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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CAPP Press (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906366039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906366032
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Biswas-diener on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Sillett on 6 Dec 2010
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Boselli on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 20 Jan 2009
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Cope on 15 Jun 2008
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I love this kind of subject matter but it's rare that you come across something based on academia that is actually written for the masses. Alex clearly has a gift for dumbing down

This is on the same wavelength as Marcus Buckingham's 'signature strengths' material but cleverly combines messages from positive psychology and good old fashioned common sense. No big words. No evangelism, although you do get the distinct impression that it's written from the heart

The chapter on the 'golden seed' is inspired. The book is worth buying for this concept alone
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