Strengthen Your Strengths - A Guide to Enhancing your Self-Management Skills
Author: Peter Honey
Peter Honey's recent book, Strengthen your Strengths, focuses on ways to enhance your self-management skills. These are the skills that underpin everything you do and include motivating yourself, managing your time, acting with integrity, managing unwanted stress and taking responsibility for developing yourself.
The book explores eight skills with checklists and practical suggestions. A refreshing feature is the unashamed emphasis it places on strengths rather than weaknesses. The book argues that strengthening strengths is not only more enjoyable and rewarding, but brings greater gains. Improving something you are already good at will transform your performance, whereas effort invested in overcoming weaknesses will, at best, only give tenuous, incremental gains that usually vanish as soon as you are under pressure and ‘revert to type’.
Each skill set has a useful checklist to help you identify the things you already do well, the things you do that could be further improved and the things you don’t do at present - but easily could. The checklists help you identify strengths you may be unaware of or too modest to admit. But the main thrust of the book goes beyond merely identifying your strengths; it suggests numerous ways to develop and exploit them. Building on strengths, the things you are already good at, is the equivalent of hitting the ground running.
This is one of the most helpful books you'll ever read. If you really want to perform at your best I don't know of a better way to start.
- Professor Robin Stuart-Kotze, author of Performance: The secrets of successful behaviour
Peter Honey has come up trumps with Strengthen your Strengths. His advice is positive, practical, focused, measurable and achievable! This is a really useful book which will undoubtedly help managers to help themselves to improve.
- Professor Bill Lucas, Chairman, The Talent Foundation
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