Tuesday, July 19, 2022


Today’s digital professionals need to be learning agile to keep their mind fresh and knowledge updated.

Nowadays the business and the whole world are so hyper-connected and interdependent, people all over the world need to understand each other by sharing information, gaining cultural cognition, co-developing new knowledge, sparking creativity to solve problems alternatively.

 Learning is a constant process. Continuous learning is imperative for them to survive and thrive in such a dynamic environment. Knowledge workforce changes each day, they grow, learn, develop professional competence, improve creative intelligence, and take the logical steps for reaching the next stage of growth and maturity.

Learning & knowledge management: Information is growing exponentially, abundant knowledge brings opportunities to grow and some potential pitfalls you need to overcome. Every individual, including the leader, has limited knowledge or viewpoint. You have to keep updating knowledge, create new knowledge and become a true knowledge value creator. Otherwise, outdated knowledge would get you stuck in the past, decreasing your decision effectiveness. A systematic knowledge management solution needs to explore the breadth and depth of knowledge, its prospects and practice to improve the collective learning capability in the organization.

You need to not only assimilate existing knowledge, more importantly, the knowledge is shared with others who can then try them out and hopefully improve productivity and professional competency. A healthy learning cycle in the organization evolves learning, applying knowledge to the work, refine information, capture insight, win foresight, and gain new perspectives. With effective knowledge management, it’s important to orient people and make them appreciate the diversity of thoughts, invaluable feedback, interdisciplinary practices, and set high expectations for active knowledge professionals to build their professional competency and solve problems progressively.

Creativity & knowledge: A responsible use of knowledge is not an impediment to the imagination, but to nurture creativity. Knowledge is important, but having a lot of knowledge about something can be a box that closes one's mind to innovation sometimes. Outdated knowledge or “knowing it all” attitude might turn out to be the burden to explore the new horizon, or even turn off the sparkling of your imagination and the fountain of creativity. Knowledge is the power to build cognitive intelligence; openness is the most difficult thing to refresh your mind. Once you accept openness, the second most difficult thing is about practicing critical thinking and creative thinking to challenge existing concepts and nurture creativity.

Knowledge should be helpful for stimulating fresh ideas by deepening understanding or widening the fields and the scope of dots connecting. Knowledge can be useful in trying to understand if what's imagined can be achieved. Knowledge can also be used for implementing those great ideas by overcoming technical complexity. Collectively, people can amplify knowledge power to solve business problems innovatively. The learning-friendly workplace uses the diversity of ideas as a rich source of connectivity and relationship, to produce excellent results that would be otherwise very unlikely.

Think knowledge as the business consciousness and treat knowledge as an intangible asset of the organization:
You need to not only assimilate existing knowledge but also have to keep updating knowledge, create fresh knowledge, and become the knowledge value creator to benefit your organization. So knowledge is power that needs to be managed effectively. An effective knowledge management maturity model helps organizations determine current and future state of knowledge asset value proposition, assess the organization’s performance with regard to unstructured content management; structured data management, idea management, culture management, etc.

The stage of an existing knowledge maturity model is to create a link between the knowledge management program and the organization’s business driver, deal with cross-domain knowledge transferring and keeping knowledge fresh in a way that fits the strategy of the business the best, enforces workforce intelligence, builds differentiated business competency and shapes a learning organization.

Leading a seamless paradigm shift is not a passive activity, it is a proactive pursuit. We live in the information and knowledge economy, today’s digital professionals need to be learning agile to keep their mind fresh and knowledge updated. Organizational learning programs enable employees to constantly develop their professional strength so that collectively, the organization not only “earn enough from today,” but “thrive in the future.”


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