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Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (Strengthening the World Series) Paperback – 29 Feb 2008
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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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It really is time to stop being content with average and start reaching my full potential, only that way are we able to get the most out of life.
I’m sure this book has something for everyone, if you have a pessimistic outlook of life, perhaps this will help change your perspective as it teaches you how to do more of what you love and less of what you don’t through understanding your own strengths and weaknesses.
Read this book and become enthused by your own ability!
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.
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