StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0

by Tom Rath


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ISBN-13: 9781595620156
Publisher: Gallup Press
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 642
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Rath is a leading business thinker and one of the bestselling authors of the last decade. His books include the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket?, Strengths Based Leadership and Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his family live in Washington, D.C.

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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 the assessment helped millions discover their top five talents.

Now, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.

Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this book will change the way you look at yourself — and the world around you — forever.


Table of Contents

StrengthsFinder: The Next Generation

PART I: Finding Your Strengths — An Introduction

PART II: Applying Your Strengths

The 34 Themes and Ideas for Action

VFAQ (VERY Frequently Asked Question)


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Oscar_Aguilar More than 1 year ago
Strengths Finder 2.0 is the follow up to Gallup's Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book includes a revamped version of the StrengthsFinder test that shows you not just what your top five strengths are, but also how you rank in the rest of the 34 strengths from Clifton's model. The new book is light on content (very light) but the test is a substantial improvement. Here's how the book is set up: StrengthsFinder: The Next Generation (A short introduction explaining the need for the enhanced edition of the test based upon new thinking and research in strengths psychology) I: Finding Your Strengths (A 30-page overview of strengths psychology and how the Gallup system works) II: Applying Your Strengths (150 pages outlining each of the 34 themes including what people with that strength look like, how to manage them, and ideas for action if you have that strength). The StrengthsFinder (If you haven't taken it before, the code to take the test is provided in a packet inside the book. You actually have to buy the book to take the test) Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is another book I really enjoyed that follows the SF 2.0 format. Obviously, that test measures emotional intelligence (EQ), but Emotional Intelligence 2.0 has a unique format where the test tells you which of the book's 66 strategies will increase your EQ the most.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A couple of years ago I took the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment in my workplace. I found the output of the assessment to be very valuable, as one might expect. I especially found the sections on applying strengths in academics, relationships, study techniques and career quite beneficial. Recently, to help my son 'soar with his strengths', I purchased version 2.0. While the assessment outputs the same 34 themes, it has, as my wife put it, decended into feel-good, vague, pyscho-babble. Maybe it's just the way the report is laid out now, but the 2.0 version doesn't seem to be as concise and targeted as version 1.0. Maybe newer isn't always better.
Marquito More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment this book was. The topic is wonderful; the idea of finding out what you are strong at is an eye opening journey. I recommend "Now, Discover Your Strengths" by Buckingham to find out about yourself. This book promises to build on Buckingham's book, but it fails miserably: it's a watered-down version; for example, Buckingham's book covers in great detail how we are formed by our environment. This merely glosses over the topic; in fact, I felt like most of the book was copied and pasted: it's like a "Cliff Notes" version of "Now, Discover Your Strengths." The online test is almost the same for both books, e.g., they are both from Gallup. So, boooo Tom Rath. I read this book in one hour (after reading the other), and I felt cheated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book "Now Discover Your Strengths" because I felt the premise was important and the exploration was innovative. When I took the online assessment, I was surprised by the results. They didn't seem to fit my strengths. I bought this book, as I was curious to read the results of the feedback from the first book and how it was presented. I found little new. The assessment however, was much improved, and this time, I related to two of the top five strengths. I recommend this book because of the improvemed assessment. I definitely recommend the "Optimal thinking online assessment" to learn about your dominant level of thinking and patterns of thinking and how to optimize communication with others. Do both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book and assessment so accurate and helpful. You have to understand the book is good for only one assessment and when you take it - answer from your heart - not what you think is best - that will give you the most accurate results. My husband took it as well and we shared our results - helped me to understand why he does some things that I don't get! Our adult kids took as well and it was a great insite into who they are as individuals. So don't take it if you are determined to have it come out a certain way or you don't want to open with yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is another useful tool. However, if you are in any position of leadership it would be better to buy "Strengths Based Leadership" because you'll get the same info PLUS some additional info that is worthwhile. On the negative. I wish these guys would offer the ability to take the assessment without having to buy the book every time you want to take it. I mean come on - it is ridiculous to have to buy two books so that both my husband and I can get a StrengthsFinder assessment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had purchased "Now, Discover Your Strengths," by Buckingham & Clifton earlier this summer and found it helpful in pinpointing my top five strengths. Like many other individuals, I discovered strengths that were so natural that I had often overlooked them in my career. It was also a wonderful re-enforcement tool in what I had done in my career. