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The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is Who You Are

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Have you encountered difficulties describing what you do to other people?
Have you ever labelled yourself in order to be understood?
Is there a difference in the way that a generalist and a specialist can stay relevant?
If you had to design an approach to education fit for the twenty-first century, what would it look like?
How do you live a life of meaning if you live in more
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Paperback, 270 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Lid Publishing
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Hamideh Iraj
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
The book description on Amazon was intriguing enough to convince me to read the book: “Have you encountered difficulties describing what you do to other people? Have you ever labeled yourself in order to be understood?” My answer is a big YES. If your answer is yes as well, do not hesitate to read the book. You will not regret it.

The basic idea of the book is the Neo-Generalists. These people live in different worlds in their private lives (having multiple nationalities, living in different coun
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Theodora
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a book, this one. I may be biased here because it helped unlock some serious imposter syndromes I had building up (sounding something like I LIKE EVERYTHING AND COULD BECOME GOOD AT ANYTHING SO WHAT EVEN AM I GOOD AT. Yeah a bit of an arrogant problem to have maybe but it's been a struggle in my professional and personal life for sure). This book allows you to break free from labels and embrace the generalist and unstoppable curiosity as an actual strength instead of "lack of focus", and bu ...more
Marko Suomi
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A philosophical manifest of holistic curiosity and creativity. It's almost a reference list of really interesting people and ways of working in many contexts. I liked the fact that is is written in such a way that it respects the intelligence of the reader and it's not just repeating one idea several times like too many "business books" do. ...more
Nathan Gilliatt
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual book. It's light on the usual structure and explanation, and it's heavy on the stories of the people the writers are trying to understand. If the book's description describes your world, I recommend it. If it doesn't, I don't think you'll like it. Above all, don't expect one of those business books that tells you everything you will learn in the first chapter.

Because of its unusual structure, this is not an easy book to absorb in one pass. It has so many stories, external refe
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Preeti Syal
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yawn
2 stars for the concept : pretty neat to come up with a label for those who don't like labels (Lol!)
0.5 star for the ease of reading and a plethora of examples to back the case.

And that's all. It isn't an enlightening book, doesn't offer much scientific explanations for the why. Just various Venn diagrams and repetitiveness of how binary the world is and it's just not fair to the neo-generalists. Sheer black and white narration, coming from those writing about greys, didn't go down well with me
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Colin
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absolutely fascinating review of the changing dynamic of the spectrum of specialization. Written with thoughtfulness and strong prose. A book that has helped me make sense of myself and given me a platform from which to speak regarding the value of generalism in an changing world. That being said, the book could have done a better job exploring the generalist of yesterday and emphasizing the absolute need of deep specialization. It felt somewhat bias towards its own thesis at times.
Matias Koskinen
The book was a somewhat confusing read; but I did find myself from some parts of the neo-generalist description.

This is for those who find it hard to label themselves—and it is hard for others to label them. Which is tough in this specialism-oriented environment. It was great to see how others with neo-generalist tendencies have contributed in the world.
Matthias
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
A dense book that makes the case for people who shift between generalism and specialism by drawing for a myriad of real life cases and (literary) references. It doesn't provide you with one big truth, yet it invites you to make the concept and knowledge your own ...more
Deborah
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
states the obvious
Theodore Kinni
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read--thoughtful, erudite, inspirational. Never devolves to sound bites. Seems like a terrific career model for these times
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Kenneth Mikkelsen is a writer, speaker, business adviser and learning designer. He helps leaders and organisations adapt to the shifting nature of the world. Kenneth is the co-founder of St. Martin's School for underprivileged children in Cameroon. He is a Peter Drucker Society Associate. Kenneth lives in Frederiksberg in Denmark. ...more

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