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Todd Rose
ISBN # : 9780141980034
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Is your employee an introvert or an extrovert? 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 averagelike GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratingsreveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we dont even question it. That assumption, says Harvards Todd Rose, is spectacularlyand scientificallywrong.

In The End of Average, Rose, a rising star in the new field of the science of the individual shows that no one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees. This isnt hollow sloganeeringits 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 average person. This average-size-fits-all model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent. Its 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. The jaggedness principle (talent is always jagged), the context principle (traits are a myth), and the pathways principle (we all walk the road less traveled) help us understand our true uniquenessand that of othersand how to take full advantage of individuality to gain an edge in life.

Read this powerful manifesto in the ranks of Drive, Quiet, and Mindsetand you wont see averages or talent in the same way again.

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