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Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein, 2019

2022-03-08 16:16

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Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein, 2019

For some time now, the hyper-specialisation of skills and careers has been embedded into work culture.

For some time now, the hyper-specialisation of skills and careers has been embedded into work culture. 

 

Kids in the UK are told to consider their future careers in their subject option choices from the age of 13.  From the first glimpse of adulthood, we are encouraged to think narrowly, and eliminate topics of interest that might ‘distract’ us.  This also plays out at work – a key challenge to adapting to work-life in the 21st Century is the extent to which people operate in silos, often with a severely restricted view of the wider landscape. 

Range openly challenges our predisposition towards specialisation and nichification. David Epstein argues compellingly, supported by fascinating case studies, that an ever-wider range of interests and experience is required for successful complex problem-solving.  And since complex problem-solving is fast becoming a meta-skill for the 21st Century,  Range is an essential read, for anyone looking to future-proof their own career.

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