Risk in using experts

One risk of the expert at the front of the room syndrome: this expert’s solution to our puzzle is only valid if several things coincide:

1. Our set of facts is similar enough to the set with which the expert is familiar;

2. The expert recognizes all significant similarities and differences;

3. The expert has adequately studied and diagnosed our setting;

4. The expert is having a good day;

5. We are receptive to the expert to the extent appropriate;

6. The message of the expert is correctly transferred;

7. We have the will and means to do what the expert prescribes;

8. The expert’s prescription fits us.

There are likely other important prerequisites as well. If these don’t coincide, then what is our best course?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on December 8th, 2008 | No Comments »

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