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I would be very neglectful in this management series if I failed to include one of the foremost thought leaders and pioneers of one of the most powerful engagement tools available to managers today – the Gallup Q12 – as part of the series.

And so I’m rounding up the final installment of my TED Talk blog with Marcus Buckingham, author of two of my favorite management books, First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths and one of my all-time favorite speakers.

“There’s no such thing as a great company, but there are great teams…and not so great teams,” says Buckingham in Business Case for Strengths.

The problem?  “If you’re working on a not so great team, at a supposedly great company, your experience in that team (or your employee’s experience, if you’re the leader of said team) TRUMPS the great company.”

The result?  YOU don’t feel so great but – even worse for the business – you will underperform!

So how do you know if you have a great team?

Take 10 minutes to check out Buckingham’s TedEd talk on leveraging strengths and talents to accelerate performance and find out the ONE QUESTION that will tell you.




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