April 26, 2012

Gathering knowledge

On Monday, we had a workshop on situation awareness. It made me realize the importance of how it is necessary to do the basic things correctly. Gathering knowledge is one of the most basic things that ever could be. A person doing a certain job or working on a certin thing should always have the knowledge available to him that would enable him to do that particular work. But then how I fail to realize that in the past there has been so many instances where the knowlegde was not available to the person who needed it. And what is more shocking is that this to happen in things that are so critical to health and safety, not only to that particular person but also thousands surrounding him. There has been the case where the workers collecting the chemical waste does not know of the chemicals they are dealing with and in this instance, they just decide not to touch things they are unsure of, but they do all sort of things and it ends up blasting the godown.

It is so necessary to realize how this can be so devestating for the organizations especially that work closely on safety critical issues. Also otherwise, organizations should start considering why is that the knowledge that is available somewhere in the universe, possibly in the company itself, is not with the right person at the right time. This seems to be unbelivable but surely it tends to happen more often than not. so, it is up to the individuals and especially the leaders to make sure that the right person has the right knowledge available to him.

For me, I have not had much of an exprienc regarding this sitaution that could end up being very critical for some one or an organization in this case, however, I feel that this as a very important lesson for the context of my future. I am sure that having gone through this session of knowledge management where I have looked at unavailability of knowledge leading up to so many instances that could have been easily avoided, will really help me in my future as now I have a mental note of the problem and realize the magnitude of the problem. I would make sure that the information that the company has is available easily to those that may require it in any circumstance, as it is so necessary to have the necessary information available for the efficient working of the company, and come to think of it, it is the first basic step every organization should ensure.

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