Tease the expertise

By | May 29, 2017

Experts are usually right. That is one of the things that makes them uncommonly dangerous at liminal or transitional times.

Experts also usually do just fine in their own domain, but when outside forces impinge on their Lilliputian arena they are completely unable to see or conceptualize them. This is related to (but not the same as) the above problem.

Often in my own life I’ve been able to see obvious issues that experts have missed because even though I am vastly weaker in their areas than they are, I can see far outside of what they consider to be their purview. Broad but relatively shallow often demolishes deep but narrow, and particularly in times of much uncertainly, where major re-alignments are occurring.

In short, often experts are most useful when you don’t need them, and least useful when you do.