What To Do With All The Effing Knowledge

knowledge sharing

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.

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William Tincup
WILLIAM TINCUP, SPHR. William is the CEO of HR consultancy Tincup & Co. William is one of the country’s leading thinkers on social media application for human resources, an expert on adoption of HR technology and damn fine marketer. William has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He’s a contributor to Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope and HRExaminer and also co-hosts a daily HR podcast called DriveThruHR. Tweet him @williamtincup and check him out on Facebook and LinkedIn. Not up to speed in the social media game? Reach out via email. William serves on the Board of Advisors for Insynctive, Causecast, Work4Labs, PeopleReport, Jurify, TrackMaven, SocialEars, AppLearn, StrengthsInsight, The Workforce Institute, PeopleMatter, SmartRecruiters, Ajax Workforce Marketing and is a 2013 Council Member for The Candidate Experience Awards. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chequed and is a startup mentor for Acceleprise. William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned a MA from the University of Arizona and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

6 Comments

  1. Self promoters annoy me but you’re begging for it in this post. Send her to SourceCon! :)

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  2. TalentTalks says:

    I appreciate you posting this, William, as this issue seems to come up for me constantly. I’m hard-wired to want to help everyone with every request for information, favors, a brain-picking session (eewww), coffee meeting, etc.. But, then there’s that never-ending, continuously expanding, ball-crushing to-do list lingering over my head. Anyhoo, whether I can offer significant help or just point someone in another direction that might work if they put in the personal effort, I do at least respond to the messages as best I can. As for knowledge sharing, I think the toughest thing is some of us kinda reach a point that we take for granted how much we actually learned along the way and how we just did it without having the abundance of resources or reference that currently exist. That’s where I struggle. I’m no genius, just resourceful, use common-sense and figure out how to figure stuff out. It’s not like what now feels like innate knowledge is a tray of goodies waiting to be handed out like Halloween candy. So, I guess I recommend what Jeremy said too! ~ Kelly B @TalentTalks

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  3. Full disclosure: William and I are friends and we talked about this comment before I posted it. Because the “better, more efficient way” is using our HRmarketer software I was reluctant to post this and be promotional. William felt there was value to it and asked me to post it. Here goes….

    First, William, great list. I am sure she was grateful for your information. But allow me to suggest a better, more efficient way to create an instant “list” of not just the people on Twitter but the blogs and other important information for topics important to your business……without taking more than 5 mins of anyone’s time.

    Using HRmarketer, I ran two reports which I saved in PDF format and link to below. One for (1) Social Sourcing and another for (2) Social Recruiting to get a snapshot of the the “influencers” most engaged with the topics (meaning they publish/share content related to the topics), people most often mentioned in Tweets about these topics, the most widely shared content for these topics, hashtags used in social updates that reference these topics and some related topics. I think you’ll agree these reports provide a great overview of the topics. Granted, the PDF files are not as useful as the interactive reports (our complete list was 500+ people – I showed top 25 for these reports). But it is an instant education for the newbie and probably has some value for the veteran.

    So what? Lists can be hard to create from scratch and change daily making it nearly impossible to maintain. So use software to create lists. HRmarketer, or your favorite social app to do the work for you.

    Social Sourcing: http://hrmarketer.com/socialsourcing.pdf
    Social Recruiting: http://hrmarketer.com/socialrecruiting.pdf

    And BTW Jeremy, SourceCon did show up on the report :-) Cool.

    Enjoy.

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