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Very good, but...,
This review is from: StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Hardcover)well, the book itself is pretty slim, clear and logically structured. In truth - I like the book! The arguments seem understandable and in relation to the costs buying the book is a great bargain. The fact, that my wife has three of five abilities that make me "complete" in my way to power - is simply thrilling me. Even though there is always the light smell of someone making lots of money related to such "life-guiding" books and with internet-business and the sneaking suspicion that it all might not be so trustworthy or true at all.
Despite all those bad thoughts I have bought this book nine times(!) now, because with the book it "seems" you can "box" the psychological working behaviour of a team-member or person (specially oneself) pretty good - no: excellently. If you think positive to help him/her/us/them grow...
And there comes the BUT...
Of course one is tempted to "put people in boxes" with such a seamingly simple guide. (Whereas the simplicity is actually the books strength compared to related many-pages reports from consultancies). I think it is not enough to have five strenght items when the one tested appears to have time-, personal or lifemanagement-problems primarily (even though reduction is a way to gain better results and faster). Strengthening ones talents means also to work on personal deep-psychological issues arraising from the past. Which the book does not mention at all. To go for deep human understanding can not be accomplished by a book and in this way the book is too progressive and superfacial. Of course they do not claim to do else! Also one has the feeling that zodiacs in papers have a similar wording, which in other words means: of course everyone wants to have compliments and a positive insight into ones strengths but it is kept too general to not be seductively true to each and everyone.(Of course it fits to an extend, when you look at the questions of the test, that clearly are related to the themes...).
So it is wright, that one is more of something and that the other one has more abilities of something else. Which could honestly also be found out by looking at ones interests, behaviour, dreams and wishes without the book I think.
What I miss about the conclusio the most: whose fitting into the scheme of someone else is very important and that issue was not mentioned. Also which people clearly should stay away from each other without helping third parties is also not mentioned, because it could sound "negative" - I guess. BUT it is also very important! There are types of people that step on each others toes! So how do I handle someone very different, when going building up my strengths? how can I or the other person catch up with each others needs and understand it better? I also did not find any comparison charts, where from the begining on the need of assisting strengh-holders were listed to the complimentary strengths. In short words: everyone should get a list of needed strenghts people with complementary skills as well.
All in all a good black and white proof for things that you might know or not, might look at or not. Even better for checking the strengths of people that you might not know that well. The book itself could improve by not only telling what you should force on yourself, but how you get stronger, when correctly dealing with the strengths of others as well...
But Tom, many thanks for the book. Cheers.