Lack of Knowledge Hurts

OK, my version of a tail at the office shredder and water cooler gossip. A life filled with toner, paper-clips and confined to a cubicle. The story goes like this…

Sometimes a lack of knowledge is a very painful thing. When you think you know the answer, and you begin to move forward with that knowledge, and then you are forced to stop becuase you do not have all of the knowledge needed, the heartbreak of not being able to finish can be self-crushing. It is like when you took on the job with only half of the necessary tools you needed to finish it, and everyone has to stop to rethink the problem, this can be very frustrating and sobering at the same time. But worse yet, what if you were purposely not given all of the tools, perhaps becuase of a hidden agenda, or you were a threat to someone else’s position in the network?

In the workforce, time equals money, and money equals the root of all modern mankind’s aspiration in the business world. If you are constantly in a state of perpetual competition, in particular, like the the greed base search for money, then hiding knowledge, say from your adversary, is a necessary fact of life. But what if it is part of your team, a necessary component of your well being from within the complex mechanism of a corporation?

Say you and your co-worker worked in a office. You did accounts payable, and your co-worker did sales. One day the company decides that it wants to restructure its middle management to make itself more competitive and cost effective. You discover that your co-worker in sales has a degree in computer science who specialises in networking and mainframe operations. However, you, who spends most of your time working on the mainframe, feel that you should have the position of heading the task force and take on the restructuring of corporation’s networking systems. The C.E.O. makes her decision, and your co-worker is chosen based on her credentials. You are outraged, and feel insulted, and you offer no help whatsoever. In fact, you go out of your way not try and make the project fail, and you always insisted on saying that you should have being the one chosen instead.

Now, three weeks later, your co-worker manages to finish the mainframe and the corporation’s networking is operational. It is now your turn to join the team from within your department, and work to adapt your department’s operations to the network. You resist. Your team is is left struggling to solve some issues of integrating some of the key software functions to fit the new network. Days go by and still your department is not running at one hundred percent. The C.E.O. is concerned, and even has sent you a memo asking why your department has not finished integrating with the net network yet. You ask for a meeting to explain that you would have done things differently to the network, and that you could have, based on your expertises, finished the job that, as you pointed out, no one elseĀ  could finish. So, the C.E.O. hands the last phase of the project to over to you to complete.

You start the process of reintegration. But your limitations about the overall network start to breakdown the mainframe, and the department is left in a state of chaos and your leadership causes confusion and anger among the staff. Systems crash, and soon the entire network grinds to a halt. Not only did you not live up to your expectations, but the damage to the corporation, your co-workers, and the team’s moral, are left in disarray. Then the unthinkable happens – a rival corporation takes over the contracts and sales that you once held, and bankruptcy takes place.

Unemployed, you are angered. You are angered at the world, and to your former C.E.O., the guy that got the network going in the first place; everyone is guilty except you. Only if you had a little bit more knowledge, and a little bit more time, and if everyone played on your team, on your terms, at your level, things would have being different.

The moral of the story: playing on the same team is a win-win endgame all of the time in any situation. All the players working together means that you have all of the necessary knowledge to get the job done – you just need to know where you fit in on the game board.

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