I’ve long been interested in strengths-based development. So I was glad when I finally dug into Strengthsfinder 2.0 from Gallup, and written by Tom Rath.
Tom worked with the late Donald O. Clifton, father of strengths-based psychology, and author of Now, Discover Your Strengths with Marcus Buckingham.
This book, Tom’s sequel to Donald and Marcus’, coincided with the release of version 2.0 of the Strengthsfinder assessment.
Tom reiterates the message from the first book: we are better off focussing on roles and activities where we can further develop our strengths, rather than trying to become strong in areas we simply are not.
The storyline of the underdog is a common one in our culture. The unlikely candidate for greatness in a certain sphere overcomes their weaknesses and beats the odds.
However, it’s also the path of most resistance and rarely works. The reality is that someone who has always struggled in a certain area is unlikely to become great at it.
Rather, our best opportunity for growth, and greater productivity and impact, lies in our areas of strength. Here, we improve easily and quickly, achieve and refine excellence, and can take our impact to new heights.
The rest of the book describes the 34 strengths using the same language as the original book. For each strength, it adds “ideas for action” to capitalize on it.
If you’ve read the first book, you may find this one light on added insights.
New readers will get big value from it and the assessment. Used by a leadership team, they can help team members be more productive, enjoy their work more, and collaborate with each other more effectively.
Book: 192 pages; Audio Book: 4 hours 9 minutes.
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