Socialize when You Feel Saturated in Your Job

Rob Diana posted a great article in his blog about what you can do about your lousy job. There are plenty of reason that encourage people to leave their job Dawn Rosenberg McKay wrote in About.com that people should quit their job when your job is making you sick,you find yourself being Marginalized,you’ve outgrown your job,you receive a better offer elsewhere, or work is interfering with family.

Most of the people I talk to say that you should consider changing job when you have outgrown your work. When you feel that you are a master of what you are doing and you feel that you have nothing more to learn from your work you should consider moving on to the next job.

I find that learning is not confined within the boundaries of your workplace, school, or communities. There are plenty of opportunity to learn as long as we can be innovative and spot a good opportunity to learn. As a software engineer I have been working in quite a number of project which I find limit my ability to create new knowledge on software development. There are plenty of new technologies out there that we developer should get familiar with.

Creating Knowledge

I recently been introduced with a simple framework to create knowledge. This model was developed by a knowledge management guru Nonaka.

People hold a certain amount of knowledge and how to inside their mind. The first part about creating knowledge is to get the word around. Share what you know with other people. Talk to them get their feedback about what they know. You might be surprise how other people can improve your existing knowledge and skill by simply talking to them.

Build Friendships

Nonaka pointed out that the important part of socialization is about having some one close to you within your physical reach to exchange information or knowledge. The proliferation of social media helped us break this physical boundaries. You can easily socialize with experts around the world through social media.

Mashable provides a MegaList that recommends people to follow in Twitter. WeFollow ranks the experts in its website according to the number of people who follow these experts.

Some of the things about following people in social media is that:

  • Don’t expect instant recognition: It takes a while to find good people in the virtual world. Do not expect these people to follow you back instantly. They are busy people who has plenty of things to do, work, family, and their own personal pursuit. So do not give up if you do not get the attention immediately.
  • Be courteous: Do not start spamming their twitter time line with selfish promotion. Share things that is useful for them and for yourself. Participate in their blog discussion if they have any. Say thank you, tell them to have a good day. Random act of kindness never hurt anyone.

What to do when they do not respond back

Seth Godin wrote a very good article on his blog about what to do when your friends are not contributing back to you.

You may want to make new friends online, but often these people never respond back to you. You do not want to delete them immediately from your social network contact. You should consider making new friends.

  • Big Player, Large Player : There are plenty of influential people out there in the social media network. They are amazing people who share the best things in the blogosphere. We should not only consider making connection to the large player in the social media. Find other bloggers that share valuable knowledge on line. I gain some of the best knowledge from a rather personal and independent writers who share their knowledge online.
  • Follow who they follow: If the people that you are following do not respond to you, get to know who they follow. Look through their friends list. If you find some one who you find interesting follow them. Again be curteous, you might be anxious get reference from them. Do not start sending them non-sense tweets or useless comments on their site. Give them a profitable social exchange. Let them know that you respect their own contribution and you are here to share their contribution and add value to what they share.

In the next post I will examine the rest of Nonaka Knowledge Creation Framework, externalization, combination, and internalization and how we can use it to create knowledge.

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About zainul franciscus

Hi, I am a software developer and tech blogger who is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. I write stuff that I find interesting on
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