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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful…
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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding…

by Marcus Buckingham

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Marcus Buckingham's books have guided millions to become top performers in everything they do by focusing on their strengths. In Go Put Your Strengths to Work, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, Buckingham will show you how to hone and apply your strengths for maximum success in your career. Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work--in fact, only seventeen percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths. Buckingham shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss. You will learn: -Why your strengths aren't "what you are good at" and your weaknesses aren't "what you are bad at." -How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths. -The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you and away from those that don't. -How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you're bragging and about your weaknesses without sounding like you're whining. -The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path your entire career. With structured exercises that will become part of your regular workweek and proven tactics from people who have successfully applied the book's lessons, Go Put Your Strengths to Work will arm you with a radically different approach to your work life. As part of the book's program you'll take an online Strengths Engagement Track, a focused and powerful gauge that has proven to be the best way to measure the level of engagement of your strengths or your team's strengths. You can also download the first two segments of the renowned companion film series Trombone Player Wanted. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement and thrive.… (more)

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I'll bet I've logged 20+ different types of personality assessments. Some resonate more than others, but none as well as this next step. Buckingham shares a straightforward method for understanding and leveraging personal strengths. They truly are "personal" because he leads the reader to determine exactly how, when, and with whom a general ability becomes a strength. For example, "analyzing data," isn't a strength. What is? "I feel strong when I analyze data about human performance and discover relevant insights." Buckingham shows how using strengths actually makes a person stronger. It's a great next step and one I recommend to anyone looking to reach their full potential. ( )
  jpsnow | Aug 28, 2008 |
this was good--but to make the optimum use of the exercises he describes, you have to own the book (in order to have the access info for the website). But it's still useful w/o all the bells and whistles. helps clarify what your strengths are, and how to convince your boss (and yourself) that it's legitimate to emphasize your strengths in the workplace. Some provocative ideas.
  mochap | May 5, 2008 |
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