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Author(s): Marcus BuckinghamDownload  

Publish: Published January 29th 2001 by Gallup Press (first published 2001)

ISBN: ISBN 0743201140 (ISBN13: 9780743201148)


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.

“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

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Some Reviews: 21,970 ratings 649 reviews in

Robert Muller

Robert Muller rated it     
Having just discovered the “strengths” notion, this relatively old book was pretty interesting to me. It’s really more of a reference manual than a real help in making use of the tools, but there’s enough there to at least start. The “themes” themselves are very interesting, particularly in comparison with the Meyers-Briggs temperament scales, and the logic of the whole thing is very similar–build on your strengths and others’ differences from you. The test itself, now $10 on the gallup website
Mitch Kelly

Mitch Kelly rated it     
Understanding that this is an older book and there are some outdated ideas and technologies mentioned (for example, there was a line about allowing certain employees to spend time on the internet as well as the advice of getting a Palm Pilot for people who are especially weak at scheduling or staying on track of projects), the information in the book is informative and invaluable. They authors don’t present a quick-fix solution but rather a lens for readers to reexamine their professional lives.
Luna Raven

Luna Raven rated it     
This book made so much sense to me! I have worked in just about every area of modern day work culture and this book really nailed one of the major reasons I have never been especially happy in most of them: instead of using my strengths I was constantly being told where I was falling down.  

This book does an excellent job of explaining the different strengths and really breaking down what each of us brings to the table and how we can partner to be even stronger. I saw that someone gave this book o


Matthew rated it     
I really like the premise of this book. I like the delineation between talents, skills and knowledge as the three components of “strengths”. I like the idea behind focusing on developing one’s strengths, even at the expense of neglecting their weaknesses. The idea of taking a “personality test” in order to discover your underlying tests is underwhelming to me though. I am not a big believer in that type of self-assessment. However, this one did seem unique. This book is dated and I wasn’t able t
Harvey Johnson

Harvey Johnson rated it     
I Read this book as it is part of the curriculum in our company’s leadership development program. It had been a few years since I had taken the strengthsfinder test so it was interesting to see my five core strengths at this point in my career. One of the main concepts within the book is finding ways for individuals or companies to play to the strengths of their employees rather than focusing on training weaknesses. The biggest obstacle to overcome for many would likely be the cost associated wi


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