Five business owners, very experienced in their fields, in a room discussing challenges, opportunities and ideas for collaboration. High energy loads of passion, knowledge, support and learning over average sandwiches, a bowl for fruit and the chocolate chip cookies we all pretended not to want! Over one hundred and fifty years’ worth of work experience between us.
Yes, another networking group full of good intentions.
This one was different to any other I have been to though because it was all people I know, trust and most definitely would recommend. We kicked off with introductions to ourselves and our businesses which very quickly resulted in a realisation as to why I won’t be in the Tour de France any time soon. What makes us special and why would I recommend these people? It isn’t anything to do with experience. They are people who impress me with their combination of insight and knowledge, integrity and generosity. How they do things not what they do or have done.
Our group member who is a communications specialist isn’t a journalist, PR consultant or communications strategist she is a story teller and it is her expertise in unearthing and telling your story in the right way which makes her special.
Our recruiter with nearly 30 years in the industry doesn’t write adverts, shortlist, interview and, some would say, over charge 😉. She provides insight, analysis and constructive challenge to get you the right person not just another person.
And so, it goes on we all have expertise beyond our job roles and experiences. Expertise in emotional skills.
What’s the difference?
Experience is time dependant, expertise is not. Not always does experience gain expertise. Many people work in a particular field and still never manage to learn anything new or indeed bring insight and wisdom.
I have ridden a bike for over 40 years so have a significant amount of experience, more so than Chris Froome if we count the years, however, it’s fair to say it’s not just because I am female that I won’t be replacing him in team Ineos this season. I have a significant amount of experience but very little expertise!
So, no matter whether you are recruiting someone, looking for another job, exploring how to sell yourself, looking at your development or that of your team look beyond the experience and focus on expertise.