Written by an international thought leader in the field, Alex Linley, 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.
Dr. Alex Linley is a world authority on positive psychology and its applications, particularly strengths approaches. He is the Founding Director of the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology. Through his consulting work, he applies strengths to people management practices across the employee life cycle with organisations spanning the public and private sectors. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 130 research papers and book chapters, and six books, including Positive Psychology in Practice (Wiley, 2004), Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (CAPP Press, 2008) and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (Oxford University Press, 2009). Alex has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (Blackwell, 2009), and is currently Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review. Alex wrote the business case to help launch the National Talent Bank, an initiative of the Council on Social Action, chaired by the Prime Minister, launched at Downing Street in July 2009. He is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Talent Bank.