Now, Discover Your Strengths

Version: Abridged
Author: Marcus Buckingham , Donald O. Clifton
Narrator: Marcus Buckingham
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Gallup Press
Published In: January 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
Tell Your Friends:


""Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer.""
-- Peter Drucker

Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. Instead, guided by our parents, our teachers, our managers and psychology's fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.

At the heart of "Now, Discover Your Strengths," is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder(R) Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant "themes" with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success.

This audiobook contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder(R) Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful themes. Once you know which themes you lead with, you can leverage them for powerful results for personal development, for management success, and for the success of the organization.

Reviews (9)

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Written by JD King from Shawnee, KS on May 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a "good" audio book, but I found the need to purchase the book itself to get the full benefit of the contents. Without the purchase of the book you do not get access to the online testing that will tell you what your top five strengths are.

Now, Discover your Strenths

Written by Jason Carter on September 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A rated this audiobook a 2 of 5. A 1 of 5 would mean it's not even worth listening to. My 2 of 5 is saying it's not good at all, but had a few points worth listening to. Before you rent/buy this one, listen to everything Anthony Robbins put out.

Now Discover Your Strengths

Written by Dan on March 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This audiobook should not be offered as a rental. Instructions are provided to complete a web based survey in order to outline your strengths, which the authur provides comments . However, a code needed to for access is only available if you brought the book. I may purchase the book.

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Written by Anonymous from Trumbull, CT on January 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Not worth renting because it asks you to go on line and perform the Strength Finder survey at the end of Disc 1 which can't be done unless you buy the book or a new license. I never finished listening to the book for this reason.

Another great Buckingham work

Written by Rich from Springfield, VA on July 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Marcus Buckingham is a god. In this follow-up to my all-time favorite business book, First Break All the Rules, he takes the research and develops an actionable plan with it. Far more reaching and more useable than Good to Great, Now Discover Your Strengths is a must-listen for managers everywhere. PS - in related exciting news, Marcus is now a regular columnist for Fast Company magazine, so I look forward to a collected book of his works sometime in the future.

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Written by Anonymous from Waterville, OH on July 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book on tape is very valuable material until it gets to the necessity for taking the StrengthsFinder Profile. That requires that one buy the book in order to get the personal identification code. This is a problem with this audio book. Actually, it is not worth listening to this book, as excellent as it is, rather it should be purchased and read and used. The material is first rate and Buckingham has done excellent work in encouraging people to work from their strengths! Save your time, selection from SimplyAudiobooks, and just buy the book at Amazon!

Not worth the time

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

While the content of this book is interesting, it's a worthless rental. After completing two of the three cds, the reader is asked to complete an online personal strength assessment. The final cd focuses on the results of the assessment. Unfortunately, the access code is not made available to us as audiobook renters. To truly benefit from this book, either purchase the hardcopy and read it or purchase your own audiobook. The rental is virtually worthless without it.

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Written by Michelle Laws on September 20th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book has a great premise and useful content. The conclusions the authors draw make sense, though listening to the audio you can not partake in the "strength assessment" because it is computer based and available in purchased books. Still a good read and a different way of looking at self improvement.

An excellent follow-up to his original work

Written by Jay Freddings on August 30th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This follow-up to "First, Break All The Rules" is not quite as punchy as the first book -- a trait common to books that follow-up a relatively revolutionary first volume -- but does provide much insight into some of the themes the authors built up in their first book. In fact, in many ways, I found this book more practical and pragmatic. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 stars is that an integral part of this audio book is completing the Strengths Finder profile on their web site, and they do not account for audio book renters. There is a special code in the packaging of the audio book, and since we don't obviously have access to that, their customer service is very stingy about allowing access to the site to complete your own profile. In my mind, this seems ridiculous, as the whole point of the Gallup Organization seems to me to be to collect data and make analyses. Why they would limit the data they could collect is a mystery to me.

Author Details

Author Details

Buckingham, Marcus

In a world where efficiency and competency rule the workplace, where do personal strengths fit in?

It's a complex question, one that intrigued Cambridge-educated Marcus Buckingham so greatly, he set out to answer it by challenging years of social theory and utilizing his nearly two decades of research experience as a Sr. Researcher at Gallup Organization to break through the preconceptions about achievements and get to the core of what drives success.

The result of his persistence, and arguably the definitive answer to the strengths question can be found in Buckingham's four best-selling books First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman, Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton, The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005) and Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007). The author gives important insights to maximizing strengths, understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management, and fulfilling the quest for long-lasting personal success. In his most recent book, Buckingham offers ways to apply your strengths for maximum success at work.

What would happen if men and women spent more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they wanted to do?

According to Marcus Buckingham (who spent years interviewing thousands of employees at every career stage and who is widely considered one of the world's leading authorities on employee productivity and the practices of leading and managing), companies that focus on cultivating employees' strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth and success.

If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that's because it is. Marcus Buckingham calls it the “strengths revolution.”

As he addresses more than 250,000 people around the globe each year, Buckingham touts this strengths revolution as the key to finding the most effective route to personal success and the missing link to the efficiency, competency, and success for which many companies constantly strive.

To kick-start the strengths revolution, Buckingham and Gallup developed the StrengthsFinder exam (, which identifies signature themes that help employees quantify their personal strengths in the workplace and at home. Since the StrengthsFinder debuted in 2001, more than 1 million people have discovered their strengths with this useful and important tool.

In his role as author, independent consultant and speaker, Marcus Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Yahoo and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain long-lasting personal success.

A wonderful resource for leaders, managers, and educators, Buckingham challenges conventional wisdom and shows the link between engaged employees and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and the rate of turnover. Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master's degree in Social and Political Science.

Clifton, Donald O.

Clifton is the past chairman of The Gallup Organization and the current chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center. He is the chief designer of the StrengthsFinder Profile.