The Old Order Changeth . . . Knowledge Delivery 21st Century Style
My apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson. The long forecast “Big Crew Change” is well underway and may in fact already be (mostly) over. Many “Baby Boomers” have left the building and the rest will follow shortly.
For years, this pundit has heard the lament about how to capture their knowledge before they hit the golf courses and it is lost forever. Many Knowledge Management initiatives have had this Critical Success Factor (CSF) as one of their metrics.
To this end, several Mentoring, Training and other Venues are available, and this writer is involved with several. Most are somewhat successful and impart value to those who follow.
However, some of us impart knowledge by lecturing. We often have the perception that we know what’s best and sometimes ‘core dump’ as well.
There may be some justification to this approach as students do need leadership and may not know exactly what to ask. In my youth, this writer benefited greatly by On the Job training. This is especially true in technical areas. However, there is another way!
Instead of Information Push, how about Knowledge Pull?
This pundit was recently approach by an organization founded by college students, Interviewing Inspiration regarding an interview. Their mission: “Interviewing Inspiration connects students to business leaders. We are helping students get in the passenger seat of business leaders across multiple industries.”[i]
The interview focused on my process of transition from college (and in my case the military) to the workforce. What were my concerns, fears, challenges, etc. at the beginning of my career?
The intent is to transfer those life lessons of the past to those currently or in the near future making the same transition. Granted several decades separate my entry from those today, but one thing does not change—human nature.
The delivery of this interview is through a Podcast and my interview is available either online https://interviewinginspiration.podbean.com/e/lessons-from-dr-scott-shemwell/ or through the iTunes store https://interviewinginspiration.podbean.com/e/lessons-from-dr-scott-shemwell/
Other executives have been interviewed and interested readers will find more information on the Interviewing Inspiration website.
It seems to me there are at least two take-aways from these interviews. First, these are questions that concern this new generation and they are thirsting for knowledge as they make this transition. It makes sense to turn to those who have gone before. Hopefully, not to repeat many of our mistakes!
Additionally, for employers and other interested parties (schools et al) this is insight into the emerging workforce thinking and behavior. Unfiltered discussion that is not available through traditional surveying/interviewing techniques.
Information from this bridge across the cultural divide between generations is captured and available to all on a Knowledge Delivery Platform that young people are comfortable with. A great way to impart insight!
How Does Your Organization Transfer Knowledge?
For more information or to volunteer to be interviewed by Interviewing Inspiration Contact Us and we will facilitate the introduction.
Full Disclosure: Interviewing Inspiration and its principals, advisors et al and this author and/or The Rapid Response Institute LLC and its principals do not have a business/financial/investment relationship that goes beyond the recorded interview referenced herein.
Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
- Agility, Resiliency, Sustainability May 14, 2020
- Disrupting Disruption! May 11, 2020
- Tumultuous Decade: What’s Next for Oil & Gas? April 20, 2020
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to . . . Innovation! April 4, 2020
- Is Big Data Analysis Being Applied? March 24, 2020
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.