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The path to success, as defined by researchers and management consultants Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, contains one important detour. Rather than focusing on improving areas of weakness – a common practice for people and businesses – focus on boosting strengths. This approach – based on decades of research into excellence by The Gallup Organization – forms the foundation for strength-based careers and companies. Using the “StrengthsFinder” process, identify your five dominant strengths and then develop and leverage them. Alas, the authors’ designated tool for ascertaining your strengths is not in this volume; it’s available online with purchase of the book. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this guide to building on your innate strengths to managers, the self-employed and anyone who wants to be more productive.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why is it more productive to develop your strengths than to correct your weaknesses,
  • How to identify and leverage your dominant innate talents, and
  • How to incorporate strength building into your management style.

About the Authors

Marcus Buckingham co-authored the bestsellers First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths and The One Thing You Need to Know. Donald O. Clifton designed Gallup’s StrengthsFinder online questionnaire.



Strength Capitalization

Most organizations’ development programs center on addressing weaknesses. Most workers feel that their employers do not use their strengths and talents to best advantage. Organizations often exacerbate this problem with flawed strategic thinking based on two false assumptions:

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    Karen Featherston 1 year ago
    Get the Strengths Finder book and complete the questionnaire to find out your top 5 strengths. You may THINK you know yourself, but you will be pleasantly enlightened by this self-discovery survey. Not only did I learn some great ways to "work around" my weakness, turns out that things I once considered "weaknesses" are actually some of my strongest "talents". I now see how truly beneficial those "strengths" are in my life. I am the "Adaptable Maximizer!" (picture me in the iconic Wonder Woman stance - head held high, hands on hips, ready to leap at the next opportunity to make a positive impact, no matter the situation). :)

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