When I worked at Boston Scientific, Buckingham and Clifton’s book Now, Discover Your Strengths seemed to be on every bookshelf I saw. It was uplifting to see that people wanted to pay attention to what was right, not just what was wrong. The big idea of the book is: Capitalize on your strengths and manage your weaknesses. Buckingham and Clifton suggested: “Look inside yourself, try to identify your strongest threads, reinforce them with practice and learning, and then either find, or carve out a role that draws on these strengths every day.” They called your strongest threads your talent. That is your naturally occurred pattern of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. To help you detect the trace of your talents, they have a StrengthsFinder instrument to help you identify your dominant themes of talent. Also, you can pay attention to your spontaneous reaction, your yearnings, your rapid learning experiences, and your satisfaction from doing certain things. As for your weaknesses, their recipe include: get a little better at it for baseline requirements (such as communication, organization, and being responsible), design a support system, use one of your strongest themes to overwhelm your weakness, find a partner, or just stop doing it.
Book Review: Now, Discover Your Strengths