You have heard it said that, “Knowledge is the key that unlocks the door!” But, applied knowledge keeps you in the room!
No matter how great the interview, the pregnancy and delivery, the exam, or the orientation, one of the major steps involved in settling-in to your new role is being armed with the right knowledge. General information of the subject are will get you through the door to your new season, but only specific and applied knowledge will keep you growing and transform you into an effective leader.
Everything can be understood through the process of raising children. Your parents will tell you that you never came with a manual. So, how did they learn the things that they did to raise you into who you are today? Applied knowledge that they sourced from soneome!
Imagine for a moment a new mom who has gone home with her first baby. During her pregnancy she would have been guided by the doctor if she had regular prenatal checks to ensure that the baby was developing normally and that she was healthy. Now, at birth she had the assistance of midwives and/or nurses who specialized in this process. They took charge in guiding her through breastfeeding, bathing, burping, holding, and putting her baby to sleep. But, what does she do when she has to do it alone for the first time?
Rob Liano said, “Knowledge is power? No. Knowledge on its own is nothing, but the application of useful knowledge, now that is powerful.”
Mom has to arm herself with the appropriate knowledge that she will need to raise her child. While being guided by someone else, she doesn’t really have to do it for herself. But, once on her own, she will have to obtain information at her fingertip for everything that happens after going how. For example, checking the baby’s temperature when they run a fever for the first time. If they are chronically fussy and will not settle, how does she determine what’s wrong? And, how does she share responsibilities with Dad and others who are committed to seeing this child grow up and do well?
Well, that’s what you have to do when you enter into a new season of anything! You have to arm yourself with knowledge, knowledge that you will use to advance yourself and lead others who are coming behind you. How will you perform the day-to-day functions and maintain your enterprise? What are your routine tasks? Are they required daily, weekly, or monthly? Whose approval do you need to get from stage 1 to stage 2 of your target assignments? Where do you find records documenting the process prior to your arrival? Do you need to create a system of your own? Do you know how to set up a system? Who can you call? Can you do your own research for additional insight into the process?
If you are aiming to be successful, then you have to be armed with knowledge, the appropriate knowledge. You will need to study your new environment. It was Albert Einstein who cautioned us to, “Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”
So, guess what? Gossip over the water cooler is not going to get you settled-in! But, requesting appointments with senior members of staff, and setting aside time during lunch or morning coffee break to visit with coworkers, always armed with your list of relevant questions, will go a far way to filling your back pack with information that you need to get the job done. Follow a few simple steps to arm yourself with knowledge that you can use.
Arming Yourself with Knowledge
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- Identify resource people. Schedule appointments with them to gather introductory information and to get pointed in the right direction. Keep contact information handy for those who can provide you with approval, access to information, and/or guide you through the process.
- Conduct your own research to locate supporting records. Go beyond face value as you carryout the tasks assigned to you. If you have a deep understanding of the process and they reason behind it, then you will be more effective in your role. Your skills will also begin to positively impact other aspects of your life.
Every organization, family, school, project, neighbourhood, and the like are different. So, prepare yourself to learn. Take some wise advice from Himmilicious, who encouraged us to “Do question, even the basics! You will be a fool for once! If you don’t, you will be, for a lifetime.”
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