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87496889In StandOut, Marcus Buckingham asserts that everyone has their own particular genius that is innate to their being. Buckingham explains that by understanding their strengths and learning how to apply them, anyone can be consistently outstanding in the workplace. Sounding the all-too-familiar cry for innovation as the only way for the United States to thrive and compete, he offers readers an online assessment tool that will identify their top two strengths and provide an analysis of those strengths. He also offers practical innovations, tips, and techniques for using each strength to help people find an edge and win at work.

According to Buckingham:

  • Everyone has their own brand of genius. People may not always be aware of their true strengths, but becoming aware of them can open the door to great personal power.
  • Of the thousands of personal talents that exist, the StandOut assessment distills them into nine main categories: Advisor, Connector, Creator, Equalizer, Influencer, Pioneer, Provider, Stimulator, and Teacher.Individuals top two categories combined can be used to identify their unique strengths and to predict and improve performance.
  • Innovative practices that work in one setting will not always work in another setting unless the person implementing the practices has the same strengths as the one who created the practice.
  • Genius is very precise. When people operate in their “strength zones,” they can learn, understand, and act faster and better than most people. However, once they shift out of their genius zones, performance declines quickly.
  • People should consciously apply their particular genius to everyday situations. By doing this, they can operate at peak levels and avoid accepting new roles that are too far outside their comfort zones.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: Strengths Finder 2.0, Go Put Your Strengths to Work, Work Your Strengths

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86407323Today’s economy, with its insatiable need for great ideas and effective implementation, does not reward stifling environments and underdeveloped staffs. Instead, it demands smart work at full throttle. To unleash productive power, organizations look to their leaders. Global competitors and the advancement of new technologies require leaders to be constantly in motion as they lead their organizations to success by creating cultures of transformation. In Leaders in Motion, Dr. Marta Wilson offers her proven method for unleashing the full potential of every organization by helping leaders tap their potential to create and motivate cultures of transformation and achievement.

Wilson offers the following advice to leaders wishing to spur cultural change in their companies:

  • The race to win organizational health, wealth, and creative power begins with personal mastery, and the journey toward personal mastery begins with a commitment to integrity.
  • Organizational transformation is based on personal transformation.
  • The starting point for authentic organizational transformation is the leader, who must be committed to personal transformation.
  • To master their enterprises and the interpersonal connections within them, leaders must first master themselves.
  • Transformation requires personal mastery built on authenticity, integrity, consciousness, and willingness to embrace change.
  • Learning how to practice new reactions is an essential element of transformation.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: People Follow You, Positive Leadership, Corporate Culture

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been getting a lot of attention in the news lately after it was announced that the company would no longer allow employees to telecommute from home. The practice of telecommuting has been on the rise in recent years in the United States as more and more jobs are able to be accomplished from the comfort of the home. Telecommuters typically only need access to a computer, Internet connections, and phone to do their jobs. The question Mayer’s announcement raises is whether or not this practice of telecommuting works.

Mayer cites decreased engagement, productivity, and innovation as reasons for Yahoo’s new policy against telecommuting, but do these reasons hold water? Many studies indicate that telecommuters are actually more productive than their in-office counterparts, perhaps due to the belief that they need to work harder to prove they can do their jobs at home just as well. As far as engagement and innovation are concerned, it seems that Yahoo is the one lacking the creativity to reach out and engage these employees, many of whom see telecommuting as a solution to busy family schedules and other duties.

In the short-term, Mayer’s decision may impact employee morale and productivity. In the long-term Yahoo’s non-friendly stance on telecommuters could cost the company talent as many people seek work flexibility from other companies. Time will tell whether or not Yahoo ultimately benefits from this policy, but in a business world increasingly defined by mobility and flexibility, I think it is more likely to backfire.

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The Panic Free Job SearchWhile the U.S.  unemployment rate seems to be on the decline, many people still find themselves out of work or looking for a better job. While most people turn to the Internet as a way of finding and applying to job postings, many individuals do so without having a plan in place, which results is wasted effort and poor results. In his book, The Panic free Job Search, Paul Hill offers some advice to these individuals.

Hill states that before searching for a job, it is important for job seekers to understand themselves, their goals, and what kind of job they want. While many job seekers end up applying to jobs they know they won’t enjoy or excel at, Hill believes this is detrimental to the individual and his or her chances of landing a good job. He offers job seekers the following advice:

  • Tame the Inner Beast. Emotions of doubt and rejection must be dealt with before a job search.
  • Find Out Who You Are. Find a job that fits as opposed to trying to fit into the job.
  • Wishes, Dreams, and Goals. People do not obtain what they want because they do not know what they want.
  • Visualization. This involves vividly imagining a positive outcome, which provides the motivation for confidently pursuing it.
  • Search Smartly. Job seekers must understand the importance of Search Engine Optimization.
  • Build the Resume that Gets Picked. While the style of the resume is important, content is king.
  • Network. Continuously network to be known by as many people as possible.
  • Use Direct Marketing. Direct marketing encourages job seekers to aggressively pursue employers.
  • Ace the Interview. Asking how the job could be done better provides clues to what the performance standards are for the position.
  • Close the Deal. Failure to ask questions sends a message that an individual does not comprehend a job well enough to have questions.

By understanding oneself, it becomes easier to focus ones job search on only those positions that will fulfill personal or career goals.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Job Search Solution, The Web 2.0 Job Finder, Get the Job You Want Even When There’s No One Hiring

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Tablet computers, smart phones, and mobile technology in general is permeating our personal and professional lives. These devices have made working professionals more productive on the go, but they also have the side effect of making many of us less focused and less able to sustain prolonged attention to any one task. With this in mind, many learning professionals are beginning to favor shorter learning exercises and courses over the more traditional full-length courses in order to ensure learners are fully engaged for the entirety of the learning exercise. Chief Learning Officer magazine recently released an article relating to this “bite sized” approach to learning.

As working professionals become more adept at multitasking, attention spans are likely to continue decreasing, and learning professionals must be ready to adapt their learning programs in order to cope with this new reality. Shortening learning courses and allowing professionals to access learning materials on their schedule are two ways in which learning can continue to offer value to companies and employees alike.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Tailored LearningHold On, You Lost Me!, The Mobile Learning Edge

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Most people today are overwhelmed with work both at work and at home. Working more efficiently is one solution, but few know where to begin. In Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, Stever Robbins has identified specific techniques for working smarter and getting more done in the same amount of time or less. His methods are the result of working with clients for years and helping them change the way they approach tasks.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Personal Efficiency Program, The Time Trap, Focus Like a Laser Beam

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