The DV Weekend Pickup #27

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

What I like best:  In all honesty it's more of a tool than it is a book.  It's a tool that helps you understand what you do best.  Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best everyday? Yup.  Do you?  Probably not.  Don't worry you're not alone - 70% of people feel the same way.

While you can definitely read the entire book to better understand the "34 talent themes," the overall concept relies on you finding your top 5.  Along with the book you take the 177 question StrengthFinder assessment developed by Donald O. Clifton Ph.D., team of scientists at Gallup, and author Tom Rath.  The assessment uses 40 years of research and a data sample of 10 million people to back its results - growing year after year.

Immediately following the assessment you are provided a 19 page report on your top 5 talents, what they mean, better direction, actions to take, etc.  The idea of finding your "talents" (as opposed to strengths) concludes you need "investment" in order to make them "strengths."

The reason I really enjoyed this book is not only is it extremely actionable but it happens to back claims that I make with my work.  The importance of honest self-reflection - Find your strengths, double down on them, be great. Find your weaknesses, use your resources, be great.  As always pick it up - let me know what you think? 

Best Quote:  "From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths."

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