Drucker’s Knowledge Worker in the Age of Social Media: Announcing Enhanced LinkedIn Integration


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Over half a century ago, management guru Peter Drucker presented the concept of the knowledge worker. Compared to the manual laborer, the knowledge worker focused on quality over quantity and worked more independently as problem solvers. Drucker said the key to improving the productivity of the knowledge worker is to allow them the freedom to innovate, learn and grow.

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The knowledge worker is now the professional of today who uses Social Media and the Web to enhance his productivity, reach new customers or clients, conduct research and more. So which social network do today’s knowledge workers use?

LinkedIn has evolved from a platform for your professional online presence to a resource for professional development where you can not only expand your business network but also strengthen and share your knowledge base. Leer más “Drucker’s Knowledge Worker in the Age of Social Media: Announcing Enhanced LinkedIn Integration”

Information is free. Knowledge is not.

Knowledge is something else entirely. It’s what you get when you combine information with analysis and experience. Knowledge is information distilled down to actions. It can and should cost you money, or time, or something else. If you want real analysis of the news you just grabbed from the Associated Press, for example, you might go to the New York Times and pay (at least after 10 views). To learn AdWords tricks that can actually help you profit, you’ll buy a book, pay for a seminar or hire a consultant.
You must pay for knowledge in money or effort. If you don’t understand this, you’re going to fail.


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In business, everyone keeps confusing information with knowledge. It’s a fatal mistake: Information may get you started, but knowledge is what separates winners from losers.

Information is ones and zeros. It’s raw data, or a list of facts. It’s instructions on filling out a business license, or the instructions Google provides when you sign up for Adwords. The obvious stuff. You can often acquire information for free: Go to the Associated Press for raw, un-analyzed news. Or read a ‘how to’ on building your own car. Leer más “Information is free. Knowledge is not.”

The Value of Theoretical And Practical Knowledge

Formal education tends to lean toward the theory side of the spectrum and teaching things to yourself tends to lean toward the practical. You can learn both through either method, but each tends to give you a little more of one over the other.

The key to getting all of the knowledge you need is to understand that whichever route you’ve chosen you’ve probably gained a lot more of one side of the knowledge equation and need to spend some time acquiring knowledge from the other end to balance your education.

If you go the 4 year degree route realize that many people in the work force can already perform the specifics of your job better than you can. It’s up to you to put in the time gaining the practical experience you need to complement the theory you learned. While in school don’t pass on opportunities to gain the practical. Apply for that internship. Try to get a summer job in your chosen profession no matter what the specific job.

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A couple of recent guest posts have discussed the value of 4 year and online degrees as compared to learning on your own. While I’ve added some thoughts to the previous 2 posts, I wanted to clarify some thing in a post of my own.

In case you missed them here are the 2 guest posts I’m referring to.

Before anything else let me make it clear that I think knowledge is incredibly important to any career and life in general. In the signature to my email I add a line from a Bob Dylan song. Brownie points if you know the song.

He not busy being born is busy dying.

I use the quote as a reminder to always be learning something new and always striving to grow. The moment you stop doing either is the moment you stop being.

Albert Einstein

Theory vs. Practical

When it comes to knowledge there are different kinds of knowledge and different ways of acquiring each kind. On one side is theory and on the other side is the practical application of theory. Both types of knowledge are important and both make you better at whatever you do.

I think those who advance the furthest in life tend to be those who acquire knowledge at both ends of the spectrum and acquire it in a variety of ways.

Theoretical knowledge — teaches the why. It helps you understand why one technique works where another fails. It shows you the whole forest, builds the context, and helps you set strategy. Where self education is concerned theory prepares you to set a direction for your future education. Theory teaches you through the experience of others.

Theoretical knowledge can often lead to a deeper understand of a concept through seeing it in context of a greater whole and understanding the why behind it..

