The Serial Specialist
“Specialization may be all well very well if you happen to have skills particularly suited to these jobs, or if you are passionate about a niche area of work, and of course there is also the benefit of feeling pride in being considered an expert. But there is equally the danger of becoming dissatisfied by the repetition inherent in many specialist professions…
“Moreover, our culture of specialization conflicts with something most of us intuitively recognize, but which career advisers are only beginning to understand: we each have multiple selves…We have complex, multi-faceted experiences, interests, values and talents, which might mean that we could also find fulfillment as a web designer, or a community police officer, or running an organic cafe. This is a potentially liberating idea with radical implications. It raises the possibility that we might discover career fulfillment by escaping the confines of specialization and cultivating ourselves as wide achievers…allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold.”
-Philosopher Roman Krznaric
Do you hire specialists in your specific industry but continually feel disappointed with their innovation and creativity levels? Are you routinely rejecting generalists for fear of them not sticking around very long? Or are you frustrated with your own career, sensing a kind of indentured servitude to your particular work specialty? Do you yearn to do other things? Do you get bored after a few years in one type of work?
If so, The Serial Specialist is for you. Miles will help you understand why these outliers are typically outcasts but should be brought into your corporate fold to achieve success in this challenging economy. He will guide you along his own journey as a Serial Specialist. You will learn why you and they are to be highly valued, and how to identify, hire, and retain adaptable, agile, and innovative talent.
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