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The one trait that Elon Musk, Ben Franklin, and Marie Curie have in common

The one trait that Elon Musk, Ben Franklin, and Marie Curie have in common

  • August 06, 2015
  • min read

Forbes.com

The one trait that Elon Musk, Ben Franklin, and Marie Curie have in common

Many of the most impactful individuals — both contemporary and historical — have been generalists, proving a strong link between diversity of relationships and knowledge and career success. Bain & Company Chairman Orit Gadiesh coined the term expert-generalist, which she defines as, "Someone who has the ability and curiosity to master and collect expertise in many different disciplines, industries, skills, capabilities, countries and topics." They are then able to recognize patterns and connect the dots across multiple areas, as well as drill deep to focus and perfect the thinking.