Are generalists valuable in business?

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My answer to Are generalists valuable in business?

Answer by Ken Larson:

In many industries they are, but the path to a valuable generalist in most cases goes through a series of focused stovepipe positions in specialty areas and many elect to stop at a stovepipe and make it a career before they become a valuable generalist.

I worked estimating, pricing, program control, project management, engineering and logistics before becoming a generalist as a Contacts Manager in aerospace. The position is really a glorified clerk that has been so many places in the organization that he knows where all the risks are and can smell them a mile away.

The most valuable generalist is one who can keep the boss and many others out of trouble because he has been to all the trouble spots.

Are generalists valuable in business?

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2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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