Average to A+

Realizing Strengths in Yourself and Others

by Alex Linley

Number of pages: 292

Publisher: CAPP Press

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths, Personal Success

ISBN: 9781906366032

About the Author

Linley is a psychologist and social entrepreneur. After time spent working first in business, and then in academia, in 2005 he founded the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology.


Editorial Review

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+.

Book Reviews

“ 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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If the weakness isn’t irrelevant yet, can we make it irrelevant?

The first and fundamental question that we need to ask ourselves about our weakness is: Does the weakness really matter in terms of what we are trying to achieve? Or, is it simply irrelevant?

As paradoxical as it might seem at first glance, realizing strengths is not about ignoring weaknesses—far from it. But it is about, wherever possible, making them irrelevant.

It is about knowing our strengths more intimately and harnessing them more fully, through being open to the potential of our own growth and development.

Being yourself is about getting rid of the blockers that interfere with us accepting ourselves for the best that we can be.

When we do find the strengths that make us feel this way, life and work will take an important step towards being more productive and fulfilling.

Do you know what your strengths are? Do you know the strengths of your husband or wife? Your mother or father? Your children? Your colleagues at work? If you think about it carefully, you can probably spot the things that you really look forward to doing.