William from Ockham (or Occam), was a philosopher of the fourteenth century. Today he is most often associated with ‘Ockham’s Razor’, the idea that explanations should be as simple as possible.
But he said the same about how we spend our precious time and resources…
As Ockham put it:
“It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer.”
And that is as true in the modern world of work as it was in a medieval monastery. At work – and especially for the Specialist-Generalist – less is always more.