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The Generalist

Generalists can be as stifling to the business as the bean counters, albeit for different reasons. You can easily recognize them by their drive and vision. The trouble is that their drive and vision often comes without any tangible proof of concept. Generalists usually refuse to deal with the theory because they lack the underlying know-how. They don’t want to bother themselves with proving the value of their vision—they just want to force that vision onto others.

    To their credit, generalists are easier to work with than bean counters—but only to a point. They may not want a constant stream of detail and analysis—but because they have no frame of reference they often ask employees to complete unrealistic or even contradictory tasks. Generalists seem more easygoing because they have no concrete strategy; often they seem more like prophets than managers. Many generalists think of themselves as builders. In the end, however, generalists offer little more than castles in the air.

How many air castles have you come across?


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