The One Thing You Need To Know.
On my recent trip to Loveland, Colorado I had an opportunity to read Marcus Buckingham's new book, The One Think You Need To Know. Before I go any further you need to realize that I am a huge Buckingham fan. I think that Marcus is the full package and is great. I have had my entire staff read Now, Discover Your Strengths and some of my team read First, Break All The Rules. If you are not familiar with any of these books I highly recommend Now, Discover Your Strengths no matter who you are. Ok, on to the new book.
I found that his latest book was a good and fast read. It really focuses on 3 main topics; Managing, Leading, and Sustained Individual Success. Marcus is one of the best I know at defining and showing the differences between Leaders and Managers and what to do with that knowledge. I like him so much because has so much application, not just junk theory. I could care less about the theory, I want the application!
"You can play both roles, of course, but if you do, you must know when to change gears. When you begin to manage, begin with the person. When you want to lead, begin with the picture of where you are heading. Both managers and leaders are critically important to the sustained success of the organization, but the focus of each is entirely different." -Marcus Buckingham
So, if you are a manager, a leader of just looking to sustain your individual success, this book is for you. However, I would not read this book before you read Now, Discover your Strengths. Marcus is great and I would also recommend seeing him live. I had an opportunity to see him a year or so ago and I really got a lot out of it. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.