You know, this very point has worked to my detriment in job applications - my CV suggests that I am a generalist. I noticed entries before that say "as an architect you are an expert in *at least* one thing". It's hard to convince anyone that you can be an expert in *more than* one thing. I would argue that if you think you're an expert in *only one* thing then you can't be an architect (flamebait - apologies, please be nice to me)! I think that your (Simon's) comments confirm it - it's really hard (I admit, not impossible) to go outside yourself as an architect. But I think it's really important to at least try!
Politics! Oh boy! Many bosses are looking for someone that will tell the the 'right' answer, e.g. "use Java!", or "Oracle rules, OK?", or "we've always used struts". That last sentence in the middle para is one that rings *so* true for me: politics, relationships and investments. I dislike politics on an intellectual level, but architects *do* have a game to play... I believe you have to modify your game to the context of the job.
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