Timely Insights

  • Let Your Strengths Stand Out . . .

I was pleased to learn that Marcus Buckingham of Gallup fame has created a radical revision of the Gallup Strengths profile – StandOut. While Gallup’s original StrengthsFinder has been updated over the years, it was neither user-friendly nor relevant for business without some extra work. Now we see StandOut from The Marcus Buckingham Company.

StandOut is positioned as both an individual and team assessment. It is clearly business-focused as the report has sections to help you build on your strengths in leadership, management, customer service, sales, and forming your ideal career. The slogan is "Find your edge. Win at work.”

The assessment costs $15.00 US online. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. You’ll be presented with a series of timed, multiple-choice questions. Questions include workplace issues, work-life-balance decisions, ethical choices, and etiquette. Of course, with only four options to most questions, it can be hard to find the selection that fits you best. No matter – make your choice and move on, because the clock is a-ticking!

I tried it and I liked it – why not see for yourself?

  • How to make People Choose Right from Wrong . . .

Apparently it’s not that hard to do!

Some recent research by a group from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in completing a study found that all it really takes is to encourage contemplation and conversation.

They offer some simple yet compelling evidence that shows that 84% of persons who did one or the other prior to choosing between self interest and morality made the right call; by contrast, 53% of those who did neither, lied in pursuit of self interest. Corporate codes of ethics are still valuable and ethics training has some impact but the strongest influencer was the time and attention paid to ethical practices by the Chief Executive! We knew that! 

Go to the Forbes website for the full story.

  • Quotable Quotes . . .

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."  -- James Joyce

"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune." -- Jim Rohn

"I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind." -- Grover Cleveland

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." -- John C. Maxwell