This book has been one of the most mentally challenging books I’ve ever read - demanding in new ways, reflective in others. My brain was filled with “tell me more,” and “let me read that again”. It has lingered and endured in a way that has me rethinking so much of what I thought I knew.
Let me tell you why I think this is a must read. First it’s engaging. Every point is embedded in a dynamic and relevant story, making it accessible. Second, it’s to the point. Rose has concisely shared his findings and presented them in a relatable way. Third, he’s telling his personal story.
Rose gives us all the power to see things through a new lense and identifies the jaggedness, context and the pathway principals that make us who we are. This book values the individual and in doing so has not lost sight of the importance Taylorism has had in getting us to our current place and time. Rose takes the learnings of this average management approach and brings forward the need for all of us, leaders, employers, educators, parents, adults and youth to escape the confines of average and get to know who we are, as individuals, so we can all succeed, excel, and thrive.
After reading this book, I will attempt to no longer compare myself to the average educator, the average mom or the average 30 something female, and I will work hard to get to know me. Get to know my strengths and my challenges. In doing this I hope to be more aware of how I can support the people around me to recognize that they too are jagged, that they too are individuals, and that by removing the idea of a predetermined average we can all be strive to be our personal best.
Check out Todd Rose's '8 for '8 video from Harvard Education.