Share Your Data, Share Your Power

Sharing, by Andrii Zymohliad
Sharing.  Courtesy of Andrii Zymohliad.

I looked up the phrase “information is power” to figure out where it came from.  It turns out, it comes from everywhere.  The phrase is actually part of several longer and more complex quotes.  It is a call to freedom, such as Kofi Annan’s statement that “Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”  By contrast, the control of information has a coercive impact which we must overcome.  Robin Morgan says “the secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.”  Both themes ring true with workplace analytics.  First you need to take full advantage of information for your own empowerment.  Second, you are obliged to use that power justly.  The smart money is on the sharing of information, and the sharing of power, in a high-functioning modern workplace.

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