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A Generalist

Generalizing about Generalists

by James G. Beldock on June 30, 2012

Vikram Mansharamani, whose name you may find fa­mil­iar from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Atlantic, and else­where, has an in­ter­est­ing piece about Generalists (see All Hail the Generalist, on the HBR Blog net­work). As one oc­ca­sion­al­ly ac­cused of be­ing a gen­er­al­ist my­self (my be­ing a coder and pro­duct guy notwith­stand­ing), it was grat­i­fy­ing to read that some­one else thinks the spe­cial­ist era may be draw­ing to a close, and that gen­er­al­ists seem so much bet­ter po­si­tioned to make the leaps of in­tu­ition and cre­ativ­i­ty re­quired for 21st cen­tu­ry, Internet-dri­ven busi­ness­es. Enjoy the post, it’s a good one. Hat tip to Arun Kumar, al­so a self-de­scribed gen­er­al­ist, for the post graph­ic (slight­ly mod­i­fied form is my fault!).

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