The New Workplace Weekly Digest 09/04

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

“It used to be that knowledge is power, but…

…that’s not true anymore. Being able to share is the new power — collaboration and sharing are what’s important, especially with the younger generation” says Whitney Bouck, general manager of Enterprise and SVP of Global Marketing at Box. And since the amount of information people need to process in a day (at work and at home) is increasing at an incredible rate, she believes that aggregation of information sources is one way that will help reduce information overload. Read her complete vision of this subject by reading Box’s Whitney Bouck: Knowledge Isn’t Power, Sharing Is by David Lavenda for CMSWire.

When leaders from diverse departments…

…and institutions discuss what collaboration really means, the potential benefits of successful collaborations, and how to get started at your department or institution, you’ll want to be all ears and learn from their best practices. “Although a collaboration can require more effort than going it alone, at its best a collaboration can lead to shared knowledge, enhanced creativity, additional resources and better thinking” Karen Talentino believes. Read What does collaboration really look like? by Meris Stansbury for eCampusNews to read opinions from this thought-leadership piece.

What does a skill like empathy have to do…

…with a technical field like software development? Anne Spalding explains: “Consider that, today, most programmers work in teams, which are often very diverse and span cities, time zones, or countries. A highly skilled team can almost always overcome technical challenges, but navigating interpersonal issues is much more tricky. This is where empathy comes in: Empathy enables people to communicate better with each other and to function more effectively as a team.”. Read her post The Surprising (And Non-Technical) Skill You Need To Succeed In Tech seen on Forbes to tap into the importance of soft skills.

Knowledge sharing is an activity through which…

…information, skills, expertise is exchanged between people, friends, and organization. Some people object to sharing as they fear that if I share my piece of knowledge with everyone I will lose the X-Factor of mine which actually keeps me always recognized by my management and someone else would ripe the fruits of my ideas. But this is a fallacy, we should not share with anyone anything but if it’s about working in teams one should develop a habit of sharing your knowledge. And it comes with many perks, like providing fast solutions and improving response time. Read Amrita Bulchandani’s LinkedIn post Why is Knowledge Sharing Important at Workplace? to learn more.

When CEOs ponder the state of their staffs,…

…the words “professional growth” should be a priority. Employees that develop and enhance their skills add great benefit to a business. And when they know the vision from the top, and the direction the company is going in, it can create momentum and a team-oriented environment. David Kiger presents a few ways to help employees see that their own growth is essential to that of the business. Read his post Encourage Employees to Develop and Grow for Business2Community to learn what they are.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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