Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ReTHINK: Know your strength

Now that I'm in the midst of preparing some write up on Know Your Strength.Truth be told that idea was triggered by Marcus Buckingham.

Marcus Buckingham is the go-to consultant in his field, a sought-after speaker and a New York Times best-selling author. Prior to founding TMBC—a company that creates strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide—he used his nearly two decades of experience as a senior researcher at Gallup Organization to break through the preconceptions about achievements and get to the core of what drives success.

The clues to your ideal career lie in the subtleties of your life. Pay close attention to the activities and experiences that trigger you in both positive and negative ways. You have to drill down.

Passion should come with precision. Turn over some rocks and notice your emotions as you discover what lives there.

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, teachers, managers, and psychology's fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. Marcus and Donald O. Clifton, chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance.