The bottom line: Gain insight into what you do best so that you can start doing more of it.
Before I get into the review, a word of advice to all potential buyers: You must buy this book new. A new book comes with an exclusive one-time access code in the back that unlocks an online survey. Your unique survey results will then calculate what your strengths are, so that you can get the most value out of StrengthsFinder 2.0. Without an original unique code, the book is of no help to you unless you already know your strengths and want to read up on them.
Research demonstrates that people tend not to utilize their natural talents, leading to frustration. Even more, most people also tend not the scale their strengths, but instead focus on scrutinizing their weaknesses.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is designed to help you first identify what your innate talents are, so that you can invest in them and produce strength, or consistent near-perfect performance.
The key idea behind StrengthsFinder 2.0 is that in order for you to be successful, you must not waste taste time on what you can’t do well, but to invest heavily in what you can do well.
This is accomplished by taking a 177-question online assessment. Your “grade” on this test computes your top five themes which you can then read about amongst the 34 themes described in this book. So, StrengthsFinder 2.0 isn’t a book that you read cover to cover but only focus on those themes applicable to you. Each theme describes the type of person that fits in the category, what a person with the theme sounds like in real-life, gives dozens of ideas for action to cultivate the theme, and concludes with tips for others who have that theme.
What this book does very well is introduce you to the real you and not the version of you that others have molded for you. With this sincere insight in mind, you will be equipped with the tools needed to leverage what you do best into your job, career, and life in general.
You may also find a hidden talent that you never would have explored on your own. What the book doesn’t do well is give out ideas for action that are very general, vague, and in some instances common sense. Especially for a theme that you may already have a sense of (e.g. “Analytical”) the book suggests blatantly obvious ideas (e.g. work in a field in which you analyze).
Ultimately, StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a useful book that compels you to take a good, hard look at who you really are and will likely be a go-to resource well into the future.