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!
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Focus On What You’re Great At
Social media is a megaphone for everyone to speak their mind. For businesses looking to stand out, it’s hard when so many people and businesses can post whatever they want whenever they want. You have to be different and useful in some way. To overcome that challenge, as a general rule, marketers tell you to focus on just one topic and bang on about it.
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hire Generalists
Even though generalists should be stockpiled, established organizations dismiss them. Why? There are many reasons, one of them is they don’t know what to do with them.
Be A Generalist Not A Specialist If You Want To Excel
A new book by David Epstein, Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World, makes the case for Generalists. As a Generalist, I’m happy someone wrote a book about Generalists for everyone; not just business people.
5 Ways To Use Generalists Inside Your Organization
Most organizations don’t know what to do with Generalists. Which begs the question: How do you use Generalists inside your organization?
Being A Creative Generalist
James Taylor, who hosts a very popular podcast about creativity and innovation interviewed me recently. We talked about Being a Creative Generalist, which is a topic I’m excited and advocate about. As both a Generalist and advocate of Generalists, I’ve written about this topic quite often because it’s very important to me that people nurture their ability to reinvent themselves and thus develop their full potential. …
Generalists Are Hardwired for Reinvention
My last post on the challenges Generalists face in a society that rewards specialists got a lot of attention from people who are Generalists themselves (from healthcare); not from Specialists.
One of them is Dr. Jonathan Griffiths who spoke at a TEDx about how healthcare needs to embrace Generalists:…