Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance (英語) CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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100万部を売り上げたベストセラー『First, Break All the Rules』（邦題『まず、ルールを破れ――すぐれたマネジャーはここが違う』）と『Now, Discover Your Strengths』（邦題『さあ、才能（じぶん）に目覚めよう――あなたの5つの強みを見出し、活かす』）の共著者の最新作。
マーカス・バッキンガムの巻き起こした「Strengths（強み）」ムーブメントは、彼の著した2冊のベストセラーにより、いまや仕事の世界を席捲している。そして今作では、究極の問いに答えている――強みを実際に活用して、仕事で最大限の成功を収めるには、どうすればいい？ 調査データによれば、ほとんどの人は自分の才能を仕事に活かしきれていないという。あなたの隠された強みを明かす『Go Put Your Strengths to Work』は、6つのステップと6週間の実践をつうじて、次のようなことを教えてくれる：
プログラムの一環として、オンラインの「Strength Engagement Track（強み活用トラック）」を利用することもできる。このトラックは、あなたやあなたのチームが持つ強みの活用レベルを知るうえで威力を発揮する尺度だ。『Go Put Your Strengths to Work』は、あなたやあなたの会社が持つエキサイティングな未知の領域を切り開いてくれるはず。「強み」ムーブメントに加わって、成功を収めよう。
From the coauthor of the million copy bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement that is now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? 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 will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience that will tell you:
Why your strengths aren't "what you are good at" and your weaknesses aren't "what you are bad at."
How to use the four telltale signs to identify your strengths.
The simple steps you can take each week to push your time at work toward those activities that strengthen you, and how to cut out those that don't.
How to talk to your boss and your colleagues about your strengths without sounding like you're bragging, and your weaknesses without sounding like you're whining.
The fifteen-minute weekly ritual that will keep you on your strengths path for your entire career.
As part of the program you'll take an online Strength Engagement Track, a powerful gauge to measure the level of engagement of your or your team's strengths. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement, and thrive.
The book takes the ideas of knowing your strengths to the next steps for implementation and action.
What is particularly interesting about this book is that it is clearly a 21st Century publication, at an expected competitive price. The book contains a code that allows the reader to access a brief assessment tied to the basic content of the book, an opportunity to watch segments of the companion film, Trombone Player Wanted, and the essential forms for implementing the concepts. So instead of having to purchase a separate workbook, it's all included. For that plus the excellent content, I say thank you. It's not a short book, but it was engaging enough that I did it in short segments over two days.
The idea at the center of the strengths movement is that excellence is not the opposite of failure and that, therefore, you will learn little about excellence from studying failure. The action based on this belief is that we should focus on finding and employing our strengths in life because doing so will make us more creative and happier, and better at what we do. To reach this goal, we need to assess our lives and jobs and discover how well they are allowing us to use our strengths.
Surprisingly, most people are already at jobs that can allow them to maximize their strengths. The trick is to look at what you currently do and to increase dramatically how much of the time in your life you're actually playing to your strengths: in other words, see if you can restructure your life and job around your strengths.
Buckingham suggests a 6-Step Discipline:
1. Bust the Myths - believe that capitalizing on your strengths is a better way forward than working on your weaknesses
2. Get Clear - identify your strengths and weaknesses
3. Free Your Strengths
4. Stop Your Weaknesses
5. Speak Up - talk about your strengths and weaknesses
6. Build Strong Habits
The "AHA" Moment for me came near the beginning of the book as Buckingham discussed why it was that so many of us are still drawn to learning the things we lack or are not good at. In the process of reading "Go, Put Your Strengths to Work" I discovered that too often I focus on and complain about what I don't have and what I'm not instead of seeing and giving thanks for what I do have and what God has made me. A corollary to this is that instead of going to bed late thinking I've never done enough for God or my neighbor, I can go to be even if things are left undone. This was very liberating to me!
Buckingham astounded me even further when he wrote that it was a myth that as you grow, your personality changes. The truth, instead, is that "As you grow, you become more of who you already are." This is exactly what I've found to be true in my life and the lives of countless others, and yet the ideas in my head didn't match up to what I was witnessing. This is not to deny the reality of true spiritual change. But your basic personality is not what really changes in a spiritual change: just the way that you choose to use what God has already given you.
The greatest change in my thinking came when I went through Buckingham's exercises in which he asks the reader to answer the following 3 questions:
1. How does it serve you to believe that as you grow your personality changes?
2. What would it cost you to stop believing this?
3. How would it benefit you more to believe that as you grow, you become more of who you are?
As I answered these questions, a great deal of stored up wisdom flowed from my heart to my head to my hand as I wrote down my answers. These are 3 profound questions that can be applied to many important areas of life, and they helped me to realize a lot of important things about myself. I found myself, for example, measuring my "success" in a new and healthier way. The remainder of the book works out the ideas I've already summarized above, especially the 6-Step Discipline.
I believe this book has the power to cause you to examine your life and to, in turn, live a life that is wiser, healthier, and happier - not just on a material but also on a spiritual level.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for answers about themselves.