Nuala Walsh is CEO at MindEquity, and a Behavioral Scientist with Advisory Board roles in business, sport, and non-profit organizations.
You’ve arrived! You’re a subject matter expert, a sought-out oracle. After years of sacrifice, study and sycophants, your position of corporate power and prestige is assured. Or is it?
Not necessarily! Your knowledge may have become your curse. It’s not that you know too much; it’s that you assume others know much of what you know. Highly intelligent experts often under-explain and over-complicate, leaving non-experts in clouds of confusion. It’s what psychologists call the “curse of expertise,” or sometimes the “curse of knowledge.”
Many a rocket scientist presenter has boomed or bombed based on their ability to simplify complex topics. But the ability to effectively transfer knowledge is expected, whether from a chief medical officer explaining vaccines, a lawyer advising distressed clients or a leader inspiring hope. And it’s