Thanks to David Gurteen for pointing out this Dilbert strip which is in many ways a valid viewpoint about knowledge sharing. Too often, companies set up "knowledge sharing" activities with little purpose and little focus, other than "lets get together and share knowledge across disciplines". It's a bit like John Cleese's "Monday morning meeting" ("Why are we at this meeting?" "Because its Monday and this is our Monday meeting. We always have a Monday meeting"). People with real work to do, don't bother to attend.
- "Let's get together and pool what we know about new market entry, and see if we can help accelerate the China market"
- "Let's get together and see if we can understand why our success rate on new products is so low, and see what needs to be done"
- "Let's get together and compare our experience to determine the best way to track our containers once they leave the warehouse"
This is knowledge-sharing as real work.
If this were the case, Dillbert would have far less justification for dropping out.