My review of Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham (ISBN 9781400202362)
I first heard Marcus Buckingham speak at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit a few years ago. He was still with Gallup, and was talking about approaching leadership (and life) development through an entirely different avenue – developing our innate strengths over trying to correct our weaknesses.
I was intrigued and inspired. I bought First Break All the Rules, and have read everything that he has published.
As father to two wonderful young women, and husband to a ridiculously talented wife, I was curious to see how he would focus the principles specifically toward women in his new book Find Your Strongest Life.
Past the strengths tests (provided within the book) Buckingham contends that “moments matter most.” He encourages women to not only identify their individual strengths, but to focus on those moments in life that turn dreams into actionable steps and thus into reality.
In a counter-intuitive move, Buckingham also encourages women to abandon the illusion of “balance” in life. The encouragement instead is to focus your attention on the strength moments in life, and actually tilt your energies into those areas. Satisfaction is not found in balance (managing energy) but instead in striving for intentional and focused “imbalance” toward your areas of strength.
The book begins with broad strokes, but then finishes with pinpoint detail on how you can apply these principles to your life.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing my review copy.