5. The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose
Todd Rose skillfully debunks the notion of the "average" person and heralds in the concept that each and every one of us is an individual in The End of Average. While he emphasizes that average is useful perhaps when comparing two groups, he notes that it is a useless measurement when selecting someone for a specific role, such as an engineer, pilot or doctor. He presents an argument as to the enormous consequences of using the "averagerian model" versus applying principles of individuality, when selecting people for admission into schools or hiring or promoting an employee. He labels the "average person" a myth that must be debunked as there is no scientific basis for assessing achievement based on average score, average grade and average performance review. This notion of using "average" as a measurement, he claims, undermines the human potential in all of us. He makes recommendations regarding the structure, processes and organization of businesses and education to consider as there is a mutual benefit in tapping into everyone's potential.
Kathy Gallo, RN, PhD, is Northwell Health's chief learning officer and dean and professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. She is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization, as well as the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy. Dr. Gallo has more than 25 years of experience in emergency nursing, having held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island.