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  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    This is a book designed to help you get the best return on your investment for personal leadership development. The main focus is finding the middle 70%, not the 20% of key strengths you already exhibit, nor the bottom 10% that are you main weaknesses but that middle ground that you can learn to make small changes at and focus on making changes there. Based on the studies they provide if you only focus on your key strengths you will become stagnant, and to quote Steven Brust: "Failure This is a book designed to help you get the best return on your investment for personal leadership development. The main focus is finding the middle 70%, not the 20% of key strengths you already exhibit, nor the bottom 10% that are you main weaknesses but that middle ground that you can learn to make small changes at and focus on making changes there. Based on the studies they provide if you only focus on your key strengths you will become stagnant, and to quote Steven Brust: "Failure leads to maturity Maturity leads to success Success leads to stagnation Stagnation leads to failure!" If you only rely on your strengths you will eventually either fail or become redundant. But on the other end of the spectrum if you try and change your greatest weaknesses, not only will it take a lot of effort but often there is very little return on investment. The amount you can make changes here is small. However on the other hand if you pick a skill or two in that middle ground and consistently work at you can turn them into key strengths. They will not take nearly the effort of your bottom 10% and the results will be much more dramatic. The sections in the book are: Introduction Part 1 About Hidden Strengths 1. What Are Hidden Strengths? Why Hidden Strengths? The Risk of Focusing on Weaknesses The Risk of Overrelying on Strengths The Reward of Focusing on Hidden Strengths 2. The Four Principles of Hidden Strengths Principle #1: Leverage Your Traits, and Develop Your Skills Leverage Your Traits Develop Your Skills Principle #2: The Middle Is the Source for Development Principle #3: Practice, Practice, Practice Principle #4: Always Be Working on Your Hidden Strengths Part 2 Uncovering The Gold Mine Of Opportunity 3. Identifying Your Natural Strengths, Hidden Strengths, and Weaknesses The Twenty-Eight Skills Leading Self Leading Others Leading the Organization Leading Implementation 4. Reviewing Your Results Your Hidden Strengths Report Part 3 Harnessing Your Potential 5. Making Your Hidden Strengths Work for You Hidden Strengths Development Plan Step 1: Find Your Motivation Step 2: Identify Your Goals Step 3: Choose Your Hidden Strengths to Develop Step 4: Turn Your Hidden Strengths into Learned Strengths Step 5: Evaluate Your Progress 6. Leading Your Evolution Sustainability The Never-Ending Adventure Share the Love Appendix A: The Twenty-Eight Skills and Why They Matter Appendix B: Hidden Strengths Development Worksheet Notes Accessing Your Free Hidden Strengths Profile Acknowledgements Index About the Authors This book was a great read and I have already recommended it to a number of people. It clearly lays out the why - focus on the middle 70%, and only focus on changing 1 or 2 at a time. The how - do the online survey, find your area's and work on them diligently. With the book you get access to the survey and can do it as many times as you need. After you get your results you apply Part three from the book and work on them and turn them into true strengths. This is an excellent read and I highly recommend it and know I will be using the tools it provides to help me grow that middle 70% and you can also! Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More.

  2. 5 out of 5

    November Is Nyarlathotep The Haunted Reading Room

    Review: HIDDEN STRENGTHS by Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell A short and fast-paced guide with a powerful impact, HIDDEN STRENGTHS is not the ordinary business leadership handbook. The authors' extensive training experience has taught them to focus not on weaknesses (which consume energy with little consequence) nor on perceived strengths (which tend to lead to stagnation rather than continued leadership evolution). Instead, teach the Sindells, current and future leaders would profit fro Review: HIDDEN STRENGTHS by Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell A short and fast-paced guide with a powerful impact, HIDDEN STRENGTHS is not the ordinary business leadership handbook. The authors' extensive training experience has taught them to focus not on weaknesses (which consume energy with little consequence) nor on perceived strengths (which tend to lead to stagnation rather than continued leadership evolution). Instead, teach the Sindells, current and future leaders would profit from first identifying, then focusing on, those medium-ground skills, possessed but as yet unperfected. The 70% of skills each of us possess are our Hidden Strengths, which with the effort to identify, then exercise, can become our back-up strengths, and the impetus to our leadership evolution. HIDDEN STRENGTHS: UNLEASHING THE CRUCIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS YOU ALREADY HAVE cuts through the clutter to deliver practical, immediate, advice and direction. I reviewed a print copy generously provided by the authors via The Cadence Group.

