Recently, Kevin Wheeler had a very interesting and timely post about a possible return to a generalist model in The Cry for the Jack-of-All Trades. This one got me thinking a bit. As one who spent a little time as a generalist I began to ponder if returning to a generalist model would make sense given the trying economic conditions and so many companies finding themselves having to do more with less.
I decided to reach out to a few trusted clients to inquire on their view of returning to a generalist mode and what I learned was quite interesting. Now, before I share a little about what I learned and my comments please understand this was not a scientific study by any means. I merely chatted with a few talent acquisition and HR leaders in 7 different companies ranging from small to quite large. I was just curious to know what they thought and a few interesting ideas emerged.