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12 Sep

How to Make Your Knowledge Visible and Appreciated at Work place?

Have you ever wondered that despite of your best knowledge and skills you do not make a cut into front line leaders? Maybe along the way you started doubting your competence. And you probably started thinking that you need to go for a leadership course. Hold on for a while on your decision. You may not lack leadership. Research has proven that there are some basic factors that may impeding your competence to get known to the world.

If you have faced a struggle in proving your competence to your management or to your stakeholders, here are some simple tips from research.

1. GET COMPETITIVE EDGE BY EXPANDING YOUR STRATEGIC KNOWLEDGE

When you learn ‘something’ new whether it is a new fact or a new skill, focus on acquiring comprehensive knowledge about that ‘something’. Comprehensive knowledge comprises of three types of knowledge – factual, conceptual, procedural and strategic. These different knowledge types are acquired through the processes like understanding, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating.

When you learn a new thing, you start knowing some facts about it (factual knowledge), as you unravel new relationship how things are organized (conceptual knowledge), you get to understand how to apply knowledge or do certain things (procedure knowledge). The real learning is how to use different strategies to make the most of your knowledge (strategic knowledge)

2. ACQUIRE & PERFECT YOUR SKILLS

Skills generally refer to something you can do which is verifiable or demonstrable.

Here's an example. You want to get better at something. At anything. Just going through the practice motions provides little or no results, though, so the key is to make sure you use a method that follows the R.E.P.S. gauge:
R: Reaching and Repeating Practice should require you to operate at the edge of your abilities. In short, you have to consistently reach and constantly repeat.
E: Engagement Practice must command your attention and make you feel emotionally invested in striving for a goal.
P: Purposefulness Practice must directly connect to the skill you want to build. (Sounds obvious, but often what we practice has little to do with what we need to accomplish).
S: Strong, Speedy Feedback Practice must provide an immediate and consistent flow of accurate information and feedback about performance.

3. DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF FROM CROWD WITH YOUR ABILITIES

You are not yet there.” Don’t you hear that very often from your colleagues and managers when you just recently attended a training course and have not applied learning into action yet?

In order to be known for your abilities, you need to make sure you integrate knowledge and skills very well. While you are learning a new skill, you will need to be cautious about how well-rounded and comprehensive knowledge you are acquiring about this skill.

Remember to focus on strategic knowledge if you need to stay out of crowd of people having same kind of skills. That’s why “abilities” differentiate people even though they may have ‘supposedly’ acquire similar kind of knowledge and skill from a training course.

 

3. BE AHEAD OF THE RACE BY DEVELOPING A WINNING ATTITUDE

If you are a manager, you may have a great employee with great abilities but you are always unhappy with the way he does the things. Looks familiar?
Let’s take another example that you have two employees exactly equal in knowledge and skills (I refer this as abilities). In the crucial time at crucial customer when things are at stake who is the one you can send right away without hesitation? You got it right - The ONE WITH OUTSTANDING ATTITUDE.
If you are hiring someone, you probably will hire him for attitude with the confidence that you can train him for skills. That’s how important attitude is.

Attitude is an important component which defines how you do something and how you do it differently.

 

4. WIN OTHERS’ CONFIDENCE BY DEMONSTRATING COMPETENCE

In simpler terms, Competence means: you “can” do it!! You have “right disposition” to do it!! Given right opportunity you should be able to do it. However, you have not proved it yet in a real-life situation

Dreyfus (1986) defines competence as a stage in the journey to Mastery. Competence stage is characterized by following: With experience learner begins to recognize more and more context-free and situational elements. At this point learner is able to organize the situation and then concentrate on important elements. He is able to assess the situation, set the goal and then choose a best course of action. He may or may not apply rules. He may or may not be successful but that constitute an important element of future expertise.

In summary, acquiring competence in something may mean that you might be ready to go into real-life situation. Remember:
• By mastering your skills, you gained confidence as you do something several times. You need to be good in something in order to exert your leadership.
• By integrating knowledge and skills nicely, you differentiate yourself. This is key differentiator for the leaders. They have learned the art of integrating knowledge and skills into one.
• By displaying a winning correct attitude, you differentiate yourself. Attitude plays a very important role how your abilities get noticed as competence and make other believe in your abilities. Great attitude makes the great leaders.
• And with correct mixture of right abilities with right attitude, you demonstrate your competence. That’s how others build confidence in you that you “CAN DO”! Once you build other's confidence on your competence, you automatically move into leadership zone where other people start following you.


In conclusions, if you want to be a great leader, you just have to integrate your knowledge and skills in a way people can see it as abilities and then you need to use a winning attitude that transforms these abilities into a visible competence everyone can develop confidence upon.

This Article sourced by K Fatima