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by Amy Adkins

What trends and topics shaped the workforce in 2017? Gallup editors share their picks for the top articles from the past year.

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Companies invest millions in training and developing their employees. But all too often, those investments don't pay off because leaders fail to factor in employees' talents.

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An essential part of sales is assessing prospects and deciding which ones to pursue. It's a basic research project. But don't assume there's only one way to do prospect analysis. Start by evaluating your own talents.

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Self-branded people are of tremendous value to all kinds of organizations, according to a marketing expert. Indeed, he argues that constructing your personal brand may be the best thing you can do for your workplace and for yourself -- especially now.

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Does the strengths approach work with manufacturing employees? This is a question strengths experts hear often from senior executives, and the assumption is that blue-collar workers aren't interested in sharing who they are. Sam's story proves that wrong.

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Many of us buy into the myth that talent and motivation are totally separate things. A strengths-based approach, however, debunks this. Simply put, your talents are your motivations; they're usually inseparable. A strengths expert explains.

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There's nothing more crucial to success in business than being able to influence other people. Salespeople must influence customers; executives need to influence their workforces. But rather than insincerely "laying on the charm" to influence people, try using your innate talents instead.

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It's widely believed that those who get ahead in office politics must be dupes, stooges, or yes-people. But the reality is quite different. Gallup has found that among the most successful organizations, many people who get ahead are solid performers and highly effective in their roles. What's their secret? They use their innate talents to rise through the ranks -- and to master the politics of their workplaces.

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Some people excel in the art of time management, while others are never able to keep up. Whatever the case, we all could stand to improve in this area, and our odds of doing that are better if we make the most of our innate talents.

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Effective public speaking is essential to business success, for executives as well as front-line employees. But if you dread public speaking -- or feel you're not good at it -- don't worry. You have plenty of innate talents that will help you become an effective communicator.

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People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

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People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.

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People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

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People strong in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

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People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations.

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People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

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People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

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People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.