Sportswriter David Epstein uses fascinating research and historic examples to argue that today’s businesses need generalists more than they need specialists. Leaders often praise specialists for efficiency, diligence and intensity, but computers now can assume many of their detail-oriented tasks. Knowledge economy leaders need to focus more on integrated learning and lateral thinking to be better forecasters and problem solvers. As Epstein provocatively shows, a specialist’s efficiency often comes at the cost of ingenuity or common sense. Instead of specializing, especially early in your career, he says, explore and diversify your interests.
About the Author
David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and has earned awards from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Center on Disability and Journalism.