Today, deep specialization is encouraged everywhere. When you are an expert in two or three things and can deliver outstanding results using them in your signature style, you become a game-changer.
I was recently conversing with Raghav, a good friend and senior IT leader. Raghav, at heart, is a technology guru. He also has a deep understanding of everyone’s aspirations, skills, and strengths in his vast team. He has a fantastic memory of data points going back a decade ( his duration with the company). Therefore, he has thumb rules for everything – and they mostly work! This potent combo – his signature style – allows him to deal with a large number of mission-critical projects simultaneously.
If you are a writer, being an illustrator or a good speaker is a big plus. If you are an IT People leader and have a good grasp of the technology involved, it’s a bonus. A singer who also has useful insights into production values sets herself apart, as does a Civil Servant adept at using social media. Multi-skilling doesn’t make us better at our core skills, but it helps provide a platform for better reach.