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Marcus Buckingham

How To Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

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Now, Discover Your Strengths (2004) provides insight into what strengths are, where they come from and why we should focus on them. These blinks outline tips and techniques for detecting natural talents and using them to put yourself or your employees on the path to excellence.

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    A focus on correcting weaknesses has left our strengths ignored.

    In schools and in workplaces, we’re constantly encouraged to seek out and correct our weaknesses in order to improve our productivity. But why? After all, it’s uncovering and using your strengths that will really send you on your way to success.

    How do you know a strength when you see one? There are many different answers to this question, but we can stick with the simplest: a strength is an activity that you can perform repeatedly to perfection. In other words, any activity that you can do well time and time again, while also enjoying yourself, is a strength.

    It’s no surprise that organizations where employees are able to use their strengths every day are successful and sustainable. The Gallup Organization asked 198,000 employees across different businesses whether they’re able to do what they do best at work each day.

    The 20 percent of employees that strongly agreed with the question were 50 percent more likely to work in organizations with lower employee turnover, 38 percent more likely to work in more productive businesses and 44 percent more likely to work for companies with higher customer satisfaction.

    Despite this, many organizations still waste time, money and resources by concentrating on fixing employee weaknesses. Think about it: employees get sent off to special training programs not to expand on their strengths, but to correct weaknesses. By focusing on damage control rather than development, the true potential of employees is neglected.

    Of course, damage control is sometimes necessary; a clever but inarticulate employee would benefit greatly from a communication class. Still, damage control should not be the focal point of employee management. If you want your employees to develop and grow, and your company to grow with them, you need a different approach.

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    Best quote from Now, Discover Your Strengths

    Hide not your talents. They for use were made. Whats a sundial in the shade? - Benjamin Franklin

    —Marcus Buckingham
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    About the Author

    Marcus Buckingham is a New York Times best-selling author, as well as a consultant and speaker. He is the co-author of the best-selling books First, Break All the Rules and The One Thing You Need to Know.

    Who should read Now, Discover Your Strengths?

    • Anyone looking for ways to discover their hidden talents
    • Anyone who wants to push their boundaries to become more successful
    • Managers interested in capitalizing on their employees’ strengths

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