I think I've read all of the Marcus Buckingham books so far, both when he was at Gallup and now that he's on his own. I've always enjoyed his insights, and I find the strengths-based approach to development extremely helpful in both personal improvement and in managing individuals and teams. Beginning with First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham posited the idea that, because excellence is not the opposite of failure, all that can be learned from mistakes are the characteristics of mistakes. Thus, in order to learn about success, it is necessary to study success. This radical idea jump-started the strengths movement, which has since been dominated by efforts to label what is right with things. Although this movement is now sweeping the worlds of business, public service, economics, education, faith, and charity, research has shown that most people still do not come close to using all of their strengths on the job. With Go Put Your Strengths to Work, Buckingham progresses into the second phase of the movement—the action stage, grounded in the pragmatic premise that people and organizations will excel only by amplifying strengths and never by simply fixing weaknesses. From the author of 'Now, Discover Your Strengths,' comes this follow-up, 'Go Put Your Strengths to Work,' a medium-sized volume which aims to answer the question, 'How can you apply your strengths for maximum success at work?' Well, its a six-step process as the book explains. Step one looks at what's stopping you and makes sure you understand that capitalizing on your strengths is a whole lot better than worrying about your weaknesses. Step two helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Step three looks at how you can make the most of what strengthens you and discusses different strategies for volunteering your strengths to the team. Step four is cutting out what weakens you and is essentially a mirror image of step three. Step five is about creating a strong team and discusses talking about your strengths without bragging and talking about your weaknesses without whining. The last step, step six, hones in on building strong habits for long term carry over. All in all it's a very readable book and those who liked his last two books will most likely find it useful as well.