One of the key elements of feeling inspired about your work and enthusiastic at work is the ability to know and use your personal strengths on a daily basis. Sadly, most people either donâ€™t know or donâ€™t use their strengths at work. According to research done by the Gallup Organization, only 17% of people are able to put their strengths to work on a daily basis. What about you? How often do you use your strengths at work?
If youâ€™d like to explore more about the â€œStrengths Revolutionâ€ (coined by Donald Clifton and Marcus Buckingham), and learn what your strengths are, my favorite books are Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and StrengthsFinder2.0 by Tom Rath. Both books include a coupon to take a “Strengths Profile” that over 2 million people have taken on the Gallup website (be sure to check the book to make sure the coupon is there. My coupon was ripped out, which I didnâ€™t discover until I got to my computer to enter it). What youâ€™ll learn about yourself is more than worth
If you want a simple Strengths Theory explanation and easy reading to discover your strengths or help a teen discover theirs, definitely pick up The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success by Buckingham. Not only is it an engaging read, youâ€™ll find yourself excited to answer his questions. Plus, itâ€™s the kind of book youâ€™ll go back to again and again for quick reminders on how to make the most of your day by being your best.
According to Buckingham, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting last year, here is the best advice youâ€™ll ever get:
- Performance is always the pointâ€¦so donâ€™t expect your organization to know you like you do.
- Your strengths arenâ€™t what youâ€™re good at and your weaknesses arenâ€™t what youâ€™re bad atâ€¦so youâ€™d better find out what your real strengths are.
- When it comes to your job the â€œWhatâ€ always trumps the â€œWhyâ€ and the â€œWhoâ€â€¦so always ask, â€œWhat will I be paid to do?”
- Youâ€™ll never find the perfect jobâ€¦so every week, for the rest of your life, write your Strong Week Plan.
- Youâ€™ll never turn your weaknesses into strengthsâ€¦so fess up to your weaknesses and then neutralize them.
Take the time to identify your strengths and you’ll find yourself taking more inspired action and creating remarkable results at work and in the every area of your life.