Sharing is one of the most important ways of interacting with people. If you have something or know something then why wouldn’t you want to use it to help others improve their lives. After all as human beings we are by nature social beings so we should want and need to make a positive connection.
Today, I spent a bit of time with some colleagues visiting Wigan Council to look at the work they have been doing on developing digital services and more. We are keen to learn more about how others are approaching the challenges and what opportunities they are seeking out. It was a really useful couple of hours discussing the relevant issues and sharing knowledge and experience.
Unfortunately, this is something we don’t do as often as we should. Many of us get stuck in the daily grind of work and ensuring that delivery happens on time and in the right way. Taking some time out to share a problem and look to others for how to find a solution should be a key part of our work life. We don’t all have the answers and as my previous blogs have outlined this week we should focus on learning and developing.
Learning and developing comes in many forms and does not have to be all about the formal classroom. We can learn a lot by asking questions and listening to those who have greater knowledge and experience.
We can also do more to share our own knowledge and skills. The profession or career that we are part of needs us to help to create a better future. For me, as a communicator, it means sharing the learning I have from more than 20 years and there are many ways of achieving that. But it will mean giving up one of the most precious things we have – time. Devoting some time will benefit others as well as ourselves so perhaps you should try it by getting involved in some way.