September 28, 2007

Book Review - Go Put Your Strengths to Work

Are you working in the job most suited to your skills? Does your work energize you or drain you?

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
Marcus Buckingham
HF 5549.5 .M63 B825 2007

In a follow-up to his Now, Discover Your Strengths, Buckingham continues to develop the idea that people are happiest and most effective in jobs that require them to constantly use their skill strengths. This book focuses on how to implement these ideas to craft working conditions best suited to you. He begins with guidance on how to overcome barriers to change and summarizes methods that can be used to determine strengths. He then applies these to work environments, discussing how to select and refuse job offers, how to refine existing job duties to focus on strengths while minimizing or cutting out weaknesses. He also applies these ideas to creating working groups and teams that have a balance of the strengths necessary for their tasks. Finally, Buckingham discusses ways to make using strengths a life-long practice.