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The must-read summary of Chuck Martin, Peg Dawson and Richard Guare's book: "Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success?".This complete summary of the ideas from Chuck Martin, Peg Dawson and Richard Guare's book "Smarts" shows that there are 12 executive skills that help you get stuff done. Most people are strong in two or three areas and weak in others. Effective organisations recognise this and create teams that ensure all 12 skills are accounted for. In their book, the authors provide readers with guidance on how you can assess your strengths and weaknesses in order to plan better career goals and progress in the right direction. This summary also teaches managers how they can use their knowledge of these 12 skills to create the most productive team.Added-value of this summary:• Save time• Understand key concepts• Expand your business knowledgeTo learn more, read "Smarts" and learn how you can make the most of the 12 key productive skills.

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Book Presentation:Smartsby Chuck Martin, Peg Dawsonand Richard Guare

Book Abstract

About the Author

Important Note About This Ebook

Summary ofSmarts(Chuck Martin,Peg Dawson and Richard Guare)

Find your own profile – and then do the same for those you work with

1. Always play to your strengths and ignore your weaknesses

2. Use these profiles to manage others better

3. Always try and match specific tasks with appropriate profiles

4. Align your skills with what is valued most in the marketplace

5. Find ways to deal with cognitive bandwidth limitations

Book Presentation:Smartsby Chuck Martin, Peg Dawsonand Richard Guare

Book Abstract

MAIN IDEA

Every person on the planet is hardwired differently and uniquely from a neuroscience point-of-view. In terms of the twelve executive skills - the skills that help you get things done - that means by the time you’re an adult, there are usually two or three areas you are naturally strong in and two or three areas of weakness. With planning and a little luck, you’ll probably move into a career which plays to your strengths while minimizing the impact of your weaknesses.

From an organizational perspective, if you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the others who may be involved, you can build better teams and match the right people to the right jobs. You increase your chances of getting things done by learning how to better leverage the strengths of the people involved.

“The effects of understanding Executive Skill strengths and weaknesses are enormous for individuals and for entire organizations. Aligning your strengths with the jobs, tasks or teams that best use those strengths presents a winning combination. When an organization does this as a matter of course, there are a number of positive benefits across the company:

Productivity: The right matches increases the chances of tasks being accomplished fast.

Quality: Matching the right people to the right jobs increases the likelihood of less errors.

Employee Recruitment: Getting the right people in the right job will be easier.

Employee Retention: Employees doing tasks that match their skills are happier.

Training: Can be focused on enabling people to identify and leverage their strengths.

TeamWork: Teams can be properly matched assuring better results and less conflict.

Competitive Edge: Correctly matching people and jobs provides an advantage.

Stress: With people better matched to their jobs, the toll on individuals performing day-to-day activities will be reduced.

Meetings: The right people at the right meetings will increase efficiency and more accurately predict meeting outcomes.

Execution: The ideas or strategies will be developed by the right people who can keep tabs on what can reasonably be done.

Information Management: When people know their strengths, they can align their information flow to support those strengths.”

– Chuck Martin, Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

About the Author

CHUCK MARTIN is CEO of NFI Research, a management research firm. He is a business strategist, syndicated columnist and keynote speaker. Mr. Martin is the author of seven books including Tough Management and Managing For The Short Term. He began his career as a journalist and served as editor, corporate technologies for Time, as associate publisher of Information Week and as publisher and COO of Interactive Age.

PEG DAWSON is a psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders.

RICHARD GUARE is a neuropsychologist and director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders.

The Web site for this book is at www.smartsthebook.com.

Important Note About This Ebook

This is a summary and not a critique or a review of the book. It does not offer judgment or opinion on the content of the book. This summary may not be organized chapter-wise but is an overview of the main ideas, viewpoints and arguments from the book as a whole. This means that the organization of this summary is not a representation of the book.

Summary ofSmarts(Chuck Martin,Peg Dawson and Richard Guare)

Find your own profile – and then do the same for those you work with

In order for you to use your executive skills profile to best effect, you first need to carry out some self-assessment. Determine what your profile looks like and then note the strengths and weaknesses of others you interact with routinely. This will ultimately provide you with clues on how best to build your own career and how to work effectively with others.