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It is easy, sometimes, to underestimate the skills brought to a task by a seasoned professional. I see this constantly in my business life. Usually there is no malice involved. Some have a high opinion of themselves: “it can’t be as complicated as MY job!”
There is another explanation.
We are increasingly accustomed to a social fabric of entwined specialists, princes in ever-smaller areas of expertise. Each microcosm becomes naturally isolated, ever-more difficult to explain to the non-specialist. Professional isolation results while those with summary viewpoints disappear under the weight of increasing knowledge.
Many architects specialize: an office knowledgeable about high schools may not understand permitting for a new hospital. Tradesmen able to repair escalators don’t repair moving sidewalks. Basketball stars are not guaranteed success on the baseball diamond, a lesson hard-learned by Mr. Jordan.