Any psychologist will tell you that almost all human behaviour is learned. The business academic will relate that specialisation leads to economies of scale, hence the emergence of huge, highly organised businesses over the past couple of centuries.
These two factors, and others, see us focus our learning and critical thinking into models and methods of practice. We refine how we perform tasks, getting more efficient and competent over time.
We watch our colleagues, absorbing not only their practices, but their attitudes and characteristics. And we see opportunities that fit within our professional frame.
Through the Shared Value Project, I have noticed how a social entrepreneur often does not understand the commercial reality and timeframes of business and thus fails to sell his/her idea, regardless of its promise. I have seen consultants step into this breach, able to connect the large and small, the considered and the impassioned. But consultants have the most finely honed practices of all, and find it hard to work or see opportunity outside them.