- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Gallup Press; First Printing edition (1 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781595620156
- ISBN-13: 978-1595620156
- ASIN: 159562015X
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 18.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now Discover Your Strengths Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007
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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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The book itself is really a glorified set of log in details for the website which hosts the test itself. Once you have logged on and done the test, you have access to all the information online and the book becomes somewhat redundant.
*Do not buy a second hand copy* as the chances are that the log in details won't work (having been used already).
The book itself does give a description of the 34 themes, but the website doesn't really offer much extra. You can look at your results (but never retake the test) and look at the 10 ideas of action (which are in the book anyway). I was hoping for a lot more to be available on the website. More ideas, more questions to ask yourself, more ways to actually *use* the ideas and suggestions given.
Strikes me that this is little more a promotional tool to then pay huge amounts of money for further consultation.
Overall, not a complete waste of time, but I'm not sure it's entirely worth the money.
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.
I bought this book 1 year ago. This book gave me guidelines for making choices regarding my career. so if you are not sure of your best area, and what you can excel at definitely buy this book and try the test.
I am buying 2 more for 2 friends :)
I've found that the strengths are insightful to some degree. The test takes about 30 minutes and is made up of 177 questions, with 20 seconds to answer each question).
Given the price, it's hard to be too harsh on this. I can actually see myself buying it as a gift for a couple of friends to top up birthday presents - but getting the physical version. The output is interesting and the quality is superior to free online profiling tests.
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What a fantastic book, a must for any manager or business leader!
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The book needed to have an unused code for internet access but the code had already been used making the book redundant.Published 15 days ago by Tola Awe
Someone bought this for me so repaid the favour and bought it for someone else.Published 24 days ago by L A HEBB
It seems good so far but the website doesn't load at all to take the test. When will this be sorted?Published 29 days ago by ben ivey
great product as described, great service, fast delivery. would recommend highly A+++Published 1 month ago by Kamaldip Kahlwan