Practical knowledge — helps you acquire the specific techniques that become the tools of your trade. It sits much closer to your actual day-to-day work. There are some things you can only learn through doing and experiencing. Where theory is often taught in the ideal of a vacuum, the practical is learned through the reality of life.

Practical knowledge can often lead to a deeper understanding of a concept through the act of doing and personal experience.

Both of the above are important. You won’t survive in any career unless you can bring results and to do that you need practical knowledge. There’s no avoiding it.

At the same time learning how to solve a specific problem only teaches you how to solve that same problem again. Practice can only take you so far. Theory helps you apply what you learned solving one problem to different problems. Leer más “The Value of Theoretical And Practical Knowledge”

5 Traits That Will Lead You to Success

Some people just seem gifted. Somehow everything they do, they do well.
To the rest of us it seems like magic, we wish we had the same abilities.
Standing against the world
What is the difference between them and us?
Since I was little this “mystery” has intrigued me, when we were kids, some kids would just overnight become the best at the sports we played, they did well in classes, it felt as though they were in the top at whatever we did.

When I later started working I noticed the same thing. I started working in sales and some salesmen just had a gift. They would close everything. I had to know how and why. Since then I have studied good salesmen, poor salesmen, sports stars and other successful people like managers and business owners.

I have found that all successful people have 5 traits in common


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Some people just seem gifted. Somehow everything they do, they do well.
To the rest of us it seems like magic, we wish we had the same abilities.
Standing against the world
What is the difference between them and us?
Since I was little this “mystery” has intrigued me, when we were kids, some kids would just overnight become the best at the sports we played, they did well in classes, it felt as though they were in the top at whatever we did.

When I later started working I noticed the same thing. I started working in sales and some salesmen just had a gift. They would close everything. I had to know how and why. Since then I have studied good salesmen, poor salesmen, sports stars and other successful people like managers and business owners.

I have found that all successful people have 5 traits in common

Leer más “5 Traits That Will Lead You to Success”

Benefits of Business Networking

Firstly we should pay close attention to the places where social interaction can occur that may enrich ourselves and our businesses. The list below outlines just a few of the potential networking opportunities that could benefit you over time:

* Blogging: Passing on your own knowledge or contributing useful comments.
* Forums: Showcasing your skills, helping others, getting support and more.
* Conferences: Word of mouth, chatting with experts and learning new skills.
* Social Networks: Gaining support, friends and followers with links or content.
* Side Projects: Money earners, extra-curricular activities or contributory work.
* Mentoring: Potentially gaining potential employees or job opportunities.
* Meet-ups: Getting like-minded people together to interact and gain leads.
* Skill-swaps: Offering services for others in return (bi-directional outsourcing).

Each of these sources has their own pros and cons so it’s worth weighing up the cost vs benefit ratio before undertaking a specific method of socializing. It’s also worth highlighting that it depends on the amount of time, effort and energy you put into each that will determine what kind of response you get. Not every solution will be suitable for every kind of person but finding something that works for you (over the long term) may undoubtedly help you escape the trappings of freelance isolation.


Freelancing can get quite lonely and you may feel rather disconnected from the outside world. While many advocate working in an environment filled with others (such as your local Starbucks), the fact remains that you just don’t get the same benefits of being able to bounce ideas off of colleagues. While this may seem an unfortunate side effect of going solo, I have the mindset that working independently doesn’t mean that the array of community focused efforts online can’t benefit you.

Freelance Isn’t Loneliness

Being a freelancer means being in charge of your destiny, it doesn’t mean that you need to become a caveman in some contact free environment. Whether we are emailing, tweeting, reading the latest Freelance Switch article or something entirely different, it’s the way we choose to communicate that dictates how we run our businesses and keep our knowledge current. Participating in social events at our own choice can increase our sense of independence whilst maintaining useful relationships.
The loneliness we suffer is often caused by our own lack of willingness to spend time outside the projects we work on for clients, effectively leaving us as drones of our own productivity. While the idea of putting aside an hour a day to cultivating yourself socially may seem like wasting time, the fruits of your labor make themselves apparent as you’re not only helping others better themselves but you gain meaningful personal and business relationships that may well help you in the future. Leer más “Benefits of Business Networking”

Using Networks to Find Knowledge

As you can see, effectively using the knowledge of the business means trying to get better connections to reduce the size of the “I don’t know who to ask” space.

