28 February 2021

Season 2, Episode 6. The Generalists Dilemma with Jeremy Varo-Haub

Jeremy is a designer, strategist, and consultant for Territory Global. He uses human-centered design and expert facilitation to help leaders and their teams to tap into their innate brilliance to solve fuzzy problems.

Jeremy is a gifted strategist, and every moment working with him is a continuous learning experience.

In today’s episode, Jeremy and I talk about being a generalist. Are you one of us? Then this episode is for you!

[00:01 – 01:08] Opening Segment

  • Let’s welcome our listeners from Finland, Hong Kong, and Columbia
  • I introduce today’s guest, Jeremy Varo-Haub

[01:09 – 13:19] The Generalists Dilemma

  • Jeremy explains what makes someone a generalist
  • The cons of being a generalist
  • Jeremy talks about why being a generalist can be a superpower
  • The “shiny objects” syndrome
  • Experiencing impostor syndrome

[13:20 – 16:57] The Specialists

  • We talk about specialists
  • Jeremy speaks about his first job

[16:58 – 23:39] Closing Segment

  • Advice from one generalist to another
  • Jeremy shares lessons he learned throughout his career
    • The importance of empathy
    • Chunking
    • Applying the principles of the book Getting Things Done
  • Final words of wisdom for the listeners


Tweetable Quotes:

“Curiosity, I think can open a lot of different doors for you and your career.” – Natalie Born

“If I just would get curious about a thing and then I would want to learn as much as I could about it and then an opportunity would open up, and I get a chance to express that new knowledge or new experience. It opened a lot of doors for me.” – Jeremy Varo-Haub

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how important it is to plan for outcomes. I mean this is the work that we do every day – to think about the end of [what] you’re trying to reach, to be clear about what that is, to get everyone onboard of what it is, and to work hard in that direction.” – Jeremy Varo-Haub

“You should remember that your ‘generalism’ is an asset.” – Jeremy Varo-Haub


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