Learn about width and depth of knowledge – try to be a jack-of-all-trades and master of one. It's not secure to have only one narrow speciality, which might become obsolete. But it also can be dangerous not to have any specialities. The same goes for customers – have lots of customers, not just one, and don't depend on one large one.
- Another part of surviving restructurings…within organizations is to be T-shaped.…The idea of being T-shaped is that you have a broad width…of knowledge and skills, that's the cross of the T,…and then you also have at least one area…of specialist expertise, something that you're really…the expert on, that's the vertical part of the T,…going deeply down into the subject.…And you need to have both.…It's not enough to be one or the other.…
The broad generalist is great,…but you can always get another one of those,…so they are replaceable, and that's a risk.…Also, they aren't as well paid as specialists,…in fact, often they aren't respected as much…as they should be.…You have to be an expert on something…to earn the respect of other specialists.…On the other hand, the specialist is essential,…but only as long as that particular area is in demand.…So, for example, if cloud storage comes along,…then suddenly the external hard drive expert…is not needed.…
So, it's risky to put all your eggs in one basket.…That's why, ideally, you'd have both the width of knowledge…
- Why we dislike change
- Planning for change
- Developing mental toughness
- Maximizing your interpersonal skills
- Setting long-term career goals
- Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone
- What to consider if you're thinking of leaving your job
- Building up your network
- How to be low maintenance employee
- Establishing goals and plans with a new boss
- How to deal with a bad boss
Skill Level Beginner
1. Understand and Prepare for Change
4. New Initiatives or Mergers
5. New Roles, Teams, and Location
The benefits of a new role3m 25s
6. New Boss
Next steps1m 25s
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