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The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll Rule The Future

The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll  Rule The Future | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor. A rise in specialists in all areas - science, math, history, psychology - has resulted in tremendous content. But how valuable is that knowledge without context?

 

Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists - but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts. Instead, according to writer Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries generalists will thrive in a culture where it’s becoming increasingly valuable to know “a little bit about a lot.”

 

Meaning that where you fall on the spectrum of specialist to generalist could be one of the most important aspects of your personality - and your survival in an ever-changing workplace.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Miklos Szilagyi
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Complexity scientists, such as John Holland, see specialists and generalists playing complementary roles. The challenge might be we have moved so far to the specialist and expert end that generalists are not valued. It may be less about one being dominant and more about an integrative value being seen in both roles.

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Lyn Bowker's curator insight, March 16, 7:35 PM

Love this post - having been an extreme generalist for most of my life has enabled me to create new businesses and further  broaden my knowledge....but over the aa LAST 5 years I've dived DEEP into the things I'm MOST passionate about. Now I'm risen to the surface  as one of the few who can take you BROAD & DEEP....

 

I guess that makes me a SPECIALIST GENERALIST by nature. That's what has finally empowered me to call myself a TEACHER, MENTOR & INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS COACH. 

 

I can't tell you how HARD it is to proclaim this. I'm coming OUT

My story isn't pretty but it got me here and for that I am so grateful. 

ASG's curator insight, March 17, 1:49 AM

This is certainly becoming an essential trait to have.

SITKOWSKA Marta's curator insight, March 18, 5:59 AM

"...  because a single-minded person can’t predict variables they don’t know anything about" 

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Google's 9 Principles of Innovation - Can you apply these to your classes in 2014

Google's 9 Principles of Innovation - Can you apply these to your classes in 2014 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Want to know what's in Google's secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant's success recipe.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Dean J. Fusto
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Innovation does come from anywhere. We lose sight that innovation is not something that exists in the mainstream. It usually comes from the boundaries and the margins. Leadership is about guiding the innovation and continually casting on eye to the margins.

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Patrick Peterson's curator insight, April 27, 2:20 PM

Google emphasizes a good ideas can come from anywhere. Innovators also learned from failure  as  they build upon what they learned.

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Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“The lack of innovation in education is not due to a lack of creativity, but the misalignment of student and educator need to the market supply of innovations.” That’s the guiding premise of Innovate NYC Schools, a 2011 i3 Development grantee that is using technology to increase the degree of alignment and making students and teachers integral to the change process. The project is furthering the development and evaluation of the “Education Innovation Ecosystem,” a network of NYC schools, partner districts, solution developers, and investors that is helping to meet the STEM-related learning challenges of middle and high school students.

 


Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is written from an economic perspective. Ecosystems are not economies. They are natural and organic, which is kind of what the author is trying to get at. This requires a local grasp of what is to be done.

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Innovating Pedagogy 2013 - Report


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I am always interested in this kind of report. What will it say about the role of technology and the teacher?

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Andrew Hockley's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:20 AM

Very in depth report on education in general. Worth taking a look through?  I suspect so.

College of Exploration's curator insight, October 22, 2013 6:01 PM

From the UK Open University