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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. In this complimentary Gartner video Q&A webinar, acclaimed author David Epstein joins us to discuss his latest book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.” He shares why, even as the world gets more specialized, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

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Discussion Topics:
  • Why generalists tend to be more creative, more agile, and make better connections
  • Why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers
  • How the most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepen their knowledge in a single area
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