Give Subject Matter Experts Their Place

March 1st, 2017

Many businesses still run talent management on the assumption that senior leadership roles are the inevitable destination for people who perform well at lower organisational levels, even though performance as a subject matter expert is not an indicator of potential as a senior leader. Even seasoned HR professionals can still be tantalised by the notion that excellence in one field can be converted, through development, into excellence in another.

In our experience, it is better to be absolutely clear about the strategic future value the business hopes to get from its senior SME roles and to manage the best SMEs in ways that reinforce their significance to the firm. This is particularly true of expertise – existing and prospective – that is expected to yield the innovations on which future success will be built.

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