Title: Book Review: Now, Discover Your Stre ngths Word Count: 750 Summary: Is your current job less than fulfi lling? If so, you are by no means a lone. It turns out, about 80% of us are mismatched or underutilized to the jobs that we undertake everyda y. The book Now, Discover Your Stre ngths, by Marcus Buckingham and Don ald O. Clifton provide an inspiring ticket to escape the world of the mundane. Keywords: Books, Book Review, Now Discover Yo ur Strengths, Manage, Management, P ersonnel, Employees Article Body: There seems to be no lack of the nu mber of books written about persona lity traits, talents and how to mor e effectively manage personnel to t he advantage of the organization. However, Marcus Buckingham, coautho r of the book <i>First, Break All t he Rules</i>, and Donald O. Clifton , Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, now p rovide managers with a positive app roach to help identify and utilize strengths of individuals to the ben efit of the organization in their b estselling <i>Now, Discover Your St rengths</i>. The book maintains tha t this unique, positive approach of focusing on strengths is far more effective in achieving success than eliminating weaknesses, given that we all have inherent strengths and natural weaknesses no matter what positions we might have. For exampl e, the book points out, it does not matter if you are Bill Gates or Ti ger Woods. True, these are individ uals with tremendous talents that h ave made them well known in their r espective fields, but they also hav e weaknesses that play into the mix . It would seem our brains are pro grammed by nature from early childh ood, no matter how good our nurture , to start being selective in a few key areas. It is as nature intende d it to be. Without being selectiv e, and allowing many of the billion s of connections we are born with t o lapse into disrepair, we would be come dysfunctional with information overload. Therefore, it is unders tandable that with sufficient pract ice, while we might be able to lear n different tasks well, we will nev er be great in these areas unless w e have a natural innate talent for them. Unfortunately, most of us do not ha ve a good sense of our talents, let alone the ability to effectively u se our strengths to our advantage. Rather, most of us spend our lives becoming all too aware of our weak nesses and spend our time trying to deal with our flaws, while neglect ing our innate talents. However, most original and potentially most revealing, to address this problem, <i>Now, Discover Your Strengths</i > provides access to a web-based in teractive questionnaire, developed by the Gallup Organization, that qu ickly identifies your top 5 (out of a total of 34) positive "personali ty themes", such as: Achiever, Deli berative, Harmony, Empathy and so f orth that you might naturally posse s. The book goes on to elaborate h ow each of the 34 unique themes can be identified, complete with indiv idual profiles describing how each might act and what each might "soun d like." As each sees the world th rough their own strengths filter, i t is easy to have friction between different individuals within the sa me department or organization, beca use we all see the world, and how i t should look, so differently. Whi le one may hear what someone else i s saying, they may not be able to a ssimilate it into their own world e ffectively. This is why partners o r advisors are often so effective, as they ad balance to the limits of others. One word of caution howeve r: do not buy this book used if you intend to take the preference test . There is a unique, one-time code that comes with each copy of <i>Now , Discover Your Strengths</i>, whic h is absolutely necessary in order to access the website's resources. The book has limited value without the ability to take the online tes t. However, the test alone is well worth the price of the entire book just by itself. With this resource, you will better understand how to build a "strengths-based organizati on" by capitalizing on the fact tha t such traits are already present a mong those within it. With an estimated 8 out of 10 peopl e in this country not really in a p osition to capitalize on their stre ngths and talents, chances are most of us could benefit from reading t his book. As most of us fail to cap italize on our strengths, it is not surprising that most departments i n any company, no matter the size o f the organization, are not operati ng at even par performance. The ri sk doing nothing is costly- not on ly in lost productivity, but in job satisfaction, employee retention a nd absenteeism and so on. This gr oundbreaking, resourceful book is e asy to read in short concise chapte rs. Along with the associated pref erence test, <i>Now, Discover Your Strengths</i>, is a positive cost e ffective solution in resolving prob lems, and helping each employee ach ieve his or her full potential. Thi s is must read for managers and off ice teams who want a win-win soluti on in improving their own departmen ts, as well as the lives of those w ho work for them.