Management and Training

There seems to be a general unspoken consensus that if you are good at one profession you would be good at another unrelated profession.

Here are a few examples:

  1. Medical Doctors and piloting planes
  2. Biologists and managing a department
  3. Director of a Department and being a Vice President
  4. Accounts Payable processor to Accounts Payable Department Manager

Medical Doctors are very good at their profession.  Some are also very good pilots; however, some are not very good pilots.  You can’t go from Medical Doctor logically to flying planes.  Often they appear on the news in an accident with their aircraft.  At least when transitioning from Medical Doctor to pilot a lot of training is required – and still there is a significant failure rate.

One example, another example, and another example.  In fact, you don’t have to search very hard in Google with the search term: “doctors in plane crash” to find examples of doctors not being good pilots.

There is no logical conclusion that a biologist would make an excellent department manager.  Yet, when looking at departments in the pharmaceutical industry you see departments led by biology doctorates who have never received any management training.

The skills required to be a good director of a department do not necessarily correlate to the skills required to be a leader and Vice President in a business.

Finally, just because you are the best accounts payable processor doesn’t mean you will make the best accounts payable department manager.

In general, leadership and management skills need to be taught to people in leadership and management positions.  Just because they are great at one profession does not mean they will be great being a manager in that profession.