It’s Better to Be Sharp vs. Well-Rounded – According to Gallup

Mindset Monday: Tips to get your mind right

If you’re like me, you are always looking to improve your self and your game.  

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Strengths Finder 2.0 is “based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to help people discover and describe these talents.1   The Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003), along with Tom Rath and a team of scientists at Gallup, created the online StrengthsFinder assessment.2”  This is the same Gallup organization that does all of the polling you hear about during election season.

The basic premise behind the book, study, and online assessment tool is that:

  • We have our strengths and talents.
  • We are better off investing our time and energy in improving our strengths instead of shoring up our weaknesses.  
  • Team up with people who’s strengths are your weaknesses.

You might be someone that is great and talented at starting things but are not great at finishing them.  Conventional thinking says that you should learn how to finish things.  Conventional thinking says that you should develop systems and learn to use tools and techniques to shore up this weakness.  Conventional thinking says that you should be well-rounded.

But 40 years of research says this is wrong.  There are other people out there that love finishing things but never get anything started.  You would benefit each other by complimenting each other’s talents.

The book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, is a very quick read and gives you an access code to the online assessment.  You take a quick survey online and it gives you a report on your strengths.  Ideally, all the members of your team take the same assessment and you each fill in the roles that fit your strengths.  Then you find people to fill in any roles that you might be missing.

At the very least, you see what you are strong at and begin developing those talents even more.  Go for it.  It’s an awesome book and I highly recommend it.



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