I recently became a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson. The first book up…The Truth about You.
I did not want to like this book. Don’t get me wrong, Marcus Buckingham’s books First Break all the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strength as two of my favorite management books. I was a little frustrated with the third book Go Put Your Strengths to Work, so going into this review I was a little apprehensive.
The Truth about You is at best a primer or reminder of core concepts explored in the other books. The book is straight forward and simple, addressing five myths that we learn early on in life. The message Marcus shares is important; understand your strengths and identify ways to utilize them.
The book does an adequate job, but the highlight of this toolkit is the DVD. When Marcus speaks, the words that may have seemed drab in print come alive and stoke the fires of inspiration inside each of us. Being the highlight, it was not without it's own flaws, as I had a hard time accessing the DVD on PC from the pop up menu, it took some tinkering to get it to work.
The notebook included in the toolkit comes off as an after thought and does little to add value to the toolkit. If you are looking for a book to help you get started in identifying or understanding your strengths, this may be the book for you. If you are looking for something beyond that, I suggest you start with one of Marcus Buckingham’s earlier books.
Over simple, over priced.