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.