Knowledge sharing is an activity through which knowledge (namely, information, skills, or expertise) is exchanged among people, friends, families, communities (for example, www.ecowas.int & www.eac.int & www.sadc.int) …BUT…the sharing of knowledge constitutes a major challenge of some tending to resist sharing their knowledge with the rest of others….otherwise, here are some benefits that one may get from sharing their knowledge:
1. It helps you grow
The question is not whether you have the right skills; it’s whether you have the potential to learn new ones. Having a fixed set of skills is what makes you proficient in a specific area – but growth means continuous development. They say you could learn some from everybody in your life. Better make sure you actually do.
2. It helps you stay motivated
Getting exposed to different skills and know-how from your peers can help you want more from yourself, engaging everybody in a game plan of acquiring knowledge. We’re all achievers on the inside. Sharing knowledge practices pushes you to become better at what you do, while driving you at the same time to contribute with your own insights.
3. Getting top talent access
“If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room” the saying goes. Knowledge sharing helps you get feedback and help with your projects from those more skilled or with a different set of competences. You can always reach out to your peers – you’ll be amazed of what they can teach you in no time. Not to mention the access to upper management expertise!
So many recent studies underline the importance of recognition – it is one of the most powerful motivators. Sharing your knowledge with others will give your talents more exposure, thus giving the people you interact with the opportunity to identify you as a valuable expert. Helping others can help you build your reputation. And that’s a valuable asset!
5. Generating new ideas
They say two heads think better than one. When different skills and experiences collide, eye-opening ideas and solutions emerge. The creative energy of brainswarming can generate faster and more relevant solutions to your current assignments, supporting you in successfully achieving your tasks.
6. Future leaders discovery
Sharing knowledge can be a great tool for everyone, All you need to do is to be permanently connected to the hot business topics and offer your expertise every time you can. When people are open to prove their value through their competence, it’s easier to notice the ones likely to organize people and to take initiative. The leaders of tomorrow are among those.
7. Limiting the skill gap
Your team is as strong as its weakest member. By sharing knowledge and talking about certain decisions and procedures, the new guys or juniors could easily acquire new sets of skills. Create an environment where everybody is encouraged to ask questions, and help professionals in all your locations and job positions stay updated with the latest information in their field.
8. Team cementing
If say it’s a company, when employees, teams and leaders share ideas and resources with each other, the feeling that they pursue a common goal becomes authentic. The feeling of being part of a functional and collaborative team boosts enthusiasm and empowers everyone to exchange knowledge, breaking down the silo mentality that affects both employees morale and ultimately reducing your business efficiency.
9. Sense of purpose
Again, if it’s a company, there’s a thin line between employees “sort of doing stuff” and those that have a sense of purpose. By creating an environment where people feel like their knowledge makes a difference, they will clearly see how their work fits in the bigger mission of the organization. Work without purpose is no work at all.
10. Operational efficiency
That’s perhaps the most important thing. Sharing knowledge increases the productivity of your team. You can work faster and smarter, as you get easier access to the internal resources and expertise within your organization. Projects don’t get delayed, people swimmingly get the information they need in order to do their jobs and your business fills the bill.
Happy knowledge sharing!