TITLE

Now, Discover Your Strengths

AUTHOR(S)
Buckingham, Marcus; Clifton, Donald
PUB. DATE
February 2010
SOURCE
Now, Discover Your Strengths - Business Book Summaries;2010, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Book Summary
DOC. TYPE
Book summary
ABSTRACT
Most employees feel that their unique strengths and talents are not being used in the workplace. They are encouraged to focus on remedying their faults when they should explore and apply their strengths. The authors suggest that the individual who can discover their strengths will excel in their chosen career, and the organization that can develop its employees' talents and strengths will have greater productivity, customer loyalty, and employee retention. There are three key components of the strengths building process. First, there must be an ability to distinguish between natural talent and activities that are performed well with practice. Second, one must be able to identify dominant talents. Finally, one has to develop a clear language to describe talents. The authors have developed the StrengthsFinder Profile tool, which provides 34 words to precisely identify talent. The biggest obstacles to building strengths include individual reluctance and fears. However, a focus on signature themes of talent renders the individual stronger and more open to new discoveries. In the workplace a focus on strengths can lead to enhanced job performance and satisfaction. A successful manager should be able to identify and use each employee's strengths and tailor the job to the employee's individual talents. Organizations should spend time and money to select the proper employees for the job. Managers should focus on results rather than procedure to avoid limiting an employee's use of their talents. The employer and the employee must concentrate training time on exploring and building on the employee's strengths. Finally, organizations should help employees grow in their career while avoiding promoting the employee to a job that does not use their strengths. An organization that is able to implement these strengths-based selection, performance, and career development systems will be more competitive and successful. Equally important, employees who feel they are given an...
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