Finding My Mind

The origin of this book is a piece I wrote for Harvard Business Review called “All Hail the Generalist.”1 The short article struck a nerve and spurred thousands of readers to post comments. Some were angry, some grateful; all, however, were engaged.

The essence of my message was that our love affair with deep expertise has gone too far. Specialization and the siloization of society has produced acute tunnel vision in almost all walks of life. The future, I suggested in the article, might belong to those who are skilled not only at generating the proverbial dots of specialized information but also at connecting them. Those who see the big picture and tap into appropriate expertise when needed, I noted, would likely ...

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