Network Intelligence: Your [Organization] Can’t Thrive Without It

Do You Have Any Polymaths?

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.

By the way – do you know what a Polymath is?  I did not until reading this article on the Harvard Business Review blog, however, I tend to agree with Mr. Wiens.

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!

What is Your Perspective?

Perspective is important.  We all can look at the same set of circumstances and some of us see problems and some of us see opportunities.  Often, if we simply flip or reverse our assumptions, the solution or opportunity presents itself to us.

Think about David and Goliath, you are familiar with that story.  Let’s look at some “facts”.

Goliath: Large & Powerful       David: Small and Weak
Goliath: Heavily Armored       David: No armor, it would not even fit!
Goliath: Huge Spear              David: A sling, a shepherd’s weapon
Goliath: Mature and an experienced warrior.  David: a young inexperienced shepherd.

Now, what if we look at it this way?

Goliath: A very large target.     David: a small, hard to hit target.
Goliath: Slow & weighed down by armor.  David: Fast, agile and evasive.
Goliath: A one shot, shorter range weapon.  David: A multi-shot weapon, greater range with greater accuracy.
Goliath: Only experienced in conventional warfare.  David: An unorthodox method of fighting that would confuse Goliath.

And of course, the deciding factor as we know is that God was with David.

So two questions:

Are you seeing problems / obstacles or are you seeing opportunities?
Are you walking with the Lord and seeking His wisdom or are you trying to do this on your own?

Check out the book ThinkerToys – it is chock full of methods to help you think differently about problem solving.

Blessings on your day as you tackle your giants!