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Hidden Strengths: Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have

Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2015)

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.

Becoming a Great Leader: Lessons from Silicon Valley

Round Table Press (2012)

Dr. Gustavo Rabin presents dynamic, transformative tools and strategies for today’s business leaders. Through the compelling stories of eight executives who have sought out his assistance, Dr. Rabin presents insightful approaches to leadership change that he has utilized with executives at Google, Intel, Linkedin, Cisco, Yahoo!, Roche, Barclays, AMD and so many other companies.

The End of Work as You Know It: Eight Strategies to Redefine Work in Your Own Terms

Ten Speed Press (2012)

In today’s often-challenging job market, many of us want to feel more engaged with our current jobs rather than try to find the “perfect” position. Veteran leadership consultants and authors Milo and Thuy Sindell share eight thought-provoking strategies to help you create the end of work as you know it—their phrase for the ideal state of harmony among what you do for a living, why you do it, and the results you achieve.

Job Spa: 12 Weeks to Refresh, Refocus, and Recommit to Your Career

Adams Media (2008)

Does your boss ignore you? Is your career going nowhere? Are you just going through the motions? If so, you need a trip to the Job Spa. Inside, authors Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell detail an easy-to-master program that shows you how to reengage with your work and approach your career with new levels of energy and enthusiasm. Doing so will enable you to: Make a 100 percent commitment to ge the most from you job, Leverage your strengths to achieve their professional goals, Conquer workplace culture, Gain the respect of your boss and colleagues, Build valuable relationships in the workplace.

Sink or Swim: New Job. New Boss. 12 Weeks to Get it Right.

Adams Media (2006)

Most new employees are thrown into their positions with little or no orientation and must either “sink or swim’ in the first 90 days - or face termination. This book shows readers how to be a performer from day one. With week-by-week charts, and straightforward, no B.S. information, this book enables any new employee, in any industry to decode the company’s culture, discern what the priorities should be and survive and thrive in the first twelve weeks.

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