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Strengths are still overrated and overplayed

Strengths are still overrated and overplayed

In the 13 years since author Marcus Buckingham popularized the strengths movement in leadership development, we’ve seen varying degrees of acceptance among our clients and colleagues. Late last year Forbes contributor Ekaterina Walter offered up the “Four Essentials of Strength-Based[...]

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The Globe and Mail cites Leadership Excellence article by Randy White

We’re happy to see that Toronto’s daily newspaper picked up an excerpt from Randy White’s article in Leadership Excellence for its “Monday Manager” column. He (Randy White) contends that proponents of the so-called “strengths movement” seem to be passing out[...]

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“Training Magazine Network” podcast on “the perils of playing to your strengths”

Randy White offers this audio clip on the drawbacks of strengths-based leadership in this podcast session for Training Magazine. Training Magazine Network provides a lively social networking environment for learning executives. You may need to log in to hear the[...]

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March 4, 2009, 15 leadership experts challenge the strength-based leadership movement

The following authors have contributed to the book The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, available TODAY… Michael J. Benson, PhD, manager leadership assessment, Johnson & Johnson Steven Berglas, PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management. Anand Chandrasekar, research associate with the[...]

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It’s time executive education spoke up: We can’t afford another decade of strengths-based leadership.

Focusing solely on strengths is inherently elitist, expensive and wasteful. Research informs us that all organizations, strong or weak, have big gaps in talent. Everyone needs to be well-rounded and capable of working well with other people. When individuals are[...]

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We need leaders, not “elites.”

Right now, leadership development is too important for gurus and self-help bromides. Oprah Winfrey does a great job with her book club, but inviting Marcus Buckingham to cajole us with one-liners like, “stop your weaknesses,” is tantamount to talent management[...]

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Business Leadership Review: Did our strengths get us to this point of weakness?

Dr. Randall P. White, Lecturer at Duke Corporate Education in London & Principal of Executive Development Group Abstract Reckless is an understatement. Barrelling forward with our greatest strength—growth at any cost—may have led to our greatest weakness as the US[...]

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