November 18th, 2010

Strengths Finder 2.0 Review

 Strengths Finder 2.0 Review
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StrengthsFinder2.0 book by Tom Rath

Strengths Finder 2.0 book by Tom Rath is an online assessment test that will identify your top 5 strengths out of the 34 dominant “themes” of talents. The research was based on Gallup’s 40 year study of human strengths that lead to the creation of Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.  The book was originally based from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., who was cited by the American Society of Psychology as the Father of Strengths Psychology and the Grandfather of Positive Psychology.

I took the StrenghtsFinder assessment test online and it took me around 45 minutes. By the way, you need a unique access code which you can find at the back of the book and is valid for one user only. I am sure you can purchase the code online instead of buying the book. If you have plans to take the test, be sure to answer the questions whatever comes first in your mind. Just be true to yourself instead of taking time to think what the best answer is. Anyway, every item number has time limit so it pressures you to answer naturally. I’m sharing you the results of my test and my top strengths are learner, maximizer, activator, responsibility and focus. You can see more information at Jerome’s Strengths.

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The main essence of the book is to help find and develop our strengths instead of our weaknesses. This approach is the very opposite to the system where I grew up, in school and at home. Back in our school days, every time a report card was given to us, guess what our parents were looking for? Yes, those numbers that have the lowest score. We spent lots of time studying on our weakest subject(s). This is also very evident in most of the companies. Most of my previous employers, including my present, reprimand their employees for their mistakes more than their contributions and results. Even worst are colleagues, senior colleagues or managers who have passion for pinpointing mistakes.   Most people can easily spot on the weaknesses of their friends or colleagues. Sad to say, this habit can become their strengths zone of spotting weaknesses.  We really can’t blame them since we are all part of the conspiracy of the system. That is why most of us end up performing on a mediocre level or performing our very best that is way off our strength zones.

Here’s an audio snippet on Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. Please click on the play button below.

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Here are some strength quotes I like to share;

“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at—and even then more people are wrong than right. And yet, a person can perform only from strength”
– Peter Drucker
“My bad habits aren’t my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.”
- Layne Staley
“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems. “
- Paul J. Meyer

Please also read similar post on How Full is Your Bucket? Another recommended book by Tom Rath.

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