  3. 5 out of 5

    RJ McGill

    I don't read a lot of self help books, fair or not, to me once all the fluff is blown away, they are pretty much the same. But, this little book peaked my interest...and boy am I glad! Thuy and Milo Sindell have introduced a new concept in self improvement, The Hidden Strengths Methodology. Hidden Strengths challenges you to think differently, most self improvement programs focus on your weaknesses, Sindell says this is where we err. According to this plan, 10% is weakness, 20% is str I don't read a lot of self help books, fair or not, to me once all the fluff is blown away, they are pretty much the same. But, this little book peaked my interest...and boy am I glad! Thuy and Milo Sindell have introduced a new concept in self improvement, The Hidden Strengths Methodology. Hidden Strengths challenges you to think differently, most self improvement programs focus on your weaknesses, Sindell says this is where we err. According to this plan, 10% is weakness, 20% is strength, with 70% hidden in the middle. This is where your untapped potential lies. So, instead of focusing on the weaknesses, which is frustrating and has slim chance of bringing any real changes, we should be concentrating on that center 70%, these skills are closer to being strengths already. Wow, what a concept! Sindell explains quickly, concisely, and in easy to read language what you need to do. Hidden Strengths is an investment in your future and at under 100 pages it doesn't require you to invest a lot of time. In addition you also have access to the online assessment which gives you a list of hidden strengths you already have in your arsenal. Then you narrow the list down to the skills that are vital to your professional goals at this time...and presto! You are on your way to uncovering and honing your Hidden Strengths. People are always looking for the quick fix, you know - the fountain of youth of self help. Something that is painless, really fast, and requires no concessions, changes, or burdens. As far as I know there is nothing like that for any aspect of our lives. Simply put, it took a period of time to get in whatever "mess" you are in. It has been painful. It has altered your life, as well as, changed you. It took time to get where-ever you are. So it will take time, effort, and maybe even some pain to get to where you want to go. This book will help you get started in the right direction. So why wait any longer? Discover your inner strengths. Happy Reading, RJ

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liquid Frost

    This is a short, concise review of common concepts within the study of leadership. As is often the case, the same principles also lend well to personal self-development and growth. Having read numerous textbooks, journal articles and a healthy smattering of similar books (graduate thesis was on Transformational Leadership), I found much of the book a solid review of leadership characteristics and traits. So, I’ll throw this out right now: I do not subscribe to Strengths-Based Leadersh This is a short, concise review of common concepts within the study of leadership. As is often the case, the same principles also lend well to personal self-development and growth. Having read numerous textbooks, journal articles and a healthy smattering of similar books (graduate thesis was on Transformational Leadership), I found much of the book a solid review of leadership characteristics and traits. So, I’ll throw this out right now: I do not subscribe to Strengths-Based Leadership. I know it is a big community I’m going against, but it is what it is. Luckily, Thuy and Milo Sindell concentrate on the vast middle-ground, or the Hidden Strengths. They chart a 20/70/10 split between Strengths, Hidden Strengths, and Weaknesses; respectively. By that, and to an extent I agree, most people live in the 20 percent, or their strengths as they've had previous success and it is in their comfort zone. Naturally, we also stay away from the 10 percent, or the areas in which we lack. So, that leaves the 70%. That is a great deal of area to develop and that is the foundation of this book. By leveraging traits, concentrating on that 70% with self-identification and practice, you allow the (hopefully) 20% to grow and tip the scales. Through self-assessment and 360 degree reviews, you begin to identify what characterizes are good, as well as those in which development can occur. There is a nice list of traits on page 31 that is rather robust and should help to begin your development plan. The biggest piece which often lacks is the actual call-to-action. As Jim Maxwell, Tony Robbins, and many, many others drill into their readers: Identify and Act. Often we can identify but fall short in the actual implementation of a growth and development plan. I equate this to pretty much anything in our lives. For example, you may have spent 20 years working on pot belly. Obviously, you can’t expect 3 months of hitting the gym to correct that. But sticking with and monitoring progress, you can achieve desired results in a relatively short time, just not overnight. Manage expectations. I’m sure you've heard that tossed around at the workplace – and it actually isn't a corporate buzz phrase. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review

  5. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    I am not part of the target audience for this book. Nonetheless, I found the information in here to be very handy and useful. While written for people in business, many of the 28 skills listed here can also apply to family (whether singly, immediate family units, or even extended family) and the same goes for friends. Honestly, some of the advice in here is common sense and can be applied to non-business situations, though others are very business-specific. Some of the things in here I am not part of the target audience for this book. Nonetheless, I found the information in here to be very handy and useful. While written for people in business, many of the 28 skills listed here can also apply to family (whether singly, immediate family units, or even extended family) and the same goes for friends. Honestly, some of the advice in here is common sense and can be applied to non-business situations, though others are very business-specific. Some of the things in here can also apply to low-tier workers, but others are more geared towards people in middle or upper management. The talk about Hidden Strengths and how to develop them, as well as taking a bandage approach to Weaknesses, made me think of my own skills, and which ones I can better develop, and which ones I ultimately have always sucked at. Fortunately my job doesn't require any of the skills I am weak in, but a couple of things in here have made me think. Overall a good book and one I would definitely recommend to others.

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    Sam

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    Jeri

    I would say this is a 3.5 stars book. The concept is that individuals should focus on the areas that are not their strengths or the weaknesses, but those that are in between those two spectrums. There is a basic assessment that is included with the book, and it reminds me very much of the Strength Finders book, but with a little different focus. I'm not sure this is a good option for everyone, but something to consider in your arsenal of coaching tools.

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