Chances are, you don t. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced StrengthsFinder in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped mil
This book and the included test (be sure to buy a new copy) inspired me for months. Finding out my top 5 strengths made who I am make so much more sense. I love their approach of focusing on what you are "designed" to do, rather than trying to shore up your weaknesses. They have specific suggestions for each strength which includes which kinds of folks you should pair up with and how others will react to your strength. For instance my top one is "Ideation" - a love for and faci...more
I bought this book hoping it would be useful in helping my teenagers determine their personal strengths, so they might use that knowledge when making decisions about both their future education and careers. What a waste of time and money. I made the mistake of judging by the total overall Amazon rating, rather than looking at individual reviews. Had I do...more
Other than that, I found StrengthsFinder to be far more useful and practical than older tests like the Mye...more
I like the organization of the book, the detailed information about strengths, and even the online test you take to find out what strengths you have. I believe...more
First you pay for the book containing ONE code for ONE test only (if you're lucky and nobody stole the code). Then you read the book which contains nothing of use if not combined with the test. Then you take the test and if you want the full evaluation (including more than the t...more
Here comes the rub. At Page 29 you read "Parting Thoughts." This is basically where the book ends and you're po...more
Maximizer - "Excellence, not average, is your measure. Taking something from below average to slightly above average takes a great deal of effort and in your opinion is not very rewarding. Transforming something strong into something superb takes just as much effort but is much more thrilling.' That is way me. I've always said that trying to be well rounded is a waste of time but being amazing at something should be the goal. I know what my flaws are and I simply don't care.
And I was like, haha!, I will read this too and see what you are up to.
Yeah, this isn't that kind of book.
I've taken Myers-Briggs Personality-type tests before (I'm an ISTJ) so the evaluation tool you take at the Gallup site is pretty similar. And worth the purchase of the book because that gives you the code to take the test to find your top five strengths (check in the back of the book to make sure no one's stolen the code before you buy it). The...more
I'm bothered by this. I have to question how meaningful and relevant the results of the paid assessment would be when Gallup clearly has no idea how to make information available in...more
Each strength theme lists:
* an explanation of the theme
* examples of people describing the theme in their life
* a list of ideas for acting out of that streng...more
* Understanding your unique strengths
* Working effectively with others
* Achieving lasting fulfillment
* Time management
This one’s short and sweet. To get 90% of the value out of this will take you about two hours. I see it more as a tool than a book, a tool to foster success, fulfillment and enjoymen...more
Second biggest complaint: They only tell you your top 5 strengths.
I get that the whole premise is to focus on your strengths, which means being blissfully unaware of where you scored low. But heck, I paid for the thing... give me my results! All of them!
That said, I fo...more
Given that I’m involved in this work for a l...more
It had come up as a recommendation on Amazon and the initial blurb interested me as I do believe we tend to live up to whatever label we are given. So I read some of the inside pages - and added the book to my order. No where was I given the impression that for the book to of any use at all I would have to register with a website to take a test.
the book arrived and I started reading First a short chapt...more
If you haven't already you might benefit from reading "First, Break All The Rules" first as it lays down all the Gallup principles that this book is based on. After reading it I have been wanting to take their test to see how I fared. This lead me to one of two...more
The first half of this book summarizes the authors experiences working for the Gallup Group that specialized in this Strength Finding Survey. Then identified a number of strengths (or "themes") that most peo...more
After reading the first book in this topic, "Now, Discover Your Strengths", I was rejuvenated. I learned the 5 areas of my greatest potential strengths. I felt them to be quite accurate. Tom Rath wrote the sequel, "StrengthFinder 2.0" soon after the publication of Buckingham and Clifton's book and I wanted to read this book for two reasons:
First I wanted a free pass to Strengthfinder 2.0 assessment to check my results against...more
The real meat of the book is actually online, where the assessment instrument itself resides. The instrument's engaging enough, but it's got one glaring flaw: it gave me a result that doesn't fit me well, and it offers no recour...more
Individuality (noticing in others)
I'm still working with this. I agree with the above assessment. It actually explains a lot. I'm still getting over it feeling like one of those in-depth horoscopes though. I enjoy the "action steps" they give you to strengthen your innate talents. Some of them make a ton of sense and are a new way of looking at how I take on what I do at work. Oddly though, my talents seem to come full circle and be my w...more
The developers of the test assumes that those taking the test have complete and truthful knowledge of themselves. Several times during the test, I did wonder whether my responses were really accurate. Were they really a true reflection of me?
Another quibble is the online offerings. Yeah, I signed up to take the test. But the results and action plan avai...more
I thought that the first part of the book, the part that explains why this method was invented, was actually pretty interesting, and I think that it makes sense to do what you have a natural ability to do, and what you like to do. It makes sense to use the limited...more
Each book comes with an individual, one use only code to take the online test (money racket,...more
It included a code to take a survey and produced a report with my top 5 strengths. This data came from the Gallup organisation and seems to be valid statistically. However this book and the associated we site take things a bit further and suggest ways in which one can leverage ones individual strengh...more