Monday, May 07, 2007

Are you a knowledge worker?

Are you a knowledge worker?

A person who can think, interpret trends, visualize existing scenario and predict future. Data is just a number like population of india is 2 Billion. Information can say 75% are youth. Knowledge compares this with rest of world and says developed world will have 75% old age population.
A business man sees a opportunity and finds ways how to tap this youth say analyses this youth data, finds their current skill sets and matches that with market trends and comes out with a business plan that will train these youth to be ready for the next wave of outsourced work.
A normal lead is normally sandwiched between his subordinate aspirations and his superiors deadline driven approach and is reduced to a mere taskmaster and facilitator. He needs to be persistent in delivering same message again and again to his subordinates and also endure for small failures that might happen during the journey.
In a work environment that is exploratory in nature there should be encouragement for creativity and innovation, emphasis on fun during exploration and celebrations on small successes.
He should be able to focus on senior management vision and do activities that will lead the company towards realizing that. In the nitty gritty of daily operations he may lose on the vision and may take drastic decisions that could negatively affect his career.
He should be able to project the benefits of current activities in language that CEO understand namely shareholder value, non-linear growth, solutions for next disruptive technology/business model.
He could learn about market trends,business case and business plan etc., and translate and merge his small technology work into managements vision.
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