StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0

I took a StrengthsFinder course through my employer, which presented the information in the first part of the book and then had activities for developing talents.  I bought StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (it’s essentially a companion to the test) after attending the course. The most useful piece of this book is the code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment online for yourself, and most of the other information is available through the Gallup website.  The biggest thing I gleaned from the course and the book was to stop wasting time trying to develop talents that are not innate, and to instead focus on my talents I do have.

Thoughts on Talents…

  • You can’t be anything you want to be. That’s just reality.  However, you do have innate talents.  When you know what they are, you can turn them into strengths by adding skills, knowledge, and practice.
  • Your talent can multiply your strength and your success.
  • The goal of the assessment is to help you find your talents, which are the areas where you have the greatest potential to develop strengths. Even if you don’t see them now, the talents from the assessment are there.

Thoughts on Weaknesses…

  • Simply being aware of your weaknesses or lesser talents can help you navigate around them. Instead of trying to develop weaknesses, you should focus on managing them.
  • Is it necessary for you to use the lesser talent? If not, just avoid it!
  • Use a support system.
  • Partner with someone who has talent in an area where you are lacking.
  • Leverage your greater talents to overcome the weakness.

My Own Top 5 Talents

  • Strategic
  • Analytical
  • Futuristic
  • Relator
  • Achiever

I had never stopped to think about them before taking the assessment, but each one of my top talents describes me well.  I found each section in the book and read over the explanation and ideas for action.  I also read through all the personalized strengths insights and the action planning guide from online.  It gave a clear picture of how I can use my talents to create my own success.

In Summary

The information I gained from doing the online assessment was invaluable toward developing my talents.  You don’t have to purchase the book if you want to take the assessment, but it’s generally cheaper to buy the hardcover (which comes with an individual one-time-use code) than to purchase only the assessment through Gallup.

**I have no affiliation with Gallup.  I don’t get any kickbacks or royalties from them.  I just believe in the value of the assessment.  It has had a positive impact on my career and goals.

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