The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is Who You Are

The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is Who You Are

by Kenneth Mikkelsen, Richard Martin

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The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is Who You Are by Kenneth Mikkelsen, Richard Martin

"We live in a world of hyperspecialism, where there is always a danger that we get stuck in the furrows we have ploughed. Digging ever deeper, we fail to pause to scan the skies or peer over the ridge of the trench. We lose context and our connection to the surrounding region breaks down. We construct our own localised, closed system. Until entropy inevitably has its way. Our system then fails, our specialism suddenly rendered redundant. The expertise we valued so highly has served to narrow and shorten our vision. It has blinded us to potential and opportunity. This book argues that there is the need and place for both specialist and the generalist. Currently, it feels the balance is tipped too far towards specialism, which results in too much blinkered decision-making. The authors call for people to develop into generalists. These are people who possess both a breadth and depth of skills, knowledge and experience. These are most definitely not jack of all trades, masters of none. Rather, they are people who have the potential, the attitude and the aptitude to specialise in more than one discipline, and are adept at navigating the digital, networked world we inhabit today."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910649558
Publisher: LID Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Mikkelsen is a leadership advisor, learning designer, speaker and writer. He is Co-founder of FutureShifts. Follow him on Twitter @LeadershipABC.

Richard Martin is a consultant who specializes in organizational design and corporate culture.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Cast 12

Part I 18

1 Generalise to Specialise 20

2 The Infinite Loop 40

3 A Tale of Two Wanderers 58

Part II 88

4 White Noise 90

5 Picaresque Tales 102

6 Provincial Punk 122

7 Shoring Fragments 142

8 Diving Bell 162

9 Lot 49 182

10 No. 10 202

Part III 224

11 Shadows 226

12 Fade Out 240

Bibliography 252

About the Authors 272

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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite How do you live a life of purpose if you live it in multiple worlds? That is one of the questions asked in The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is What You Are by Kenneth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin. According to Mikkelsen, Marie Curie, Winston Churchill, Hedy Lamarr - along with countless sports figures, artists and even iconic business leaders - had one thing in common: They were neo-generalists, multi-talented individuals who deftly used their abilities to create the best of both worlds. These polymathic generals honed their "dragonfly vision" to view things with a kaleidoscope effect. Neo-generalists don't like being confined to a single box. Instead, they serve as liaisons and catalysts for companies or tribes "with no desire to belong to the group." With 53 million freelancers in the US, you may perceive this nonfiction guide as verification that you are not the "oddity" you may have thought you were. The cover image was thought provoking and apt. I immediately identified with the message of refraining from managerial measurement practices and adding new flavor to a recipe. I pondered my existence, identified my preferred learning method, and examined society's influence on hyper-specialism. The comprehensive bibliography will serve as an invaluable lifelong resource. Kenneth Mikkelsen, founder of FutureShifts, has had his articles published in The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Richard Martin is a writer and editor who authored Mean Streets and Raging Bulls. The Neo-Generalist is a must-have tool that is predicted to receive critical acclaim, and is highly recommended .