Review of ‘First, Break All the Rules’

Written by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman…

  • Includes 12 questions for measuring workplace strength.
  • Always draw the best from the people around you.
  • Select for talent to get the right person.
  • Define the right outcomes to make clear expectations
  • Focus on strengths to expand and motivate the person
  • Find the right fit to develop them

Facets of Selection

  • Knowledge – information and awareness (factual or experiential)
  • Skill – how to do something, trainable, basics
  • Talent – hardwired patterns: why (motivations), how (thinking patterns) and who (people/relationships)
  • Also look at competencies, habits, attitudes and drive
  • Spend the most time with your best people
  • Handle weaknesses: create a support system (like spectacles), find a partner to help or find an alternative role.
  • Clues to talent – rapid learning, personal satisfactions

Keys to Talent

Outcome focus; Value world-class performance in every role; Study the best; Teach the language of greatness.

Selection

  • Achiever
  • Kinesthetic
  • Stamina
  • Competition
  • Desire
  • Competence
  • Belief
  • Mission
  • Service
  • Ethics
  • Vision
  • Woo
  • Empathy
  • Relator
  • Multirelator/ networker
  • Interpersonal intelligence
  • Individualised perception /
    different perspective
  • Developer
  • Stimulator
  • Team
  • Positivity
  • Persuasion
  • Command
  • Activator
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Arranger
  • Work orientation
  • Gestalt
  • Responsibilty
  • Concept
  • Performance orientation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Business thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Formulation
  • Numerical
  • Creativity