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Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (Strengthening the World Series) [Paperback]

Alex Linley
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29 Feb 2008 Strengthening the World Series
Who wants to be average? Nobody does, and yet few of us know our strengths clearly, or know how to make the most of them. Until now. Average to A+ is the seminal volume for identifying and maximising our strengths.. Written by an international thought leader in the field, Average to A+ presents the state of the art understanding of strengths, including their evolutionary origins and what this means for us in modern times; the golden mean for optimal strengths use; the royal roads to identifying strengths in ourselves and in other people; and how we can make the most of strengths in ourselves, in our children, and at work. Throughout the book, you will see how using strengths is the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference. Average to A+ introduces the three pillars of responsibility of the strengths approach, demonstrating how the collective use of our strengths enables positive social change to tackle the major social challenges we face today. It speaks to each and every one of us as human beings, and invites us to become the best that we are capable of becoming. Average to A+ represents the cutting edge of the strengths approach, and is the standard bearer for the realisation of human strengths and human possibility.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CAPP Press (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906366039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906366032
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are even the least bit intrigued by positive psychology and strengths-based thinking, this book is a must-have. Linley deepens the rationale for the strengths approach and provides a tremendous number of references to tools, methods and experts on this topic. Packed with information yet easy-to-digest, this book is a very valuable follow-up to current best-sellers on this topic. Business leaders ... parents ... coaches ... psychologists ... philanthropists -- everyone can maximize their "strengthspotting" potential through Linley's generous thinking in this book.A" If you want to experience life on a whole new level, and you want to be able to help others to experience this too, Average to A+ is the book for you. In particular I was really impressed (blown away actually!) by how Dr Alex Linley made SO MUCH cutting edge scientific research into such an EASY-to-read book FULL of practical inspiration for life. This is clearly evidence of Dr Linley's strengths in action! I highly recommend this book.A"

About the Author

Dr. Alex Linley is a world authority on positive psychology and its applications, particularly strengths approaches. He is the Founding Director of the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology. Through his consulting work, he applies strengths to people management practices across the employee life cycle with organisations spanning the public and private sectors. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 130 research papers and book chapters, and six books, including Positive Psychology in Practice (Wiley, 2004), Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (CAPP Press, 2008) and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (Oxford University Press, 2009). Alex has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (Blackwell, 2009), and is currently Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review. Alex wrote the business case to help launch the National Talent Bank, an initiative of the Council on Social Action, chaired by the Prime Minister, launched at Downing Street in July 2009. He is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Talent Bank.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical deep dive 13 April 2008
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If you are even the least bit intrigued by positive psychology and strengths-based thinking, this book is a must-have. Linley deepens the rationale for the strengths approach and provides a tremendous number of references to tools, methods and experts on this topic. Packed with information yet easy-to-digest, this book is a very valuable follow-up to current best-sellers on this topic. Business leaders ... parents ... coaches ... psychologists ... philanthropists -- everyone can maximize their "strengthspotting" potential through Linley's generous thinking in this book.
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Dedicated `to all those who are striving to realise strengths in themselves and others' Average to A+ is full of `aha' moments, insights, and inspirational examples of strengths in practice. If you're new to this aspect of Positive Psychology, this book will give you a highly accessible route in, with tools and tips you can apply right away. If you're more experienced with the theory and practice around strengths, this book will enhance and extend your working knowledge, as well as being a really good read. If you're a manager, parent, teacher, coach, talent manager, HR professional or any permutation of the above, you will find heaps of valuable learning here.

I particularly like the writing style of this book: it's readable, well-paced, human and humorous. It wears its hefty academic underpinnings very lightly: a non-academic reader isn't distracted by tons of footnotes and references, nor is there any jargon. If you want to follow up the sources, they are neatly tucked at the back of the book, with useful notes about what and where to look up, including free resources. Each chapter has a key points summary and some really thought-jolting action questions. There's a useful glossary, revealing some of the new vocabulary to describe strengths that Prof Linley and his colleagues are coming up with. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended 20 Jan 2009
By Phil
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Prof Linley takes some cutting-edge theories and techniques from the world of positive psychology in which he is a leading light, and explains them in straightforward language, which is simple without being simplistic, and with plenty of examples. It is therefore fairly easy to understand and relate to the concepts, and to start thinking differently about our own strengths and those of our friends, family and colleagues.

I thoroughly recommend this book, and especially to any parent or manager.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge Strengths 24 April 2008
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Average to A+ is the logical next step for anyone interested in strengths as a science or in applying strengths to his or her own life. Linley presents easy to understand definitions, clear examples, and a great approach for translating research into usable suggestions. Linley's approach to strengths moves beyond existing frameworks such as the VIA and StrengthsFinder and includes great concepts like strengths spotting and golden seeds. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Average to A+ 1 April 2014
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Good Book to help inspire faith in yourself and to recognise qualities that were maybe hidden or unrecognized, I would recommend it
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