The Neo-Generalist

Where You Go Is Who You Are

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
256 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2017
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Author Biography

Kenneth Mikkelsen is a leadership advisor, learning designer, speaker and writer. He can be found on Twitter as @LeadershipABC.

Richard Martin is a freelance writer and editor. He can be found on Twitter as @IndaloGenesis.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

How do you live a life of purpose if you live it in multiple worlds? That is one of the questions asked in The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go Is What You Are by Kenneth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin. According to Mikkelsen, Marie Curie, Winston Churchill, Hedy Lamarr - along with countless sports figures, artists and even iconic business leaders - had one thing in common: They were neo-generalists, multi-talented individuals who deftly used their abilities to create the best of both worlds. These polymathic generals honed their "dragonfly vision" to view things with a kaleidoscope effect. Neo-generalists don't like being confined to a single box. Instead, they serve as liaisons and catalysts for companies or tribes "with no desire to belong to the group." With 53 million freelancers in the US, you may perceive this nonfiction guide as verification that you are not the "oddity" you may have thought you were.

The cover image was thought provoking and apt. I immediately identified with the message of refraining from managerial measurement practices and adding new flavor to a recipe. I pondered my existence, identified my preferred learning method, and examined society's influence on hyper-specialism. The comprehensive bibliography will serve as an invaluable lifelong resource. Kenneth Mikkelsen, founder of FutureShifts, has had his articles published in The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Richard Martin is a writer and editor who authored Mean Streets and Raging Bulls. The Neo-Generalist is a must-have tool that is predicted to receive critical acclaim, and is highly recommended .

Anna Wojtaszewska

Great book. It has helped me to self-define myself better in the race to look for a niche. I am now affirming (neo) generalism.