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Now, Discover Your Strengths

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  16,113 ratings  ·  499 reviews
Effectively managing personnel--as well as one's own behavior--is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting what each claims is the true path to success. That said, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths does indeed propose a unique approach: focusing on enhancing people's strengt ...more
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Like many business books, Now, Discover Your Strengths is a book about discovering who you are, what you're naturally best at and how best to apply it in a business or life sense. Interestingly, this book approaches skill and education as secondary to natural gifts, tendencies and talents. The book uses an online personality test called StrengthsFinder (also utilized in other business books) to determine your 5 strongest "themes" of character such as Harmony, Empathy, Activator or Development. T ...more
Andrea McDowell

I've to this one with a solid decade of reading neuroscience and positive psychology behind me, so not only am I already familiar with the research he cites, but I am well aware of when it is misused. Let's just get this out of the way before we discuss any strengths (haha) the book may have, as I have yet to see its weaknesses covered in any of the reviews:

a) it is NOT TRUE that you can't significantly strengthen your weaknesses. Read The Brain that Changes Itself for a good introduction. S
Graeme Roberts
This is cynical bullshit book. The Gallup Organization conducted a survey of over two million people to discover the source of their strengths. They provide a login for an online survey to "discover" your strengths. No book, no survey, so they keep selling books to people who want to find out their talents, and don't we all. Of course, everyone that takes the test further "strengthens the validity of the database." Reading through the list of strengths it was very obvious to me what mine were, w ...more
"If you ever have the opportunity to read this book and take the StrengthsFinder quiz, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so. I read this book as part of a leadership development program that I am in for work. I learned more about myself from this book and the quiz results than I have in the first twelve months of the program. I learned why I have issues with losing my train of thought when speaking, why I feel this incessant need to constantly achieve and learn something, why I value my alone time. ...more
My strengths, which at first, 1-2 didn't make sense to me, but gradually I saw how they rule my life in every way. My entire family did this b-c my sister gave us all the books and it made for great holiday discussions and greater understanding and appreciation for our unique strengths. I also bought the books for all my co-workers and we had a discussion date to understand what each of us brings to our workplace and how we could better position ourselves to utilize our strengths. Every person i ...more
My supervisor mentioned this book to me so I started reading it. It also includes a website that you visit to take a strengths finder test which is suppose to help you excel at your job (and for this reason, you should buy the book new so you have the code to use). The idea is rather than focusing on trying to improve your weaknesses, you focus on improving your strengths, resulting in a near perfect performance anytime. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about their ...more
I read this book and took the test as part of a career-discernment period, and found the concepts it offered to be very helpful.

American corporations and individuals tend to focus on weakness. What am I (or my employees) bad at, and how can I fix it? This book suggests that while we can spend a lot of time trying to fix our weaknesses, we'll never be nearly as successful at that as we will be at improving on our strengths. We're wired to be good at certain things. If we focus on them, we can ge
How many of us, well into our careers, still live with the mistaken idea that the purpose of most of our activities is to work on those weaknesses and somehow turn them into strengths? I would venture to say, the majority of us, certainly those of us who grew up with post war parents who themselves believed that success in working life and achievement can be measured by the extent to which his has been accomplished.

In the meantime, strengths, natural aptitudes, and in most cases the activities t
Farnoosh Brock
Yes, the title may be obvious but how many of us focus entirely on our strengths and not mind our weaknesses? The idea of managing a weakness to the point that it does not hinder us but still focusing and growing our strengths - now that is brilliant when put to practice. Thank you Marcus Buckingham!

Even though it took me a few years to leave my corporate job where I was all about overcoming my weaknesses and go into business for myself to let my strengths shine, I am GLAD I took the plunge.

This book should have a disclaimer on it stating you have to buy the book for full price new, or else it's useless. The whole premise of the book is analyzing your results from their "Strengthsfinder" test, but you don't find this out til halfway through the book. It takes even longer for you to find out that you are supposed to use the code from inside the dustjacket. If you get this from the used bookstore, the library, or even brand new and someone else has stolen the code, you've absolutely ...more
Elliott Emmick
The idea in this book is wonderful... but the idea would only take a few pages to express. The corporate world doesn't utilize their employees based on strengths. Instead they try to make up for their weaknesses. Figure out your strengths and if you ever find yourself in a position of managing others become aware of their strengths so you can maximize their contributions to the company.

Outside of this very simple idea is a test you can only take ONCE! Then there is a better test associated with
The premise seems good, but I got this from the library and couldn't take the online assessment. So then I considered coughing up the $$ to buy the Kindle version (actually Strengths Finder 2.0, since it was the newer test), but the electronic editions apparently don't contain an access code to take the test. You also can't buy an access code on the web site to take the test.

I'm bothered by this. I have to question how meaningful and relevant the results of the paid assessment would be when Gal
I got through this quickly since it was an abridged audio version. I may go back & read the full version on my Kindle. I have been researching strengths based movement and approach to leadership recently.

There was a lot of good insight here, but the big takeaway for me was the author's comment about incremental improvements. Once you discover your strengths, you can hone them by incremental improvements. It reminds me of Mack Anderson's book, 212 Degrees. 212 The Extra Degree by Samuel L. Parker

The difference between world class
Loy Machedo
Are you in the right job career but at the wrong position?
Are you in the right position but with the wrong job career?

Should you focus on your strengths?
Should you focus on your weakness?

What are your key strengths?
And how many are there?

