read a fair few self-help style books and also done careers quizzes. I know the authors will be annoyed that I'm even lumping it in that category but all I want to say it that this book has a simple message really, though does expand with lots of detail. If you take away that simple message, that you should focus on your strengths and forget your weaknesses, and really grasp that concept then that is an incredible transformation mentally and then physically if you choose to live by it. Fewer books manage to give such a strong message that actually changes your life and for that reason it's worth the five stars.
Side note: This books says that connections in your brain cannot be changed after childhood. I've read other books which say it's totally possible to create new ones with repetitive actions. Therefore my thinking is now somewhere in the middle!
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The book is easy to follow and combined with the online strengths test...Read more