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April 28, 2013

KBAM: Awareness Workshop

The KBAM workshop we had on Monday afternoon on information, knowledge, and awareness was very insightful; it was an eye-opener to be honest as I have to admit that it was quite shocking to see how situations we refer to as “accidents” could be avoided provided we take some simple and necessary precautions. Often things we take for granted could be the line between safety and well-being, and hazardous incidents even resulting in serious injuries and loss of lives. The workshop reinforced the responsibility a manager or supervisor has in ensuring that an environment is provided where individuals acknowledge, understand, and implement the necessary steps to work effectively and put safety first and foremost. On the personal front, the workshop made me recognize the different stages and errors, and the importance to make conscientious decisions. This would definitely be very helpful in everyday life situations, and precisely when I enter the practical work environment. I will ensure that I take the time out to observe, monitor and understand the organizational processes first before I take the responsibility to carry them out, and emphasise the significance of safety at every level.

KBAM: Knowledge Sharing

I believe that knowledge management constitutes of all the activities which help create an environment in which individuals can learn, share, and develop knowledge. This is also in conjunction with EFQM’s definition of knowledge management. The emphasis on learning and then sharing is especially important because sharing knowledge constitutes a great deal to knowledge development at both an individual and collective level. As Dalai Lama said, “share your knowledge, it’s a way to achieve immortality”. From both an organizational perspective, and the world in general, the importance of learning and then sharing that knowledge for the wider good cannot be reiterated enough, and this is why knowledge management is such a significant topic.

KBAM: Wisdom, and how it is developed

When Maureen raised the topic on wisdom for the seminar, and how it is developed, we knew we were going to have an interesting seminar – and we certainly were not wrong.

It was apparent in the seminar that wisdom meant different things to different people. Some people attributed wisdom to God, with reference to religious texts, in that wisdom comes from God, and from knowing Him, whilst some suggested that wisdom constitutes of emotional and intellectual intelligence. Albeit we heard a variety of different perceptions and beliefs from individuals where wisdom had connections with both the emotional and practical realms, the overall consensus connoted wisdom as a positive thing. For me, wisdom is being morally, spiritually, socially, politically, and intellectually thoughtful of yourself and the world. Acquiring wisdom is something which does not happen overnight. It requires patience and lifelong reflection. It is something which is constantly developed and nourished throughout life, because being wise in one aspect of life does not make you wholly wise. However, once one understands the concept, it becomes a life changing process to make you the best possible version of yourself. Being wise does not mean one becomes infallible; we are humans: fallible beings, and therefore prone to error and mistakes. Whilst we must try our utmost best to ensure we take the necessary steps to avoid pitfalls and wrong decisions, we end up making mistakes at times. The essence here is the lessons learned from those mistakes. The difference in being wise and being unwise here would be whether one takes accountability of their actions and decides to not only learn from them, but also implement that learning, or whether one decides to stay ignorant throughout.

Practically speaking, developing wisdom, in my opinion, is a cyclical process which is applicable to any situation in life:

Plan – Check – Act – Reflect – Learn - Implement

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