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased "Strenths Finder 2.0," by Tom Rath and discovered a new strength that was listed as #2, which had not been on my original list. This particular strength seemed more natural than one that was on my original list of strengths (Buckingham & Clifton). This book has become a good source and reference book in discovering and understanding my strenghts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is wondering what to do next in their career or out of a job and looking for some guidance moving forward with other insights or possibilities for career development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel scammed: You can only take the online assessment which determines your 'Top Five' one time. This is not clearly spelled out in the book or the website. If you want to take it again, you have to buy another book and get a second 'Access Code'.The book itself is just a short intro followed by a list of the '34 Themes' with little blurbs of explanation - not useful unless you take the assessment which I took without giving it much thought, foolishly thinking I'd just take it again later. My results are not at all accurate (spouse of 22 years agrees). I do think that if you take the test and get valid results, the supporting materials and suggestions to maximize your strengths are quite impressive but I'm really frustrated by the way the authors have chosen to limit access to the test.
pastor121 More than 1 year ago
One of the most helpful things about StrengthFinder 2.0 is that it helped me to know myself better. I have always suspected my strengths, but seeing it on paper, helped me to be able to focus in a whole new way. I find myself daily thinking, "That is an evidence of my strength." It has been so helpful to me that I bought seven other copies for people that are close to me so that they can learn about themselves as well. It is a great resource for teams that are seeking to work together at a higher level. We used it for a staff retreat, making a game of guessing what each person's strengths were. It has helped us greatly in knowing how to work together. I highly recommend this book.
Graceful-Words More than 1 year ago
No one is immune to the road of self-discovery. This is not the road less traveled. Strength Finders 2.0 is a great tool to help manage to process of self-awareness. This book is a great resource to help you not only to identify your strengths, but to also give you practical explanations and applications. Strength Finders 2.0 also has a companion website where you will answer questions used to compile a personal profile of your most dominant assets. Both the book and the website give an in depth perspective, so that you are not left with just some vague appeasing titles. More importantly, this book is not about becoming a new person, it is about revealing who you already are and acknowledging things undiscovered and untapped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is unreal how accurate the assessment is. We are using it in my place of employment as a training tool and doing a workshop on it. I can't wait to see what my co-workers strengths are and how they compare or relate to mine. I had my husband take the test too and his strengths were dead on. It helped me to stop and reflect on the things I know about him that are sometimes a bother to me, but they are part of who he is, and they are what makes him great. A nice reminder of things that made me fall in love with him in the first place. Thanks for focusing on what makes us great instead of what makes us weak. As humans that is the course we usually take... focusing on weaknesses. This book is a refreshing change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my work and I must say, this is one of the most relevant and economic books! We usually focus on our weakness as one of the objectives to work on throughout the year but this book focuses on the strength, which is rather refreshing. You will also be given an access code to actually find your strengths, followed by action plans which gives you a good idea on how to reinforce those strengths. It is really an easy reading book. You'll read the first 30 pages or so (big font) and the rest is the descriptions on each strengths. Happy reading~
KimUT More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Great book. My work gave me a training session on my strengths. . . As soon as I got home from work, I went to Barnes and Noble to buy one for my husband so I could see what his strengths were.This was actually me 2nd time to take the test. The first time was four years ago. The book is accurate, my strengths stayed the same!
Lvromance1 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for anyone that is searching for a true objective view of what makes them tick and shine. After I took the test I realized that I took all of my strengths for granted. I really never considered them as strengths. I now know what I like and why I like something. It is not that this was new information to me, but now I look at my work and interactions with other people and know what I can do and cannot do to be more effective. I leave the rest of the actions to those that are good at them. I highly recommend getting the people you are close with at work and home this book. I have and it has been helpful and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very informative, and the survey helped me learn a little more about myself. Since it focuses on strengths, I used it to compliment other personality profiles that I've taken in the past.
DaraT More than 1 year ago
