The Rivers of Information Process is essentially using social tech tools to streamline one’s accrual of knowledge. Improving one’s career IQ without social technology tools is no longer an option in today’s knowledge economy. The Internet provides an awesome quantity of information, observations, and opinions on a daily basis. Developing an ability to digest and redistribute valuable pieces from this massive flow creates an advantage in the traditional marketplace. Multiply this info-gathering method times all the people in your workforce and you will have a distinct advantage on the competition.
- Identify the most useful sources of information in your industry for the areas your people specialize in
- Implement technology tools that will aid in finding, aggregating, consuming, and storing information
- Develop processes for harnessing the information in the most efficient and timely manner
- Replicate this process across the organization so constant learning is a team strength
- Outlearn your competition on a daily basis with access to real time information
WSI can help you identify where to start
Obviously, the first desired outcome is for the organization to build this process into the fabric of the culture and thereby raise the overall knowledge level. You want to deepen and strengthen the flow of information into the organisation. It is also important to improve the speed at which information is found and distributed. There are many facets of information that degrade quickly once an event has happened. For instance, it is useless to learn that a prospective customer will be bidding out a contract in your market if this information arrives even a day late. Personnel changes at competitors can only be leveraged for a matter of days before it is too late. Finally, information needs to get to the right people at the right time, so a habit of passing critical information on to the right people needs to be ingrained. These outcomes underline three solid objectives – accessing and digesting markedly larger quantities of information, getting information gathering accomplished faster, and developing the skills to route valuable pieces of information to the parties who can and will use it best.
Find out more by joining a webinar, or see our 12 Steps, or ask your local office about the 12 Steps Programme which allows you to hit the ground running.