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Strengths Quest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond [Paperback]

by Donald O. Clifton, Edward Chip Anderson, Laurie A. Schreiner
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2006 1595620117 978-1595620118 2nd
StrengthsQuest gives students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents -- the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology and the Clifton StrengthsFinder, StrengthsQuest has helped more than 700,000 people at 600 schools and universities achieve academic, career, and personal success.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; 2nd edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620118
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Note: The review that follows is of the Second Edition, published in 2006 after the deaths of Donald Clifton and Edward ("Chip") Anderson.

The Gallup Organization has accumulated a wealth of research data from millions of respondents to identify their strengths. Some of the most recent books have examined this information, notably those written by Marcus Buckingham (e.g. Discover Your Strengths and then Go Put Your Strengths to Work) and Tom Rath (e.g. StrengthsFinder 2.0). What we have in this volume is another important contribution to our understanding of how to identify strengths and then leverage them to achieve success "in academics, career, and beyond." It was co-authored by Donald Clifton and Edward ("Chip") Anderson with Laurie Schreiner and offers a substantial value-added benefit, a self-assessment that they urge their reader to complete first. An access code is provided and is valid for one user only.

In the Preface, Anderson acknowledges that prior to a presentation by Clifton, he had "always assumed that that top achievers set high goals and low achievers set low goals. But research indicates that top achievers tend to set goals slightly above their current level of performance, whereas low achievers often set very, very high goals." He goes on to point out that "top achievers build their academic and personal lives - and later their careers - on their talents. They use those talents as the foundation of strengths development, and they apply those strengths to produce excellence." This is the core concept of the book.

So, what are your strengths? To answer that question, first complete the 30-minute online "StrengthsQuest" self-assessment and print a copy. I also recommend that you print a copy of the summary version.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful September 19, 2009
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Dear fellow book buyers,

This is a great book but the thing is it has a code in it that only allows the book to be used once. If the book is used then you also need to go online somewhere and purchase a code for the book's online tests. It would probably be cheaper and to your benefit to just by the book NEW!! Thanks for reading and God bless you!! I just don't want you to end up in the same boat I was in and have to buy the book twice!!

In Jesus' Love,
Josh Schneider
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY USED July 23, 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars StrengthsQuest June 16, 2008
StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond

Not as easy a read as strengthsfinder 2.0 but goes into more depth for those who really want to use their assessment to do more detailed planning for academics and career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Perspective on Identifying Ones Talents October 10, 2009
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I personally enjoyed the book and found it to be a refreshing outlook on the talents from within. Usually when completing assessments such as these there are few if any that truly focus on ones talents. Basically the unique skills and habits in which we as individuals already possess. In Strengths Quest, the authors do so, which makes for not only an interesting read but an interesting perspective on life. My only concern is the way in which some questions are worded in the assessment. But overall, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 29, 2009
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This book really helps those who are trying to figure out their strengths and what they want to do in life. Im using this for a college course and it has really come in handy. The only drawback is that each book comes with its own code so you can not buy the book used since the best parts of the book are the two assessments.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strengths Quest June 29, 2013
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I was very excited to order the book at such a low price used.
what I didn't know is I needed to order a new book because there is 1 time use code inside the front cover that you will need to access the test which is why I ordered the book.
I tried to order a new code but they are only sold in sets of 5 I only need 1.
So I am going to order a a book from the Gallup poll just to be sure that it has not been opened.
You offer some books that are shrink wrapped being sold as new, how do you know that they are new?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Realize your Strengths and Build on Them! April 24, 2014
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This book and the assessment that come with it have been surprisingly helpful in my personal development. This book is not based on advances in science, and should be taken with a bit of a grain of salt, but the strengths I was said to have and their descriptions seemed to fit exactly what traits I thought/want to have (except they described them even better than I could). As this is an external assessment, the validation that I do indeed display these traits was surprising! As it goes on to list these as strengths, not just traits, and then informs you how to utilize them, I realized that these innate traits of mine could seriously be helpful in numerous situations (professional, emotional, etc)... and once I actually started improving on them and confidently displaying them (as they are strengths, not just traits), my professional growth exponentially accelerated and I became an overall significantly more confident person. I now realize my own abilities and proudly display and make use of them, knowing the power of my own strengths.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy straight from the source to SAVE $$
This is a great book and assessment that leads to personal discovery of strengths and talents. I think it's a wonderful piece to incorporate in career counseling and coaching and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Elizabeth M. Cole
I went to go take the quiz online for my class. I specifically spent more to make sure it was a new book because I needed the access code. It said that is was already used. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Ballman
5.0 out of 5 stars got it.
It was delivered on time and still looked new. I'm guessing because its barely used. Seriously, my course made me waste money on a book we would hardly use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Stevenson
1.0 out of 5 stars don't get scammed
Do not buy this book used. You won't be able to use the code and that's the main thing most college students need for a class.
Published 2 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is so great! This book met my expectations and is helping me immensely! It was in top condition.Thank you!
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than at the book stores.
I only needed it for a blow off class that was required. The book arrived in very good shape. As to be expected from a used book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Travis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great book for developing and looking into your strengths and talents, as well as how to put them to use or ways to improve in different settings.
Published 5 months ago by Christian Guerra
1.0 out of 5 stars upsetting
the book comes with a code i needed for class but i entered the code and it says the code is used already or error. so the code basically is false and now i cant pass my class.
Published 6 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service. Fast shipping. A++++++++++
What I would have paid $25 for I got for $10. Great to save money especially when your a full time student. Nice book. I will keep this in my library! Thanks! I will buy again!
Published 7 months ago by tim fintzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Used the code in the front and worked perfectly. This book helped me in my class to improve on my strengths.
Published 7 months ago by Alicia Bergin
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