Sunday Summary: Knowledge & Expertise

Sunday Summary is my attempt to look back on the week, see what inspired me, reflect on what I learned, and start a catalog of the things that are important to me.  Hopefully you will find some value here as well. The concept was derived from Harold Jarche and his Friday Finds blog post.

The Finds

I’m currently reading Harold Jarche’s new book Finding Perpetual Beta, and was struck by something he said about the changes he feels organizations are facing in this networked age.  He states that a “challenge for organizations is getting people to realize that what they know has diminishing values. How to solve problems together is becoming the real business imperative.”

In addition to Harold’s thought’s, I came upon two other things this week that validated for me what I have been thinking and added to Harold’s insights on knowledge:

  • A quote from Edward D Hess author of  Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization: We need to be “good at not knowing: In today’s world, being smart is no longer the person with the most knowledge,” said Hess. “Those people are going to be rare because the rate at which knowledge is generated is so fast that what you learn in school, or what you learn today could be very, very different than what you learn tomorrow, or two to three years out.” Found in a blog post on 3 ways to build a high performance organization by Loria Alcala via Allen Interactions on twitter.
  • A tweet by Trevor Black:
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My Insight

  • What I know is not as important as how I find, triage, and make sense of information to support & collaborate on problem solving, hence the importance of PKM.
  • Experts and Expertise are still important, however, the real value comes from engaging with those on the same journey as you.  Learning together is where the magic happens and honestly in my whole PKM journey my biggest “ah-has” have come from those I feel are on my same path.
  • I need to get better at not knowing, admitting that I don’t know, and trusting that it’s OK not knowing because there is just no way to keep up; “We are all just figuring it out & doing the best we can.”

2 thoughts on “Sunday Summary: Knowledge & Expertise

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    1. This is a really great article you linked too. I really want to delve further into it when I have little more time to focus. Thanks for connecting me with these concepts.


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