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The Specialist Turned Manager – A Chess Piece Out of Place Imagine a chessboard where each piece plays a specific role in the game. The specialist represents a valuable and skilled chess piece, adept at executing precise moves, strategizing, and making significant contributions to the game. They are like the knight, swiftly manoeuvring across the board and delivering decisive blows.


However, when a specialist is promoted to the role of a manager without proper preparation or consideration of their skills, it’s akin to taking that knight and placing it in the role of the king. Suddenly, the dynamic nature of the specialist’s expertise is constrained by the limitations and responsibilities of managing others.
In this scenario, the company loses its exceptional knight, which was once an invaluable asset to the game. The specialist, eager to contribute and make a difference, is now burdened with managerial duties that they may not be equipped to handle. Their specialized skills, once utilized to their fullest extent, are now overshadowed by administrative tasks, people management, and decision-making processes that require a different skill set altogether.
Promoting a specialist to a manager without proper preparation is like misplacing a chess piece. The company loses a valuable specialist and gains a manager ill-equipped for the role. Just as a misplaced chess piece hampers the game, the organization may experience setbacks in productivity and success. It highlights the need to identify and nurture leadership potential early on, providing training and support for aspiring managers. This ensures the preservation of exceptional specialists and the development of competent managers.
Many organizations overlook the proper career development for specialists. They often create separate career paths for executives, specialists, and project managers, but the path for specialists is often limited and based on superficial factors such as tenure or short-term needs. This approach fails to recognize how specialists operate and deliver results with their expertise, leading to significant shortcomings in career progression.

As we recognize the leadership potential within the specialist cohort, we offer LPI’s specialist programs specialized for career development initiatives, equipping specialists with the necessary skills to transition into the next level roles. This facilitates the internal promotion of specialists and fosters a pipeline of future leaders within the organization.

  • Investing in specialist transition programs is equally important to support specialists in establishing successful specialist careers.
  • Specialist transition programs such as Knowledge Expert, Knowledge Leader, and Knowledge Principal focus on developing specialized skills and expertise.
  • Retaining specialists requires offering development opportunities and clear career paths, similar to those provided for managers.
  • By investing in specialist development, companies can foster the growth and retention of valuable specialists within their organization.

LPI’s Specialist programs offer a comprehensive solution to the challenges faced by organizations in this regard. By providing structured career development, continuous learning opportunities, specialized leadership development, and attracting and retaining top talent, organizations can overcome hurdles and create a nurturing environment for specialists to thrive.

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