StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder 2.0 is one of the bestsellers. Do you know whether you have a talent to something or not? Do you have the chance to do the things that you can do best every day? Do you know that you may have other talents but you still don’t find you have? After you read the heartbreaking novel: If I stay,you will appreciate the this psychological book.

Book introduction

Actually, each people has many talents to do something, because of many reasons, you have no chance to find it. Maybe you are busy in developing one of the talents that you have find earlier, then you ignore to find the others. Or maybe there is no enough condition for you to find it. Or maybe there are other reasons. In one word, our natural gifts are not waked up anymore. From the little child to the adult, we wasting most time to focus on our weakness instead of our advantages and strengths. In a nutshell, our shortcomings are magnified, our strengths are downsized.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.
The book is a quick read and very helpful in getting one to consider one’s strengths and the potential complementary strengths to look for in others to offset their owns’ weaker areas, if you work in a team environment.

Author introduction

How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, the latest New York Times bestseller from Tom Rath, was named one of the top three business books of 2013 and has received critical acclaim as an essential read “for managers to be successful” (The Globe and Mail) and a “well written and scrupulously researched approach to improving one’s lifestyle” (Kirkus).
Rath’s latest book features a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Readers’ reviews

This book gives us a description of about 32 different strengths that people have, and at its core is an access code to an online Myers Briggs type assessment you can take to identify your strengths. The book is merely a reference for the strengths that an online assessment helps you identify, along with strengths that others may have and how you might identify these in people to work better in teams together. While reading the book I enjoyed the conversational tone and the examples it gave. I was able to identify 16 potential strengths.
When I took the exam, I was surprised that I had a strength that I did not identify. This made me read the book again and ask others how they felt. My friends agreed with the test and showed me how I use that strength without thinking about it. It is very enlightening to know your strengths.