I was really happy to receive this book as a birthday present from a friend. This book helps us to find the areas where we have the greatest potential to develop strengths. As mentioned in the book, studies indicate that people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.
You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are
In the back of the book, there is a unique access code for us to log on to http://www.strengthsfinder.com to take the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. After we have completed the assessment, we are presented with our Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide.
I wasn’t very surprised to find out that my top 5 themes (out of the 34 themes listed in the book) are:
People who are especially talented 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.
People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.