You are an expert in many things. All of us have those special areas, where our expertise and experience reign supreme. This can range anywhere from being a master of merger and acquisition financing deals down to being the only person who knows how to get your toddler to sleep at night. We know what we’re doing. We’re competent and confident. So why do we sometimes consider throwing it all overboard when an amateur brings us a solution that runs counter to what we know is right?
Beware of the amateur who lords over you in an organizational hierarchy. Beware of the amateur with whom you are enchanted, or smitten, or who’s favor you wish to curry. Beware of the amateur who comes disguised behind veils of creativity and breakthrough thinking.
Be the Expert you know you are. Use your expertise to examine, probe and investigate what they are wanting to accomplish. Try to uncover the true gem in their questioning and potential new thinking. Then apply your expert knowledge to develop a solution that addresses the needs they have identified.
If you implement their solution without the benefit of your expertise, everyone runs the risk of losing. The implemented solution may fall short of what they thought they wanted, or what you know is possible. Your credibility may be diminished in their eyes, and yours.
Use new input to expand old thinking, but don’t dismiss your hard-gained expertise and experience.