Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni - Five Attributes of Being an Expert

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@Russ - thanks for stopping by.

@Taylor - to me someone who tries and is tried and experiments to take the field further should be open to new ideas and new ways. Do you think there is an aspect to leadership that is voluntary? Also, I've seen and met leaders who were very much setting a course and not veering off it.

@Carolyn Ann - that's really funny. I reread your sentence the same way you did - must have - and had a great chuckle. Wearing two shirts is a strategy. For execution of course I meant how you come across, what you actually do, and how people perceive it, which you all covered in the comments.

@Gavin - a 2 year old is an expert at being a 2 year old. This is something our chief neurological development teacher and practitioner used to say. Good thought on core competence - knowledge needs the test of trial to become practice. Funny also how we say doctors practice medicine, yet we don't have the same kind of nomenclature for many other fields. Mind is now whirring at more examples.

I guess we're all experts in something! But you know, I particularly like the idea of "core competence" - but it is much harder to determine. And also more personal, which is partly why I like it!

A cynic once told me that an expert was someone who knew more and more about less and less until they knew absolutely everything about absolutely nothing! :-) (It's an old saw, but I like it.)

I agree that an expert needs to have some failures; after all - we rarely learn from our successes. As a manager, particularly as a mid-level manager, I encouraged people to try. If they made a mistake, so what? Mentoring should be used to ensure that the mistake doesn't end the company, of course.

I've also heard it posited that an expert is someone who knows more than "you". I don't agree with that assessment - being an expert would depend more on someone's ability to convince others they know more than in any actual expertise. The world is full of this type of "expert".

Taylor, an expert can be utilized by a leader. Indeed, a good leader will tap experts for their expertise. An expert who is not open to new ideas is called a stick-in-the-mud, obstinate, obdurate and other multi-syllabic words (many of them not particularly flattering).

I will observe, though, that I've rarely noticed an expert and a leader being the same person. The concept of leadership is just too much for a quick comment.

Your last sentence, Valeria, has me quite alarmed! I'd prefer a my ending to be a little less dramatic to be well (or otherwise) thought of... Perhaps I'll wear two shirts* to the event? :-)

Carolyn Ann

*Charles 1st of England wore two heavy shirts to his execution, because he didn't want to be cold and have anyone think he was shivering because he was afraid of his (immediately forthcoming) end. So I guess he epitomizes your last sentiment... :-) (Sorry, I couldn't resist, but probably should have!)

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