W like values
The technical adaptation in the field of individuals, business, societies and whole nations offers a wealth of new opportunities.
Assuming the partly obsolete value system develops in humans and Company parallel to the age of knowledge. It is not for nothing that the “W” stands for the first part of the WIR formula for “values”. The motto is away from competitive thinking.
Much to learn
Digital transformation has resulted in an increased network of people, data and organizations and offers new forms of communication as well as more possibilities for social interaction.
This in turn leads to increased connectivity. This, however, not only confronts us with the obvious technical learning process, but above all also with a personal learning process.
Image essential to scientists
Dr. Ijad Madisch, a Harvard trained virologist, gets the impression early on that the ego idea is particularly prevalent among scientists.
If he gets stuck in his experiments and asks his colleagues for help, he gets criticized. Top researchers do not show any nakedness by asking for help, they say. It would be important to maintain an image of superior competence.
ResearchGate as a social network for scientists
Madisch, however, feels that science needs a global community where progress is more important than ego. In 2008, he founds ResearchGate, a social network for scientists designed to bring together the best minds on the planet.
Today it is used by around 12 millions of scientists in 200 countries, 10.000 members are added weekly and 2,5 millions of publications are uploaded monthly. Knowledge is thus valued as a divisible good. Of course, there are even more ways to maximize esteem - for example, with the following three tips:
- Reduce ego-thought: In order to work successfully and to make progress, one's own arrogance must be put back. The example shows: If you ignore the concern for your own image and can get tips, help or advice, or even give you some, you can increase the productivity of the company and the satisfaction of the employees.
- Rethinking the principles: Both our upbringing and our business world are based on the principle: “As much competition as possible. As little cooperation as necessary. ” Just as the size of the dinosaurs has not survived, this system of values will not lead people and companies to success in the knowledge age. It means rethinking and changing principles. The new guiding principle is: “As much cooperation as possible. As little competition as necessary. ”
- Do not isolate knowledge: Whoever isolates, cherishes and cares knowledge in the ivory tower of his responsibilities, can be quickly suspended in the digital transformation or overlooked complex contexts. Only the ability to link knowledge to other disciplines or perspectives creates added value.
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