Emotion or Commotion. Are you a Neanderthal? Are you Stuck?

The natural state of a human being is not emotional.

But we get worn down and become emotional.

Some people say that emotion is the domain of the feminine. This is not correct. Emotion is the domain of all humans. It is simply expressed or repressed based on cultural norms.

For many men, repressing emotion is a cultural normal. For many women, expressing emotion is a cultural norm.

It’s wise, as an evolutionary human not to be confined by cultural norms. They breed extinction.

Overspecialisation breeds extinction in relationships, business and health. Anything that you do that’s to the exclusion of something else, is overspecialisation, eventually. 

If you swim and don’t walk you’ll eventually overspecialise. If you walk and don’t swim, same. If you work and don’t play, if you sex but don’t romance, if you talk about serious things without some enjoyment, if you play and don’t work.

This is not about balance. Balance is an expectation. It is about diversity, not overspecialisation, breadth of living rather than containment.

You automatically do this: I mean would you watch the news on TV all day or change the channel for some music or comedy? Would you wear exactly the same clothes that you wear to work when you go out for dinner? No, not if you respect diversity and non-overspecialisation.

Overspecialisation can lead to romantic boredom at home too. Same old conversations, same old issues, same old sexual approach.

Overspecialisation can lead to business failure. We understand the economics of vertical integration to save cost but sometimes we forget horizontal integration. For example: health clubs now offer yoga, massage, gym, nutrition and plates. Each was a specialised area and now they are one stop shop.

If a bank said to me: get you tax done here, get your financial advice done here, get your super done here, and we’ll lend against your assets within the structure, I’d have my ears pricked. But of course, the motive for doing so can’t be bank profit alone or you’ll get very mixed signals. But that’s about leadership, not diversity.

Overspecialisation is also a social issue. We have seen overspecialisation in many social environments such as religion in the USA, skin colour discrimination in business, and more. And whenever this sort of overspecialisation remains in resistance to diversification, trauma (nature’s heavy hammer) is usually needed for change.

Management consultants would be wise to consider the topic of overspecialisation as a cause of corporate failure. Especially in assessing traditional business categories that are no longer competitive. For example: mining companies that function purely on one resource, who do not have diversification into hedge products such as banking or financial markets, will all, eventually fail.

An orchard that grows only one fruit might be a similar overspecialisation where the race is on to build market and sell into a commodity market where a cheaper better product will leave them swinging at thin air.

Finally, you must be conscious and mindful of your own overspecialisation. There will be a 70% cut in the number of MBA’s employed over the next 10 years. A 60% reduction of employment in management consulting. A 90% reduction in the need for financial services. McKinsey report. So, overspecialisation in your career might help you win the race, but be careful it’s not a victory this year that is leading you into a chasm the next.

Succession planning is a major field of work in business. And it needs to be a major field of work in your life too. Imagine if your industry folded over the next 5 years, became unprofitable but you kept fighting that unprofitable trend by specialising more and more and more … it’s a great competitive strategy because it’s offering survival skills. But are you prepared to specialise more and reinvent yourself next year and next year and next year … do you have the energy to keep reinventing yourself in a tougher and tougher market with less and less profit to play with and smaller and smaller target client base?

I remember a guy who came to my business as one of the best draftsman in Russia. I helped him emigrate to Australia. His work was exceptional. 3 years later he was driving taxi’s at 30% of his salary. Why? because CAD design, automation, computers took over his specialisation. It was cheaper and faster and more competitive to automate his job. It wasn’t callous, we had to do it to survive in our industry.

Are you a neanderthal? Are you stuck?

  1. Does your religion embrace women, men, race, diversity and other religions? If not you are being fed overspecialisation. Be careful that it doesn’t permeate your subconscious and cause you to unconsciously limit your business and personal life.
  2. Does your organisation embrace gender equality, race equality? Don’t read their manifesto. Those things are rhetoric. Look around. How many women are in management? How much emotion is there in a day. 50 – 50? That’s diversity.
  3. Does your personal VIP for the future indicate a change in career. If not you may have tunnel vision. Nature never destroys your past, she evolves it. Where could you be in 5 years if you added: music, film, computerisation, animation, holograms, currency, television, reality, nature to your specialisation and what would you call that career (according to McKinsey and Co – 50% of jobs in the next 10 years don’t currently have names) i.e. we are evolving faster and faster.
  4. Your health… are you eating diversity, are you overspecialising? Are you measuring your health right? Are you still of the belief (now extinct) that moderate exercise is going to help you be healthy? Is it time to evolve your definition of health? For example: new studies show inflammation is the cause of cholesterol build up in heart and artery, which has little to do with the foods once thought to cause cardio problems. Even science is evolving.

The best way to stay ahead of the curve, is to understand nature’s universal laws.

Seek balance

Find order not cause it

Honour interconnections – cross boundaries

Think Energy – Think Smart

Organise – Prioritise – Rise

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