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton is a brilliantly crafted book which can answer these questions or at least shed some light into answers you wanted so badly.

On the upside, I loved the test that I could take to get to know
This was recommended by trainers in our Human Resources dept. It was really interesting, and a different take on figuring out where you fit in your career--are you in the right role, and the right organization? I've done many personality tests (and know my Myers Briggs score like the back of my hand...ISFJ if you're interested), but personality testing is based on opposite ends of the spectrum--if you're extroverted, you can't be introverted, if you're good with machines, you can't be good with ...more
Imagine a whole new type of job evaluation that focuses on rewarding and unleashing every person's strengths.
The profound impact this could have on millions of people is mind blowing.
Brilliant. Essential. Revolutionary.
Jenny (rapid tortoise)
Довольно много воды, но тем не менее, очень интересно читать. Основная идея: для того чтобы преуспеть в какой-либо области, нужна комбинация "талант+знания+умения". Задача каждого - выявить свои таланты и не зарывать их в землю:) Для определения ваших личных талантов нужно пройти онлайн тест, код прилагается к книге. У меня была аудиоверсия, поэтому тест пока пройти не удалось, и на амазоне эту книгу для киндла тоже временно не продают. Но все равно интересно узнать, какие же у меня таланты, так ...more
SJ Loria
We hold these truths to be self-evident, in a workplace, people work best when they are in a job that suits their skills, when there is regular feedback on how they are doing, and when there is a shared goal on career progression and development. By developing an individual, and getting their very best, you are also helping your organization, the very definition of a win-win.

Perhaps it’s so obvious, and self-evident, that we need reminders and explicit instructions on how to build towards our st
Generally good stuff to consider and implement in organizations, especially those with teams doing specific tasks.

Keep in mind that after taking the assessment, you're not going to be given a perfect formula for near perfect performance or where you should be working. The purpose of the book is to help identify your top 5 themes and give you some traction on finding places to use them. At the end of the day, you still have to do some self-reflection and assess if you're using your strengths.
Mitch Kelly
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. ...more
Mander Pander
Since it bears being mentioned a lot: DO NOT BUY A USED COPY OF THE BOOK. If you look through the negative reviews, you'll note that many of them are related to people who have purchased a used copy and therefore cannot take the nifty "strengths finder profiling test" code, which is single use only. Does the book still have some value without it? I guess, but it's kinda like purchasing partially chewed gum-- both kinda work, but I don't recommend either.

The big pro: the book guides you in the pr
First of all I agee with other reviewers that it's very annoying that you have to buy a new book to get a valid access code to the online strenghtsfinder. As the premise of the book (it is more effective to build on people's strenghts than to try to correct perceived weaknesses) appealed to me I did buy a new copy. Of the five talents that came out of the test, three fit reasonably well. But when I read through all of them I realised that my most dominant strenght had not come out of the test. T ...more
When I read this book I felt like I was reading an astrology book for professionals. Instead of looking at the stars and zodiac, this book looks at the 34 characteristics themes that was determined based on a Gallup study of 2 million people. On the other hand, I really like the premise of this book where encourages people to focus on their strengths versus weaknesses which we typically do in our daily lives. I also like the delineation between talents, skills and knowledge as the three componen ...more
Armin Cruz
Mar 24, 2015 Armin Cruz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leaders, managers,
Recommended to Armin by: HR Executive
Now, Discover Your Strengths was a fascinating book with the argument that one should focus on developing their inherent strengths of leadership rather than wasting time covering their weakness. The book pairs a detailed breakdown of 34 themes developed from a Gallup survey and millions of data points. Through this data-centric model the authors take the reader through a journey of understanding (baseline what a strength is and is not), discover (what are your individual strengths), and action ( ...more
Aaron Schmidt
Thought-provoking look into 'strengths' analysis. A little light for me on background/research, but as the system was developed on a large-scale study of mostly interviews, there's probably not much else to present. As I'm starting a new position, it's a great way for me to reframe my personal attributes and goals. Hopefully I get the opportunity to 'maximize' (one of my themes) its utility.

The most productive aspect of the book is thinking about your strengths as they relate to others in any pr
Mark Reed
This book is a bit of a rip off. You can't actually do the strengths test unless you bought a new copy of the book and can use the code to go online and take the test. The code can only be used once so if you bought a second hand copy of the book (or like me, got it from the library) you are out of luck. The books has some good information and you can read through the strengths on your own and make your own best guess, but that sort of defeats the point I think. Presumably taking the questionair ...more
I categorically do not like personality tests and books based on tests that tell you who you are. This one is along those lines, but I did learn a few things about myself--one being that I like to read. Go figure.
Krishna Kumar
Following up from "First, Break All the Rules", the authors describe different positive personality themes that different individuals have. There is a test on their website which allows a person to understand his or her personal themes. As far as I know, this is available only for those who bought the book - so if you just borrowed the book, you are a little out of luck. I think the findings of the test did reflect my personality fairly accurately. Unlike their previous book, this one actually a ...more
Richard Bertram
Book was an introduction to their analysis program which you should take. Identifies classification of strengths based on answers to questions. Having been involved in other such analysis before, I agreed with the results. The final summation of the strengths I thought was a little vague, in that the authors imply we are set with certain strengths that dominate our behavior. I would disagree stating that I do not fit that mold. Rather I am a product of my environment and have been able to succes ...more
Darius Torres
Mis resultados en el strenghtsfinder: 1. Estratégico. 2. idear. 3. Enfoque. 4. Estudioso. 5. Mando.
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