Generalists and Specialists
I’m a generalist. It has a lot to do with my professional ADHD: I can’t seem to focus on one thing. That means I’m not particularly great at any one thing. I am good at lots of stuff but rarely excellent.
This doesn’t mean that I’ll never find success. It just means that I won’t be astonishingly successful on my own. I’ll be mediocre on my own. But the lesson needn’t a negative one: I need to be a connector. I need to find and bring excellence to the same table and have the real talent create excellence.
I need to find specialists. Marty, who runs our board development committee, is helping me find and recruit experts.
- We got a finance guy to help rework and reevaluate our programs’ budgets.
- We have a marketer with a long history in PR and print to help us in those areas (of which I know practically nothing).
- I’m finding a project manager to take over marketing projects (it’s funny how my side projects always seem to move my career ahead faster than my day job).
- And I’m a fundraising novice, so I’m looking for a fundraising ninja.
The best part about specialists is that they often need a generalist to help keep the other stuff off their plates. My job is to bring them together, give them a challenge, and then clear the way so they can do what they do best. And that’s something I can do quite well.
So I’m a generalist. That’s ok.