Remember, if you try to build a career the same way everyone else does by being an expert in your field, it’s hard to imagine you’ll be in demand for senior corporate positions in the future. Don’t miss the following HBR article, entitled All Hail the Generalist by Vikram Mansharamani who is a Business Management expert and lecturer at Yale University. Here is a piece in the article to wet your interest:
“Approximately 2,700 years ago, the Greek poet Archilochus wrote that “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Isaiah Berlin’s 1953 essay “The Fox and the Hedgehog” contrasts hedgehogs that “relate everything to a single, central vision” with foxes who “pursue many ends connected…if at all, only in some de facto way.” It’s really a story of specialists vs. generalists. Don’t miss this important article on career changes and what corporations are looking for when hiring.
More tomorrow on thewick blog about how to start building a Generalist career portfolio.