So how can we do this? One possibility is that we direct our questions to people in the organization that we know are very highly connected. However, one simulaiton study of search in a real organizational network has found that this might result in more steps needed to find the right person. In this simulation, a slightly more efficient search could be conducted by going to the manager who is responsible for the subject area that is being investigated or by starting the search in the right department.


Last week Ralph Ohr left me with a challenge to think about how to use experts to get the best outcomes on making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. We constantly miss disruptive changes in the operating environment and I suppose if I really knew the answer, I wouldn’t be posting it on a blog.

Sometimes predictions are genuinely impossible because of true uncertainty. The future is the future and nothing in the past can help us predict some events. Rather than making predicitons, operational flexibility is probably the best response to this type of uncertaintly.

On the other hand, sometimes the emerging disruptions are right under our noses and the problem is getting over myopia. Experts can suffer from myopia as well as the rest of us so perhaps the issue is finding the right expert with the right interpretation of what is happening. Leer más “Using Networks to Find Knowledge”

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Job – And Leave It

I’ve noticed a rash of design professionals leaving their jobs lately to pursue creative freedom. Designer Frank Chimero, Helen Walters of BusinessWeek, Andrio Abero of Wieden+Kenndey, and Alex Bogusky of MDC Partners have all written high-profile accounts or made announcements about going on hiatus or quitting. There are countless others leaving both high-ranking positions as well as quieter corners. Is this an industry that is constantly in flux, or is there something to be said about all the ship-jumping? While each “adventurer” (a less patronizing title than “dreamer”) will have their own personal reasons, I can offer some insight into my own recent experience of striking out on my own.
How it started: The two year itch

Over the past year or two I’ve been busy. I’ve been reading up on creativity, motivation, process, design and art, and I’ve been weighing the lofty ideas of commercialism and environmentalism against each other. I’ve been trying to perfect my strategic thinking, time-management, and people skills, reading everything about the business to glean some insight from so many people on the web who are so much smarter and more experienced than I am, all in an attempt to better understand what it is I do. While I believe it is crucial for people to be knowledgeable of current affairs in their industries, I think my thirst for such knowledge had a more prescient motivation for doing this: At the root of it, I wanted to know why I was unhappy with my job.


I’ve noticed a rash of design professionals leaving their jobs lately to pursue creative freedom. Designer Frank Chimero, Helen Walters of BusinessWeek, Andrio Abero of Wieden+Kenndey, and Alex Bogusky of MDC Partners have all written high-profile accounts or made announcements about going on hiatus or quitting. There are countless others leaving both high-ranking positions as well as quieter corners. Is this an industry that is constantly in flux, or is there something to be said about all the ship-jumping? While each “adventurer” (a less patronizing title than “dreamer”) will have their own personal reasons, I can offer some insight into my own recent experience of striking out on my own.

How it started: The two year itch

Over the past year or two I’ve been busy. I’ve been reading up on creativity, motivation, process, design and art, and I’ve been weighing the lofty ideas of commercialism and environmentalism against each other. I’ve been trying to perfect my strategic thinking, time-management, and people skills, reading everything about the business to glean some insight from so many people on the web who are so much smarter and more experienced than I am, all in an attempt to better understand what it is I do. While I believe it is crucial for people to be knowledgeable of current affairs in their industries, I think my thirst for such knowledge had a more prescient motivation for doing this: At the root of it, I wanted to know why I was unhappy with my job. Leer más “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Job – And Leave It”