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

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Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003) was past chairman of Gallup and coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths and other books. He was named the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by the American Psychological Association.
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Product Details

  • Series: StrengthsQuest
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; 2nd ed. edition (January 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620118
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2008
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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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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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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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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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The assessment is very interesting. While some identified traits were not a surprise to me, others were surprising and good to find out - they made sense! Had to do this for an educational leadership course in grad school.
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