The Advantages of Knowledge Sharing | Social Learning Blog
One of the hardest lessons to learn growing up is how to share… how to share your toys, your candy, and maybe your room with a sibling.
As a child, it is difficult to get past the thought “but, it’s MINE!” We try to hang on with tightly to what is “ours” and, if we are goaded into sharing, we attempt to dictate how we share (“You can play with the toy for 5 minutes ONLY”.) Sharing is made a bit easier for children when there is a perceived advantage to them (“You can play with my toy if I can play with yours.”)
Organizations, especially before the turn of the century, had a very similar approach to sharing.
Organizations kept what was perceived as “theirs” under tight lockdown and discouraged sharing outside of the organization unless there was an advantage to it. In many ways, this is understandable. Organizations have every right to protect trade secrets and should continue to do so.