05 January 2015

One-Star Revue: Tom Rath, STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0

If we learned one thing from 2014, it was that the haters are going to hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. It's just their core capacity! So today we're taking a look at the 1-star reviews on Amazon's top-selling book of 2014, Tom Rath's STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0.

This is kind of a cheat because I'm not overly familiar with Rath's work; I only know friends who have been through his training sessions (career/ talent related), and what I've heard has been positive. So I'm not in the best place to defend his organizational work, but I think we can all agree that no one deserves inanities like this:

  • "After over 6 months of failed attempts to get the online quiz to work, I have to label this book a BUST!"
  • "You buy this sort of thing to get uplifted, not descend into cubicle-think hell."
  • "Why name the themes Achiever, Adaptability, Belief, and Command? What would have been wrong with revising these to be Achiever, Adaptor, Believer, Commander? This seems symptomatic of some really sloppy thinking."
  • "Knowing what your strengths are is not rocket science."
  • "On the back cover of the book, there's an advertisement for Tom Rath's new book. What does that tell you about the type of book this is... Enough said."
  • "The first book has over 247 pages that are nearly twice the size of the 174 pages of 2.0 which has much smaller pages as it is more of a handbook size than a traditional book size."
  • "I had more accuracy with a free online astrological chart."
(By the way, the top-selling Kindle book of 2014 was THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, which we've already covered in One-Star Revue. Not that it wouldn't be fun to do so again.)

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