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Strengths Quest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond 2nd Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Series: StrengthsQuest
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; 2nd edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620118
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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DO NOT BUY USED, THE STRENGTHSQUEST ONLINE ACCESSS CODE WILL MOST LIKELY HAVE BEEN USED OR HARVESTED. BE ADVISED THAT TO BUY AN ACCESS CODE FROM THE PUBLISHER IS $12.50 AS OF JULY 2010. SO YOU CAN STILL BUY USED TO GET THE BOOK ONLY AT A GOOD PRICE, BUT IF YOU NEED THE ACCESS CODE TOO, THEN BE ADVISED.
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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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I was introduced to StrengthsQuest at the start of my freshman year of college. From the beginning, I was extremely skeptical. I assumed this book and its accompanying assessment would be like all the others: what I do well and what I need to improve on.

StrengthsQuest is different. It really does focus on what you do well and how to use your strengths to their utmost potential. I began to see that my thoughts and behavior were actually very unique. Other self-assessments would always compare me to others, while StrengthsQuest would emphasize how I am set apart and better.

I encourage any working higher education, faculty and staff alike, to read and use this book. I strongly recommend working with a team of people through StrengthsQuest. And whatever you do, do not purchase a used copy of this book because the code that is associated with the book is good for one use.

Also, if you are looking for an inexpensive option, you may go to the StrengthsQuest website. You can purchase a code and the entire book is online once you register your code.
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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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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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I purchased this book for a college class. But the results of the program were amazing. It really taught me about myself and how to use the strengths that I have to make the most of my professional and personal life.
Well worth the money.
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