Share to grow.

If you want to grow, you need to share. It’s simple. I suppose that this will sound strange to some of you. But when you think about it, you will notice it’s the truth.

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There is a lot of knowledge in our world, but unfortunately it doesn’t get spread as well as we’d like. For a lot of us, knowledge is a source of power. Knowledge gives them a way to control things. For them, sharing knowledge is like giving away their money or being degraded at work. Instead of sharing their knowledge, they tell people they will arange it for them.

I know how to do it, I’ll fix it for you.

Doing so, they make sure, that the others are not able to build the same knowledge and as bonus they become even more powerfull because everyone needs them. But every story get’s his end. Sooner or later, they will be overflooded with questions from others. They will not be able to keep up demand and people will start to look for alternatives. That’s a good thing for the people seeking for alternatives but a sad thing for those that blocked their knowledge for others. Soon they will realize that it could have been different.

Think about it. Do you want to perform the same task for the rest of your life? Do you want to respond to the same question over and over again? Do you want to be indispensable?

Being indispensable may look like a good thing but it isn’t. In the beginning, you may like that people need you for everything they do. After some time it starts to be annoying. Your valuable time will be spent doing the things you already know. You will not be able to do the things you like. Exploring new things and being creative will become impossible. Just because you wanted to have more power. I have to be honest that I am afraid too. Afraid that someone else will become better than me. Afraid that they wil get the job offer I dream about. But I realized that this fear is not needed. You need to share when you want to grow.

When you want to become a leader, you need to be able to trust people and delegate. By sharing your knowledge, other people can pick up your tasks so that you can pick up new tasks. Keeping the knowledge for yourself will keep you in the place you are now. While I’m saying that I’m afraid that someone else will become better than me, I know that is not true. When you share your knowledge with other people, they will share their knowledge with you. Doing so, both become better and smarter.

Luckily for us, there are still a lot of people out there that want to share with others. It are those people that will be innovative and smarter than the rest. They will make sure that those that are afraid to share, will get behind. If they are smart, sharing knowledge will be their new hobby :).

Not convinced? Check out initiatives like Seats2Meet and the Serendipity Machine, both live from the knowledge people want to share.

Tip: Watch this TED video

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The Engine of Innovation Mindset.

The world is small and even a blogpost can make a difference. Two weeks ago I was in Ronse to listen to a keynote about sheep and last week I had the chance to spend two days with Jef Staes and a lot of other interesting people.

It can go fast in this world where everyone has access to the internet. Social media, Google, blogs… Jef would call it information flows. And if you remember from my previous blogpost, information is very important in the mindset Jef explains. If there would be one thing I believe from his speech, it is the importance of the internet. IMG_4875I’m the living proof of it. Without my blog and Twitter I would never have discovered the story Jef is telling and I would never had the chance to go the workshop at his homebase in TongerloIMG_4870

 

”Every organization has an engine of innovation.
Today it has to be tuned to become very powerful”

That is why Jef has drawn the EOI Mindset map, a powerful tool for companies to become innovative. He calls it a language, as a programming language you can build great things with it. The easiest way for me to describe his story is the difference between 2D- and 3D-smart. A 2D-smart is someone who does a good job for his manager and asks for money when he needs it. A 3D-smart will not ask for the money. He will spend the money when it’s needed. That is true. I think we are all afraid of spending the money we need. Most of us will indeed go ask for the money. But why? If we think we need the money to get more value for the team. Why wouldn’t you spend it?

Have you ever seen a Red Monkey? I guess you haven’t. I’ve seen one, last week in Tongerlo. Jef created a story, a story that can change the way our Educational System evolves. A story that can change how companies think about innovation and how they can create a learning environment where everyone can explore his passion. It’s even a story where we can learn from. It can make you think whether you are working with passion. But as always when you create something, you need pioneers. People who can imagine why you want to do this. People who want to go for it without seeing the result. They believe in your story and help you to realize your vision. Like in all stories, there are people who don’t want to follow you. They don’t believe in it or they are afraid of the consequences. So Jef asks us to help him tell his story to convince those that are in between, in doubt to jump and waiting until they see a result. I see some of you wondering what a Red Monkey is. A Red Monkey is an idea, an innovation from someone who dares to think outside the box.

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It’s impossible to tell you everything, but there is no need to. If you have passion, you will find the information ;). Those two days were not only about this story for me. I’ve met some amazing people and discovered stuff I didn’t know it existed. Seats2Meet is one of those things, a great way to share knowledge and meet people. I regret we don’t have such locations in Belgium. Our Dutch neighbours are more open to these kind of things I suppose. Even within companies this concept can work I think.

I’ll keep an eye on Jef’s story and when I meet a sheep I will try to set it free. I’ve added his books to my reading list. I’ll start with ’My Organisation is a Jungle’ as soon as I finish ’Start with Why’ from Simon Sinek.

”Conflict will be the new consensus” - Jef Staes

”If a Tulip had feet, she would go to the place where she could grow the best.” – Jef Staes