Buckingham, Go, Put Your Strengths to Work

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Marcus Buckingham, Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance. Free Press, 2010.

Referenced in: Strengths-Based Leadership

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is a sequel to Buckingham and Coffman’s popular volume, First, Break all the Rules, which recounts his research through Gallup that revealed great managers help people discover and optimize their strengths. This can be quite valuable to overall ministry leadership effectiveness, strengthening ministry teams, and motivating congregational volunteers.

The Gallup research discovered a set of 34 dominant themes that indicate people’s unique talents and strengths. These were arranged into a profile that was validated on over two million participants, Strengths Finder 2.0. Rath’s newer volume gives a better explanation of the 34 themes, but Go, Put Your Strengths to Work, alongside Now, Discover Your Strengths, provide a more thorough guide into how to use the strengths-based understanding to improve one’s life and work. In short, Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0 updates and explains the profile, and Buckingham’s volumes develop the application.

There are a number of related StrengthsFinder titles one may find useful. See the list in the Ministry Resource Guide. Since each includes a code for you to take the online version of the profile, it is very important to get a NEW copy, else someone may have already activated the code.

From the Publisher

Marcus Buckingham’s books have guided millions to become top performers in everything they do by focusing on their strengths. In Go Put Your Strengths to Work, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, Buckingham will show you how to hone and apply your strengths for maximum success in your career.

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 aims to change that by kick-starting the “strengths revolution” that began with Buckingham’s earlier books. Through a six-step, six-week experience, Go Put Your Strengths to Work shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss.

About the Author

Marcus Buckingham spent seventeen years at the Gallup Organization, where he conducted research into the world’s best leaders, managers, and workplaces. The Gallup research later became the basis for the bestselling books First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Best Managers Do Differently (Simon & Schuster) and Now, Discover Your Strengths (Free Press), both coauthored by Buckingham. Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. He now has his own company, providing strengths-based consulting, training, and e-learning. In 2007 Buckingham founded TMBC to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide, and he spreads the strengths message in keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe each year. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jane and children Jackson and Lilia. For more information visit: marcusbuckingham.com

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