Personal knowledge mastery is about much more than watching relevant feeds on RSS, networked learning, or keeping up with new developments in your field. Meaning-making, or what Harold Jarche refers to as Sense-making, is necessary to use that knowledge properly. Sometimes we find things we want everyone on our team to know. Are they receptive? How do we know who to share new knowledge with? It is one of the most difficult parts of being a networked, lifelong learner in a workplace. People have other things to do, urgent things to take care of. Harold refers to “too much noise” – how do we avoid becoming noise as opposed to a signal? “If you only seek new information and knowledge for yourself, without spending time to make it personal, you will not advance your own growth bottom left. If you keep your knowledge to yourself, you will not be viewed as a contributor to any knowledge networks, and will miss out on learning with and from others, especially professional colleagues bottom right. However, if you share indiscriminately, you will be creating too much noise, and others will ignore you top left. The journey to personal knowledge mastery is finding the right balance between seeking, sense-making, and sharing top right. There are many possible practices in this quadrant, but each person must find his or her own way.”
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