Marcus Buckingham’s new book The “Truth About You” seeks to resolve a statistic you are probably familiar with if you have heard Buckingham speak, or read any of his previous books: eight out of ten people do not believe their jobs allow them to employ their strengths. Only twenty percent of people in the workforce believe their jobs allow them to employ their strength. Buckingham has created employment for himself, consulting, writing, and speaking on what he believes is an imperative in today’s work environment; people finding and working from their strengths.
If you have heard Buckingham speak, or read any of his books, his latest work will not provide any “new” information. His obvious intent with this offering is a more practical application of his previously stated philosophies and ideas. With impressive packaging, use of an included notepad and DVD, Buckingham attempts with good success to simplify, and offer some direction for the pragmatist hoping to drill down into what a strength based application looks like. If you are hoping for broader philosophy, or new ideology, “The Truth About You” isn’t for you. For those looking for a concise stating, and easy application, this book will give the simple handles to move toward living out your strengths.