The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness
- Publish Date: 2016-01-19
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Todd Rose
Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Is your employee an introvert or an extrovert?Â Every day we are measured against the yardstick of averages, judged according to how closely we come to it or how far we deviate from it.
The assumption that metrics comparing us to an averageâlike GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratingsâreveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we donât even question it. That assumption, says Harvardâs Todd Rose, is spectacularlyâand scientificallyâwrong.
InÂ The End of Average, Rose, a rising star in the new field of the science of the individual shows thatÂ no one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees. This isnât hollow sloganeeringâitâs a mathematical fact with enormous practical consequences. But while we know people learn and develop in distinctive ways, these unique patterns of behaviors are lost in our schools and businesses which have been designed around the mythical âaverage person.â This average-size-fits-all model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent. Itâs time to change it.
Weaving science, history, and his personal experiences as a high school dropout, Rose offers a powerful alternative to understanding individuals through averages: the three principles of individuality. TheÂ jaggedness principleÂ (talent is always jagged),Â theÂ context principleÂ (traits are a myth),Â and theÂ pathways principleÂ (weÂ allÂ walk the road less traveled) help us understand our true uniquenessâand that of othersâand how to take full advantage of individuality to gain an edge in life.
Read this powerful manifesto in the ranks ofÂ Drive, Quiet, and Mindsetâand you wonât see averages or talent in the same way again.