All entries for Tuesday 23 April 2013
April 23, 2013
The seminar today on wisdom was immensely enjoyable. In my preparation, I came across many qualities associated with being wise. These included having experience, knowledge, good judgement, compassion and morality.
However, from the discussion today, I have learnt that the significance of reflection cannot be downplayed. Confucious also labelled it the noblest way to increase wisdom. Indeed, if we think about it, having a lot of experience and knowledge will not make you wise unless you reflect. Hence, one must never pass up an opportunity to reflect and become a little wiser during the process.
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest"- Confucious.
There are many roadblocks in effective sharing of knowledge. For example, employees may fear loss of ownership. Their false mental model can discourage them from sharing knowledge as they might feel they will not receive recognition. I believe that this is closely related to other barriers too such as lack of trust and lack of education. As a future manager, I hope to overcome these barriers by motivating and educating employees in my area of influence (to begin with). I would also ensure that feedback is provided. Another helpful way to harness knowledge can be to enhance socializing and be genuinenly interested in my followers' interests.
The one barrier that I am most concerned about presently is the lack of time. Managers are under a lot of pressure from their bosses, who may ask them to focus on purely operational activities rather than facilitate knowledge sharing. I suppose it depends on how receptive your boss is to your ideas, but we can still educate them on the importance of sharing knowledge and on the concept of control limits.
Today's workshop on information, knowledge and awareness was very informative. I have to admit the video had an impact on me as all these disasters could have been avoided. Although I am not burdened by it, I do feel the sense of responsibility that a manager has in ensuring the safety of workers.
I have also learnt that it is important to not just gather information but also interpret it effectively and anticipate what could go wrong. Hence, I would personally like to develop my situational awareness more.
In addition, I now know at least one thing that I will be focusing on when I start my new job. The early days will be a perfect opportunity for me to observe the processes and ensure that any relevant information is readily available to employees. I would also like to emphasize the need on being effective rather than just efficient, as workers can sometimes overlook safety in order to be fast and efficient.