Friday, December 26, 2008

The Truth About You

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.


Daniel said...

So how many books have you read this year? I have read just over 30, with about 4 or 5 in progress, and another 10 in the queue coming up.

Brian Miller said...

Probably 100-150 easily. I love to read.

dp said...

Seriously you guys read that much?

Brian Miller said...

Yeah, 2-3 books a week is pretty standard for me.

dp said...

and how long does it take for you to read 2-3 books? I used to be able to do that when I was a kid, but it took way too much time. Is this normal even when your family is in town?

Brian Miller said...

I usually read about an hour in the evenings and half hour in the mornings. I can clip about 120 - 150 pages an hour. More toward the 2 books a week when the fam is in town.

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Jingle said...


i did not mean to stump you with math, some people like it, thus the target is different audience.

another solution is somewhat hard,
do you know 3!=3x2x1=6,

solution #2 to my math challenge:


which is exactly the same as 24=8+8x2=8+16,
why i can not write it as later part?
the requirement is to use 8, 8, 3, 3, each once...thus

8+(8x3!)/3 is the solution which uses 8 twice, 3 twice.

Now I feel better.
Thank you for the comment on math,
hope that you enjoy a beautiful evening!

Jingle said...

Dear Brian:

I will see you tomorrow.
I myself have a husband who calls his Mom every week, 100% listens to his Mom despite that we are in America, and She is in Asia,.people are all similar..Thus,I know or understand the relation between you and your MOM...

Me, never argue about it,
I let him be HIM, I feel confident about my openness, after more than 12 years of tolerance, now, I am so free, he allows me to be ME.

Well, I am trying to explain why I understand family stuff, it is all the same. I am not your wife, thus I an not jealous at all, I am thrilled that your Mom and You are close...

I respect you and cherish our blogging friendship.