Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Share Your Expertise, but Make Sure Everyone Knows It's Yours

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Share Your Expertise, but Make Sure Everyone Knows It's Yours

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Question: I can't decide whether to share some information with my colleagues. I am in the final year of a master's degree program, and I recently started a new job. Because of my graduate training, I have already been able to make some unique contributions.

Yesterday, a co-worker asked where I found an organizational tool that I was using. After I explained that I'm learning these techniques in school, she suggested putting the information in a shared directory for the whole department to use. I am feeling rather conflicted about this idea.

My graduate courses are expensive and require a lot of work. Since I'm making these sacrifices to gain a career advantage, it seems wrong to just give my knowledge away. On the other hand, I do want to be a helpful colleague. If I keep my resources to myself, am I being savvy or selfish?

Answer: To resolve this dilemma, you will need to expand your thinking. So far, you have defined your options as either hoarding your knowledge or dumping it into the computer system. …

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