Many of the most impactful individuals, both contemporary and historical, have been generalists: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Richard Feynman, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Marie Curie to name just a few. You would think that schoold and organizations would do more ot “attract and value” Generalists; but they don’t!
There are not shortage of articles, blog posts, books that give advice on what traits you should look for in people when creating a high performing team. Personally, I think anyone who’s creating their own business / organization / team should determine what those traits are based on what they want to accomplish; in other words: there is not set formula for everyone but there are some universal traits.
I was recently reminded of a founder I coached about 7 years ago. Back then he had developed a climate change solution which eventually failed for various reasons; I wasn’t all surprised when his venture failed. I remembered him while on a recent trip in Cozumel Mexico, where I saw a solution that mimicked his being implemented.
Most businesses exist in the trap of better, which is a race to commoditization; more of the same. There are no shortage of books, blog posts and articles on how to differentiate a business. There really isn’t a surefire guide on how to achieve game-changing differentiation, but there are principles. How can you differentiate your business?
In the world of innovation, diversity of thought is necessary. Really, every business needs diversity of thought regardless of what business they’re in. Diversity of thought comes from diversity of experiences from people from all walks of life. Diversity of thought gives a team perspective, multiples ones, not just one. Naturally, this will create conflict. Not everyone will get along, and that’s just the way it goes most of the time.
What makes a great leader? It’s a question that has been researched and answered by many people across many years, decades and centuries. Leadership is a topic that stimulates a lot of conversation, and is probably the most written about topic in business. Leadership, in comparison to other topics in business, is about self and other improvement; meaning the improvement of others not just oneself.