Great career planning book for you or your teams
This book builds on the research found in "First, Break All The Rules" and explains how to be truly happy and successful you should play to your strengths rather than mitigate your weaknesses. The book identified 34 unique strengths that people possess and includes an online assessment (Strenghtfinder) which identifies your top 5 strengths. Then it goes on to describe how you can take advantage of those strengths. Managers will appreciate a section on how to manage people with those strengths. I find the philosophy quite motivating and have used it for myself and in facilitating career planning for the people I manage. It has helped me tailor roles that better suit the talents and abilities of my team members--making them more effective and satisfied. My only wish for the book is that the authors go into more detail on the types of roles appropriate for each strength or identify famous people that also hold that strength. NOTE: The StrengthFinder online assessment uses a unique code printed on the dustcover jacket so if you want to use that component, you should buy an unread new copy (vs. used).Read full review
This book is no good purchased as used
I found out that with this particular book, you must go to a web site to complete a "StrengthsFinder Profile". To do this, you need a personal ID code, which comes printed on the book jacket. The problem is that this code can only be used once, so if you buy the book used, and the previous owner has already used the ID code, you are out of luck. To get a new code, you must purchase a new book. Because I purchased this book used, and the code had already been used, I was not able to discover my strengths.
Excellent book-only buy new
Donald Clifton and his research through Gallup are exceptional. This book on supporting the development of natural talents in people is a must read for leaders. I also recommend the book designed for college students, StrengthsQuest. As noted by other reviewers do NOT buy this book USED unless you have already taken Gallup's StrengthFinder assessment via another source. Each book has a one time use code that is mandatory for full understanding and benefit of the book.
The author gives great examples of successful people that have made it, simply by doing what they are good at and enjoying it all along the journey. This book discusses why a person should focus on their strengths versus trying to constantly improve upon their weaknesses. It has inspired me to focus on understanding what my greatest strength is and work on that. Instead of focusing and trying to improve on my weaknesses because it will take much longer to be successful if I am working against the grain.
Think before you leap
This book was bought for a class I am taking online. I bought a NEW book because it had an access code that we had to use for an online web site.When time came to use the code, it was invalid.Though the book looked new, someone else had used the code. There was no way I could have checked it before I bought it. They said it was NEW and I believed them.I learned that if you need a book with an online code, go to the bookstore and don't buy online. It ended up costing me double for the book.