How to Get Ahead in the Future: Generalists are gaining ground over Specialists

It's becoming better to be a generalist than a specialist. The rapid advancement of technology, combined with increased uncertainty, is making the most important career logic of the past counterproductive going forward. The world, to put it bluntly, has changed, but our philosophy around skills development has not.

Today’s dynamic complexity demands an ability to thrive in ambiguous and poorly defined situations, a context that generates anxiety for most, because it has always felt safer to generalize.

How does one do this? To begin, it’s important to zoom out and pay more attention to the context in which you’re making decisions.

Think about how seemingly unrelated developments may impact each other, something that systems thinkers do naturally. Study the interconnections across industries and imagine how changes in one domain can disrupt operations in another one.


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