Go Put Your Strengths To Work: 6 Powerful Steps To Achieve Outstanding Performance

by Marcus Buckingham
Read by Marcus Buckingham

Simon & Schuster Audio | March 6, 2007 | Audio Book (CD)

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From the coauthor of the million copy bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement that is now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience that will tell you:

• Why your strengths aren't "what you are good at" and your weaknesses aren't "what you are bad at."

• How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths.

• The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you, and how to cut out those that don't.

• How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you're bragging, and your weaknesses without sounding like you're whining.

• The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path for your entire career.

As part of the program you'll take an online Strength Engagement Track, a powerful gauge to measure the level of engagement of your or your team's strengths. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement, and thrive.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5 × 1.1 in

Published: March 6, 2007

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743566696

ISBN - 13: 9780743566698

Found in: Management and Leadership

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Go Put Your Strengths To Work: 6 Powerful Steps To Achieve Outstanding Performance

Go Put Your Strengths To Work: 6 Powerful Steps To Achieve Outstanding Performance

by Marcus Buckingham
Read by Marcus Buckingham

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5 × 1.1 in

Published: March 6, 2007

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743566696

ISBN - 13: 9780743566698

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From Introduction Lead This Movement THE FIRST STAGE: HOW TO LABEL It's hard to trace the source of the strengths movement. Some will identify Peter Drucker, citing his seminal 1966 book, The Effective Executive, in which he wrote: "The effective executive builds on strengths -- their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates; and on the strengths of the situation." Some will cite a 1987 article that launched a new discipline called Appreciative Inquiry, whose basic premise, according to its founder, David Cooperrider, was "to build organizations around what works rather than fix what doesn't." Some will make reference to Dr. Martin Seligman's 1999 speech after becoming president of the American Psychological Association. "The most important thing we learned was that psychology was half-baked, literally half-baked," he said. "We've baked the part about mental illness, about repair of damage. The other side's unbaked, the side of strength, the side of what we're good at." More recently, some might even point to the book I wrote with Donald Clifton for the Gallup organization, Now, Discover Your Strengths, which began with this optimistic statement of intent: "We wrote this book to start a revolution, the strengths revolution." Whatever its true source, the strengths movement is now in full flood. It is a wave of change that, over the last several years, has swept us all forward. No discipline has been left behind. Whether we work in
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS Introduction: LEAD THIS MOVEMENT The First Stage: How to Label The Second Stage: How To Take Action You Are Here And You're Closer Than You Think The 6-Step Discipline Trombone Player Wanted Step 1: BUST THE MYTHS "So, What's Stopping You?" Meet Heidi Myth 1: As You Grow, Your Personality Changes Myth 2: You Will Grow the Most in Your Areas of Greatest Weakness Myth 3: A Good Team Member Does Whatever It Takes to Help the Team Step 2: GET CLEAR "Do You Know What Your Strengths Are?" The Four Signs of a Strength Who Is the Best Judge of Your Strengths? Capture, Clarify, and Confirm Your Strengths Will Your Strengths Stay the Same Year after Year? Heidi Gets Clear Step 3: FREE YOUR STRENGTHS "How Can You Make the Most of What Strengthens You?" How Heidi Got Weak How Heidi Got Strong Your Strong Week Plan Four Strategies to Put Your Strengths to Work Your FREE Interview Step 4: STOP YOUR WEAKNESSES "How Can You Cut Out What Weakens You?" What Are Your Most Dominant Weaknesses? Capture, Clarify, and Confirm Your Weaknesses Quit "Should-ing" Four Strategies to Stop Your Weaknesses Heidi Stops Calling Your STOP Interview Step 5: SPEAK UP "How Can You Create Strong Teams?" "Your Strengths Weaken Me" Conversation 1: The Strengths Chat Conversation 2: "How I Can Help You" Conversation 3: The Weakness Chat Conversation 4: "How You Can Help Me" Tips for Strengths-Based Managers Team Geor
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From the Publisher

From the coauthor of the million copy bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement that is now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience that will tell you:

• Why your strengths aren't "what you are good at" and your weaknesses aren't "what you are bad at."

• How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths.

• The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you, and how to cut out those that don't.

• How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you're bragging, and your weaknesses without sounding like you're whining.

• The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path for your entire career.

As part of the program you'll take an online Strength Engagement Track, a powerful gauge to measure the level of engagement of your or your team's strengths. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement, and thrive.

About the Author

British motivational speaker, trainer, and author Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University with a Master's Degree in Social and Political Science in 1987. He is internationally known as an authority on employee productivity and is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management. Buckingham worked as a senior researcher at The Gallup Organization for 17 years and founded TMBC in 2007 in order to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations. He has appeared on television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View. Buckingham has been profiled in the following publications: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. He has written or co-written numerous bestselling books, such as First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; The One Thing You Need to Know; and Go Put Your Strengths to Work.