Getting started with Expertship

Written by Kirsty Allen 07 Apr 2022

With nearly 30 of our clients worldwide now deploying Expertship programs, we’ve plenty of experience of the questions early-stage clients ask, the information they need to know, and the challenges they face socializing and getting buy-in for the need for distinct Expertship programs in their organization.

The frequently asked questions are listed below, together with the resources we’ve made available to you for free.

The first set of questions are about Expertship itself.

The second set of questions are about how to get started – either on your own, or with Expertunity (we are proudly the world leaders in this type of professional development).

Please note our mission is to help technical experts everywhere – whether in IT, risk, finance, engineering, health, science, HR, law, of any other specialist knowledge domain – to be the best experts they can possibly be, and we acknowledge that sometimes client organizations want to do their own thing. We are happy to share.

About Expertship

Do the experts in my organization really need Expertship?

There are resources on this website that answer this question. What is Expertship? An introduction is a regularly referenced page.

Why do experts get benefit from Expertship-specific programs?

You can explore the answer to this question in experts own words What experts love about Expertship. We have worked with nearly 2000 experts on our programs, and their feedback is consistently positive.

What is special about the content of Expertship programs? How does it differ from leadership programs?

In our Expertship programs, we focus on building the capability of experts across nine capabilities, that are defined in The Expertship Model.

The Expertship Model is a capability framework, similar in design to most leadership capability models that most large organizations use. It explains the key behaviors for experts that contribute to their professional and career success. Most importantly, it helps them understand the different levels of Expertship – specialist, expert, and master expert, and how to grow from one level to the next. The Expertship Model is a key foundation stone for all Expertship programs and initiatives. Our specialized 360-degree survey The Expertship Model is based on this model.

In this model we make the important distinction between technical skills and enterprise skills. Most experts have excellent technical skills, it’s their “ticket to the game”. They have generally over invested in building their technical skills. This has left little time to build their enterprise skills. Check out this briefing What are enterprise skills, and why are they important for technical experts?. This article also explains why enterprise skills are so important for technical experts to develop, even if they don’t realize this often by themselves.

Getting Started

How can we test Expertship Programs?

You can test Expertship programs in several ways. We encourage clients to start small, with a low cost, low risk pilot. We offer a pilot program for as little as 4 participants, but many of our clients start with either 8 or 12 participants. Why? It enables them to test the concept of Expertship development on a variety of technical experts from different knowledge domains in their organization. This is also usually a rich learning experience for the experts. Corporate lawyers and IT coders, for example, don’t think their expertise or in-role challenges have much in common, but in these programs they have the insight that they have very much in common.

Getting different expert groups to work together is a challenge in most sizable organizations – this type of pilot helps break down those silos.

You can get an idea of how technical experts really get results from this program by reading their own comments - Experts on Expertship.

These programs are available in all English-speaking countries around the world, delivered virtually. Participants actually like the virtual and episodic nature of the delivery of this program. In selected countries we can deliver face to face.

Get a Briefing. The best way to understand these options is to contact us to arrange a 20-to-30-minute briefing call. We have consultants working around the worlds who can deliver this briefing in your time zone.

It is no obligation, we provide information and insight, and then it is up to you to chose whether the programs, and we as an organization, are a good fit for your needs. No hard sales calls here.

Or you can download a prospectus via the form below.

Do you offer Public Courses?

Yes, we also offer a public virtual courses, which commence at the beginning of each month. These are currently available in 7 countries, for which you can enrol one or more participants.

How about if I just want one expert coached by an Expertship coach?

No problem. We offer this service worldwide. Executive coaching for experts, technical specialists, subject matter experts and individual contributors

Can I get my technical experts started without Expertunity?

Of course. Some clients want to build out Expertship programs themselves, and we are happy to help at no cost by sharing our experience. You can request our latest Expertship DIY Guide.

You can also check out our published assets. The best professional development guide is the world is The Expertship Growth Guide , available at Amazon. And the ultimate manual for technical experts to become a top expert is Master Expert published in 2021. Buy Master Expert.

Download Introducing the Mastering Expertship program