Yet, the pressures of modern society push us toward narrower focus and deeper specialization in our lives and careers. Our pursuit of specific expertise risks us becoming isolated from those different from us; our lack of shared experience fosters suspicion and conflict. Today we have businesspeople and government officials who persistently distrust and demonize each other; a fortunate swath of society with professional and financial security, increasingly isolated from those left behind; and community leaders who struggle to relate to and connect with the communities they serve. In every walk of life we have allowed ourselves to be pushed into self-defining cocoons from which it is difficult to break out.
Nick Lovegrove's compelling vision provides the way out of this contemporary trap. He supplies vivid portraits of those who get it right (such as Paul Farmer, the physician whose broad and imaginative choices bring health and hope to the world's poorest people) and those who get it deeply wrong (such as Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron) and connects their experiences with a blueprint of six skills -- a moral compass, transferrable skills, contextual intelligence, prepared mind, intellectual thread, and extended network. The Mosaic Principle will help you to succeed in an ever-changing, more complex, and diverse world, and build a more remarkable and fulfilling life.
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About the Author
Since leaving McKinsey in 2012, he has been a senior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group; a senior fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and a visiting lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and four children.
Table of Contents
Prologue: What Is the Mosaic Principle? 1
Part 1 Why Build a Broader Life and Career?
1 The Saint and the Sinner: The Six Dimensions of the Mosaic Principle 7
2 The Perils of Depth, the Gifts of Breadth: Doing What the Specialists Can't Do 36
Part 2 The Six Dimensions of the Mosaic Principle
3 Doing What Seems Right: Applying Your Moral Compass 69
4 On Being T-Shaped: Defining an Intellectual Thread 104
5 The Foundation That Is Common to Them All: Developing Transferrable Skills 131
6 Listen, Learn, Adapt: Investing in Contextual Intelligence 170
7 Structured Serendipity: Building an Extended Network 198
8 Carpe Diem: Having a Prepared Mind 227
Part 3 How to Build a Remarkable Life and Career
9 How to Broaden Your Career 263
10 How to Broaden Your Life 272
Epilogue: Seeking Professional Success and Personal Fulfilment 298