What To Do With All The Effing Knowledge

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Communication, Good HR, Innovation, Sourcing, William Tincup

The HR appropriate version of the title is from Scarface… albeit they were talking about cash I”m going to bore the hell out of you about knowledge sharing within the knowledge economy. You know, first world problems. Speaking of… where”s the nearest Apple store? Anyhoo…

A funny thing happened to me this week… and I”m sure things like this happen to you all the time as well.

I had a webinar on Tuesday… normal William stuff… abstract, conflicted, disruptive, subversive, chaotic… again, a normal morning. After the webinar, a woman in the audience reached out to me via email… she complimented me on my style, substance, etc. In responding to her, I asked for her story. You know… how can I help you?

So… she”s new to the space… new to sourcing. She”s also kind of behind the curve when it comes to social recruiting and/or social sourcing. She does work for a kick-@$$ retail company tho… so she has that going for her.

I stared at her email for 10 minutes. Not really knowing what to say, what to do and/or where to begin. And, like you, I have 10,000 things on my ball-crushing to-do list. And, responding to her email was not one of them. Sharing knowledge was NOT on my list. At. All.

But… something interesting happened. I turned off the music. I closed out 40 browser tabs and I thought about… what if this was me? What if I was new to the industry? How would I get started? How overwhelmed would I be? How would I reach out to people? How would I ramp up my knowledge? Etc., etc., etc.

So… I started thinking about all the wonderful people that I know in the space that either directly or indirectly deal with sourcing. I looked in Facebook. I searched LinkedIn. I scanned Twitter for established (sourcer) lists, etc. I started off thinking… I”ll just build her a list of “famous” sourcing voices and that will help break down some of the knowledge barriers. That list in email reply form wasn”t good enough. It wasn”t liquid and it needed to be. It also wasn”t public online casinos and it needed to be.

So… I built a Twitter list… admittedly, not a perfect solution but that”s how I tackled knowledge sharing.

Here”s the list

Btw, please help me add to the list… email, DM, smoke signals, etc. Whatever. It’s a starting point not a finished product.

This article isn”t about me… or the mundane Twitter list. It”s about you. How do you share all the wonderful things you know? If you are reading this blog… I”ll assume that you”re working somewhere within the knowledge economy. And, if true, you know stuff. You can be a harbinger of that stuff. Take it with you when you leave… or… you can find ways to share what you know. Sharing is caring. At least to me it is. Take a moment today and think about all the things you know… you know, the stuff you take for granted. Think about it and conjure up some ways to make other people smarter. Again, if you”re reading this… the stuff between your ears is worth sharing. And sharing your knowledge is hard, painful and inefficient. And you”re busy… I get it. I truly do.

Parting thought… I was taught that a great Chief is not someone that is collects things but rather he/she is judged on the amount of things he/she gives away. And the manner in which those things are given away. That”s what makes them a great Chief. #giving

I”m not great… but I aspire to be.