Jorge Barba rises to the defense of generalists, and I think he's right -- and not just because I'm a generalist. He calls out a problem we've encountered with our clients at Filament:
Today more than at any moment in time, organizations want innovation; but reject creativity. Think about that. The funny thing is the only type of innovation that comes from specialization is incremental, and that has an expiration date. The longer you improve the same thing, the fewer improvements you make. It’s why all organizational failure is self-inflicted: a failure of imagination that results from the curse of knowledge.
It takes a Generalist or jack of all trades to make connections across disciplines and stimulate creativity; the type that is disruptive and game-changing.
I also absolutely love his idea to create a "Challenge the Status Quo Day."