Finally, as Harvey McKay writes in his book How to Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive, “[Most] CPAs and lawyers make great CPAs and lawyers.” I don’t go to my doctor for legal advice, nor does my lawyer give flu shots. Different experts are for different tasks. Reason tells you which to choose. I also recognize my lawyer’s limitations. He can help me deal with what happens to my money after I die; he isn’t much help with what will happen to the rest of me.
I think I’ve made my point. But there is another issue here that is just as important. Let me return to the computer professional for now. The fact of the matter is that computer people are good at different things. My sister, for example, is a lawyer. I’m sure she knows a bunch about employment law, since that’s what she does for a living. I wouldn’t sign a will she drafted for love nor money. Unless, of course, I could take the money and go next door to sign another will with an attorney that knew more.
I also think that businesses need to evaluate the type of computer professional they are dealing with. Some are very good at programming. Some are good at hardware setup. Some are good at the “big picture.” Even the best of us aren’t good at everything. The biggest problem today is (a) computer professionals that think they know everything, and (b) business professionals that think anyone that knows more than they do is a computer god. Get real! Most of the time a businessperson’s instinct about their business is a lot better than a computer geek’s.
I may hang on to my doctor after all. Her instinct for what constitutes a heart attack is better than mine. Paying a little money now could save my life later. A word to the wise is enough.