The Value of Polymath Talent

It’s advantageous working with people that can execute at the intersection of multiple fields

The term polymath came about in 17th century Europe to describe a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas and who could combine them in unique ways to solve problems. The term morphed into its more modern adaptation of a “Renaissance man” (or woman). Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most notable, known for his ability to combine his deep knowledge and experience in the arts, sciences, engineering, architecture and anatomy.

Note: for this article, a polymath can refer to an individual, a small team, a business unit or even an organization

Do organizations need a polymath?

There’s an argument to be made that organizations can greatly benefit from having a “polymath talent” guide them through the disruptive forces impacting today’s market. Let’s take a look at different types of people/groups/organizations you can work with and make the case for a polymath talent.

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Nabeel’s story: Putting the pieces together…in a different way

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Recently, my son got several LEGO sets for his birthday. One was a mountain police chase, another a monster truck and another a Batman super hero set. After his excitement settled, we decided to jump into the mountain police chase set and started assembling. We followed the directions, with him leading, and 30 minutes later he had his mountain police chase scene. The fun was just beginning.

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