Do you have enough Polymaths in your organization? Do you think you need some? According to Kyle Wiens, not only do you need them, they are critical to your organization.
A Polymath is a person with a wide range of knowledge or learning. They are the “jack-of-all trades”, people who spread around their learning and dabble in may areas. Often, they are not that appreciated in this era of hyper-specialization. Specialization and having a deep knowledge and understanding of an area is important, however, according to Mr. Wiens overly-strict specialization can actually be a limiter to innovative thinking.
Over specialization can prevent you from seeing other points of view. Because of a broad range of knowledge in many areas, a Polymath may “see the unseen interconnectedness” which opens up so many more possibilities.
So celebrate your Polymaths and tap into them as a resource to help creatively address challenges.
Another thought – why don’t you become a Polymath? We need more of them!!
Writing from the beautiful state of Mississippi today!