Manage from Strengths

One of the easiest things to do in the world is point out the faults and weaknesses of others. Usually without recognizing our own shortcomings. Managers often carry this to extremes by stressing areas of performance that need improvement and ignoring a person's strengths.

"To break out of the weakness spiral and to launch the strengths revolution in your own organization, you must change your assumptions about people. Start with the right assumptions, and everything else that follows from them - how you select, measure, train, and develop your people - will be right. These are the two assumptions that guide the world's best managers:

1. Each person's talents are enduring and unique.
2. Each person's greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength."

--Marcus Buckingham, from his book, "Now, Discover Your Strengths" commented upon favorably in this Random Thoughts from a CTO post.

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