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If You Can Solve This Puzzle, Were Hiring – It’s not always important to get the answer right the first time; it’s about trying to solve problems.

Source | LinkedIn : By Adrian Woolcock

It’s not always important to get the answer right the first time; moreover it’s about trying to solve problems.  It’s about an internal construct whereby you can officially declare “The End (death) of Average”.  In fact in “The End of Average – How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness” by Todd Rose, the author posits that no one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees.

The interpretation then is the mythical “average person” does not exist.  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.  This average-size-fits-all model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent.

@ProSidian, we realize it’s not always important to get the answer right the first time; moreover it’s about trying to solve problems and improve operations with a relentless pursuit of sustainable value.

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.  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.

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.

So then assumption that metrics comparing us to an average—like GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is then wrong.  Average “C” Students Can Be President.  In fact, a number of US presidents did poorly in school at one point or another, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and President Bush I and II.   Steve Jobs, for example, never finished college.

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