Friday, January 13, 2017

The Gaps Between Knowledge and Insight

Insight is a perception beyond the thought, a multi-dimensional cognizance, and it’s the experience to explore oneself, surrounds and beyond.

Insight is perception through multi-dimensional cognizance. If knowledge is manpower, wisdom is nature power, then insight is perhaps the bridge between manpower and nature power. There are multi-layer meanings upon insight. The gaps between knowledge and insight are existing, and how to dive into the depth of knowledge sea and climb the insight-wisdom pyramid?

The gaps between knowledge and insight are about the depth of understanding: Insight is the ultimate level of Data-Information-Knowledge-Intelligence-Insight-Wisdom pyramid. Because knowing something is not equal to understanding it, understanding it doesn’t mean you can communicate and coach it effectively; teaching somethings also doesn’t mean you can fully capture the insight, innovate and co-create the new knowledge, or abstract wisdom from it, etc. If machine analytics is good at transforming information into knowledge; then, the human is still the master of transforming knowledge into insight. Knowledge is limited and can be out of date shortly, but insight is more universal and transcendent. A masterpiece of work, either literature, art, science or philosophy., etc is rest on insight. The insight of situation requires in-depth understanding. It’s about the understanding of one´s possibilities, adversaries, environments effects and other stakeholders’ behavior. The more complex the situation is, the more different approaches and role gaming is needed to reach for understanding. And such insight should lead us not only understanding, but also predicting; not just managing problems, but also pursuing solution and purpose seeking, as a mode of thinking and action.

The gaps between inside box thinking and “out of the box thinking”: Knowledge is often in the box; insight is thinking into the box after thinking out of the box. Insight takes both creativity and reasoning, intuition and logic, the power of acute observation and deduction, questioning, connection, penetration, discernment, perception called intellection or noesis. Knowledge is gained via learning; insight is the vision through ‘mind's eyes. Insight is one's experience and exploration process, and introspection. The act or result of understanding the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively. When you learn to create inner space of clear, calmness in the storming mind of thoughts, emotions, sensations, dreams, and imagination, insights can be perceived. Insight is the ability to perceive clearly or deeply penetration: It is about penetrating and often sudden understanding, as of a complex situation or problem.

The gaps between content understanding and contextual understanding: Learning something to gain knowledge often starts with the content study; to deepen understanding, you should capture contextual knowledge as well. insight is the understanding of a specific cause and effect in a specific context. Insight is being able to identify the root cause of a problem or the core issues of a situation which leads to understanding and resolution. Too often people may take the easy path, think and work at a superficial level rather than spend the time to understand what is going on underneath. Insight is an understanding of cause and effect based on the identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario.  An insightful thought can go beyond a moment, even take the certain systematic planning. Insight is the intersection of analytic thinking and synthetic thinking; the linear logic and non-linear thinking. Therefore, knowledge is gained via learning process, but insight is the integration of learning and thinking scenario. Hence, knowledge can be taught, but insight is a unique perception which needs to be gained by each individual.

Understanding the gap between knowledge and insight helps digital leaders and professionals to be not overwhelmed by the exponential growth of information and abundant knowledge, be humble, be open-minded, be learning agile and understand problems deeply to dig into insight. Insight is a perception beyond the thought, a multi-dimensional cognizance, and it’s the experience to explore oneself, surrounds and beyond. A collective insight is superior. If a team clicks it may reach shared insight of situation which is always better than individual belief. Insight is the most wanted vision to navigate the uncharted water of digital transformation.


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