Domain Knowledge

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Can you recognize someone who has domain knowledge?

When you look at problems through a lens of ignorance, it is completely different from what an expert sees. The expert has domain knowledge. They can instantly tell you what is lacking and why something won’t work. The lack of integration is apparent.

However, the novice cannot see this. The novice with ego cannot even begin to see what the issue is for they cannot open themselves up to the reality that the problem is beyond their grasp and articulation.

If you have domain knowledge in certain areas, you know what I am talking about. You see with a different lens and worldview than someone who cannot see the underlying issues. You both see differently.

As we continue to travel the road of our knowledge economy, this differentiation between those that have domain knowledge and those that lack it is going to be a point of contention and value. Here’s my input on the situation:

  1. If you have domain knowledge and you are dealing with a novice with blinded ego, withdraw and let them discover their own folly.
  2. If you lack domain knowledge (which you likely do in some situations) and are dealing with an expert, be humble. Heed Thoreau, “Every man is my teacher, that I may learn from him.”
  3. If you are either the novice or the expert dealing with your opposite in a respectful and teachable relationship, explore together. To teach is to learn again.

The hard part about navigating the waters of today is dealing with people and their vast array of motivations and insecurities. When there is recognition and respect, the benefits we can receive from those with domain knowledge can carry the day and improve our vision. Otherwise, the world can look like a constant blur that is relentlessly senseless in its complexity and speed.

Choose to see.

How can you see better?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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