Item description for Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others by Alex Linley...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Feb 29, 2008
Publisher CAPP Press
ISBN 1906366039 ISBN13 9781906366032
Reviews - What do customers think about Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others?
Practical ways to focus on strengths May 17, 2008
I have worked with several groups on how to discover and exercise strengths. Once we get past the basic principles -- and perhaps do some exploration using instruments like StrengthsFinder 2.0 or the VIA signature strengths questionnaire ([..]) -- people often reach an impasse. What do we do with this information? How do we use it to change the way we work and live?
Average to A+ is extremely useful at this juncture. It describes several practical steps that people can take to discover, practice, refine, and use their own strengths and appreciate the strengths of the people around them. It does so in a very readable way with interesting stories and references to the scientific underpinnings. It creates bridges to supporting ideas from positive psychology that are extensively explored in academia, making them accessible to lay readers. I love the way each chapter ends with a one-page summary of the key points followed by a section called Areas for Reflection and Action. The book also describes a business case for greater emphasis on strengths -- very useful for people who want to use these ideas in organizational settings. I am very glad to have this book in my personal library.
Cutting Edge Work on Strengths Apr 17, 2008
I was amazed when I first read this book. For anyone interested in personal strengths, Linley's book provides all new insights into what strengths are and practical suggestions for how to spot them in yourselves and others. This book is a cutting edge guide to using strengths at work, in parenting, and in everyday life. For people familiar with positive psychology and the VIA strengths this book is the obvious next step. For everyone else this book is an essential first step.