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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 | networking people and companies |

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
Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 16, 2014 11:38 AM

I like this article because it's the argument I've been making for several years, especially when looking for positions. I know plenty about lots of things, but I'm not a specialist in just one topic. This makes me much more flexible and able to see the bigger picture in different contexts. I would think that the ability to be that flexible would be seen as an asset, not count against me. Fortunately, the company I work for now did see that as an asset, and continues to find value in what I can contribute for them.  Many companies missed this opportunity where I know I could've helped them out, because they were too narrow minded in what they wanted.  Hence, this is why I advocate self-promotion as a multi-specialist. I hope more companies come around with their way of thinking sooner than later. 


DKW Online's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:49 AM

This is certainly becoming an essential trait to have.

SITKOWSKA Marta's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:59 AM

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

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Here Are The 50 Most Innovative Companies In The World

Here Are The 50 Most Innovative Companies In The World | networking people and companies |

Every year since 2005, the Boston Consulting Group has surveyed more than 1,500 senior global executives for a snapshot of the most innovative companies in the world. Each executive is asked to rate the companies in their industry by how innovative they are, and those results are then weighted to reflect three-year shareholder growth, revenue growth, and margin growth.

Despite losing some of its luster over the past year, Apple tops the list for the ninth consecutive year. Its biggest competitor, Samsung, moves to just one spot behind it, making next year’s list one to watch.


The ranking also shows some volatility. Struggling Dell drops 11 places, and Intel falls 13 slots.

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