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Book Review: Jack Of All Trades

Through the study of real life executives, Lovegrove also lists out methods to look beyond the realm of one’s career by using six skills — a moral compass, transferrable skills, contextual intelligence, prepared mind, intellectual thread, and extended network

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Specialisation is the key to success today. Those pursuing expertise in a particular sector perhaps dedicate their entire life to excel in their field, often ignoring any peripheral connection. But is this the correct approach?

Well, not really, says author Nick Lovegrove. To substantiate his argument, Lovegrove in his book The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Successful Life & Career, illustrates how to expand one’s forte of work to multiple fields to make it big. With 30-plus experience as a consultant, executive coach and the US managing partner of a global corporate advisory firm, Lovegrove should know this more than anyone else.

To illustrate the theory of why an executive should gain knowledge in multiple areas, Lovegrove uses the examples of two distinguished personalities, Paul Farmer, a renowned physician, anthropologist, social entrepreneur, author, activist, among many things, who had a broad perspective of life; and Jeff Skilling, CEO, Enron Corporation, who preferred to master only his leadership skills and little of anything else. While Farmer attained success professionally and personally, Skilling reached the peak and had a great fall, more due to ignorance of the risks of their business model.

Through the study of real life executives, Lovegrove also lists out methods to look beyond the realm of one’s career by using six skills — a moral compass, transferrable skills, contextual intelligence, prepared mind, intellectual thread, and extended network. For example, learn a new skill, go beyond your speciality and even work with those unrelated to you at work to gain a different perspective, allowing them to have a “mosaic” of experience to go ahead in their careers. At a time when reports are emerging about lack of job growth in India, Lovegrove’s mosaic skills and lessons on versatility are sure to come in handy.

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Aparna Tadimety

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