a little background...i heard buckingham a couple years ago at catalyst and was blown away - great, great, great speaker! very engaging and insightful. i've known people that have read his "strengths" book and been really helped by them. i haven't read them, so when i was offered one of his books for free to review, i jumped at the occassion. let me say this in one word - letdown!
first, the bad, then the good...
- novelty packaging - i know its important to grab the shopper's attention with packaging and covers...but this is "gadgety" at best - it's packeged in 3 section: first a 20 minute DVD, then a 100 page book, then a "re-memo" pad - save yourself the trouble and just watch the video - then you've got it
- way too long - this book could've been written in 25 pages or less
- lack of spiritual theme - i know this subject matter doesn't require "support verses" from Scripture - problem i see with is that it doesn't have a "verse foundation" - in other words, it's purely based on observation of human behavior with NO reconciliation or reflection of Scritpure
- the "re-memo" pad is way to large to carry around - as advised to do
here are a few quotes that REALLY stood out to me:
- "your organization doesn't care primarily about you or your strengths"...it "cares most about performance"
- "a weakness is any activity that leaves you feeling weaker after you do it"
- "a strength...any activity that makes you feel strong"
- "people join because of the 'why'...they stay because of the 'who'...in the end they quit because of the 'what'"
- "in the end, the 'what' always trumps the 'why' and the 'who'"
- ask this question, "WHAT will i be paid to do" (he consistently hits this point over and over and for good reason)
- i like his "one last tactic" for dealing with our weaknesses - suck it up and move on (not exactly his words but really close)