what, specifically,
do generalists do?
possibility
information
    ideas
   people
 worldview
wander & wonder




   finding possibility
wander & wonder  {account planning}




“The way to be interesting is to be interested. Youʼve got to find
   whatʼs intere...
wander & wonder   {eclectic curiosity}




“The point about Connectors is that by having a foot in so many
different world...
synthesize & summarize




     presenting information
synthesize & summarize
                     {the nature of economies}




“Development is differentiation emerging from ge...
synthesize & summarize
                     {blue ocean strategy}




 “The business environment in which most strategy......
link & leap




 generating ideas
link & leap
                     {epidemiology}




 “Once youʼve become a specialist there is the danger of
developing a ...
link & leap
            {postmodern cuisine}




“Who wants to make the same salad everyday?!
                 Have fun.”
...
mix & match




 connecting people
mix & match  {rhode island}




 “I now believe in sorting the world to identify the innovators
across every imaginable di...
mix & match{pirate supplies}




“It brought in so many people: teachers, donors, volunteers,
 everybody - because it was ...
experience & empathize




     understanding worldview
experience & empathize     {canada}




   “It helps to be non-judgmental, perceptive about peopleʼs
  behavior and motiva...
experience & empathize          {gaia}




 “The highly compartmentalized approach doesnʼt work in a world of
converging a...
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What, Specifically, Do Generalists Do?

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These are the background slides from my presentation on June 21, 2008 at Interesting 2008 in London.
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What, Specifically, Do Generalists Do?

  1. 1. what, specifically, do generalists do?
  2. 2. possibility information ideas people worldview
  3. 3. wander & wonder finding possibility
  4. 4. wander & wonder {account planning} “The way to be interesting is to be interested. Youʼve got to find whatʼs interesting in everything, youʼve got to be good at noticing things, youʼve got to be good at listening.” Russell Davies
  5. 5. wander & wonder {eclectic curiosity} “The point about Connectors is that by having a foot in so many different worlds, they have the effect of bringing them together.” Malcolm Gladwell
  6. 6. synthesize & summarize presenting information
  7. 7. synthesize & summarize {the nature of economies} “Development is differentiation emerging from generality. Even the most obscure and frivolous generalities are potentially economically fertile, provided that somebody who needs them can find them.” Jane Jacobs
  8. 8. synthesize & summarize {blue ocean strategy} “The business environment in which most strategy...of the 20th century evolved is increasingly disappearing.” W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
  9. 9. link & leap generating ideas
  10. 10. link & leap {epidemiology} “Once youʼve become a specialist there is the danger of developing a skewed viewpoint on the things you research. It is vital to communicate with ʻnormalʼ human beings.” Dirk Brockmann
  11. 11. link & leap {postmodern cuisine} “Who wants to make the same salad everyday?! Have fun.” Homaro Cantu
  12. 12. mix & match connecting people
  13. 13. mix & match {rhode island} “I now believe in sorting the world to identify the innovators across every imaginable discipline and silo, and then finding ways to connect them in purposeful ways.” Saul Kaplan
  14. 14. mix & match{pirate supplies} “It brought in so many people: teachers, donors, volunteers, everybody - because it was street-level, it was open to the public,...it was right in the neighborhood it was serving.” Dave Eggers
  15. 15. experience & empathize understanding worldview
  16. 16. experience & empathize {canada} “It helps to be non-judgmental, perceptive about peopleʼs behavior and motivations, and genuinely interested in other peopleʼs points of reference.” Jane Fulton Suri
  17. 17. experience & empathize {gaia} “The highly compartmentalized approach doesnʼt work in a world of converging and synergistic stresses. We must bring experts together across disciplinary boundaries, just as we bring governments together across cultural, ideological, and political barriers.” Thomas Homer-Dixon

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