Generalists vs Specialists

  • Generalists have a wide range of experiences which make them capable of navigating through unique uncertain situations involving a lot of variables.
  • Specialists have an excellent grip on their subject matter which makes them a valuable asset in building fool proof and quality systems.
  • As a firm believer of the power of collaboration, a team requires both types of people : Generalists to provide the bigger picture, Specialists for building excellent individual systems aligned to the vision.

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by David Epstein

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‘Kind’ vs ‘wicked’ learning environments

Learning environments can be split into two:

  • The kind ones, where patterns repeat and specialists get better with experiences, such as in chess.
  • The wicked ones, where there is a lot of spontaneity and unpredictability involved and experience doesn’t necessarily correlate with success, such as when researching.

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

by David Epstein

There are two kind of people in this world.

First is a generalist, who knows different & many things but not in depth.

And the second one is a specialist, who excels in particular field of knowledge in depth. But not adequate in any other field besides it.

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Hans Rosling

“Step-by-step, year-by-year, the world is improving. Not on every single measure every single year, but as a rule. Though the world faces huge challenges, we have made tremendous progress. This is the fact-based worldview.”

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Factfulness

Factfulness

by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling