When we were growing up, most of us discovered the world surrounded by adventurous friends and the wisdom of our grandparents. I personally never questioned how we learn. It was the most natural thing to learn from the people around me. Later in school and university things changed. Acquiring knowledge became a duty and factual knowledge was king. Then, when I faced the business world, knowledge became a competitive advantage and collecting it, being ahead of others, appeared to be the championship everyone is interested in.
But wait! Could we please stop for a moment! What has actually changed? We still learn from people around us! It’s just that there are more people around, because connectedness has increased a lot. And yes, it’s now about competition. But wasn’t this also the case when we were challenging each other on the playground? Of course it was! And at these days it was also about togetherness and solidarity. We all enjoyed a well-balanced dance between competition and collaboration – a natural sense of rhythm which seems to be lost at the majority of today’s enterprises.
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Source: Management Exchange / September 12, 2011