We all want to be better than average. We want to be A+. What does it take to be A+? The essence of being A+ is that we need to realize strengths in ourselves and others. We need to become and continue becoming the best that we can be, as well as creating environments that support others to grow and develop into becoming the best that they can be. A utopian ideal? There is no promise that it is easy to achieve, and it is even less easy to maintain. But not to do it is to live with the Curse of Mediocrity which comes from the belief that everyone should be good at everything, and when they are not, we should focus on developing the weak areas. We are here to break that curse and move beyond average and towards A+.
“ Linley’s approach will feel liberating. Linley’s strengths are small and familiar, describing everyday situations” – Trade& Francis online
“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.” – Zoomly
"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." - University of Leicester
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