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Strengthsfinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now Discover Your Strengths [Hardcover]

Tom Rath
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28 Feb 2007
The Number 1 New York Times Bestselling Business Book Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best everyday? 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 the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while Strengths Finder helped millions to discover their Top 5 talents. In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. 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. While you can read this book in one sitting, you ll use it as a reference forever.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; First Printing edition (28 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595620156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620156
  • ASIN: 159562015X
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Rath has written three international bestsellers in the last decade. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a no.1 New York Times bestseller. Rath's book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, is a long-running no.1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and was listed by USA Today as the top-selling business book of 2008. His latest bestseller, Strengths Based Leadership, was published in 2009. In total, Rath's books have sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone and have made more than 100 appearances on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Rath has been with Gallup for 14 years and leads Gallup's workplace research and leadership consulting around the world. Rath also serves on the board of VHL.org, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Harper, live in Washington, D.C.

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No.1 New York Times Bestselling author Tom Rath leads Gallup s workplace research and consulting worldwide. He co-authored How Full Is Your Bucket? (9781595620040) and most recently authored Vital Friends: The People You Can t Afford to Live Without . He Lives in Washington D.C

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, and evidence based 18 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thoroughly impressed. It makes a nice change to see personality tests coming from an organisation with access to really significant data. I found the summary of my strengths really useful with a number of good ideas of new things I could get involved in.

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).
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 31 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
You buy the book and get a code to access a website. On the website you can enter your code to do a 177 question 'quiz'. You are only able to do this the once and then it's fixed. This even though the book itself says 'if you take the same version of StrengthsFinder again a few months later, it is not unusual for a couple of your top five themes to change.' So, you cannot then look at how strong each of your 'themes' is and cannot see how you might change over time after trying to apply some of the suggestions offered.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read if you don't know your strengths 28 Nov 2009
By Alireza
Format:Hardcover
the book's value is in it's password that lets you give the personality test that the Galup's institute has developed. It tells you which are your top 5 strength areas among 37 themes. I did the test, and was more than impressed. The test was so accurate that I was puzzled. Everything was true about me, especially the first 2 areas.

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 :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just completed the online test, and initially was surprised at my top 5 strengths. However, on reading the book, I can honestly say it was incredibly accurate! A really great business tool.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful easy read 23 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
This has been a useful little book. It takes a positive approach on one's capacity rather than focusing on what your're lacking. That is refreshing. The online test was good although the time limit became a little irritating as I was not alone in the room and missed several questions because I was interrupted. Lock yourself away before starting the test!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY SECOND HAND 18 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
It will not work because the code is already used. Beware because they wont warn you and you will waste your money.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mirror, mirror on the wall...." 4 April 2007
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
You will probably find no head-snapping revelations in this book if you have already read Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman's First, Break All the Rules and/or Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths (especially the latter). Nor does Tom Rath claim to offer any. Rather, this is a new and upgraded edition of the Gallup organization's previous online test (StrengthsFinder 1.0) that enables those who take it to identify and measure their talents relative to "more than 5,000 new personalized Strengths Insights that we have discovered in recent years."

In Rath's two previously published books, How Full Is Your Bucket? co-authored with Donald O. Clifton and Vital Friends, he shares his own reactions to an abundance of research data which reveals the importance of two separate but related forces which have profound impact on the workplace: getting strengths in alignment with work to be done and then developing them even more with strategic delegation and close supervision.

What we have in this book, Strengths Finder 2.0, is a wealth of new research material that Rath examines with exceptional precision and uncommon eloquence. I strongly encourage each reader to take full advantage of the self-diagnostic opportunities that both Rath and the Gallup organization generously offer. Of course, once various exercises are completed, a significant challenge remains: to take effective and productive action to apply what has been learned. It is helpful to be aware of what Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton so aptly characterize as the "knowing-doing" and "doing-knowing" gaps. It is also helpful to recall Peter Drucker's observation more than 40 years ago: "There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all."

Presumably Rath agrees that, more often than not, the Yoda is right: "Do or do not. There is no try."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little more than a code! 13 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Having read some of the only a code reviews I have to disagree. I definitely feel that you need to read the book "first, break all the rules" to fully appreciate the ideas behind the test. The test itself is extremely accurate and there is a section which gives ideas on how you can become a more productive manager and to fully work on your strengths or "talents" as they like to call them. For those who feel that they haven't given enough of what to do with the information, Gallup have recently published "12: The Elements of Great Managing", this book is full of working examples of how the 12 question survey of gallups can be implemented.

In all I'd say that the book is worth it's cost (JUST ABOUT FOR THE TEST) but if you are looking for a deep insight stick with first break all the rules. If you are a person who needs step by step instruction on how to implement everything then couple it with the book 12. If you are already a capable manager... my advice: Simply do the test, read the results and then take the advice.
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