Can you be your own SME?

March 18th, 2015

Could you be your own subject matter expert?


Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Executive Assistant at SafeSourcing.

Could you be your own subject matter expert?  Is this someone a business really needs?

This is a tricky question, but simply put, no.  You shouldn’t be your own SME.  This position proves again and again to be essential in any business.  For example, if a nuts and bolts manufacturing business was looking to branch out into a new direction, like washers, they would need to consult with a knowledgeable person on the subject.  A SME could provide necessary details that could otherwise be easily overlooked.  Any information received from any consultant should be valued and considered, even if it is not heeded.

However, you should aim to be your own SME.  Doing research and finding out as much as possible on any given subject will only benefit your business.  This can provide an outside perspective and can help if any questions or problems arise.  Just like when visiting a doctor, you should listen to their advice, but also find out as much as you can so that you can make more educated and beneficial decisions.

If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help with your subject matter experts or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

We look forward to your comments.

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