12 June 2013

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Recently, my husband had a day-long training in office. They were given the book "StrengthsFinder 2.0" which he brought back home and suggested that i read it. 
This is unlike any other self-help book. Based on some thorough research, it comes with a code for an online assessment to gauge what your top 5 stengths are. The core philosophy is this : "you are more likely to excel when you invest your energy in developing your strengths instead of correcting your weakness". 

Our Society is so obsessed with focussing on people's shortcomings. Our books, movies and folklore are filled with stories of the underdog who beats one-in-a-million odds. We celebrate those who triumph over their lack of natural ability more that we recognize those who capitalize on their innate talents. In every culture, we have this fixation for 'weakness' in a person, nicely put, 'areas of improvement'. What we do not realize is that each person has a greater potential for success in specific areas...so the key for human development is building on who you already are.

The book lists and details out 34 most common talents. On going through each of these talents, one realizes what his/her strengths and 'lack of talent' are. The book then lists out what you can do to further sharpen this strength (10 ideas for action), or if there is a weakness, to partner with someone who has more talent in something that you are lacking.

For me, the book came closest to evaluating my strengths. Knowing one's strengths can really make a difference in not only in one's career but also can build confidence in one's personal life. Do read! :)

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