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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; First Edition edition (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620408
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Rath has written three international bestsellers in the last decade. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Rath's book StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a long-running #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and was listed by USA Today as the top-selling business book of 2008. His latest bestseller, Strengths Based Leadership, was published in 2009. In total, Rath's books have sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone and made more than 100 appearances on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Rath has been with Gallup for 14 years and leads Gallup's workplace research and leadership consulting around the world. Rath also serves on the board of VHL.org, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Harper, live in Arlington, VA.

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup's international workplace management and well-being practices. He coauthored the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which is based on the largest worldwide study of employee engagement.

Since joining Gallup in 1985, Harter has authored or coauthored more than 1,000 research studies, some of which have been reported on in bestselling management books, academic articles, book chapters, and publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is coauthor of “Manage Your Human Sigma," published in the Harvard Business Review. Harter earned his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jim andhis wife, RaLinda, and their sons, Joey and Sam, live in Omaha, Nebraska.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 4 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is Tom Rath's latest book, co-authored with Jim Harter whose previous book, 12: The Elements of Great Managing, Harter co-authored with Rodd Wagner. Rath explains that in addition to their own research for this book, he and Harter consulted an abundance of research conducted by the Gallup Organization with which they are associated. Moreover, "Gallup assembled an assessment composed of the best questions asked over the last 50 years. To create this assessment, the Well-Being Finder, we tested hundreds of questions across countries, languages, and vastly different life situations."

For me, some of the most important revelations include those that help to explain how people (in a 150 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) experience their days and evaluate their lives overall. More specifically, as Rath and Harter explain, five distinct statistical factors emerged. "These core dimensions are universal elements of well-being, or how we think about and experience our lives - the interconnected elements that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering." Although 66% of those surveyed are doing well in one of the five areas, only 7% are thriving in all five. "These five factors are the currency of a life that is worthwhile. They describe demands of life that we can all [begin italics] do something about [end italics] and that are important to people in every life situation we studied.
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By Margaux Carter on April 4 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Really think this a great book. Motivates you to take better care of yourself in all aspects of your life. Plus I zipped through it... about half the book has the science that backs the findings, which is interesting, but skim-able (for me at least). The heart and what I love is reading about the 5 strengths and then taking the quiz to see where you can improve in your own areas of wellbeing. I just finished and am buying 2 more copies for my family and boyfriend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on May 7 2014
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This is a complete rip-off in kindle version. There is no code. Do not waste your money. Buy the hard cover version
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By saba on Aug. 9 2014
Format: Hardcover
very enlightening and inspiring book to help you balance the different aspects of your life. easy and quick read. the survey is very insightful. a great gift for friends and family.
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