There are many things you can do to avoid failing as a manager. You can set clear expectations. You can highlight the underlying purpose of people’s work. You can correct people when they do something wrong. And you can praise people when they do something right. If you do all these things often and well, you will not fail as a manager.
However, neither will you … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., Marcus Buckingham | Source: Gallup Management Journal | Subject: Accounting
A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths — and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.
Content: Quotation | Author: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. | Source: Gallup Management Journal | Subject: Leadership
At the heart of the strengths revolution is a simple decree: The great organization must not only accommodate the fact that each employee is different, it must capitalize on these differences. It must watch for clues to each employee’s natural talents and then position and develop each employee so that his or her talents are transformed into bona fide strengths.
Content: Article | Authors: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., Marcus Buckingham | Source: Gallup Management Journal | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior
In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we’re negative toward others, we use a dipper to … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., Tom Rath | Subjects: Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
Amazon.com’s Best of 2001
Effectively managing personnel–as well as one’s own behavior–is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting what each claims is the true path to success. That said, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton’s Now, Discover Your Strengths does indeed propose a unique approach: focusing on enhancing people’s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses. Following up … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., Marcus Buckingham | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior