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

The End of Average How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness In this ground breaking book perfect for readers of The Power of Habit and Quiet Harvard scientist Todd Rose shows how our one size fits all world is actually one size fits none Each of us knows we r

  • Title: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness
  • Author: Todd Rose
  • ISBN: 9780062358363
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this ground breaking book perfect for readers of The Power of Habit and Quiet, Harvard scientist Todd Rose shows how our one size fits all world is actually one size fits none.Each of us knows we re different We re a little taller or shorter than the average, our salary is a bit higher or lower than the average, and we wonder about who it is that is buying the average In this ground breaking book perfect for readers of The Power of Habit and Quiet, Harvard scientist Todd Rose shows how our one size fits all world is actually one size fits none.Each of us knows we re different We re a little taller or shorter than the average, our salary is a bit higher or lower than the average, and we wonder about who it is that is buying the average priced home All around us, we think, are the average people with the average height, the average salary and the average house.But the average doesn t just influence how we see ourselves our entire social system has been built around this average size fits all model Schools are designed for the average student Healthcare is designed for the average patient Employers try to fill average job descriptions with employees on an average career trajectory Our government implements programs and initiatives to serve the average person For than a century, we ve believed that the best way to run our institutions is by focusing on the average person But when you actually drill down into the numbers, you find an amazing fact no one is average which means that our society built for everyone is actually serving no one.In the 1950s, the American Air Force found itself with a massive problem performance in expensive, custom made planes was suffering terribly, with crashes peaking at seventeen in a single day Since the state of the art planes they were flying had been meticulously crafted to fit the average pilot, pilot error was assumed to be at fault Until, that is, the Air Force investigated just how many of their pilots were actually average The shocking answer out of thousands of active duty pilots, exactly zero were average Not one This discovery led to simple solutions like adjustable seats that dramatically reduced accidents, improved performance, and expanded the pool of potential pilots It also led to a huge change in thinking planes didn t need to be designed for everyone they needed to be designed so they could adapt to suit the individual flying them.The End of Average shows how success lies in customizing to our individual needs in all aspects of our lives, from the way we mark tests to the medical treatment we receive Using principles from The Science of the Individual, it shows how we can break down the average to create individualized success that benefits everyone in the long run It s time we stopped settling for average, and in The End of Average, Todd Rose will show you how.

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    1. Todd Rose

      Todd Rose is the cofounder and president of The Center for Individual Opportunity, and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education His work is focused on the science of the individual and its implications for advancing self knowledge, developing talent, and improving our institutions of opportunity He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    420 thoughts on “The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness”

    1. Averages are very convenient when used correctly, but even when dealing with statistics they can be misleading (when Bill Gates walks into a room of people who have no savings, on average they're all millionaires) - and it gets even worse when we deal with jobs and education. As Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas make clear, hardly anyone is an average person. Whether someone is trying to devise an aircraft cockpit for the 'average' pilot, define the average kind of person to fit a job, or apply education s [...]


    2. It's one of those books where the author totally proved their point in the first couple of chapters. And then had to bulk out the rest of the book.Would have been a great TED talk.


    3. I read this for a faculty discussion group at work. I find I agree more with Rose's observations on what isn't working than on his proposed solutions, but it has generated some interesting directions of thinking. I enjoyed ruminating on my jaggedness (too many books, not enough kissing) from the average and thinking about the Gallup StrengthsFinder in the scope of this book. He's not a huge fan of tests like Myers Briggs but then talks about strengths-based job design and degree programs. I'm st [...]


    4. tl;dr - individuals are worth more than a single axis of valueThe basic premise is that the explosion of data collection in the late 19th century led to the concept of "an average person" which was great for elevating culture out of the pre-industrial age, but hurt the individual because no human being is average. The proposed solution is to embrace that individual on their own terms, using a multi-dimensional match of their mix of skills against the mix of needs from industry. The power of aver [...]


    5. I bought this book after the speaker at last year's Diocesan curriculum conference lauded it as a "life changing book" that was sure to "revolutionize how you work in the classroom" because it was the best book he had read in 10 years. Conclusion: he needs to read more.


    6. As with most books like this, a ten minute TED talk would suffice. But, since we were reading it for a faculty book study, I plugged through the whole thing. Rose's point is compelling: by trying to adapt to an average person, we essentially make sure no one fits the mold. This has obvious implications for education, with grade-level concerns, questions about age appropriateness, IEP qualifications, and those darn letter grades that are due from teachers next Wednesday at 11 p.m. However, Rose s [...]


    7. "Our one-size-fits-all world is actually one-size-fits-none." The concept of "average" was developed some two hundred years ago and now suffused most areas of our life--education, aptitude tests, jobs, performance reviews. Todd Rose argues that it is time for the science of the individual to come to scene, as it could bring better results. Instead of "aggregate then analyze" we should shift towards "analyze then aggregate" approach. The book resonates quite strongly with a lot of my work and I f [...]


    8. A book which ought to be read by anyone involved in standardised systems: teachers, managers, admissions officers, pretty much everyone. The solutions aren't easy, but they are definitely worth it.___The central premise of this book: No one is average. If you design a cockpit to fit the average pilot, you've designed it to fit NO ONE.Averages have their place. If you are comparing groups of people, the average can be useful.But the moment you need to make a decision about an individual (to teach [...]


    9. I get wary of trade books focused around advances in social science, not matter how much they are touted in the trade press. That was my original thought with this book, but I am glad I went ahead and read it.What initially got my attention was when Rose newer thinking discrediting the importance of social science thinking based around means and standard deviations. For example when one consults studies of larger populations for guidance on hiring particular individuals. What is sought is a work [...]


    10. This is one of those books which comes about once in a blue moon and disrupts your traditional perception of the world. Goes into my must-read shelf. All in all average values mislead us into making wrong decisions about people and their behaviour.



    11. Mr. Rose’s book could have been called, How We Came to Have Screwed-up Ideas, and What to Do About Them.Instead of building systems to fit the individual, organizations still try to fit people into systems. In the industrial revolution this made sense because uneducated farmworkers were needed for routine factory work. But today we have more functional and exciting options.What made sense to the father of scientific management, Frederick Winslow Taylor, now needs a rethink. Taylor was against [...]


    12. A few years back I decided that if I write a book in future, it's title would be "Being Average". And then I find this excellent book by Todd Rose. I wanted to write a book on being average to show the readers that there is nothing wrong in being average in anything or everything. But back then I was thinking about average only through few parameters which I had direct experience in. This book gave a very different outlook on how to understand averages and how the world adopted to Taylorist view [...]


    13. It has some interesting concepts and ideas and worth the read, but I feel it lacks explanations on how to best implement the ideas. So this book is a good starting point in changing the way we view success and how to work towards it, but it needs a companion book or a sequel on how to best implement the concepts in a education setting.


    14. A great book that helped me discover so many problems of using societal comparisons. Most importantly, it gave me a newfound appreciation of everyone's uniqueness and how to take advantage of the current system to find talented individuals.


    15. Some repetitive statements but good "think about it" moments. How do we compare studentsd is it fair? Wish there was an easy answer. I think I can try to reach each student I have in my classroom and individually met their own educational needs, but is that even fair? Does the world mold around each person that is in it?


    16. Много перелистывала и пропускала. Одну мысль растянули на всю книгу. Я конечно сама не мастер лаконичности, но от писателей это требую.


    17. Anyone who wants to find their own way may find this book invaluable. Anyone who has a child who struggles to be "normal" will find this book irreplaceable.


    18. The premise of this book is that no one is average and systems designed around average measurements are doomed to fail.Averages can be useful when comparing two groups of people, but they are useless when comparing individuals.  In fact, they can be worse than useless because they create the illusion of knowledge.The first part of the book tells the story of how averages were used in physics to reduce measurement error and the concept was carried over to measuring people.  Since then, we have [...]


    19. Very interesting and compelling premise until the final chapter about making college focused solely on career prep. Not for this liberal arts believer!


    20. As a people manager, I have always been perplexed at an employee's disappointment with a Meets Expectations rating. But when applied to our social standard of average, and the way culture perceives it, I could see the rationale because the employee is thinking he or she is merely average, or has a "C" rating, given they are not above expectations or below it. Rose's book tells how average evolved, why we have standards, why we all commonly buy into the ideals of 'type' and 'rank.' We live with t [...]


    21. Gekregen van de directeur van de organisatie waar ik werk, om me aan het denken te zetten en meer uitersten te durven kiezen. De inleidende achtergrondschets nam een te groot aantal pagina's in waardoor de kern niet snel genoeg goed is neergezet.


    22. Reading The End of Average in a public place will turn heads - not because of its cover, but because of its promise: “how to succeed in a world that values sameness”. It’s hard not to be swayed by the central premise when it catches the eye of passers by. You get the sense that they too want to escape the trappings of being average. We live in a world defined by adherence to averages - you might be interested in this book based on its average score on !The central thesis of moving against [...]


    23. Despite the dreadful title, this book should be on everyone’s summer reading list. Engrossing and succinct, Rose assumes the podium, supports his thesis, proposes an alternative, and leaves us eager to tell others what we just learned. Hence, I can’t help but evangelize. Rose traces the notion of average, as in body size (think BMI), talent, intelligence (IQ, SAT), and character, to the 1800s and Adolphe Quetelet and Francis Galton, two European scientists who applied the principles of scien [...]


    24. Rose succeeds at making his work accessible - no easy feat considering he's dealing with statistics and many interdisciplinary strains of thought. I appreciate that he challenges assumptions about the concept of "average" as representing normalcy, and his explanations of how faith in averages underpin much of the way society was or is organized. I hadn't really thought too much about that considering how natural taking the average of something feels. I certainly agree that organizations that all [...]


    25. An important read that challenges us to rethink so much of what happens in education, parenting and the world of work. We are continually compared to "the average" student, child, employee (and person) when, in fact, this person does not exist. We all have a jagged profile with individual strengths and stuggles. When educators, parents, and leaders strive to design systems to better meet the needs of individuals, rather than the average, we see much greater success. Rose shares stories from the [...]


    26. Powerful thesis on the how and why institutions and business have steered away from valuing the individual and move towards the collective. The author makes a case for individualism (or lets say customisation) to return to schools and business in order to make the most out of each persons skill set. This would mean: (1) no more diploma's but certifications, (2) competency based testing instead of the standardised focus on GPA and (3) individual learning paths in schools.


    27. Rose posits a radical rethinking of how individuals are evaluated at school and at work by debunking the use of averages to measure talent, intelligence, success, and performance. While I didn't buy Rose's vilification of standards, processes, and managers, and think he sets up a bit of a false binary, I do think he proposes a better way to imagine education and the work force in the 21st century. Worth a read.


    28. Loved the discussion on the overuse of mean scores in research. Disappointed in the proposed solutions, MOOCs and competency-based education, which both seem to fail at differentiating instruction and therefore teach to the middle.


    29. Super solid. A great set of ideas. An AMAZING and fascinating history of the few folks who pushed the idea of "average based thinking" into education and business.A great read for educators and managers alike.


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