Synopses & Reviews
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.
EXPOSES A FLAW IN A LEADERSHIP FAD: The authors convincingly argue that focusing only on strengths actually can make you a less effective leader.
NETWORKED AUTHORS: The Sindells have been featured by national media including Fortune, CNN Money, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Fox News, and NBC News and have developed relationships with hundreds of HR professionals.
PROVEN MODEL: The Sindells have implemented their model with leading companies like Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, Blue Cross of California, Charles Schwab, LinkedIn, Google, Kodak, Mattel, Stanford University, and many others."This book is a great companion for any leader or anyone who wants to grow to be one."
Founder: Career Systems International
Co-Author - Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want
"Well done! 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 & Chief Learning Officer
Global Talent & Learning
"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. The Hidden Strengths framework for personalized learning is an effective, practical way to refresh and energize your development efforts."
Chief People Officer
Genomic Health, Inc.
"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. "
Former Head of Executive Development
Discover Your Strengths and the StrengthsFinder titles--has resulted in a very one-dimensional model for leadership growth, say Thuy and Milo Sindell. Their research and work have shown that, like everyone, you have hidden, undeveloped strengths that, if identified and worked on, can expand your repertoire of skills, make you a better-balanced leader, and significantly improve performance. Everyone has what the Sindells call Default Skills, or obvious strengths; Deficient Skills, or weaknesses; and Hidden Strengths, or skills in the middle. Focusing only on Default Skills can lead to resting on your laurels. But trying to develop Deficient Skills isn't worth it. It takes too much time and effort to bring these skills up to speed--the ROI just isn't there. It's in the neglected middle skills that the most potent development opportunities lie. They're close enough to being strengths that working on them can offer a powerful payoff--they are Hidden Strengths. Using assessments, exercises, and case studies, the Sindells help you identify your most promising middle skills--your Hidden Strengths--and create a plan to turn them into full strengths. In today's work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. Relying upon strengths is like relying upon training wheels--at a certain point you need to take them off improve and grow.
Books like StrengthsFinder 2.0 have helped leaders discover their strengths—but they stop there. The Sindells argue that focusing only on your best abilities neglects a vital development opportunity. They show how to identify hidden strengths that can be quickly elevated into full strengths with attention and focus.
Working mainly on your strengths can ultimately make you weaker, they argue—you need to continually add new skills, not rely on what you're already good at. And while most people assume that means they should try to turn their weaknesses into usable skills, the Sindells say that it takes too much time and effort —the ROI just isn't there. It's in the neglected middle skills, neither strengths nor weaknesses, that the most potent development opportunities lie. They're close enough to being strengths that putting your energy there can offer a powerful payoff.
Using assessments, exercises, and case studies, the Sindells help you identify your most promising middle skills and create a plan to turn them into strengths. In today's work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. Relying upon strengths is like relying upon training wheels – at a certain point you need to take them off in order to improve and grow.
+ $25,000 publicity and promotion budget
+ National radio and TV interviews
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+ Promotion on the author's blog on PsychologyToday.com
+ Promotion in conjunction with authors' speaking engagements
+ Direct marketing to the authors' email list of 30,000 contacts
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About the Author
Milo Sindell is a president at Skyline Group a human capital solutions firm where he is responsible for market positioning and product strategy. Milo is the founder of two software start-ups; Hit the Ground Running and Knowledge Genie. Milo led in the growth and successful sale of Hit The Ground Running to a global, publically traded firm in 2010. Milo is also the author of three career books that focus on helping employees take accountability for their professional success: The End of Work as You Know It: Eight Strategies to Redefine Work in Your Own Terms (Ten Speed Press, 2010); Job Spa: 12 Weeks to Refresh, Refocus, and Recommit to Your Career (Adams Media, 2008); and Sink or Swim: New Job. New Boss. 12 Weeks to Get it Right (Adams Media, 2006). He has a blog on Psychology Today called, "The End of Work as You Know It." He has been featured in Business Week, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Investors Business Daily, NBC, and Washington Post.Thuy Sindell is the founder and managing partner of Skyline Group, specializing in leadership, team effectiveness, and strategy execution. In her work as a leadership expert, Thuy has worked with managers and their teams to develop their leadership skills in the areas of strategic thinking, influencing, and coaching skills. She focuses on helping her clients get clear on what's expected of them as leaders, build skills to effectively fulfill their roles, take ownership of their career and demonstrate successes by learning to decode the culture and expectations of their unique organizations. Thuy's work has resulted in measurable behavioral changes as well as bottom-line impact. Her clients have included Fortune 500 and industry-leading companies including Apple, Blue Shield of California, Charles Schwab, Facebook, Gap, Gilead, Google, Johnson and Johnson, LinkedIn, and Yahoo!. Her experience has culminated in her co-authoring three career books: Sink or Swim: New Job. New Boss. 12 Weeks to Get it Right (Adams Media, 2006); Job Spa: 12 Weeks to Refresh, Refocus, and Recommit to Your Career (Adams Media, 2008); and The End of Work as You Know It: Eight Strategies to Redefine Work in Your Terms (Ten Speed Press, 2010). She is also the co-founder of companies, Knowledge Genie, a software company that helps subject-matter experts capture, package, and publish what they know into a web app; and Hit The Ground Running, specializing in employee performance, which was acquired in April 2010 by Kenexa (now IBM).