Are we sharing?

Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say “this we know.”  T.S. Eliot

Knowledge for sure is a matter of degree and we all might be at different degree-points at the same time, for the same topic, in spite of us being a part of the same team, and same project.

Reason? We all are unique and we all have been blessed with a very unique machinery, our brain.spiral_new

Another plausible reason? We all made our own individual “learning-journeys”, as I would call it. Remember the 70-20-10 learning model we spoke about in the last post?

o-BRAIN-THOUGHT-facebookWhen these two reasons combine, what we all have in “our minds” is the “tacit knowledge”. Very broadly, tacit  knowledge collects all those things that we know how to do but perhaps do not know how to explain (at least systematically).

This is our “intellectual capital”. This “collective knowledge” is the companies’ greatest value. This knowledge that a company’s employees have is the most strategic asset of any organisation. And this asset, knowledge, is socially constructed and moreover this knowledge has socially mediated nature. This tacit knowledge needs construction, transformation and commodification also to some extent in any organisation. knowledge_transfer

In the past people used to pass on their accumulated knowledge and commercial wisdom on to future generations by telling stories about their work and experiences. But what do we do to share this “know-how” now?

Sure, we all have been sharing this tacit knowledge we have with our peers. But do we have the tools to do it in a structured way?

What was the last thing/platform/group/technology you used to share your very-individual-tacit-knowledge to a newbie or a peer?

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