Thie book is really a great read for managers who want to know how to make their employees engaged and satisfied with their jobs. I would reccomend other reads to supplement the information in the book. Essentially the premise is based on positive psychology, and says that if we focus on what we are good at rather than focusing on the negatives, we can truly become great. However, I have seen managers go the other way with this book and use it to focus on the strengths someone does not possess rather than those they do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Strengths Finder 2.0 is the follow up to Gallups Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book includes a revamped version of the test that shows you not just what your top five strengths are, but also how you rank in the rest of the 34 strengths from Clifton's model. The new book is light on content (very light) but the test is a substantial improvement. If you haven't taken it before, the code to take the test is provided in a packet inside the book (you actually have to buy the book to take the test). I've enjoyed two other books recently that include a code to let you take an online test. One is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book (has fascinating stories and research as well) and the other is The Personality Code (kind of like the strengths but also focused on overcoming your weaknesses and avoiding clashes with your personality's anti-type).
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a professional Human Resource developer, I have designed and implemented curriculum for the development of leaders, supervisors, managers, and executives. All of these supervisors are involved in professional endeavors. They are aware they have talents. It is a variety of situations that challenge them in their use of their talents. Usually, these talented people also know, no one working for them will honestly comment on their perceptions of those talents. If they do comment it is in a heat of anger or a splash of praise, not usually in an honest evaluation for formative purposes. In fact, most supervisors do not solicit nor value subordinate evaluations. Therein lies the value of 'Strength Finders.' It allows the supervisor / executive to honestly do a self evaluation by applying an objective criterion. It is useful, used, and helpful to motivate self - managed change. Thus, using the 'Strength Finder' a supervisor can honestly participate in their own honest evaluation. It's value is given the weight of the participant not some external evaluator. It is an evaluation interpreted by the participant, too. It truly stands on what the participant puts into the evaluation process for self awareness and development.
Palych 7 months ago
After the test you'll be still struggling to find your strengths. The test is useless, I can't recommend it to anyone just waste of your time and money :(
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit to having borrowed the book from the library and did not take the test. I'm also glad I didn't spend the 30$. There are pros and cons to buying:Pros: you are thinking about changing careers; you don't enjoy your current job; you're starting out in your career; in other words, you need some guidance on what might be a best fit. This book will help you concentrate on what you do best to succeed - and to find people with other strengths to fill the gap for the ones you don't have.Cons: you know yourself well; have already tried various personality tools; are successful in your career. This tool will not significantly enhance what you already know and will not bring any real insight (which was my case).A generally well-thought out book with a variety of skills to consider (although some I found repetitive). A sound marketing strategy, but I found expensive for what it offered.
sandrafelker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have taken the Meyers Briggs test many times and feel that this evaluation provided more insight into my specific drivers and values than the MB test ever did. I plan on preparing a strategy to capitalize on my strengths and will probably give this book as a gift to quite a few people this holiday!
adamallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book one star only because I like it's premise - stop spending so much time focusing on your weaknesses and embrace and build your strengths. Personally, I believe this is an important point for both adults and children.Beyond that point, this book is typical self-help drivel. It has essentially one chapter that you can read in 30 minutes or less. What you really buy the book for is the sealed code in the back pocket which allows you to take an online test which "determines your strengths". You go through umpteen million multiple choice questions and it spits out your "Top 5 Themes" and an "Action-Planning Guide". I say horseshit.I hate to sound so negative about it but here are my two issues:#1 - my five themes, I could have guessed. They just gave them fancy made-up names (Relator, Intellection, Strategic, Input, Learner). WTF?#2 - Their "Theme Descriptions" do nothing more than regurgitate words from the questions you just took. I mean really, how hard is it to write a description of a "Learner"?#3 - Their "Ideas for Action" - again, garbage. Two examples straight from my "Intellection Theme": "Consider beginning or continuing your studies in philosophy, literature, or psychology. Youwill always enjoy subjects that stimulate your thinking." and "You are at your best when you have the time to follow an intellectual trail and see where itleads."OK, Captain F'n Obvious, if I tested as having an Intellection Theme, don't you think I'm doing these things already?I was sorely disappointed in this book although when I picked it up, I did get a faint whiff of suck. It's such a good premise too...
dizzyg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My boss bought this book for me. We all took the 'test'. It was amazing how accurate the results felt. Did I gain new insight into myself? Not really. Did it sound more accurate then say astrology? Definitely.
DaveShearon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. Small but powerful, especially as a support for the online assessment. Works great with high school juniors and up in gaining insights for directions in college. Buy it!
89vine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you purchase this book, it's mainly for the code in the back of the book, which you can use to take an online test from the author. It's definitely worth the money, if you care about finding your strengths.I'd go so far as to say it's life changing.