The 'Expertise Bubble': "I've Met Multiple People Who Simply Schmoozed Their Way Into A Senior Role."

Interesting essay from security professional Ilya Umanskiy, titled 'Expertise Bubble', key quotes:

the metrics we have been using to bestow the “expert” title on someone have not been right. Often a person is considered an expert just by virtue of association with a specific organization, or a title they have, or because of circles within which he or she is connected...

I’ve met multiple people who simply schmoozed their way into a senior role. Have you? On the flipside, I have also met many people in positions of lesser stature who have been solving huge problems for their organizations or clients.

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