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.
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great read. Logical concept but because of this makes the book and self assessment so refreshing. Would recommend. Delivered very quickly.Published 1 day ago by Davey Boy
Really impressed with this book. Reinforced my confidence in my latent, instinctive abilities.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting book, I purcahsed it mainly so I could take the strengths ananysis test, which I did feel provide some insight into the way I work
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This book was recommended to me be a friend and it has been the most eye-opening book I've ever read! It's changed the way I think about myself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emma Douglas
The book has a scratch along the back cover. While it does not effect the function of a book, the fact that I received a damaged book when I ordered a new one, is more than a bit... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jelrae
This book is fantastic how it works out your basic personality traits. An excellent book to for insight in how you work generally in relationship and work life!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In fact the book is semi-redundant as it comes with a code at the back which gives you access to an online questionnaire which identifies your strengths, primarily from a career... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben Finn