StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and My Thoughts

This is the tenth book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through the Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman. Our goal is to get through 99 books this year. Do we read the whole book? Nope. We digest the summary(s) of the book and I give my thoughts and you give your thoughts. Feel free to follow along and comment if you would like.

Josh has been kind enough to write a summary of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. I encourage you to read the full summary. Here are the 10 points from that summary:

  1. Contrary to popular opinion, talent and potential matter a lot.
  2. For best results, focus on doing what you’re naturally good at.
  3. Time spent developing areas of weaknesses is time ill spent.
  4. Partner with others who have different strengths that complement yours.
  5. Diverse teams are more effective because they have a larger pool of strengths to draw from.
  6. Encourage peers and direct reports to focus on utilizing their strengths, not “areas of improvement”.
  7. Hire for talent and develop for strength.
  8. Build your activities and schedule around your strengths.
  9. Intentionally focus on activities that help you develop your talents into strengths.
  10. Identify areas where you’re using more than one personal strength at a time – those are activities in which you can be world-class.

Main idea of the book: It is better to work within your strengths than to focus on trying to improve your weaknesses. If you can find a career that you are working in 3-5 of your top strengths then you will be happier and work better for longer.

These ideas stretched me:

  • As uncomfortable as it is to say, you can’t be anything you want to be
  • People do better work if they focus on their personal areas of strength.
  • Knowing your areas of natural strength is hugely valuable.

My Thoughts: My 5 top strengths according to this book are:

  • Woo
  • Maximizer
  • Achiever
  • Belief
  • Ideation

Do I see that in myself? Yes very much so. I sit in a lot of meetings thinking of new ideas and how to implement them. I network with people all over the globe. I start businesses that are wrapped around causes. I walk into rooms and wonder how to make things better.

Even though I think this book pegged me and that I think it has pegged every person I have talked to about this book I am not sure it is best as a personal tool. The most I got out of this book is as a leader, manager, or boss. Knowing your strengths is great and leaning into those is wonderful. Knowing your teams strengths and how to maximize them is even better. If I were you I would have your team go through this book as soon as possible. Then make sure that they are working in their strengths. You will be much better off for sure.

Have you gone through this book yet? If so what are your strengths? Do you see those strengths above in me?

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8 Responses to StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and My Thoughts

  1. Michael at #

    I did this a few years ago and the book opened my eyes to why I do most of the things I do and why I respond in certain ways. I would recommend that every leader should know their strengths.

    • Strategic
    • Achievement
    • Woo
    • Belief
    • Communication

  2. Thanks Michael. I appreciate the comment.


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