Why the generalist has a bright future in an increasingly automated world




The age of the specialist is giving way to the age of the Renaissance person.

It was only a matter of time before a precocious set of tweens came along and broke the damn spelling bee. And lo, after a 14-hour contest, the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee was forced to crown eight co-winners after running out of hard words.

“We’ll soon run out of words that will challenge you,” Jacques Bailly told the contestants, according to the New York Times account. “We’re throwing the dictionary at you. And so far, you are showing this dictionary who is boss.”

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The rise of the Generalist


Companies are in need of Generalist individuals with new, agile skills that can see the big picture.

Most companies have specialist organizations that support its business priorities.  For as long as we can remember, organizations such as finance, HR, IT, and marketing have been in existence. In most companies, domain expertise, efficiency and process execution dominate the agenda for these organizations.   You get hired, promoted and measured based on your expertise and value-add in your particular specialization.



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