Are you ready?
Are you sure you're ready?
Being ready is not just about knowing about the tool or knowing how to use the technology. It's about changing your attitude and approach to the technology so that you really know how to use it well. For example, if you were trained to find information in a time when information appeared to be scarce, you developed some great sleuthing skills. (Remember having to go to a library, and then to the card catalog, and then to the place on the shelf where the book should have been, only to find it missing? That's one form of info scarcity -- when finding it is hard.) Now contrast that with our current situation, where you can Google "knowledge management blogs" and get 6,760,000 results in 0.15 seconds. That's not just information abundance, that's information overload. And that overload calls for different skills; it calls for filtering skills.
In a helpful post, New Work and New Work Skills, Tony Karrer sets out some benchmarks against which we can measure our readiness for 21st century work in an age of information abundance. Here are some of the ways of working he believes we should learn:
- How to take notes on a laptop, PC
- How to work with mobile devices and keep them in sync
- How to effectively filter
- How to reach out and find expertise
- How to use Social Media to Find Answers to Anything
- How to Learn through Conversation
- How to keep track of information, organize it, refind it and be reminded about it
- I effectively use the Google filetype operator
- I know what the Google "~" operator does
- I'm effective at reaching out to get help from people I don't already know
- I'm good at keeping, organizing my documents, web pages that I've encountered in ways that allow me to find it again when I need it and remind me that it exists when I'm not sure what I'm looking for
- I'm good at filtering information
- I'm good at collaboratively working with virtual work teams and use Google Docs or a Wiki as appropriate in these situations
[Thanks to Bill Brantley for pointing out Tony Karrer's post.]