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

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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.


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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. 

--techcommgeekmom

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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On a First-name Basis with Success? Your Mom Chose Your Name Wisely. | TheLadders Blog

On a First-name Basis with Success? Your Mom Chose Your Name Wisely. | TheLadders Blog | Leadership-CS | Scoop.it
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The 10 Questions Every Change Agent Must Answer

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As leaders, we have no control over how fast markets grow or how wisely banks lend. But we do control our own mindsets and "animal spirits" — the phrase coined by John Maynard Keynes in the depth of the Great Depression.
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I really like the qoute in point #2

 

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Christopher Sprau's comment, April 29, 2013 11:15 AM
I also like #1 even more than #2!
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Seven Keys to More Effectively Leading Teams

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Want to lead teams more effectively and confidently? Start with these tips.

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Relationship-Driven Leaders Focus on People, Not Power | Leadership | Training Industry

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Relationship-Driven Leaders Focus on People, Not Power | Leadership | Training Industry

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Customer Feedback Techniques: 6 Ways to Find Out What Your Customers Think

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When you have accurate, balanced and worthwhile information from your customers, you put yourself ahead of your competition in the marketing stakes. Here are 6 ways to get this information.
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How to Build Rapport with Anyone

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Quick – off the top of your head, what’s one of the most valuable sales and business skills that anyone can possess? Let me give you a hint… 
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Relationship-Driven Leaders Focus on People, Not Power | Leadership | Training Industry

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Which of Your Strengths Is Holding You Back? | Transformational Leadership

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7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO

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RT @MattMonge: 7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO http://t.co/o7XLgL20pr #leadership #change

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John Michel's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:49 PM

Some leaders are…different. They have this certain something that resonates with us, and that certain something may be hard to describe and will likely vary from person to person. They’re not perfect, but somehow that’s part of their charm. They possess the ability to motivate people, but it’s often not in the traditional ways.

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THE FOUR INTRINSIC REWARDS THAT DRIVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT - Ivey Business Journal

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Motivational dynamics have changed dramatically to reflect new work requirements and changed worker expectations. One of the biggest changes has been the rise
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8 Tips For Dealing With A Know-It-All Coworker

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Do you have a coworker who thinks he knows everything? If there's a problem, he has the solution; if there's a question, he has the answer. He acts as though he’s been everywhere and has experienced everything--and he's extremely opinionated.
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10 Lesson From Konosuke Matsushita's Leadership

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Bismillah, Inside my video collection in my personal laptop there're several inspiring videos. Yesterday, I played those video and for a while I left my laptop for doing another things. When I back...
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Management Is (Still) Not Leadership - John Kotter - Harvard ...

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Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:31 PM

Leadership is no more title, rank, or position than it is about possessing a certain set of attributes. Rather, leadership is about behavior. It's what we do to build value into our surroundings--one opportunity at a time.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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Leadership is a relationship

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Merriam-Webster’s dictionary lists several definitions for the word relationship. The term is generally used to denote family ties, but it’s also used as a state of connecting or binding participan...
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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be

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Leadership is a relationship

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Leadership is a relationship

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Office Politics – Five Steps To Make It Joyful | Transformational Leadership

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Transformational Leadership Part 1: Fundamental Types of Leadership

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Marcus Buckingham on "Drucker on the Dial" | The Drucker Exchange | Daily Blog by The Drucker Institute

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Today, we bring you an excerpt from our chat with bestselling author Marcus Buckingham on how to identify and build on your strengths

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