The whole theme of moving from complexity to simplicity and from specialisation to a broader “multi-specialist” skill set has loomed large for me (and this blog) over the previous year.
The recession we are in – largely due to specialisation in obscure financial instruments that many didn’t fully understand, with no one taking a “big picture” view (or those who were supposed to not succeeding).
The circumstances in internal organisational politics and responsibility – where internal and external is overlapping and marketing, HR, internal comms, IT and others rubbing shoulders- largely due to specialisation. Some organisations have appointed strategic-level people to oversee this; most haven’t.
I spent some time recently in an American Intensive Care Unit with my dad; specialists had all kinds of information, but no one seemed to have a grip on the big picture.
I’m not saying we need to be experts in anything. One could never be. But I truly believe the next several years will see the pendulum swing back towards bigger, more holistic, more consolidated views of things in the business world. People who can see the connections, dig into the complexity and then unravel it and make it simpler, who can join things up will be worth their weight it platinum.
With this comes accountability. With this comes efficiency and cost savings since the left hand and right hand will be working together.
What do you think?