How curated insightsTM improve your employee's results
What are curated insights?
Insights are what people learn from content as they consume it. Out of all the information employees are bombarded with on a daily basis, they represent the actionable take-aways – the things employees learn and need to use, apply & share to get stuff done. The question today is: where the heck are they? Insight curation answers this question by capturing insights in a tangible, permanent form.
WHAT IS AN INSIGHT CURATION PLATFORM?
An insight-curation platform is a software system your employees can use to create, manage and share the insights they form while consuming content. It enables them to capture their insights at the time and place of formation, while they are consuming content within their daily workflow.
It does not matter where this content exists. Employees access and store content across numerous systems: content curation platforms, local file systems, sync engines, web browsers. Wherever your employees can access content, they should be able to capture the insights they learn from it (and share them).
The Smartsnips insight curation platform makes all of this easy, systematic and workflow-embedded.
Our Mission: future-proof the workforce
We now live in a knowledge-driven economy. To remain competitive in the future, the workforce must become more efficient and effective at converting raw information to actionable information. That’s not going to happen as long as we continue using 1980’s methods to process information – e.g. attempting to memorize it or leaving it pigeon-holed in documents buried deep in folder systems. We need to get better at using information to learn, think, transfer knowledge, form conclusions and make business decisions. Read our full mission statement here.
5 disruptive workforce trends that call for insight curation and networking
Everything is happening fast and seemingly at once: new generations, mobile and social technologies, new team and network structures, big data, analytics, robots and cognitive systems. Where it took 100 years to become a service economy, it only took 20 years to become a knowledge economy. It may only take a fraction of that to become a cognitive/insights economy according to the experts. The speed and magnitude of the impact this will have on the workforce is unprecedented.
Future workers: how they add value going forward
Five key characteristics of workers who will survive and thrive in the future:
- Present as experts. Non-experts will get automated or outsourced. Those with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills will thrive.
- Work with the actionable 2%. The overloaded and overwhelmed won’t be able to keep up or add value. Focusing on what matters is crucial.
- Have a pocket brain. Nobody can hold everything they need to know in their head. With a pocket brain they won’t have to.
- Are networked to other experts. The expertise of a single person is very limited. All will be required to leverage the wisdom of their network.
- Are instrumented. Gone are the days when knowledge workers were an intellectual black-box. Transparency will reign and value will be determined by what employees know, contribute and apply.
These characteristics all point toward workers who operate at the insight-level, and are not overwhelmed with information/content.
The core learning and knowledge-sharing cycle is broken, and curated insights can fix it
CORE PROCESS PROBLEMS
Staggering loss of insights
We estimate the average employee spends 30 minutes/day consuming content, thinking and learning. If we assume they gain a new insight every five minutes, that is 6 insights per day and over 1,000 per year. Extrapolated to the average Fortune 500 workforce of around 50,000 employees gets us to 50 Million insights per year per enterprise.
So, where the heck are they?
We have yet to hear a good answer that does not involve an insight curation system
What needs to change
The worker of the future will be a self-learning, high-performing critical thinker and problem solver who builds their own base of knowledge and can access and leverage the knowledge of others quickly and efficiently. This is only possible within organizations who fix the broken cycle by proactively moving from the as-is to the to-be be above.