When Knowledge Sharing Turns to Knowledge Hiding – 2
This is a favourite subject which all leaders have to encounter on a day to day basis.
First and foremost why does this happen and what comes to my mind is “fear of loss” and from my personal experience this is the biggest factor why knowledge is hoarded.
I am not sure that we can actually change a person’s DNA but we can definitely try and create a conducive atmosphere where sharing is rewarded.
If we all as individuals are absolutely clear about what we do for a living and “” is not rocket science ”” ( no disrespect to other professionals ) then it becomes easier for breaking the barriers and cultivating an organization to share rather than hoard.
The easiest way to ensure that it is done is have a central repository of all the important things that need to be protected and same should be immediately shared across the group and once the sharing starts initially involuntarily but then it becomes a habit, a major hurdle can be overcome.
Another easy way of ensuring sharing is openly rewarding achievements either as part of day to day activities or innovations.
As human beings all of us like to be recognized and there is no better way to do so than in front of an entire audience.
Sharing does have its pitfalls and I have personally seen many innovations which are easy to replicate being used across all Indian Ports which have originated in our Port, but instead of trying ways and means of preventing this the team is made to feel happy that the ports follow our trends.
It may sound Utopian but we actually practice this and it has helped in imbibing sharing v/s hoarding