A popular saying goes: “jack of all trades, master of none”. This idiom, however, gives a somewhat negative spin on these multifaceted individuals. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that these talented people, or “multipotentialite” (as career coach and TED speaker, Emilie Wapnick calls them) – are actually very in demand right now in the market, especially for various remote staffing solutions. After all, the complete (and yet oftentimes forgotten) saying goes: “Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”.
These generalists can also be considered “master of all”. These are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers; flexible professionals would definitely be perfect as virtual assistants or for any of your remote staffing needs. Having many passions predisposes these individuals to be more proactive in their work.
Therefore, being a generalist, or a “jack of all trades” is not a bad thing especially when it comes to businesses. Business owners will always have the need for specialists, but in this day and age, clients also tend to go for candidates who can perform multiple tasks at a time, and yet deliver great results.
Generalists are great to hire as virtual staff since they wouldn’t have just one area of interest. Dwelling on a single niche area could ruin long-term thinking and strategy, which is vital especially for growing companies. But a “jack of all trades” loves to learn, explore, and hone new skills, making them ideal innovators and problem solvers.
“Jack of all trades” is no longer seen in such a negative light by modern society. They are no longer perceived by people as restless individuals who jump between interests aimlessly. In contrast, these people are more responsive and passionate about work because they are eager to learn new things. Furthermore, their innate ability to jump from one work to another seamlessly has become such a pragmatic trait valued by employers. For example, for some business owners, a blog writer with ample knowledge in SEO optimization and interest in Digital Marketing, might be more valuable than a blogger who has no idea about how website visibility and search engine works.
Now, having said these, the character traits that a “jack of all trades” possess is only as good as their ability to truly deliver. Opportunities for more knowledge and the chance to learn on the job keep multipotentialtites on their toes. Also, while it might be great to have a “jack of all trades” as a team-player on board, a team must still be able to operate like a well-oiled machine. Having specialists, who are at the top of their game, together with managers who know how to coach a team, and generalists who can keep pace with the business is such a dream. This is something that can definitely be achievable by having talented staff such as remote virtual assistants.
Many companies both want and need multipotentialites. And with a proper and adequate support system, even a “master of none” could truly excel and be a “master of all”.