Strengths Finder 2.0

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
by: Abbie Dzara

“You cannot be anything you want to be- but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”- Tom Rath

Looking to improve your team? Take a look at Strengths Finder by Tom Rath. Strengths Finder 2.0 provides readers with a detailed breakdown of their strengths and how to maximize them. It also allows a team to discover the strengths they are lacking, so they can look for those when hiring new people. Recently, all of us at Fresh Admin read and took the Strengths Finder assessment. We then got together as a team to review our strengths and what we could build upon as a team. It was a great bonding experience for our company.

The first 31 pages of the book focus on using your natural talent for ultimate success and not focusing on improving weaknesses. The book prepares you for the assessment that you will later take.

One topic discussed that stood out to me is: A person who always struggles in a subject is unlikely to be an expert of the topic. A person who already naturally succeeds in a subject has greater potential for success. The key to human development is building on who you already are. Often, we focus on our weakness, but never focus on things that we are already naturally talented at.

The next step of the book is to take an online assessment. This only takes about 35 minutes. I found this part enjoyable because it allowed me time to focus on my. This purpose of the assessment is to measure your most natural responses to questions. Once the assessment is completed you receive a comprehensive Strength Discover and Action-Planning Guide. The results will include your top five theme reports, 50 ideas for action plans, and an overview with detailed summary for research on strength-based approach.

As a team, we all shared our top five strengths and also discussed the strengths that we were lacking. Sharing and discussing the results were very beneficial to the office. We now know the most effective ways to communicate and work with each other.

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Abbie Dzara