The Importance of Knowledge Sharing

December 1, 2017

Many associations are creating and monetizing their knowledge-sharing networks to build member engagement and create a return on their investment for their e-learning platforms. At PAISBOA, we have a long history of providing opportunities for knowledge sharing with our in-person professional development programs featuring industry experts, with our affinity group listservs (soon to be launched elists), and now with our Wednesday Webinars featuring industry experts and PAISBOA members with valuable knowledge and a particular expertise. All of this is included in your PAISBOA membership fee!!!

Why is knowledge sharing important?

Lisa Quast explains: Managers are bombarded with an almost constant stream of data everyday… This overload of data is making knowledge management increasingly more important. There are three key reasons why actively managing knowledge is important to a company’s success:

  1. Facilitates decision-making capabilities by cutting through the noise.
  2. Builds learning organizations by making learning routine, where everyone continually assesses themselves looking for ways to improve.
  3. Stimulates cultural change and innovation by encouraging the free flow of ideas.

In their article, Connection is Key: How Knowledge Sharing Helps Organizations Grow and Prevents Isolation, Seshagiri and Mirrer assert that actively sharing knowledge can make an organization more focused, efficient, and innovative. After all, knowledge is among an organization's most valuable assets.

Sharing knowledge can:

  1. Improve all levels of an organization's operations.
  2. Help develop collaboration and innovation among staff members.
  3. Prevent the loss of critical know-how.
  4. Help partners with critical knowledge and solutions, such as policy implementation.
  5. Inspire new solutions and development pathways that stimulate change and reforms.

Here are some examples of how PAISBOA facilitates knowledge sharing among members every day!

  • A change in providers for fingerprinting clearances in Pennsylvania resulted in robust exchange on the HR listserv that has continued for this entire week, with posts from members at universities and independent schools, staff and one of our business services providers. This conversation is one of the many ways that HR professionals can keep informed about critical changes in compliance issues.
  • On December 13, some of the super-users of the PAISBOA Annual Data Survey will share in-person and via videoconference how they are using the data provided by Measuring Success so that other members can see “all the possibilities” in using data to inform decision-making at their schools.
  • With seed money from a PAISBOA Collaboration Grant, Plymouth Meeting Friends School coordinated with ten PAISBOA Quaker schools to create a Special Purpose Entity that will provide the Friends Education Equity Collaborative with a structure that will enable them to secure needed scholarship dollars through the Pennsylvania EITC and OSTC programs. The group will be reporting back about their progress in a January 11 workshop at the PAISBOA offices.

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, we will continue to provide the tools and platforms for members to share knowledge with and amongst each other, as well as the provide timely and relevant professional development opportunities for improving your professional practice.

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