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Published:June 4th, 2007 05:02 EST
Somebody is Always the Expert

Somebody is Always the Expert

By Joel G. Block (Mentor/Columnist)


There is always someone out there who possesses unique viewpoints or expertise. I`m not talking about situations in which someone of a given discipline knows more than his or her peers. I`m talking about someone from a different discipline who, by virtue of his or her training or experience, sees a problem from a different perspective than others.

I recently visited the factory of a company with which I`m partnered. At this particular facility, an engineer was responsible for predicting how the materials that were being fabricated would behave.

A skinny young welder at the same factory volunteered privately to us that he didn`t believe that the parts being fabricated were going to work as intended. In the real world, the welder told us, there wasn`t going to be enough room for the mechanism to spin the way we needed it to spin.

We brought the welder`s comments to the attention to the engineer, who was livid that a mere welder would criticize his diagrams and information. The welder proved to be correct, though.

To be fair, the welder lives in the "real world" everyday. He knew from hands-on experience what would work and what wouldn`t. Fortunately, we listened to him.

So, as you are working hard every day to build your company, or as you`re building your career, make sure that you don`t listen only to "the experts," or people from one discipline. Be sure that you seek out other points of view and other perspectives.


About Joel G. Block, President of Growth-Logic, Inc.

Often dubbed a "Growth Architect" by his clients, Joel Block advises companies on explosive growth strategies by driving revenue and sales. Well known in the capital markets, Joel is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and advisor. To bring Joel into your company, please visit or