A passionate amateur almost always beats a bored professional ‘-  from a post at Chris Anderson’s blog. Anderson is the author of The Longer Tail – ground-breaking second edition to The Long Tail.  What a great concept and you immediately realize that he has a point. In his post he goes on to say …

“In the endless debate about the relative merits of amateurs vs. professionals in a world the two have equal access to the tools of production, I think people miss a key point:

Amateurs self-select for the job. Professionals are selected. For most jobs, volunteers beat draftees.”

This statement can be just as true for the workplace – where ‘amateurs’ who volunteer for special assignment, often do a far better job at something than a committee of resident experts. One of the big difference s is the level of passion and ‘meaning-making’ that comes with the volunteer. The other can be their minds are unfettered by presuppositions about the ‘best way’ to do something. Of course there are situations where I’d prefer the experts to come on board first – say heart transplants and the like, but you get my drift I’m sure.