The era of the knowledge worker is over. Get ready for the new breed of super employees who believe that sharing and connecting is better than tremendous amounts of personal knowledge. Here comes the “knowledge networker.”
The new breed of knowledge networkers
I guess we can all easily agree that working with knowledge is here to stay. Knowledge is the core of virtually all trades today. However, inspired by, among others, the Kotter Institute’s Ken Perlman, I also believe that a new breed of knowledge workers is on the rise. While the knowledge worker of the present is capable of collecting, refining, and thereby developing new knowledge, the knowledge worker of the future will be capable of much more than this.
It’s the current explosion in data that is driving the birth of the new knowledge networker. In 2013 alone, humans generated more data than in the previous 5,000 years combined. Most companies will suffocate from information, and in a few years, not even big companies will be able to fund enough people to track all the knowledge it needs to keep up with the speed of development in their industry.