EDET 668 Wk 11

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is the role of knowledge creation and sharing in a healthy educational organization?

 

Information is machines. Knowledge is people (Fullan, 2001).

Knowledge-Is-Power

I have had many jobs where I see senior staff hide information because they think it makes them indispensable and powerful. However, I think it is just the opposite. If you know that there is an easier way to work a problem or that a certain software program feature is not working – please share it with your team. Effective communication is a necessity for a holistic approach to a healthy educational organization. Information is not useful if people do not how to access it.

Knowledge

A truly healthy organization is one which “strategically integrates employee well-being into its business objectives and reinforces it through established practices on leadership support, learning culture, healthy job quality, and people friendly HRM practices” (NCBI, 2013).

 

The Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Organization (Johnson, 2017):

  1. Effective Sharing of Goals
  2. Teamwork
  3. High Employee Morale
  4. Offers Training Opportunities
  5. Leadership
  6. Handles Poor Performance
  7. Understanding Risks
  8. Adapts to Opportunities and Changes
  9. Clearly Defined Structure
  10. Well-Known Company Policies

 

The list above shows what it takes to be a healthy organization. I think all of the components are vital. Effective sharing of goals is important; goals tell us where we need to be. Teamwork has to come into play; everyone has to do their part. Commitment is required from all players. Positive attitudes show the high employee morale that should be in the culture. Edcamp and other external trainings are great way for training opportunities. We must have strong vocal leadership. Also, management must know how to deal with employees that are under performers, this is like last’s week discussion of the “right” and “wrong” people. Management must understand the risks involved with not having the whole team involved. We must be able to adapt to setbacks and changes. This is so important, all projects have changes – it’s how we deal with them that is so important. We need a clearly defined model; we need to understand our roles in the bigger picture. And finally we have our organizational policies, we must know what our organization’s policies are so we know what is expect and what is not tolerated.

 

Knowledge creation according to the Nonaka’s SECI model is about continuous transfer, combination, and conversion of the different types of knowledge, as users practice, interact, and learn (Fullan, 2001). Knowledge sharing is a continuous transfer, meaning it is something that we must continue to practice. We are exposed to a large volume of information every day. It is a great contribution to share what we think could be an asset to the group. When everybody does there part the group is able to focus on bigger issues, versus several individuals working on the same tasks unvoiced. Don’t be an information hoarder, be a team player and share!

 

 

Resources:

Fullan, Michael. (2001). Leading in a Culture of Change. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. [PDF]. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED467449.pdf

 

Swanson, Kristen. (2013, April 23). Why Edcamp? Retrieved on 4/6/2017 from: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-edcamp-kristen-swanson

 

Indian J Occup Environ Med. (2013, Dec). The healthy organization construct: A review and research agenda. Retrieved on 4/6/2017 from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4035611/

 

Johnson, Rose. (2017). The Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Organization. Retrieved on 4/6/2017 from: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/top-10-characteristics-healthy-organization-20452.html

 

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4 thoughts on “EDET 668 Wk 11

  1. Your comic is great! It’s very true, and in a cut-throat world we traditionally live in, it is unfortunately the rule. I think one of the things we should probably consider is that some people should be allowed to have knowledge to themselves. If everyone in an organization has the knowledge, who would want to do their job if they know someone else’s is more enticing? I think it can create more “voids”. I think it’s okay for different people to do their duty and not want the knowledge of other departments or offices. In education, it’s probably the exception, but there is similarity with a business model. I don’t want to know about language arts, and I’m sure they don’t want to know about math! It’s a symbiotic relationship. We just need to share within our department.

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  2. Sharing information can be so powerful in elementary school. We have to teach every subject under the sun and sometimes it is difficult to do all of that when we aren’t using our natural abilities, experiences, resources and passions to help other colleagues in their quest to teach all of their students. I worked at a school with some common planning time. Even though we all didn’t have the same teaching methods, we tried to help each other by sharing information and asking questions about things we needed help in. As you said, we can focus on the bigger issues by working together as a team. Great ideas:)

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  3. I honestly don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to share information with others. I don’t often, but it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because I don’t think anyone would need to know what I have say or care, but when I do and they think it’s a good idea it makes me feel good. If that’s the only reason why I do it, I might as well keep doing it, it makes me feel like I have a place and that the experience I do have is valuable. Sharing information is so helpful and it’s weird that people don’t realize that and want to keep it all for themselves. If I was doing some activity with my students that someone else had already known, I would want to know how it went and I would think others would want the same of me if I had done an activity or lesson that they were going to do in their classroom. I guess the phrase “sharing is caring” really is true.

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  4. Josie,

    Thanks for sharing the list of qualities of a healthy organization. It is amazing how much leadership plays into it! I have been reflecting alot on my school this week. Our principal is a great leader and our school has a wonderful climate. Keeping some of these things in mind as I grow and become a better leader within the groups I belong within the school.

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