To all who struggle with having diverse and seemingly un-related interests, or who studied one thing but moved to ‘unrelated’ jobs and places, take note and take heart:
Not being a singular-focused specialist does *not* have to be a handicap. In fact, having diverse interests — even being contrarian — fuels creativity, innovations and cutting-edge thinking.
For me, people often don’t see any connection between my Executive Coaching, focused on Power and Leadership (mainly with American and European executives) — and China, which I write and teach on.
It took a fantastic set of questions (mainly # 4 and # 5) from Kerry Parke at IE Business School to help me explain the link.
Article Link HERE [5 min read]
As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. … This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Now when people ask me about my diverse interests and “unconventional career”, I just send them her great article.
Thank you Kerry and IE Business School – great organisation that encourages diverse exploration and moving across silos.