"Versatilists are able to apply a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, equally at ease with technical issues as with business strategy."
When I wrote about the Learning Generalist, I actually meant a Generalizing Specialist/ Master Generalist as the industry understands it these days. There are obvious benefits of having these people on your team:
- Its easy to redeploy these pros based on changes in business requirements or strategy.
- They lend balance to your team -- allow you to achieve more with a small team. For eg: a training team may not need a graphic designer or an e-learning specialist for a long time; a learning generalist on the other hand can play this role for a short time, reducing your costs and increasing your flexibility.
- Most importantly, they help you mitigate people risks - if you have a fair number of generalists in your team, you don't run the risk of your projects coming to a stand-still because one person got run over by a truck. You have others that can don the mantle of the person who is sick, on leave, on a sabattical, becoming a mother, or leaving the organization. Your team is more responsive to change, and you generally face less stress.