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Moving Your Career Up the Value Chain: Building Specialized Development Skills in a Global Economy by Stephen B. Morris

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Chapter 2. Becoming a Specialized Generalist

In Chapter 1, I described the problems faced by everyone working in modern organizations. In this chapter, I introduce the first key element in moving up the value chain: becoming a specialist while also rounding out your other skills. Put the two of these together and you become what I call a specialized generalist. By electing to broaden your skill set, you can start to effectively counteract the problem of the narrow context of most jobs.

Knowledge Is Increasing at an Unprecedented Rate

It’s no surprise to hear that knowledge is expanding at a rate probably never seen before. But, what does this mean for workers? Figure 2-1 provides an analogy.

Figure 2-1. Your point of contact with global knowledge. ...

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