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23 04, 2014

LM Society on Facebook

By |2014-05-31T08:44:28+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on LM Society on Facebook

I have spent most of my working life thinking about what makes a good leader, possibly because so much of my early years was dominated by such poor quality examples. I grew up watching on the news badly behaving union bosses in the late 70s, who thought of themselves as heroes but were actually just bullies. They effectively became a Trojan horse opening the way for single-minded politicians who lacked vision or innovation at a time it was desperately needed.

In reading about some of history’s great leaders like Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth I, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandi, Emmeline Pankhurst, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Helen Keller, combined with our work in the leadership coaching space, a pattern evolved.

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17 02, 2014

The Overvaluation of the Specialist

By |2014-05-31T08:45:09+00:00February 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on The Overvaluation of the Specialist

Being a technical specialist is only useful until it is not! So why is specialist thinking so prevalent; and why has it seemingly become overvalued? Our universities and corporations have created the culture of the ‘expert’ over the last 3-4 decades.  At the same time our global economy is getting more complex, noisy and uncertain. Research undertaken over recent years is providing robust data which suggests generalists are better at navigating uncertainty, are more risk tolerant and demonstrate greater levels of adaptability than specialists.

So why has the generalist become so ‘unsexy’? Possibly it is the negative connotations around the generalist – ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. Certainly the much more positive term polymath (from the Greek ‘having learned much’) has been dropped from our vocabulary. When we do talk about polymaths the examples we use are often Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Francis Bacon, Goethe and Isaac Newton. An article for […]

25 07, 2012

Evolving from Specialist to Generalist

By |2019-01-13T16:48:52+00:00July 25th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Evolving from Specialist to Generalist

pdf_buttonBeing a specialist expert is only useful until it is not! The time to start making the move from depth of knowledge to breadth of perspective is when you take the step into management. Yet we constantly meet managers, even executives, who have not transitioned from a technical to a commercial mindset. This inability to take a whole of business approach maintains silos and reduces leadership team effectiveness. So why is specialist thinking so prevalent; and why has it seemingly become overvalued?

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