The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

4.03 avg rating
( 834 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780062358363: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

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 average—like GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we don’t even question it. That assumption, says Harvard’s Todd Rose, is spectacularly—and scientifically—wrong.

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 isn’t hollow sloganeering—it’s 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. It’s 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 uniqueness—and that of others—and how to take full advantage of individuality to gain an edge in life.

Read this powerful manifesto in the ranks of Drive, Quiet, and Mindset—and you won’t see averages or talent in the same way again.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

The rising star and face of the new field “science of the individual” draws from the latest psychological and sociological research to show that success is found in individual strengths and weaknesses that don't fit along any average curve—a powerful manifesto for change in the ranks of Emotional Intelligence and The Power of Habit.

Modern science has proven that people behave and learn in distinctive ways. And yet these individual patterns get lost in our institutions of opportunity—from education to the workforce—which remain rooted in the misguided belief that statistical averages are good enough to understand individuals and identify their unique talents. Standardized tests, grading systems, job applicant profiling, performance reviews—they invariably ignore our differences and ultimately fail at measuring our capacity for success.

In this first popular book on the science of the individual, Todd Rose, a pioneer in the field draws on the latest research to show how, when we focus on individual findings rather than group findings or averages, we can rethink the world and everyone’s potential in it. By understanding the three “principles of individuality”—the principle of the jagged profile, the principle of context, and the principle of pathways—we can avoid setting up ourselves and those we are tasked with helping succeed (our children, students, employees) for repeated failure and instead find the right path for success.

The End of Average reminds us that we are not anything close to average—because the average is a statistical myth—and presents a new way of understanding and maximizing everyone’s potential.

About the Author:

Todd Rose is the director of the  Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual. He is also the cofounder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of individuality in work, school, and society. He lives  in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rose, Todd
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
TextbookRush
(Grandview Heights, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Book Condition: Brand New. Ships SAME or NEXT business day. We Ship to APO/FPO addr. Choose EXPEDITED shipping and receive in 2-5 business days within the United States. See our member profile for customer support contact info. We have an easy return policy. Bookseller Inventory # 43009154

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Rose, Todd
Published by Harper Collins 2016-01-19 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins 2016-01-19, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9780062358363B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Todd Rose
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800623583630000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Rose, Todd
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0062358367

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Rose, Todd
Published by Harpercollins (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780062358363

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Todd Rose
Published by HarperOne (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0062358367

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Rose, Todd
Published by Harpercollins (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Quantity Available: 9
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780062358363

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Rose, Todd
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9650564

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Todd Rose
Published by HarperOne, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The rising star and face of the new field Âscience of the individual draws from the latest psychological and sociological research to show that success is found in individual strengths and weaknesses that don t fit along any average curveÂa powerful manifesto for change in the ranks of Emotional Intelligence and The Power of Habit. Modern science has proven that people behave and learn in distinctive ways. And yet these individual patterns get lost in our institutions of opportunityÂfrom education to the workforceÂwhich remain rooted in the misguided belief that statistical averages are good enough to understand individuals and identify their unique talents. Standardized tests, grading systems, job applicant profiling, performance reviewsÂthey invariably ignore our differences and ultimately fail at measuring our capacity for success. In this first popular book on the science of the individual, Todd Rose, a pioneer in the field draws on the latest research to show how, when we focus on individual findings rather than group findings or averages, we can rethink the world and everyoneÂs potential in it. By understanding the three Âprinciples of individualityÂÂthe principle of the jagged profile, the principle of context, and the principle of pathwaysÂwe can avoid setting up ourselves and those we are tasked with helping succeed (our children, students, employees) for repeated failure and instead find the right path for success. The End of Average reminds us that we are not anything close to averageÂbecause the average is a statistical mythÂand presents a new way of understanding and maximizing everyoneÂs potential. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780062358363

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Todd Rose
Published by HarperOne, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0062358367 ISBN 13: 9780062358363
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The rising star and face of the new field Âscience of the individual draws from the latest psychological and sociological research to show that success is found in individual strengths and weaknesses that don t fit along any average curveÂa powerful manifesto for change in the ranks of Emotional Intelligence and The Power of Habit. Modern science has proven that people behave and learn in distinctive ways. And yet these individual patterns get lost in our institutions of opportunityÂfrom education to the workforceÂwhich remain rooted in the misguided belief that statistical averages are good enough to understand individuals and identify their unique talents. Standardized tests, grading systems, job applicant profiling, performance reviewsÂthey invariably ignore our differences and ultimately fail at measuring our capacity for success. In this first popular book on the science of the individual, Todd Rose, a pioneer in the field draws on the latest research to show how, when we focus on individual findings rather than group findings or averages, we can rethink the world and everyoneÂs potential in it. By understanding the three Âprinciples of individualityÂÂthe principle of the jagged profile, the principle of context, and the principle of pathwaysÂwe can avoid setting up ourselves and those we are tasked with helping succeed (our children, students, employees) for repeated failure and instead find the right path for success. The End of Average reminds us that we are not anything close to averageÂbecause the average is a statistical mythÂand presents a new way of understanding and maximizing everyoneÂs potential. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780062358363

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book