The Distributed Mind: Achieving High Performance Through the by Kimball Fisher

By Kimball Fisher

This article introduces what it states is a brand new method of how "knowledge paintings" will get performed. the writer asserts that paintings can be reorganized round paintings groups, and the way their efforts should be maximized for a aggressive virtue.

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Almost everyone is one already. As with all things worth doing, the engineers, health-care providers, corporate staff professionals, consultants, managers, professors, and numerous others we interviewed assured us that creating an effective workplace for knowledge work teams is extremely difficult. We still have much to learn about how new technologies and lifestyle changes will affect the knowledge workplace. Some even question whether there will be a physical workplace at all-imagining instead a virtual work location that exists primarily in cyberspace.

However, the extremely technical nature of their work assignments does not allow for full job rotation, as is common in advanced production Page 23 teams. Nurses don't take a turn flying the helicopter, and pilots don't rotate through assignments where they treat patients. Importantly, pilots are actually restricted from participating in patient-care decisions so that they can retain their objectivity when making flight safety determinations. Finding the right level of multiskilling and applying the team concept has been another significant challenge for these and other knowledge workers.

And if you use money, fame, and power as the yardstick for measuring success, he may be the most successful knowledge worker of our time. One thing that makes him a knowledge worker is thinkingsomething he has aggressively pursued since his early youth. Thinking typically includes activities like problem solving, idea generation, or analyzing, which all occur in the mind. Doing, on the other hand, includes activities like producing, assembling, building, or drafting, which end up in something tangible like a widget, a mowed lawn, or a drawing.

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