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Hidden Strengths: Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have
Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell
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Format: Hardcover, 128pp.
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pub. Date: May 18, 2015
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Build a Foundation for Continual Growth
In today's turbulent world you need to continually develop new skills to remain agile and adaptive—otherwise, your strengths will become crutches. But contrary to what many people believe, the best way to develop new skills isn't working on your weaknesses—it's identifying and elevating the underdeveloped abilities that lie between your weaknesses and your strengths.
Books like StrengthsFinder 2.0 have helped leaders build on what they're best at—but they stop there. If you only go that far you're missing a huge opportunity for professional growth. Leading Silicon Valley consultants Thuy and Milo Sindell argue that relying exclusively on your top abilities can actually hold you back—it's critical that you expand your repertoire of skills. The most effective way to do that is find your hidden strengths—midlevel skills that can quickly be elevated into learned strengths with attention and focus. This book shows you how.
Too many people waste their time working on their weaknesses, say the Sindells. Although focusing on shoring up weaknesses on the surface makes sense, they've found that it takes too much time and effort—the ROI just isn't there. The neglected skills in the middle, neither strengths nor weaknesses, are where the most potent development opportunities lie. They're close enough to being strengths that putting your energy there can offer a fast and powerful payoff. Us the Sindells' free online Hidden Strengths Assessment, along with the exercises and case studies in the book, you'll be able to identify your most promising hidden strengths and create a plan to turn them into major assets.
In today's work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. You can't keep leaning on the things you're naturally good at or your strengths will become training wheels. But with the Sindells' help, you'll continually develop new skills that will keep you riding at the front of the pack.
“Thuy and Milo Sindell take a new angle in the strengths conversation by tackling the question of why it's so tempting to focus on extremes—our strengths and weaknesses—while overlooking our capacity in the middle: our hidden strengths. Finding these unlocks one's potential to transform knowledge and skills into learned strengths.“
—Bill McLawhon, Head of Leadership Development, Facebook
“This book is a great companion for any leader or anyone who wants to grow to be one.”
—Beverly Kaye, founder, Career Systems International, and coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, and Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss
“This book is a very practical, step-by-step approach to moving beyond the madness of focusing on developing weaknesses and getting by on strengths to identify and leverage our hidden strengths for personal and professional success.”
—Daniel Carusi, HCS, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, Global Talent and Learning, Deltek University
“If you are looking to add inspiration to your own learning plan for professional development or you are responsible for helping individuals, teams, and organizations optimize their talents and performance, this book outlines a way to create leadership skills at every level of the organization.”
—Kim McEachron, Chief People Officer, Genomic Health, Inc.
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About the Authors
Milo Sindell is a principal in Skyline Group International, Inc., a Silicon Valley–based human capital solutions consulting company that combines the scalability of technology with one-on-one coaching. Milo and Thuy have been featured by national media, including Fortune, CNN Money, Businessweek, Washington Post, Fox News, and NBC News, and are the coauthors of Sink or Swim, Job Spa, and The End of Work as You Know It. Thuy Sindell is a principal in Skyline Group International, Inc., a Silicon Valley–based human capital solutions consulting company that combines the scalability of technology with one-on-one coaching. Thuy and Milo have been featured by national media, including Fortune, CNN Money, Businessweek, Washington Post, Fox News, and NBC News, and are the coauthors of Sink or Swim, Job Spa, and The End of Work as You Know It.
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