Nick is the author of The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career, which will be published by Public Affairs in the US on November 1, 2016 and by Profile Books in the UK on January 26, 2017.
Specialisation is the key to success today. Those pursuing expertise in a particular sector perhaps dedicate their entire life to excel in their field, often ignoring any peripheral connection. But is this the correct approach? Well, not really, says author Nick Lovegrove. To substantiate his argument, Lovegrove in his book The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Successful Life & Career, illustrates how to expand one’s forte of work to multiple fields to make it big. With 30-plus experience as a consultant, executive coach and the US managing partner of a global corporate advisory firm, Lovegrove should know this more than anyone else. At a time when reports are emerging about lack of job growth in India, Lovegrove’s mosaic skills and lessons on versatility are sure to come in handy.
"In this part-philosophical, part-practical career guide, Lovegrove rails against businesses’ demands for greater specialisms, which tend to bind people into working lives of narrow experience. The Mosaic Principle provides the bridge between the established portfolio career model that might straddle business, third sector and government, and the millennial, gig-economy, freelance model. While senior executives have always sought to add strings to their bow by taking non-executive directorships, or becoming a consultant and building a portfolio career, Lovegrove’s book legitimises this approach for those in the middle years of a career, those who do not have the confidence of the younger, millennial generation to step off the corporate ladder and pursue their own odyssey."
"The challenges we face today are interrelated, broad, and complex. We need people that can see the whole picture and connect the dots to help address them. We can all make the choice to become one of those people, and The Mosaic Principle can help us get there."
“We pay a high price – both individually and as a society – for our obsession with narrow specialization and the trap of being a “one-trick pony”. Nick Lovegrove’s pragmatic guidelines – such as a developed moral compass, a prepared mind, and a robust intellectual thread – provide the roadmap for a more fulfilling life and an extraordinary career in an ever-changing, complex, multi-dimensional world."
“Nick Lovegrove’s book compellingly makes the case for why the world needs more ‘tri-sector athletes’ – to build a more long-term, inclusive capitalism will require just the kind of breadth of experience and perspective these leaders possess.”
“A powerful case that the jack-of-all-trades can be a master of some. Nick Lovegrove highlights the rising costs of specialization, encouraging us all to unleash our curiosity and go broad.”
“The Mosaic Principle underscores why critical issues like national security and economic advancement cannot be adequately addressed by people with one-dimensional skills and experience. We need many more people who can cross between different walks of life, sharing their expertise and perspectives – not just in fiction, but in real life. Nick Lovegrove’s book is a must-read that offers us a practical and compelling guide to meeting this challenge.”
“In a society in which even elementary kids are told to pick one sport, Nick Lovegrove’s conclusion that the best life path features wide-ranging experiences, even those we aren’t good at, should be a breath of fresh air.”
“A thoughtful plea for breadth of experience and learning over intense specialization….All readers looking to break out of an intellectual box of their own making will find a refreshing new viewpoint on their personal and professional lives in this convincing manifesto.”
How should you approach the question to be broad or deep – or at least more of one and less of the other? Why should you care? Well, to start with it’s helpful to know where you currently fall on the breadth-depth spectrum. Are you naturally more broad, or do you instinctively veer toward depth?Learn more