Don't expect a traditional book.
The real value comes from an on-line survey: make sure you can transform some on the "ideas for action" in concrete change.
I'm generally skeptic about this type of tools but has been strongly suggested by one of my colleagues: in the end I must confess I found a couple of good advices :)
Very short and quick to read (is a plus)
Tt's a book for who want to find his natural strengths. Nice to read, and to test.
Develop your weakness or improve your strength?<br />Analytical: prove it!<br />Discipline: Your world needs to be predictable, ordered and planned (!!!)<br />Intellection: need for mental activities<br />Restorative: feel energized to solve problem?<br />Self-Assurance: other can guide, suggest, but you alone have the authority to make decisions....Continua
this book is good for what it does. basically, it accompanies a personality test - or, to be more precise, a strengths test. at the outset, the book primes you to correlate finding your strengths with success and business value with a few threadbare chapters. the majority of the book, however, is dedicated to defining the 34 strengths.
there are some good things to note:
(1) gallup is a trustworthy name in polling and statistics, and i would trust them to have assembled some solid research;
(2) the book defines the strength, identifies the trait w/ characteristic quotations from people with that strength, then it gives you some actions to start aligning your life w/ that strength - that seems like a comprehensive approach to me;
(3) once completed, you will have a vocabulary of strengths to use to describe yourself and others, which may have positive impacts for team-building as well.
what i don't like:
(1) i can't say that the actions are tactically useful (i.e., if you're creative, let's say, the book might tell you to start an arts and crafts project or take a painting class)
(2) there's not a composite view of you and your 5 strengths - so i'm left with: how do i prioritize my action planning? are there typical strength clusters to which people with strength A belong? who am i ultimately?
if anything, this book is useful for implementing a strengths-based assessment of yourself and others and using that to discuss activities and performance.
or, you could just keep telling people to be less of a dumbass. come to think of it, i wish there were a parody book called WeaknessFinder 2.0, and it would assess my idiocy profile. in that case, i might be a lazy, boorish, idiot, garrulous jackoff. but my good friends could probably already tell you that....Continua