We all look for the “authority” on a certain subject to affirm, deny, change or enlighten our own thoughts because we believe them to be the expert. So what constitutes an “expert”?
The Oxford dictionary defines the word “expert” as ”a person who is very knowledgeable about, or skillful in, a particular area.” This is clearly a subjective definition with the emphasis on the word, “very.” How does one measure, “very?”
What is “Expert Opinion?”
The word “expert” comes from the Latin word expertus, past participle of experiri ‘try.’ It came into use as a noun in the early 19th century.
Being able to receive, understand and follow strategic advice is just as important as giving it. The Senior Partners at Mussio La Grassa Elliott Krogh know that it takes wisdom to lead and wisdom to follow.
We are always looking for great wisdom to follow to make us and our clients better leaders. Among our favourites is Colin Powell’s 13 Rules. Powell was U.S. Secretary of State and a four-star general of the United States Army. Here is his precious wisdom.
“Canadians spend more time looking online at content on politics and current events to arrive at a ‘considered opinion,’ than Americans,” says digital public affairs strategist Mark Blevis. He says this process of Canadians proactively seeking information to develop a considered opinion is behavior that is unique to Canada.
MLEK partners agree. What we often see as passive behavior is really Canadians becoming educated on a subject before they make up their minds and take a position. This is at the heart of understanding reputation management in Canada.
MLEK wanted to get inside the mind of successful business leaders and find out what sets them and their companies apart and why.
We spoke with Edward D. Hess, author of Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses, published by Stanford Business Books in 2012. Hess’s research shows that the idea that companies must “grow big or die” is a myth with little bearing in truth or reality. His research shows that companies must work towards continuous improvement to grow and that growth is both good and bad.