CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion
Description: This session is an interactive discussion around the key principles and applications of “Range.”
Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.
David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Facilitator: Judy Dickinson
Bio: Judy has a background in change management, performance improvement and strategic planning. She started her career as a marketing manager for Apple Computer followed by a role as a Big 4 consultant. Since then, she has designed and implemented innovative organizational development programs for clients in the private and public sectors. She is a certified Project Manager and is currently serving as the Knowledge Management Lead for the Flight Projects Division of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
**Registration required in advance to ensure sufficient seating, and to help us design the best experience for a blend of in-person and on-line participation. (It will ask whether you intend to be in-person or virtual). Thank You!
In-Person Venue: Insperity | 7950 Jones Branch Drive | McLean, VA 22102
Virtual Participation: Zoom link and/or dial-in info is included in the registration confirmation email.
Cancellation Policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions. If federal government is closed, event will be canceled.