Sharing knowledge between colleagues and even across departments can be part of an important strategy that builds leads on projects and can facilitate a sense of community in your business.
At first, it may not be clear why you’re sharing information, but likely someone will find it valuable. This can generate new ideas or help you meet specific goals.
When knowledge is shared, you’re made more aware of other’s needs and you can work collectively toward a goal. Knowledge sharing can help everyone involved get a better look at the big picture of the business’s goals.
Here are some knowledge sharing tips to help get you started:
1. Use Intuitive Tech
When you use intuitive and efficient tech, you can make everyone’s job easier. When you’re kicking off a knowledge sharing strategy, make sure that you have a system in place to make it easier to motivate people to share. This means creating a central place where people can access the information and share notes. When you have a library of knowledge that everyone can access, it makes it easier for everyone to find the information they need.
2. Transparent and Efficient Communication
Implement a platform like Slack to make communication easy, fast, and succinct. A chat program doesn’t require the formality of an email, so will take less time to compose, and is certainly less distracting than a face-to-face meeting at which tangents are likely to develop.
3. Include Success Stories
Motivate your team by sharing success stories. Did something you read from a colleague help finish an amazing project? Let everyone know. When people know the value of sharing knowledge they’ll feel like it’s more important and try to make it a priority. Share the value that the knowledge is adding to the business, and remind people about their motivations.
4. Coach How to Distill the Knowledge for Novices
If you’re new to knowledge sharing, then attend or plan a training session on how to distill what you want to share. Part of making information accessible is learning how to make it easy for anyone to understand.
5. Use a Variety of Media
Everyone learns in different ways, so try to use a variety of media when you share. Try sharing videos, presentations, lectures, podcasts, infographics, studies, etc. One medium will be more effective for some people, and a different medium will work for others.
6. Organize What You Share
Be organized in what you share to cut back on time searching for what you’re looking for. Streamline your labels and actively organize your files as you create, download, or share them. Don’t let them pile up on your desktop or a catch-all location, rather shuffle them into the correct place right away.
7. Be Supportive
Encourage innovation and leadership. Thank each other for the information you share! When you put in the extra time to share, it’s important to highlight why it’s important and to be appreciative of the effort.
Are you ready to make an organizational change and revamp your work culture with a knowledge sharing strategy? Implementing a knowledge sharing culture at work can help inspire innovative thinking and continuous learning.
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