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Marcus Buckingham is a best-selling author with more than 3.7 million copies of his landmark bestsellers in print. Profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Fast Company, he has consulted with brands such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy. Twitter @mwbuckingham, Facebook: facebook.com/marcuswbuckingham
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I used the 'StrengthsFinder 2.0' assessment with my management peers and our entire contact center team back in 2009. It was extremely insightful to understand each of my team member's five key strengths, but it was also overwhelming. In our group of twenty, that was one hundred strengths to consider. One of the key innovations that they've made in the new book is to move away from returning results with 5 key strengths. This new assessment returns only two, a primary and secondary strength role. I appreciate the way Marcus Buckingham explains the differences between the two assessments in the following excerpt from chapter two: "We wanted an assessment that would reveal your edge and give you practical innovations to help you sharpen this edge. Where StrengthsFinder was descriptive and affirming, we wanted StandOut to be prescriptive and innovating." (p. 27)
The premise is simple. Take a 10 minute online survey and get your results. My results labeled me as a Teacher / Connector. As I read through the definitions and descriptions for each role, I was taken aback by how accurately these two roles describe me. The information in the post-survey report is presented in a format that is extremely practical and actionable. Here are a few of the section headings that will give you an idea of what you can expect:
*You, Are at Your Most Powerful..
*Phrases to Describe Yourself
*How to Make an Immediate Impact
*How to Take Your Performance to the Next Level
*What to Watch Our For
After reviewing each of your strengths separately, the report transitions into sharing your comparative advantage offering a suggestion for an ideal career as well as specific ways you can capitalize on your primary and secondary strengths to win in leadership, management, client service, and sales. The final section of the report is the Strengths Map, which asks six key questions to spur you on to some next steps.
At this point you're probably wondering if 'StandOut' is for you. As a leader and manager, I found the survey results extremely insightful as I continually strive for personal and professional growth in order to better manage my team and serve within my larger organization. Now don't get me wrong, 'StandOut' isn't just for managers and other leaders. Everybody from the mailroom to the C-suite will benefit from their survey results. Each of us is able to achieve infinitely more to a much higher degree of personal satisfaction when we're deriving success from our real strengths.
I loved the StrengthsFinder assessment, and I've been putting the information to use since it came out.
This is an entirely different kind of assessment and it gets at different aspects of who you are.
For example, one of my top 2 in StandOut is "Influencer". Reading the description, I can see how both my Activator and Strategy strengths are part of this role. But this assessment brings in new pieces of the puzzle that weren't revealed by the StrengthsFinder.
The two are completely independent. The strengths in the StrengthsFinder are not mentioned in this tool, and you don't need to have done the other test to do this one.
They measure different things. This tool measures how you interact with others. The StrengthsFinder focuses on your individuality and your personality. StandOut focuses on your contribution to a team.
In this tool, there are only 9 roles and they pick the top 2 to focus on. They give you a combination assessment, which would be one out of 81 different possible combinations. It's not the kind of broad description that the StrengthsFinder gives you--instead, it is a focused description of your particular contribution in a team environment.
The downsides of this tool (to me) are:
- The language, examples, and advice are all in a very corporate-business context. I'm a small business owner and work with a partner--we have a team of 2, so much the advice is not exactly directly helpful. I have to sort of generalize from the information to situations I would actually find myself in.
- The "Ideal Career" recommendations also seem to be only in the realm of corporate business. I don't quite understand why this is the sole focus, as it seems like there are a lot of other teams in the world and a lot of other types of work. Plus, I don't think that assessing how you work in teams actually would be a very good way to tell you what career suits you anyway. There are many more factors that go into a career than just how you interact in a team.
It's clear that the main audience is corporate managers and team members who want to build better teams. It's not terribly accessible to people who are not in that context. But if you like self-assessment tools, I would give it a go anyhow.
All in all, I enjoyed it and it has given me a lot to think about. I'm glad I took it.
The beauty of this book is in its simplicity and accuracy. I have taken multiple personality diagnostic surveys over the past three years - Strengths Finder, PI, DiSC, and a few others. The results of the StandOut assessment align with many of the themes I have discovered about myself in other tools, yet it gave new insight into my leadership style. This was the only tool I have found that focuses in on leadership style specifically and that is very exciting to me.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is a leader - whether in title or not. It will help you to better understand how you are perceived and having this improved self awareness is a major key to the success of any leader. If you wish to influence others, get the book and become more effective.