Does anyone have a suggestion for a gender-neutral alternative to the phrase "Who's the go-to man?" The go-to person feels stylistically awkward.
How about, "who is the point person"?
What's wrong with "go-to person"?
I've heard "go-to guy" and "go-to girl". But that assumes you know which it is.
You could say "expert" or "authority" if that fits the context. Or "point of contact" might work.
Unfortunately, it is common business vernacular to refer to them as the guru of a particular subject.
Man is gender-neutral here, go ahead and use it for whoever it is.
'One small step ...' (Ok, that was capitalized); 'Man doesn't live by bread alone.' ...
If you change the wording, no one will understand the idiom.
I've heard people just omit the "guy" or "gal" part and use "go-to" as a noun rather than an adjective, like this:
"Jane is our go-to for this sort of thing."
"Go to man" can mean a few things. If you are looking for a 'better" way to say it that is not ambiguous, here are some examples that define it:
- The most knowledgeable person about something
- The person who gets (these/those) things done
- The single point of contact who has authority to do something
Often in business, the perhaps aesthetically lacking term "subject matter expert" is used to refer to someone particularly proficient in an area. For a more general term, one might use "fixer" (one who solves/fixes problems).
Depending on the context, how about "mainstay"?
I think the most appropriate word to use to describe a "go-to" person would be an authority. Not to mention, it's gender neutral.
I have this same dilemma, and must disagree with some comments here. "Go-To Guy" doesn't work for a woman. "Go-To Gal" was too old fashioned decades ago. "Go-To Girl" is age inappropriate for most professional women.
How about "expert?"
I am surprised that this hasn't been given but I hear captain used in almost every environment.
In sports the referees talk to the captain to discuss rulings. Teammates talk to the captains about concerns or issues.
Captain signifies there is a team but it could be debate team or a team in the workplace. I am begrudgingly a captain of our internal innovation team. Which means when someone has an idea they come to me first.
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