What is the Expert gap?

Written by Grant Heinrich, 18 May 2020

Most experts super-invest in their technical skills, but they under-invest in enterprise skills. They don’t accurately price risk or reward when asking their leaders to invest in innovation. They don’t think it’s their problem to sell their projects to leaders, boards and CEOs. They struggle to influence co-workers and leaders of teams. They have outstanding technical skills, but their enterprise skills are under-developed.

As a result, they don’t tell a good, convincing story about innovation. And they can’t really be expected to improve if their organisations won’t give them the tools and coaching they need.

This is what we call the Expert Gap. It demonstrates the growth needed to shift from a super-technical “specialist” to a more strategic “expert” to then become a “master expert”. Someone whose Expertship lets them proactively introduce and lead innovation, guide organisational technical strategy and add value to your bottom line.

The Expert Gap challenges experts to become a better Expert.

Of course, experts need a roadmap for this journey of professional growth. Which is why we have developed The Expertship Model, which simultaneously provides a way for experts to assess where they are today, and describes the capabilities they need to acquire to become Master Experts.

The Expertship Model, and its associated development programs, helps experts jump the Expert Gap.