THE NEO-GENERALIST: Where you go is who you are

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LID Editorial, Oct 24, 2016 - Business & Economics
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 Have you encountered difficulties describing what you do to other people?

Have you ever labelled yourself in order to be understood?
Is there a difference in the way that a generalist and a specialist can stay relevant?
If you had to design an approach to education fit for the twenty-first century, what would it look like?
How do you live a life of meaning if you live in more than one world?
During an era still dominated by hyperspecialism and experts with ‘the one right answer’, the neo-generalist defies easy classification. They are tricksters who traverse multiple domains, living between categories and labels. Encompassing rather than rejecting, the neo-generalist is both specialist and generalist. A restless multidisciplinarian, who is forever learning. They bring together diverse people, synthesising ideas and practice, addressing the big issues that confront us in order to shape a better future.
They are curious, responsive, connective.                           
 

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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 .
 

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