Discover your Strengths
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths.
The book spent more than five years on bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions discover their top five talents (out of 34 themes). In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment.
Why we love this book?
We love this book because of its positive approach. We aren’t fans of generalizations and have always resisted the negative perspective of many performance and assessment interviews. Within the framework of these interviews the person or his/her specific talents were usually shortchanged. The tenor was almost always determined by that one aspect that the person concerned did not meet.
Context, talents and having a constructive conversation about this (including naming of the associated pitfalls) were subordinate to the system, the mold through which everyone had to be squeezed. When we discovered the StrengthsFinder-theory, everything fell into place for us.
And that’s why we use it within the Rookie Minds; to have the real conversation based on positivism.