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Nick Lovegrove is the US Managing Partner of the Brunswick Group, a global corporate advisory firm. He spent more than 30 years at McKinsey & Company, primarily in London and Washington, DC At various times, he led McKinsey's Global Media Practice, its Global Public Sector Practice, and its Washington office. He served as an independent advisor to the British Prime Minister's strategy unit, and as a member of the board of directors for the Royal Shakespeare Company and TeachFirst. Since leaving McKinsey in 2012, he has been a senior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group a senior fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and four children.

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"Lovegrove compellingly draws on examples from his own careers to illustrate the benefits and pitfalls of each skill area, and he bolsters his narrative with anecdotes about other successful people in a variety of disciplines. Lovegrove balances his book neatly between the nuts-and-bolts approach to being successful and the more philosophical sense of understanding yourself first before seeking to change the world for others." --Kirkus Reviews "Lovegrove, U.S. managing partner for the corporate consulting firm Brunswick Group, delivers a thoughtful plea for breadth of experience and learning over intense specialization. Lovegrove uses the titular mosaic as a metaphor for both society and individuals, explaining that a focus on highly specialized knowledge is damaging to both people's inner selves and their careers. He believes that, as a society, the U.S. needs to refocus on diversifying professional development and training--the approach of a liberal arts education, rather than of a trade school. He argues that specialists can get hamstrung by a lack of broad information and experience, and provides positive stories of those who've succeeded at achieving breadth, including Paul Farmer, U.N. special envoy to Haiti, and David Hayes, U.S. deputy secretary of the interior. Addressing readers at every stage of their careers, Lovegrove explains that having diverse knowledge and interests can help to 'overcome your external constraints and internal doubts.' All readers looking to break out of an intellectual box of their own making will find a refreshing new viewpoint on their personal and professional lives in this convincing manifesto." --Publishers Weekly

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