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Series Editor's Foreword Preface Part 1: Case Studies in Strengthening Simon Lester: Becoming a Better People Manager Jane Turner: Discovering Herself and Making a Difference Matt Johnson: Striving to be a Good Parent Sara Stewart: Realising the Best of Her Relationships Ashok Shah: Finding a More Rewarding Career after Redundancy Strengths: The Evidence Alex Linley's Top Ten Strengthspotting Tips Part 2: Realise2: Realising the Best of You Realise2: Realising the Best of You Part 3: The Realise2 Strengths How to Use this Strengths Library The Realise2 Strengths Action Adherence Adventure Authenticity Bounceback Catalyst Centred Change Agent Compassion Competitive Connector Counterpoint Courage Creativity Curiosity Detail Drive Efficacy Emotional Awareness Empathic Connection Enabler Equality Esteem Builder Explainer Feedback Gratitude Growth Humility Humour Improver Incubator Innovation Judgement Legacy Listener Mission Moral Compass Narrator Optimism Order Persistence Personal Responsibility Personalisation Persuasion Planful Prevention Pride Rapport Builder Reconfiguration Relationship Deepener Resilience Resolver Scribe Self-awareness Service Spotlight Strategic Awareness Time Optimiser Unconditionality Work Ethic Strengths Symbology Appendix 1: Strengths: The Scientific Source Material Appendix 2: Sample Realise2 Personal Development Plan Acknowledgements About the Authors Where Next?

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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 and Visiting Professor in Psychology at the University of Leicester, UK. 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. Dr. Janet Willars passionately enjoys discovering the talents and strengths of individuals, positioning them for success and allowing them the opportunities to use their talents both in and outside of the workplace every day. Janet has been involved in the work of strengths-based organisations for the last 15 years and has a wealth of experience in developing, conducting and analysing strengthsbased interviews. She has interviewed approximately 23,000 people, discovering strengths for the financial services sector, and both the service and retail industries. Janet also has experience of interview based qualitative research in industrial settings. Her work at CAPP focuses on in-depthA" assessments of individuals to uncover and understand their strengths; facilitating focus groups to identify the key strengths of talented individuals; developing interview strategies to allow the recruitment and retention of talent; and, training courses to facilitate a wider understanding of strengths and strengths-based interviews. Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the Indiana Jones of Positive PsychologyA" because his research on strengths and well-being has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, India and Kenya. He has published more than two dozen scientific articles and chapters on strengths and happiness. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach and is Programme Director for Education & Learning at CAPP


The Strengths Book provides a call to action for everyone to find what is strongest about themselves and maximise it. The Hall of Fame section for each of the sixty strengths provides a veritable catalogue of male and female role models, which should inspire everyone to make the most of the life that they have been granted.A" Marci Shimoff, # 1 New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Soul Alex Linley's book "Average to A+ - Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others" was a lightbulb moment for me - not just for being more productive in the workplace (the basic concept is that if you play to your strengths, you work more efficiently and are happier too), but also for getting more out of life. This new book takes that one step further, by unpackaging the range of strengths available to us, with plenty of case studies and practical advice along the way. So this is great for managers who are under pressure to make productivity gains: if you want your staff to work more efficiently, you can use this as a tool to organise them around their strengths. And if you're unhappy at work, this book will help you to move to a place where you are a round peg in a round hole. Highly recommended. The Strengths Book is truly inspiring, and will be of real support to many; whether they are seeking guidance in career and professional paths or in their personal life. I recommend this for those looking for ways in which to be happier in work and play - I'm sure the vast majority will find at least some of their own experienes reflected in the insights within the case studies (more like a story than an academic text). The practical tips and tools will provide immediate support and guidance enabling the reader to quickly transfer learning from the book into their own life situation.

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