Authors: Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
The book includes a passcode to an online assessment (more on that later). My own strengths shook out as follows:
Input - "People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information."
Learner - "People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them."
Intellection - "People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions."
Context - "People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history."
Connectedness - "People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason."
In total, the book highlights 34 themes which fall into four different categories: executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking. Four of my five (all except connectedness) are strategic thinking strengths. As I am comfortable in that area, I should look to build teams around me of those with strengths in the other three areas. For the record, connectedness falls into relationship building.
I am fully on board with the basic thesis: make the most of your own strengths and, when you can, those of others. Here's the problem: you'll get the most out of the book if you take the online assessment and each individual book copy comes with its own passcode. So, sharing books doesn't work. Everyone needs to buy their own copy.
If you're interested in strengths - and you should be - a more satisfying self-evaluation route might be the VIA Survey. Their strengths cover a broader range of life endeavors AND the initial survey and the basic report are free. For the record, my top five VIA strengths:
- Love of learning