Book Summary of Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

“A great organisation must not only accommodate the fact that each employee is different, it must capitalise on this difference”. So decrees Markus Buckingham co-author of “First, Break all the Rules”. Together with his co-author Donald O Clifton, he claims that rather than focus on addressing the weaknesses of our teams, we need to exploit their talents and turn them into strengths that we can exploit. Join me for the next few minutes to find out the reasons behind this conviction. Lesson #1: The Structure of Strength Only 20% of employees working in large organisations feel their strengths are being

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Book Summary of the 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of the 80/20 Principle or Pareto Principle named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who first noticed the effect. We all talk about it in general terms but have we considered how using it as a true guiding principle can benefit our businesses and ourselves? In his book, The 80/20 Principle: the secret of achieving more with less, Richard Koch does just that. He tells us by using the principle as a guiding light we can become more successful. If we can spot the few cases where the results relative to effort are so

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Book Summary of the Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer

Back when Google was still considered a startup, companies from around the world would emulate their corporate culture. They saw the surface items – the free food, ping pong tables and wifi shuttles – and put them in place in their companies too. But they forgot to look under the hood, where the real culture lived. As Larry Page and Sergey Brin once said, “Our main benefit is a workplace with important projects, where employees can contribute and grow.” As Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer tell us in the Progress Principle, the secret to great culture and performance is to

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Book Summary of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

To many people, Steve Jobs was a hero. To others, his was a controlling tyrant who stopped at nothing to get what he wanted. Whatever you believe about him and his life, one thing is certain: his vision and ability to innovate left a dent on the universe. Leaving a dent on the universe is what he set out to do when he and Steve Wozniak launched Apple Computers from their garage in Palo Alto. He was as fascinating as he was successful. He was a man of contradictions – upon his return to Apple for his “second term”, he

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Book Summary of the 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of the 80/20 Principle or Pareto Principle named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who first noticed the effect. We all talk about it in general terms but have we considered how using it as a true guiding principle can benefit our businesses and ourselves? In his book, The 80/20 Principle: the secret of achieving more with less, Richard Koch does just that. He tells us by using the principle as a guiding light we can become more successful. If we can spot the few cases where the results relative to effort are so

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