The Sharing Experiment and The Kid Inside You

4 thoughts on “The Sharing Experiment and The Kid Inside You”

  1. I love it! The message is clear. My question to you is how foster this within an organization? This seems like a massive cultural change is required to facilitate this sort of sharing. It can be done in companies big and small, but diligence and persistence are key to success. Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi Fred, thanks a lot for dropping by and for the feedback comments! Yes, indeed, we would need a massive cultural change to take place, but not just within knowledge workers, but mostly within companies and organisations. As a starting point we need to start getting rid of that notion of governing and managing by fear, which seems to be a killer in terms of helping employees move on forward with their own personal development as individuals. Fear is placing so many constraints on what we share and learn from that it eventually turns almost everything off!

      Secondly, I would want, once and for all, organisations, whether small, medium or large businesses to stop with that silliness of divide and conquer, essentially, that provocation of getting employees to compete with one another, using gamification elements like bonuses, promotions, etc. etc. which are essentially forcing people to compete with one another to stay on top, while stabbing each other, instead of helping one another, caring for one another, sharing with one another.

      The day we start doing both of the above, we would truly be moving along into that Economy of Sharing. Till then, we will have to keep pushing for it to happen eventually sooner rather than later 🙂

  2. What you say is very true about the loss of innocence, However, it is your last sentence that is the telling one. Adults, with mortgages, and reputations, and mouths to feed, feel they have a lot to lose if they take the wrong step. Innocence and playing with abandon are great for innovation, so it is imperative that we find the way to assist the adult thinker in reclaiming that part of themselves. You are a great scout, can you also be the guide? – Lorian

    1. Hi Lorian, thanks a lot for dropping by and for the great feedback comments! I think that’s what it is all about. I can imagine how plenty of employees would think they would need to protect and secure their “positions” in life to pay for their mortgages, look after their reputation, feed their families and what not, but I am sure the same can be done without eventually hoarding and protecting your knowledge. Rather the opposite. I guess what we are aiming at is that ability to rethink and repurpose how we work to aim at perhaps the same goals you mention above, but with a different mentality. One where we don’t compete with one another, but help and care for one another. Something that in a business context hardly ever happens in fear that people may go ahead of you and claim those “benefits”. Well, guess what? You can take a much faster pace doing all the same by showing and demonstrating your subject matter expertise and skills without having to worry to much about losing your credibility, merit or reputation. All the other way around.

      I guess it’s about how we would all want to refind our focus on a new meaning and purpose to help us become more effective at what we do, but at the same time without neglecting our basic human nature of sharing.

      And that’s where the challenge lies and what we would still need to progress further along with …

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