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Do You Do What You Do Best Every Day?


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

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Hardcover, 174 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Gallup Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Emma
Aug 08, 2008 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, seriously
Total awesomeness!

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
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Jean Tessier
Starts with a cool idea: instead of spending time trying to get better at things you have no talent for, why not work at being great at things you have a natural affinity for? Each of us has things they tend to be good at (talents), and things they tend to not be good at (let's call them handicaps). Why should we spend time and energy overcoming our handicaps, at the expense of our talents? At most, we'll be average at them for a lot of effort. Instead, we should spend our efforts in line with o ...more
L.
While I spent comparatively little for this copy, I'm angry now that I spent anything on it at all. I feel as if I've been suckered into a scam.

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
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Angelica
This books was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT in theory but FAILED follow up on the promise. You get the gist of the book in 10 minutes, you get the you evaluation and, voilá, book over. To some extent this feels like a scam to me.

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
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Don't get this book from the library if you haven't taken the StrengthsFinder test, because each book only comes with one code. I had taken the test already and been provided with the supplementary material, so this doesn't have a lot to add except for advice on how to work with people with the strengths you don't have. I read the suggestions for my boss's strength, and I was like, "Preach!"

Other than that, I found StrengthsFinder to be far more useful and practical than older tests like the Mye
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Tameca
I read this book to show my former boss that I was willing to work with her in her efforts to find out how all of her "beans'" strengths could mesh (which could only happen after everyone knew what strengths they had to contribute and when each bean had shared his/her strengths with the rest of the team). By the way, I worked at Starbucks.

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
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Scott Dinsmore
Why I Read this Book: Knowing and living one’s natural talents and strengths is on of the keys to lasting fulfillment. This book is the answer to discovering those strengths.

Topics Covered:

* Understanding your unique strengths
* Working effectively with others
* Achieving lasting fulfillment
* Time management

Review:

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
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Alison Law
I agree with the premise of this book 100%. Rath hypothesizes that instead of spending most of our time trying to improve our areas of weakness (as most of us in the U.S. public school systems learn to do), we should instead focus our energies on cultivating our areas of strength. The formula that the author uses is Talent x Investment = Strength. This is the gist of the first 28 pages.

Here comes the rub. At Page 29 you read "Parting Thoughts." This is basically where the book ends and you're po
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Felina
Alright I had:

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.

Relator
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Melissa
So, the managers at my store are reading this.

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
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Angela
The premise seems good, but I got this from the library and couldn't take the online assessment. So then I considered coughing up the $$ to buy the Kindle version, but the electronic editions apparently don't contain an access code to take the test. You also can't buy an access code on the web site to take the test.

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
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Andrea O'Donnell
I love this book. I pick it up often and re-discover things about myself and my peers. Essential for anyone working on interpersonal relationships, or just trying to do their jobs better.
Erin
Biggest complaint: You have to buy a copy of the book to take the quiz (so, if I want someone else to take it, i have to convince them to buy the book too... instead of just loaning them my copy. Seems a bit like a ploy to me...).

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
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Micah Lugg
As the name of the book suggests, I turned to this book to help me get a picture of my personal strengths. It consists of 30 pages of introductory matter before it takes you to the website to take the test. The results of the test are five top strength themes specific to you. All 34 strength themes are explained in the remainder of the book.

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
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Schmacko
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is the new version of the workbook that comes with Now, Discover Your Strengths. It’s a guide to self-identifying your talents and skills. If you’re into this sort of thing, you can start with NDYS and then move onto this little tome for exercises. This workbook includes a plan developer for using the knowledge. If you buy the book, you also get access to all the online stuff, including a Top 5 Strengths report and regular articles.

Given that I’m involved in this work for a l
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Pat
Mar 16, 2012 Pat rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no-one
Recommended to Pat by: amazon
Whilst the ideas in the book may be great - brilliant even, I think the whole book is a scam!
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
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Ainsley
I believe this book's philosophy makes for a happier and more productive life--that it's more rewarding to spend time honing my strengths than trying to improve my weaknesses. This book and its philosophy help me not to feel like a square peg in a round hole, that I "should" be more like this or that. Instead, I came away from this book and the related test feeling like I was pretty well "pegged" and that I had a toolbox of strengths which I can build upon and explore more, both professionally a ...more
Thomas
I've taken the previous quiz before and was curious what this update would get me six month later, so I deliberately bought both books: result so far is that 75% of what you read in the book (or a mere 25 of the 34) might truly describe every person on earth by character statements of the book, the rest is just a repetition---e.g. where is the difference between being strategic, self-assured and deliberative? You have to deliberately think scenarios to be self-assured in order to act, any sepera ...more
Chris
I’d say the good news is that taking the assessment and reading the book only took about 2 hours. I find those assessments generally disappointing though. For me, it’s comparable to lucid dreaming. Just before I wake up in the mornings, I seem to be able to steer my dreams and control my choices when that veil between sleeping and waking is most thinly divided. As I take assessments like these, it’s usually obvious how each result is going to lead to a certain description and it’s tempting to an ...more
Besim
Overall, I found my experience with this similar to my experience with the first book of the serious "First, Break All the Rules" which is that the material is great but that it gets cheapened slightly by their focus on promoting Gallup.

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
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Emily
I read this book by request. The most interesting argument made by this rather banal little management book is that most people (and I would add, organizations) tend to focus on "fixing" their "weaknesses" at the expense of promoting and growing their strengths. That's a very motivating idea.

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
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Farnoosh Brock
More like a reference & you must take the test for it to be useful!

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
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Finn
Like so many of the books in its genre, StrengthsFinder wastes a ridiculous number of (small, double-spaced, large-print) pages restating its fundamental principle in a variety of different ways. This tedium is compounded by the author's irritatingly self-satisfied tone.

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
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CJ Ewell
Filled with psycho-babble to make managers think they are doing something useful and to make average workers think they are being managed well. Really, turns out to be a tired retread of the way people have generally been classified and just gives us new, more p.c. labels for each other. I found it pretty demeaning overall, but the administrator is into it.
Jessica Thomson
Read this for a work committee. You get to take a test which identifies your top five themes. You are then provided an action plan to use these themes to capitalize on your strengths in the workplace. I'm a Scorpio.
Mary
I had to read this for work... The first 30 pages just describe the test and the history and reasoning for it. The remaining pages go into the 34 generic strenths, but you read those only after you've taken the test with the code found in the back of the book.

Side note: the code can only be used once.

It took about 30-35 to complete the test. You only have 20 seconds to complete each 177 or so questions... While I think my results are interesting and close to accurate, I'm not sure what I'm sup
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Christine
My talents are:

Consistency
Responsibility
Learner
Adaptability
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
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Joe Flood
I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test. It asks you a series of questions on how you like to work, how you get along with other people and how you've organized your life. You have 20 seconds to answer each question because they want your gut responses, without a lot of thinking. The same kind of questions are asked again and again, in slightly different formulations, to find out how strongly you feel about something. When answering, you choose a range of responses from "agree strongly" to "disagree ...more
Nura Yusof
Took the test and discovered the 5 strengths that I should be leveraging on. But I found the questions asked and the results a bit questionable.

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
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Kurt
This book is essentially a $20 ploy to get you to take an online personality test. I was skeptical before I engaged with it, since I've taken some mind-numbing tests before ("Do you like.. using a hammer and nails to create a back deck? Then you should be a carpenter when you grow up!" "Do you think you're good at administration? Then you have the spiritual gift of administration!"). This one was surprisingly good, though. There were many questions, and with only a few seconds to answer each one ...more
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