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Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths by Marcus Buckingham
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“Back in the 1930s, Carl Jung, the eminent thinker and psychologist, put it this way: Criticism has 'the power to do good when there is something that must be destroyed, dissolved or reduced, but [it is] capable only of harm when there is something to be built.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“If your senses are numbed with delusion and denial, you will stop looking for these true strengths and wind up living a second-rate version of someone's life rather than a worldclass version of your own”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“The 'big five' factors of personality are neuroticism (which reflects emotional stability), extroversion (seeking the company of others), openness (interest in new experiences, ideas, and so forth), agreeableness (likability, harmoniousness), and conscientiousness (rule abidance, discipline, integrity).”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“When we studied them, excellent performers were rarely well rounded. On the contrary, they were sharp.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“But if you find yourself thinking in the future, if you find yourself actually anticipating the activity-'When can I do this again?'-it is a pretty good sign that you are enjoying it and that one of your talents is in play.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“From this point of view, to avoid your strengths and to focus on your weaknesses isn't a sign of diligent humility. It is almost irresponsible. By contrast the most responsible, the most challenging, and, in the sense of being true to yourself, the most honorable thing to do is face up to the strength potential inherent in your talents and then find ways to realize it.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“The only possible failure would be never managing to find the right role or the right partners to help you realize that strength.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“But not unlike the gremlins in the film of the same name who were transformed into nasty little critters if they were splashed or if they were fed after midnight, irrelevant nontalents can mutate into real weaknesses under one condition: As soon as you find yourself in a role that requires you to play to one of your nontalents-or area of low skills or knowledge-a weakness is born.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“The boundaries of human experience are finite (if you haven't experienced emotions such as pain or fear or shame, you are either a sociopath or an alien), but within these boundaries there is significant range and diversity.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“While your spontaneous reactions provide the clearest trace of your talents, here are three more clues to keep in mind: yearnings, rapid learning, and satisfactions. Yearnings reveal the presence of a talent, particularly when they are felt early in life.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“In Martin Seligman's words, 'Psychology is half-baked, literally half-baked. We have baked the part about mental illness. We have baked the part about repair and damage. But the other side is unbaked. The side of strengths, the side of what we are good at, the side…of what makes life worth living.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“1. Each person's talents are enduring and unique.

2. Each person's greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Knowledge consists of the facts and lessons learned.

Skills are the steps of an activity.

These three-talents, knowledge, and skills-combine to create your strengths.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Our definition of a weakness is anything that gets in the way of excellent performance.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“As John Bruer describes in The Myth of the First Three Years, nature has developed three ways for you to learn as an adult: Continue to strengthen your existing synaptic connections (as happens when you perfect a talent with relevant skills and knowledge), keep losing more of your extraneous connections (as also happens when you focus on your talents and allow other connections to deteriorate), or develop a few more synaptic connections.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“The point here is not that you should always forgo this kind of weakness fixing. The point is that you should see it for what it is: damage control, not development. And as we mentioned earlier, damage control can prevent failure, but it will never elevate you to excellence.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Rapid learning offers another trace of talent. Sometimes a talent doesn't signal itself through yearning. For a myriad of reasons, although the talent exists within you, you don't hear its call. Instead, comparatively late in life, something sparks the talent, and it is the speed at which you learn a new skill that provides the telltale clue to the talent's presence and power.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Satisfactions provide the last clue to talent. As we described in the previous chapter, your strongest synaptic connections are designed so that when you use them, it feels good. Thus, obviously, if it feels good when you perform an activity, chances are that you are using a talent.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“As the wit W. C. Fields advised: 'If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. There is no point making a fool of yourself.'
This advice is easy to give and difficult to put into practice, but as you build your strengths, sometimes making great progress, sometimes slipping back, take comfort from the fact that this is how a strong life is supposed to be lived.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“If there is any difference between you and me, it may simply be that I get up every day and have a chance to do what I love to do, every day.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“There is one sure way to identify your greatest potential for strength: Step back and watch yourself for a while. Try an activity and see how quickly you pick it up, how quickly you skip steps in the learning and add twists and kinks you haven't been taught yet. See whether you become absorbed in the activity to such an extent that you lose track of time. If none of these has happened after a couple of months, try another activity and watch-and another. Over time your dominant talents will reveal themselves, and you can start to refine them into a powerful strength.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Thus, the lesson we should draw from these people is not that each person's talents are infinitely malleable or that they can be anything they want to be if they just apply themselves. Rather, the lesson is that talents, like intelligence, are value neutral. If you want to change your life so that others may benefit from your strengths, then change your values. Don't waste time trying to change your talents.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“The bottom line on skills is this: A skill is designed to make the secrets of the best easily transferable. If you learn a skill, it will help you get a little better, but it will not cover for a lack of talent. Instead, as you build your strengths, skills will actually prove most valuable when they are combined with genuine talent.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Talent is any recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Such questions are labeled 'ipsative,' which means that if in reality you have both, the question makes it impossible for you to show up with both.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Each of these strategies-get a little better at it, design a support system, use one of your strongest themes to overwhelm your weakness, find a partner, and just stop doing it-can help you as you strive to build your life around your strengths.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Our research into human strengths does not support the extreme, and extremely misleading, assertion that 'you can play any role you set your mind to,' but it does lead us to this truth: Whatever you set your mind to, you will be most successful when you craft your role to play to your signature talents most of the time.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Since each person's talents are enduring, you should spend a great deal of time and money selecting people properly in the first place. This will help mitigate the 'I don't think I have the right talent for the role' problem.

Since each person's talents are unique, you should focus performance by legislating outcomes rather than forcing each person into a stylistic mold. This means a strong emphasis on careful measurement of the right outcomes, and less on policies, procedures, and competencies. This will address the 'in my role I don't have any room to express my talents' problem.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Since the greatest room for each person's growth is in the areas of his greatest strength, you should focus your training time and money on educating him about his strengths and figuring out ways to build on these strengths rather than on remedially trying to plug his 'skill gaps.' You will find that this one shift in emphasis will pay huge dividends. In one fell swoop you will sidestep three potential pitfalls to building a strengths-based organization: the 'I don't have the skills and knowledge I need' problem, the 'I don't know what I'm best at' problem, and the 'my manager doesn't know what I'm best at' problem.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
“Lastly, since the greatest room for each person's growth lies in his areas of greatest strength, you should devise ways to help each person grow his career without necessarily promoting him up the corporate ladder and out of his areas of strength. In this organization 'promotion' will mean finding ways to give prestige, respect, and financial reward to anyone who has achieved word-class performance in any role, no matter where that role is in the hierarchy. By doing so you will overcome the remaining two obstacles to building a strengths-based organization: the 'even though I'm now in the wrong role, it was the only way to grow my career' problem and the 'I'm in a pass-through role that no one respects' problem.”
Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths

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