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Is society looking for the Renaissance man or the PhD (the hyper specialist)?


Leonardo da Vinci: The scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

Albert Einstien: The theoretical physicist.

The theory of comparative advantage in economics argues for specialization while the world’s rapid changes beacons for a polymath. Peter Drucker asked us to capitalize on our strengths but other leadership experts ask us to watch out for our weakness. Finance professors teach diversification; Warren Buffet believes in consolidation.

Although not all of the above examples may necessary be mutually exclusive, the paths taken by the Master and the “Jack of all trades” certainly do not cross.

What does this era call for and what path are you on?

Do state your path as well as your comments on this one – I’m genuinely curious.