In praise of being a generalist

There’s something undeniably alluring about being highly accomplished at something. Being the best. Being at the top of your field, your game, your performance. But there’s an opportunity cost to this kind of excellence— the time and focus you dedicate to one thing, you are not dedicating to anything else. Can single-minded focus actually undermine... Continue Reading →

On Alignment

What do you think of when you hear the word alignment? The wheels on your car? Your body position in a yoga pose? I bet it's not online education. . . but hear me out. Because I believe breakthroughs come from cross-pollination among disciplines, I'm going to borrow this concept from Quality Matters-- which is a... Continue Reading →

Advice beyond “focus” for academics

I'm an early-career academic and clinician. As such, I need-- and receive-- a lot of guidance. I have mentors, I have bosses, I have colleagues. Everyone says to focus. Which is nice, but is it helpful? Certainly focus is critical to build a solid and impactful program of scientific research. Does it capture the goals... Continue Reading →

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