The adage that “Knowledge is Power” has never been truer, but in today’s digital world, the amount of information and knowledge available is overwhelming. Rivers of Information is an approach to gather and organize this information around specific topics of interest and deliver it in a digestible format.
“Rivers of Information is a concept that allows you to identify resources or hubs of information on a topic, and set up an automated process – a river – that will deliver relevant content to you,” says Nicole Sullivan, a consultant in FCC Services’ Organizational Effectiveness group. “An individual can then establish a regular review of the information to become knowledgeable about that topic.”
This empowered learning approach builds more well-rounded individuals and brings valuable insights and thinking into the organization.
“Setting up Rivers of Information helps employees keep abreast of relevant topics, enabling them to be ahead of the curve on workplace and industry trends, which can improve productivity and enable better service to customers,” says Jay Lux, FCC Services’ Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness Consulting. “Everyone in the organization, especially senior executives, should be actively seeking out information about what’s going on in the world so they can live up to their full responsibility to lead and implement effective strategies.”
Directors, too, need to stay abreast of topics and issues that might impact – either positively or negatively – the organization in order to provide effective governance and oversight.
“As organizations get larger and more complex, and the business environment also becomes more complex, it’s essential that directors know what’s going on in the economy, world political affairs, trade policies and technology,” says Leslie Hilton, FCC Services Vice President of Governance/Board Development. “We also know that directors are extremely busy outside of their board service, and employing Rivers of Information can deliver them the information they need much more time-effectively than searching the enormous amount of information available on the internet.”
A River of Information can be as simple as setting up Google Alerts or subscribing to individual news services. Using digital tools like information aggregators can streamline the learning process by delivering the information rather than the individual needing to go out searching, which can lead to distraction.
“Rivers of Information is an intentional process for individuals and organizations to define relevant and interesting topics,” says Chris Keller, Senior Vice President of Talent and Leadership Development with FCC Services. “A department or team can also discuss topics that they want to collectively learn about, split up the topics to diminish the impact on each, and then share their learnings with each other so it becomes collective wisdom.”
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