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8 Overall

6 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style


The good news is that management consultant Marcus Buckingham, a perennial best-selling author, offers a very useful pep talk about putting your best foot forward. He urges readers to identify and maximize their strengths to move ahead in their careers. His profiles of various roles exemplifying personal strength provide great information that you can use to make a more meaningful impact at work and to live more fully. Alas, the bad news – or at least the commercial news – is that the author says you need help identifying your strengths, and for that, you need to buy the book to get the one-time code for taking a “strengths profiles” quiz on his website. Once you learn your category with this assessment, you can use more of the book’s information. Welcome to the innovative world of interactive media. Of course, you can try to figure out your strong points yourself, but Buckingham cautions, “It is hard to see your own uniqueness. Your strengths are a part of you whether you’re conscious of them or not. And because they’re so woven into the fabric of who you are, they can actually be quite difficult to pinpoint.” With or without the code, getAbstract believes you’ll find real value in this common sense text if you accept that the strengths you think you have may not match those the author would cite.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use your strengths;
  • How to employ those strong points to lead and manage others, to increase sales and to connect with clients;
  • How to avoid negative behaviors that weaken your strengths; and
  • How to define your “strength roles.”

About the Author

Marcus Buckingham developed the unique strengths approach. He followed his initial bestseller, First, Break All the Rules, with several other best-selling books. He consults for international companies.



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    Harshad Sonar 6 years ago
    Another book from the author that is too general just as an astrologer will write a weekly horoscope! Skip the book, summary is more than enough.

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