Generalist vs. Specialist

Specialisation helps in problem identification faster but it disconnects the treatment to a limited scope and discounts the larger connectedness of our systems that can provide a more wholesome and long-term effect. This was what I understood when two doctors discussed another’s achievement. A doctor in his mid-forties was introducing his ophthalmologist wife to a very senior doctor. He hinted that she had trained with a lovely gentleman in UK and is superior on some specialised understanding of the cornea. The senior doctor however was flippant in his response asking was it the right, left, upper or bottom part because that’s the way our world is going. I don’t know whether the husband-wife duo recovered from that snide remark to forgive or learn from the senior’s words. They quickly changed the subject at least. But the remark stayed with me.

Are we so focused on making things complex and losing the opportunity to see the connectedness and wholesomeness of what’s happening? Can we read the symptoms but stop isolating them in our need to be quick problem solvers? Can we give things a bit more time and patience to play out fully?

I think this is the space where the steady and the conscientiousness folks have an upper hand on the decisive and action-oriented folks.

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