My belief is “No, there is no such thing as too much knowledge.” Knowledge is POWER. Who among us doesn't need more power every day in trying to accomplish the ten millions things on our “to do” lists?
I urge you to be careful to distinguish between knowing and knowledge. We all know a lot. And we know others who know a lot. But, how does that relate to knowledge?
Knowledge is the combination of having information and knowing-what-to-do with that information. I’m really not trying to be confusing. But think about it. You probably know that the more an employee is engaged, the better the work product.
- First, it helps you to continue learning new and more current information. The world truly does change at warp speed!
- Second, it helps you to re-learn what you already know. Haven’t you heard something and said to yourself, “Oh, I knew that, but I forgot”.
- Next, it lets you talk about what you know with others who know similar facts, figures, ideas, etc.
- Good professional development will let you experiment with what you know though activities designed to allow you to manipulate the ideas.
- Finally, it helps you learn what to do with what you know. You learn how to APPLY the information to the use that promotes your work. Then, you have knowledge.
Questions to Ponder:
- What message do you send about how much you value professional development?
- How do you position yourself and your staff to be life-long learners?
- How would your performance, and the performance of your co-workers, improve if you engaged in additional professional development and learned to apply your knowledge?