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StrengthsFinder 2.0 Hardcover – February 1, 2007
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StrengthsFinder 2.0 features the new and upgraded version of the StrengthsFinder program, the main selling point of mega-bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths (over a million copies sold). Access to the new and upgraded StrengthsFinder program will be available exclusively through this book.
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions discover their top five talents.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.
Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself — and the world around you — forever.
About the Author
Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership. He has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2007, The Economist listed his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 as the top-selling business book worldwide. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Rath is a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths and well-being. He has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.
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- Buy the book new. Each copy includes a scratch off passcode that gives you access to the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test. It can only be used once and the book is a waste without the test.
- The book itself is largely a description of the strengths measured by the test. It's a companion to the test and not something you wold read on its own, but it does a great job of bringing the test to life.
- The test is worth the price of admission. It's 177 rapid-fire questions that reveal the top five themes, or strengths associated with your personality. Knowing these strengths is critical, because they are unchangeable traits that will enable you to succeed to your fullest potential.
- I also purchased the Amazon recommended Emotional Intelligence 2.0 . I enjoyed it immensely as well.
Two important things:
1. You can purchase the assessment online directly.
2. The book itself does not provide you with tools to assess yourself. It’s a reference of classifications with action items that is useful to know.
The only thing that bothered me is that Gallup is trying to up sell the “new version” claiming that they provided “integrated” solutions for you, individualized based on their millions of data points. Let me tell you that is a total bull. They merely cut and pasted the sections from the same book, spiffed it up with a few action questions. Then they try to sell you their packages and that you need a coach.
They would have been just fine without that lame marketing.
Do not buy a used book if you want to take assessment test. It’s a one-time code inside a sealed document.
This was my first experience of getting partway through a book then needing to spend more money. It's like "Offers In-App Purchases." When I called the contact number, the representative told me I'm the first person to complain. Do I believe that? No.
At this time I only want to warn anyone considering buying this book used, DON'T DO IT. There is a reason they are so inexpensive. The book goes with some online surveys etc. that are accessed using a code in the back of the book. The code can only be used once, so the used books don't allow for the entire experience. I will be purchasing a new version now to get that code.
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The rest of the book is a summary of each of the different strengths, including how people with that strength might want to make the most of that strength, and how to work with people like that. But the truth is you don't need to read that for yourself, because when you take the test (relatively short) you get a personalised report on each of your strengths (ok, it's not totally personalised, but it adapted for exactly *how much* you have each strength, and the mixtures you have). And here's where the transformative bit comes in.
This personalised report really affected me. When I read some of it, I welled up. I hadn't felt that *got* for ages. And it opened up all sorts of things: I understood why I had left a particular job, which had mostly been a great job, I understood why I was so attracted to the career path I am developing into. And I just know that I will be able to use this going forward.
I work as a coach now, and I often recommend this to clients. Mostly they don't do it, because it costs £10 or so, and you can get free psychometric tests about strengths online. But the ones who take it find it transformative, too. It's WAY better than the free ones, and for me the £10 is one of the best £10s I've ever spent. Go on, get it!
So is it any good? Well you need to bear in mind that the report is simply reflecting back at you what you have 'told' the machine through your choices. So it is not really surprising that you will probably agree with most of it. If you are deluded in thinking that you are outgoing or analytical or empathetic or whatever then you will answer accordingly and you will then agree with your deluded self when you read the report; it will not independently reveal any hidden inner truth, how can it? At work, we hope simply to use it as a way to beginning conversations about what we are good at, or being able to say "I really enjoy X type of work" with a veneer of independent analysis. For that, it is probably good. For anything more, you will need proper psychoanalysis by a real person who pretends to care.
However, I purchased this specifically for the Strength test as part of a coaching scheme I am on, having already done Myers Briggs and TMS quite extensively. However you are only provided with a report of 5 strengths. The others you have to unlock for a further 60-90 USD! Maybe this is sufficient, but the test then doesnt give you the full benefit and 360 of your strengths to fully utilise this strength based approach.
Every book and approach gives you new insights, food for thought and something to build on, so still worthy of following through if you are keen to find out more on your strengths
I was struggling for direction in my career and didn't know how to pitch myself in the job market. Then, after a recommendation, I read this book. And the fog cleared. For the first time, I understood who I was and what I could really offer. No longer would I have to try to fit my square peg into a round hole. It gave me the reassurance and confidence to chase the opportunities that would really suit me the best. And it paid off...
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a thorough insight into their strengths in the workplace and on a personal and social level. It has been extremely helpful in my own articulation of my strengths, particularly at interviews when asked.
We are often better at articulating what we CANNOT do, but this book presents the opportunity to read a personal description that is relatable and a true reflection of your personal strengths.
I can't comment on the content as I have requested a return on the Kindle Book (which I obviously don't want without the accompanying test). I would recommend that you buy the new version of the actual book.
Like all these things (Myers Briggs, Insights etc) there are always limitations due to the way you take the test, interpret the results and so on. The test tells you your top 5 strengths but it's easy to interpret this wrongly by assuming that you don't have certain other strengths which some people could find misleading. What's also missing is some guidance on what actually to do with the results particularly if you want to use it for working in teams or in collaboration with others in the work place. I spent some considerable time trying to work out what conclusions I could draw from this and designing a follow up session to try and make something out of my team's combined results, but still am not convinced I've really achieved that. All that said, the test is quite enjoyable (even if I didn't understand some of the 'Americanisms' used in some of the wording) and I suppose is a good tool for companies to reassure staff that they actually are interested in developing them. Very importantly, you must buy the book new otherwise you will not get your unique code to get onto the website and take the test.
Instead write down you list of what you think are your strengths from their list. Bingo that's your strengths. Exactly what I did before test. Output basically matched that list. That's saved you buying the book and the 25 mins with the blinking form.
No useful insights found.
Save your money.
I know a number of people who completed this and worked through their strengths with their coaches - it's a very powerful tool to develop understanding of what makes you tick( and this test makes it simple).
The danger for me with the strengths finder is that some of people will amplify some of their negative behaviours becsuae the test recognises them as a strength and I have already seen that happening. I think it's really important to find a balance between accepting what are your thinking patterns and growing confidence in these top 5 themes that come up for you and at the same time not taking it too far into analysis paralysis and becoming rigidly obsessed with what your strengths are. To understand yourself well enough to feel good about your package and grow rather than become more self unaware through becoming obsessed about the discovery .
I can honestly say this assessment changed my life. It helped me realise that I'd been working in jobs that didn't play to any of my strengths. I've resigned from my job and I'm taking up the teaching profession as a result. I can't recommend this enough for anyone who is unsure of what they want to do.
To proceed reading the book with any sort of meaning - you NEED TO TAKE THE TEST!
As the test itself costs more than the book to purchase online, I take this as a flagrant betrayal of trust.
Don Clifton should be taking these charlatans to court for reputational damage.