Spending too much time finding information you need?
Feeling isolated and need to meet new people?
Want to work more smartly and get more out of your time?
Pick yours, but there are many good reasons to become a knowledge manager. Here and now!
Indeed, as illustrated in various writings, including the recent ‘7 habits of successful knowledge managers‘, here are some of the direct and indirect benefits to becoming a knowledge manager:
- You are focused on reflection, learning and self-improvement, so unless you make a complete muppet of yourself, chances are you will indeed learn and improve…
- You get to be extremely well-connected because your job is to connect others, both face-to-face and online;
- You end up working with all kinds of people – and learn a lot from them all, since you have to connect them together – and have to understand them to make them work with one another;
- You get to know about a lot of really useful approaches, management methods, life-savers etc. that prove useful for your work, and life really…
- You find out before anyone else about the latest tools, and you also have access to first-hand tested feedback from peers – you also know that tools will get you only so far;
- You are an expert in process thinking and can find your way out of many – individual and collective – problems… And with that you can even facilitate family or other personal issues by the way ;)
- You end up planning your work much better because that’s part of your ongoing habits to improve the way you work (and perhaps even achieve work-life balance) – and your planning leaves space for what cannot be planned.
- You get to communicate very well both verbally and in writing because it’s part of knowledge sharing too – and that comes in handy for all sorts of jobs;
- More specifically you get to work a lot more with stories and get better at storytelling…
- You have a lot of energy and radiate that energy around you – because your job is about helping others and that gives a lot of energy;
- You develop a very positive attitude – because you know how much that attitude is essential to the success of many KM initiatives, and to any cultural change also;
- You get to know about a lot of useful opportunities because you’re part of many corridor talks…
- And who knows, at the end of it all, knowledge management might make you a little wiser too ;)
Well, enjoying all the above may not be that automatic, but really chances are you will reap a lot of these.
So the next question is: when will you become a knowledge manager?
And the question after that: Will you move away from the KM field after that? That’s what seems to happen to a lot of KM folks…
Related blog posts:
- Knowledge Management… the fountain of resilience, adaptation, innovation and sustainability (and buzzwords!)
- Portrait of the modern knowledge worker
- The most difficult job in the world?
- What are we waiting for to walk our talk (on KM and comms)?
- Life after KM?